The Youth Voluntary Work Scheme aims to support Young People taking an active part in voluntary organisations. The first goal is to help young people improve their skills and employment prospects by giving them an opportunity to take up volunteering as part of their non-formal and informal learning process. It will also enable them to discover the value of voluntary service and helps to foster a sense of community and active citizenship.
The second goal of the scheme is to support Voluntary Organisations in attracting young people to volunteering, enabling them to enhance their capacity with new volunteers and fresh ideas. This guide is intended to help Voluntary Organisations obtain host accreditation for the Youth Voluntary Work Scheme.
The third goal of the Scheme is to support voluntary experience abroad for young people through locally registered Voluntary Organisations to carry out an international volunteer service in Europe, Africa, Asia or South America. The Overseas Scheme is a unique opportunity for young people to come into contact with cultures different from their own and to acquire new skills and abilities useful for their personal and professional growth.
Young Persons between the ages of 16-30 can apply for placement under the Youth Volunteer Worker Scheme. The placement under this Scheme shall be to undertake voluntary service for a period of 1 to 6 months with a local Voluntary Organisation. In the case of the volunteer experience taking place overseas, the period shall be between two (2) weeks and three (3) months and ages 18 to 30 years old.
Voluntary Organisations can submit their Accreditation Application (AA) to become Host Voluntary Organisations at any point in time to be considered for accreditation which call will be kept open throughout the rest of the calendar year.
Voluntary Organisation may apply to host up to four (4) Youth Volunteers locally and up to four (4) Youth Volunteers overseas at a go. Should a Voluntary Organisation wish to host more than the indicated number, the VO may express such interest and would be considered should there be a number of Youth Volunteers who still need placement following the take up by other Voluntary Organisations or should there be a number of Youth Volunteers who would specifically wish to work in that particular sector.
Once approved, accreditation is valid for one calendar year, though the MCVS reserves the right to revoke the accreditation during the agreed period should there be reasonable grounds to act in such a manner. An accredited Host Voluntary Organisation must renew its interest to participate in the Scheme in each new calendar year. In the case of the Overseas Scheme, host approval is awarded on a project by project basis.
The fund will re-open for applications on 1st January, 2020.