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 matter.

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 yourself.

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 volunteer.

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 gwilson@wcva.org.uk.

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 good quality!

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 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.

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 team.

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 other two.

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 it out.

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 Fiona fliddell@wcva.org.uk