Vol Factor Youth Grant Scheme Supports 136 Young People to Volunteer in Rhondda Cynon Taff
The fantastic contribution made to civil society in Rhondda Cynon Taff by 136 volunteers aged 14-25 will be showcased at a Celebration Event to be held in the Llanharan Drop in national Volunteers Week, and attended by Rhondda Cynon Taff CBC Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, Well-being and Cultural Services Rhys Lewis.
The volunteers have been recruited thanks to 14 grants made by the Vol Factor, a youth–led grant scheme supporting volunteering projects for young people in RCT, in October and December 2018. The scheme is funded by Volunteering in Wales and administered by Interlink RCT.
The Vol Factor is managed by a panel of 14-25 year olds recruited through previous schemes, who came up with the name and decided on the criteria for the grants.
This year the panel awarded grants to 14 projects, namely Doggy Bag Project and Volunteer Recruitment Team Building (Llanharan Youth Drop In); Mental Health Training (Ferndale Youth Provision); Our Poppy (Hirwaun YMCA); Mental Health Forum (Spectacle Theatre); Homework Club and Cooking Classes (Fernhill Youth Project); Young Volunteers Football Project (Aberdare Valley AFL); Healthy and Active Activity Day (RCT People First); How Green Is My Valley Now? (Avant Theatre), Developing a Young Volunteer Network (Pontypridd Panthers Basketball Club); Shuttle Time (Active Valleys); Community Sports Volunteers (Urdd) and Creating Safe, Sociable Places (Eventsparks). These projects will be showcased at The Vol Factor Celebration Event.
Jon Bunyan, Volunteer Coordinator at Pontypridd Panthers Basketball Club said: “Interlink RCT supported us by providing MV Certificates, promoting the Volunteer Scheme online and by supporting the group to successfully pull down a Youth Grants Award of £1217. The funding is covering hall hire and ensuring young people complete training courses to accredit their Volunteering Roles, which will give the Club a strong cohort of qualified volunteers.”
“The funding has helped in a number of ways, but specifically the Pontypridd Panthers Youth Volunteer Programme which Interlink RCT supported will develop over the summer as we sit down and formulate a development plan with each young volunteer.”
Interlink has received funding to administer The Vol Factor again in 2019/20 and will run the scheme again this year, with the scheme likely to open again in the Summer.
For more information please contact Thomas Crockett, Interlink Volunteering Development Officer by telephone on 01443 846200/07742 499188, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to Interlink Volunteer Centre, 6 Melin Corrwg, Cardiff Road, Upper Boat, Pontypridd CF37 5BE.