WCVA have announced that the Volunteering in Wales Fund has opened to applications for 2013-14.
The Volunteering in Wales Fund aims to recruit new volunteers in Wales, with a particular focus on supporting volunteering activities which are underdeveloped or in areas where volunteering opportunities are limited. In 2013-14, the Fund will focus on recruiting new volunteers from the following groups:
- People aged 16 to 25 years.
- People over 50 years of age.
- Migrant workers.
- Unemployed people or those not in education or training (NEET).
- People from BME groups.
- People with disabilities.
Grants of up to £25,000 are available to VCSE organisations across Wales to cover a wide range of costs including volunteer expenses and training; and the recruitment of specialist staff to help recruit and support new volunteers.
Mark Bendon, Senior Grant Assessor for the Fund, said:
"Charities across Wales rely on volunteers who need training and support so that they can offer maximum support to their communities and service users.
"The Fund is helping to ensure that there is professional support for these volunteers and in the last year alone, the scheme has helped recruit over 5,329 new volunteers who have contributed more than 380,000 hours to the benefit of Welsh communities.
"This work would otherwise cost over £4.25 million in economic terms."
The deadline for applications is 5pm on 23 March 2013.
Information can be found on the WCVA website