What Is The Millennium Volunteer Project (Doncaster)
Millennium Volunteers is a project for 16-24 year olds (inclusive). It gives you the opportunity to work to benefit the community (either individually or in groups) of the Doncaster Borough area. MV is a nationwide initiative: there are approximately 100 projects throughout the country and over 100,000 Millennium Volunteers (Sept 2005).
But Isn’t Voluntary Work Boring?
I doesn’t have to be! MV is designed to challenge the negative images many young people have of volunteering. With MV you have the chance to: ‘Build On What You’re Into’.
In other words we won’t make you climb a mountain for charity, or work in a charity shop unless you want to! We will work with you to find a project – it can be connected with your course, future plans or your interests, be it drama, sport or computers, etc. it’s our job to try and find you something that you want to do! We’ll also recognise any voluntary work you are doing already.
Why Should I Bother When I Could Get Paid Work?
To show commitment through voluntary work is more highly recognised than you would think. It’s also a great way to get paid work, as you can gain valuable relevant experience. A number of MV’s from Doncaster have attributed getting their new paid jobs to the volunteering they’ve done.
“Volunteering is a good way to gain experience, meet new people and show future employers that you have something to offer”. Doncaster MV, Michael, secured paid employment at his volunteering placement.
What’s In It For Me?
You can get recognition for your volunteering by working towards nationally recognised Awards:
100 hours: MV Award
200 hours: MV Award of Excellence (signed by the Secretary of State for Education and Skills)
In Doncaster we also recognise 50 and 150 hours as building blocks towards the national certificates.
Over 100 Doncaster College Students registered with MV and were supported towards achieving Awards and Awards of Excellence during 2005.
Students have commented:
“Through volunteering at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, I have developed lots of new skills and increased my confidence” Steven aged 18 Doncaster College MV.
“Through volunteering, I have met lost of new people, formed new friends, gained practical work experience and became a member of the MV Advisory Group” Megan 17 Doncaster College MV.
We provide as much support to your volunteering as you require along the way and as a volunteer you can claim your out of pocket expenses (e.g. bus fares). You can plan to do more than one project at the same time and are free to change if you are not happy.
Why not come and find out more? You can contact Sharon Taylor, the MV Project Worker on 01302 321818, mob: 07776 165725 or call into Elmfield House, South Parade to arrange an appointment. Alternatively, Sharon is in the Student Union Office, room S.2.900 at The Hub on Mondays and Thursdays 12pm – 1pm or the ‘Bridge’ Youth Information Project on Wednesdays 2pm – 4pm. Sharon will also be available to High Melton students.
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