We are Skills and Volunteering Cymru (SVC) and we believe in giving communities in South Wales the opportunity to give a little, and gain a lot. As our name suggests we are a student-led charity offering volunteering opportunities in Cardiff, Rhondda Cynon Taf, The Vale of Glamorgan and Gwent and have been since the 1970s.
The 32 projects we run allow volunteers (who can be community members or students) to contribute to their local community by working with those who have learning disabilities, mental health conditions, are elderly or homeless. Our volunteers also work with our partners on initiatives aiming to make South Wales a greener and safer environment. We work in many areas including hospitals, schools, farms and community centres. Additionally, we work in partnership with the police, the NHS and local government. This academic year our 550+ dedicated volunteers committed over 20,000 hours of volunteering, supporting over 13,500 beneficiaries. This year, the economic value of our volunteers was £138,160. We are so proud of the impact we are making! You can find out more about the volunteering we do in 'Our Projects'.
SVC is run by a dedicated team of staff and our Board of Trustees who you can read more about here. As well as staff and Trustees, many of our projects have Lead Volunteers who take responsibility for helping to run their project by recruiting volunteers and managing their attendance on a weekly basis.