7 Mar 2018
Significant changes to the Volunteering Wales website are on the way. If your organisation uses the website to advertise for volunteers - take note!
We have previously
reported the exciting developments underway and have
promised you regular updates; so here is the latest news on the
The site is built and working and selected organisations are
testing it by posting opportunities and trying out its
functions. Within a week or so we expect to be able to
encourage you to register and have a 'walk around' for
We are encouraging organisations to post as many opportunities as
possible before the site 'goes live' in April, so that there is
plenty of content to attract volunteers who are looking to
If you have opportunities on the existing Volunteering Wales site
these need to be re-entered, over a period of time. Start,
obviously, with the most important ones. If you have many and would
like admin support in posting information, we can help over
the next month or two. Contact Gavin on firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will also be able to populate your own 'Provider' web page,
and to create events pages with links to related volunteering
opportunities. You will be able to manage recruitment
processes and volunteering activity.
The information needed on the new site is sufficiently different
and in different format from that required on the old site, that it
makes migration of the data from one to the
other impossible. We all recognise that for a while there
will be a reduced number of opportunities on the new site, but they
will be up to date and with information that is complete and of
The website allows entry in Welsh and English and we strongly
encourage the use of both languages. If it is not possible, please
consider whether you can at least enter the title of your
opportunity in Welsh so that Welsh speakers can find you by
searching for keywords.
The new site will be easy for volunteers to use. 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 will be shortly for
Android systems too) and information and activity can be shared on
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.
The existing website address: volunteering-wales.net will remain
the same and after the switchover in April all data on the old site
will remain accessible to us for many months to come.
How to find out more
Come to Gofod3 on Thursday March 8th. Team
Kinetic will be there and you can make an appointment for a one to
one conversation with them by emailing Chris Martin Chris@teamkinetic.co.uk.
Or you can chat informally to one of the WCVA Volunteering
A conversation with Team Kinetic might be especially helpful
if you are a large organisation with your own existing digital
platform for managing and communicating with volunteers - to
discuss whether the new Volunteering Wales could be used
in conjunction with your existing system, for example.
Come to one of the Regional TSSW (Third Sector Support Wales)
sessions to be held in Lampeter (March 12th), Pontypool
(15th) and Wrexham (16th). The
Pontypool event is now full but there are spaces available at the
These will give an opportunity to learn more about the new
platform and how it can be used. You will be encouraged to register
online and to have a go at creating an opportunity, in order to try
A public demo site is also available https://demo.teamkinetic.co.uk/ Feel
free to give it a try.
Watch out for our Twitter, Facebook or newsletter posts which will
let you know what is happening and when the actual switchover date
in April is confirmed.
If you have any queries at this stage, get in touch with