The Youth Volunteer Scheme aims to support young people taking an active part in Voluntary Organisations. The first goal of the scheme 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 help 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.
Youths between the ages of 16-30 can apply for placements of 1-6 months with local Voluntary Organisations under the Youth Voluntary Work Scheme.
Voluntary Organisations can submit their Accreditation Application at any point in time to be considered for accreditation and become Host Voluntary Organisations, which call will be kept open throughout the year. Voluntary Organisations must be registered and compliant with the Office of the Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations to be eligible for accreditation and may apply to host up to four (4) Youth Volunteers locally at a go. Should a Voluntary Organisation wish to host more than the indicated number, the VO may express such interest and the request would be considered should there be a number of Youth Volunteers who still need placements 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 each new calendar year.