Millennium Volunteers (MV) Award

The Millennium Volunteers (MV) Award is part of the GwirVol initiative, which is aimed at young people between the ages of 14 and 25.

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What’s Millennium Volunteering?

MV is a way of recognising what you have done through your volunteering. This means that you can show how many hours you have done, where you did them and when you did them and the Welsh Government stamp on the bottom shows that it is official.

Who is eligible?

You have to be aged between 14 and 25 and you have to give your hours freely – that means that if your school or College tells you to do it, then it is not volunteering.  Sorry, no Welsh Bacc hours counted, but why not start MV when you finish Welsh Bacc?

How do I register?

There is a little paperwork to do and you will need to have your hours approved in a placement that we have assessed, pretty straightforward. There are no exams and all we really ask from you is your time. What could be easier?

If you would like to apply for an MV Award first you need to find a volunteering opportunity so please visit our top volunteering opportunities.

Once you start volunteering with one of our registered organisations, you then just record your hours on your form and ask your placement organisation to sign it. Once you have completed 50, 100 or 200 hours just return the form to us by email or post.

What will I receive?

Your volunteering hours will build up and you’ll have the opportunity to gain  three certificates at 50, 100 and 200 hours.  All certificates carry the GwirVol logo and the Welsh Government logo. In fact, if you complete 200 hours, you even get the First Minister’s signature printed on the certificate!

MV50 Sport certificate

If you are volunteering your first 50 hours in a placement related to sport or physical activity (anything from kayaking to welly-boot throwing) you can receive your 50 hour certificate as an MV50 Sport certificate – this carries the London 2012 logo and is part of the legacy of hosting the Olympic Games in the UK.

How will I receive my certificate?

Your certificate will be printed once we have received your signed record sheet confirming that you have completed either 50, 100 or 200 hours volunteering. We can then present your certificate to you at one of our recognition events held throughout the year, or if you would prefer you can collect it, or we can post it to you. The decision is yours – just let us know. 

How long does it take?

There is no time limit to gaining the certificates. 

What do I do now?

Download and complete a registration form and email, send, or pop it into our office. To download a registration form please click on the link – Millennium Volunteer Application Pack

You can also pop into either of our offices to pick up an information pack if you have trouble downloading the information from the link above.

If you would like to find out more about the MV Awards please visit the GwirVol website.

Aged under 14 and over  25 years old?

If you are under 14 and over 25 there is already a scheme running called Volunteer Star Award which GVS can also help you register for. Please see our - Volunteer Star Awards page.