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Celebrating digital volunteers for Volunteers’ Week

Are digital volunteers important to your organisation and the people you support?

Help us to celebrate their achievements during Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June). This year’s Volunteers’ Week has the theme of ‘You make a difference’ and is the perfect opportunity to show how your digital volunteers play such an important role.

At Digital Communities Wales, we’re spending the week recognising the role of digital volunteers around Wales that are helping people to do more online. Over the last couple of years we’ve worked with hundreds of people, who want to use their skills and support others, in their spare time, to enjoy the benefits of being online.

Our digital volunteers broadly fall into three categories:

1. People who volunteer with an organisation, to help their customers and clients.
2. People who volunteer through their job, as part of an employee volunteering scheme.
3. Young people who volunteer as ‘Digital Heroes’. These have included Welsh Bacc students, Police Cadets, Scouts and Girl Guides.

In fact, we’ve had a special film made that shows great examples from each of these categories.
We recruit, train and place people so they get the best possible volunteering experience, and to help the organisations and members of the public that they go on to support. A lot of the volunteering goes on in public and community venues, such as libraries.

We’ll be sharing the experiences of digital volunteers at Age Connects Torfaen, the Office for National Statistics (Newport) and Get Caerphilly Online, among others from around Wales, using tablets and social media. We’ll also be sharing stories of digital volunteers, provided by the organisations that they’re based with.

We’d like to help you recognise your digital volunteers and tell their stories, to show the world what they do and how important they are. These could be things that we can blog about and share on social media. We could even get stories into the local or national media.

If this interests you, get in touch today. We look forward to hearing from you.
Further information about Volunteers’ Week can be found on the websites of NCVO and the WCVA.