5 Feb 2018

The Volunteering Wales website holds information about more than 5,000 opportunities and has more than 16,000 visitor sessions in a typical month.

It is the 'go to' place for volunteering in Wales.  Developments are underway for a new website in April, with enhanced functionality for organisations and volunteers.

A contract has been awarded to Team Kinetic to develop a new volunteering platform.  The company first developed volunteering software in 2007 for Manchester City Council. They have been developing and improving it in the light of experience and user demand, ever since.

Organisations will be able to post opportunity information as before, and will be able to do much more besides:  they can use the site to manage recruitment processes, schedule volunteer rotas, communicate with volunteers and to monitor volunteering hours, for example, all free of charge.

Volunteers will be able to create their own profile, to search for and apply to join opportunities, to leave feedback and to log volunteering hours. Mobile apps are available for Apple and Android systems and information and activity can be shared on social media.

Volunteer centres and WCVA will continue to have management oversight and to be available to give face to face support where this is needed; either to find suitable volunteering placements,  or in developing opportunities for volunteering.

Regional TSSW (Third Sector Support Wales) sessions will be taking place in March, to be held in Lampeter (12th), Newport (15th) and Wrexham (16th).  These will give an opportunity to learn more about the new platform and how it can be used.  A public demo site is available https://demo.teamkinetic.co.uk/ (in English only - our site will be fully bilingual), which gives an idea of what will be available. Feel free to give it a try, and to let us know what you think. Contact Fiona on fliddell@wcva.org.uk

We will be issuing regular updates between now and April to let you know what is happening and what you need to do.  Meanwhile please ensure that your organisation contact details are up to date on the current website www.volunteering-wales.net.