On 1st April 2011, Millennium Volunteers (MV) in Wales, the programme that supports young volunteers,officially became a part of the GwirVol initiative.
The move to integrate MV into GwirVol was initially motivated by funding cuts from the funders of both programmes, but the integration of two programmes with similar beliefs and aims is welcomed by both MV and the GwirVol partnership.
Launched in 1998, Millennium Volunteers (MV) is part of a UK-wide programme supporting young people in making a commitment to volunteer in their communities for 200 hours.
MV encourages 16-25 year olds to build on existing skills and interests and to gain new experiences by giving their time to volunteering activities. Their efforts are recognised through certificates awarded following 50 and 100 hours of volunteering, and an Award of Excellence, signed by the First Minister of the Welsh Assembly Government, after 200 hours.
GwirVol developed from the Russell Commission recommendations published in May 2005, and is seeking to increase the number and diversity of young people volunteering in Wales, as well as the number and quality of volunteering opportunities. The Initiative is managed by a partnership of organisations in Wales from across the private, public and voluntary sectors.
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