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MV for Organisations - recognise your volunteers

Millennium Volunteers logoMillennium Volunteers (MV) is a Northern Ireland-wide programme that has been developed to provide organisations with a tool to recruit, retain, support and recognise volunteers aged between 14 and 25. The programme is backed by the Department of Education and allows young volunteers to get a certificate recognising their contribution to volunteering after their first 50, 100 and 200 hours of volunteering.

The programme is free of charge and any organisation that commits to our best practice principles can sign up as a MV Delivery Partner. These principles are:

  • Volunteer opportunities will comply with Health and Safety requirements.
  • The organisation has a positive commitment to equal opportunities.
  • The organisation has adequate public and employers’ liability insurance that clearly covers volunteers and staff supporting them.
  • The organisation will implement the appropriate procedures in relation to volunteers working with children or vulnerable adults and for those involving volunteers under the age of 18 or vulnerable adults.
  • The organisation will ensure that volunteers will not substitute for paid jobs or devalue the contribution of existing volunteers.
  • Volunteers’ personal details are protected in line with Data Protection principles.
  • The participation of the young people is entirely voluntary.
  • The organisation agrees to participate in the overall monitoring and evaluation of the Programme as directed by Volunteer Now.

Volunteer Now provides record books that allow you and the volunteers to help plan their volunteering and review their achievements and experiences during the placement. The record book also allows them to record the hours as they work towards the 50, 100 and 200 hours milestones. When the volunteer reaches one of these marks, Volunteer Now will then issue them with the corresponding certificate, which allows you the chance to incorporate the presentation of the certificates into any celebration or recognition events you have.

The Millennium Volunteers programme has been designed to recognise the existing good practice amongst organisations who involve young people as well as the outstanding contribution the volunteers make to their community as well as their employability skills. Therefore, the scheme should involve very little extra work on behalf of either the organisation or the volunteer and should be easily incorporated into existing practice within your organisation.

If you would like to know more about Millennium Volunteers or are ready to sign up, then please download and complete a copy of the Expression of Interest form, a member of the Youth Team will then contact you to complete your registration.

To find out more information about the MV programme, you can also visit our MV for volunteers section.

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