The benefits of volunteering are plentiful and well-documented. This is perhaps especially true for young people. Not only can they add some real-life experience to their CV, but volunteering can also boost their confidence, add to their skill set, and even provide new hobbies.
There are a number of ways that CAVS encourage Youth Volunteering, both directly and indirectly.
- We have links with schools, colleges and University campuses in the region, and attend events such as Freshers’ Fairs to promote and encourage volunteering among younger people.
- Youth Led Grant
Working in conjunction with Carmarthenshire County Council’s Youth Participation Team, we distribute the annual Youth Led Grant. A panel consisting of young people from across the county is responsible for making decisions about the fund, ranging from how to advertise, funding criteria, and application methods, to judging the actual applications.
As the name suggests, the grant is open to groups of young people, with the aim of encouraging and fostering youth volunteering at all levels. So the young people are responsible for making the application, managing the finances, delivering the project and reporting on its outcomes.
Projects previously funded through the Youth Led Grant have included weekly digital sessions led by young people for young people, looking at connecting with older residents during the Covid pandemic, and Online Dance Workshops for young people;
Watch this space for news of this year’s Youth Led Grant!
Youth Volunteering Officer
CAVS have recently been awarded funding from the LEADER Programme LEADER Programme (gov.wales) to appoint a Youth Volunteering Officer.
This officer will work closely with all youth-involving organisations, including schools and colleges, to foster greater appreciation of volunteering among young people.