Volunteering Wales Network

The Volunteering Wales Network aims to be a powerful, co-ordinated voice to develop and influence volunteering in Wales by:

• maintaining a strategic overview of volunteering policy development
• developing a network which is a representative voice for groups and organisations concerned with volunteering
• influencing policy agenda at UK, national and local level
• informing and strengthening the development of volunteering policy and good practice
• engaging with Government and public sector agencies to ensure appropriate recognition for and allocation of resources for volunteering
• promoting and working to secure the implementation of the Welsh Government's commitments to Volunteering,
• electing and supporting volunteering representatives on the Third Sector Partnership Council.

If you are a practitioner or manager of volunteer programmes within voluntary, public or private sector organisations, or have responsibility for the strategic development of volunteering, you are welcome to join us  by  downloading, completing and submitting the registration form.

Meetings are held 3 times a year in Cardiff, Rhyl and Aberystwyth, by video conference

The network has developed a manifesto for action, which includes:

• Raising the profile of volunteer management and the use of the Investing in Volunteers Standard
• enabling the professional development of volunteer managers, including through qualifications and accredited training
• Improving clarity about the rules and opportunities for benefit claimants wishing to volunteer
• articulating links between volunteering and many  government policy areas, including the contribution to the economic life of Wales, highlighting the role of volunteers now, and potentially in new areas in the future
• Influencing the  practice of  public sector organisations in the involvement of volunteers
• Promoting and supporting access to volunteering through the medium of Welsh
• promoting and supporting the implementation of the Welsh Government  volunteering policy