Millennium 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 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.
MV for Organisations Presentation.