Welcome to the VCS Cymru website where you will find out about our current range of activities including …
- Pave The Way (supported volunteering for for people with lived experience of mental ill health)
- The Release Project (supported volunteering for ex-offenders)
- Chronicle (community heritage & archive volunteering project)
- Cardiff In Action (weekly radio programme promoting community action & volunteering )
- The Art of Being Well a podcast which explores experiences of mental health & substance dependency issues. It is produced by volunteers who have the perspective of ‘lived experience’ and features true life stories; interviews; features and covers a range of performing & creative Arts.
WHERE TO FIND US
VCS Cymru is co-located with Radio Cardiff at 5-6 Hayes Buildings, Curran Road Estate (off Dumballs Road), Butetown, Cardiff CF10 5DF
TEL: 029 2132 2627
From 1st December 2016, VCS Cymru entered into a co-location arrangement with the community radio station for the City, Radio Cardiff. The two organisations have worked in partnership for many years to promote volunteering opportunities and to highlight the contribution of the voluntary sector. As part of VCS’s Community Media interests we are working together with Radio Cardiff on a number of training and community radio-related initiatives and have instigated a Community Media sub-group reporting to the VCS Management Committee to steer these developments.
From 1st April 2016, Cardiff Third Sector Council (C3SC) took over the running of the Cardiff Volunteer Centre from VCS following a Welsh Government strategy decision to integrate Volunteer Centres in Wales within their local County Voluntary Council (CVC) – to find out about the C3SC Volunteer Centre visit their website www.c3sc.org.uk or ring them on (029) 2048 5722
Volunteering opportunities in the Cardiff & Vale area can be found online at the Volunteering Wales database. You can search for available volunteering roles by entering your postcode and giving the distance from your home you are prepared to travel. You can use the Advanced Search option to define what type of volunteering you are interested in. To access the Volunteering Wales database, click on the link below:
VCS CYMRU POSITION STATEMENT: APRIL 2016
VCS would like to announce that as of April 2016 we intend to hand over the running of Cardiff Volunteer Centre to our partners at Cardiff Third Sector Council (C3SC). We will continue to exist as an independent social action charity that will concentrate on developing supported volunteering initiatives, whilst retaining our purpose of helping others through community service
VCS will focus on initiatives to help people with barriers that prevent them from volunteering and engaging with wider civic life. In our experience of dealing with thousands of people we see how difficult it can be for some groups to participate through volunteering. We have also seen how challenging it is for organisations to support these individuals in the face of cuts to their funding.
We have taken this decision to redefine our role as a result of changes to funding, and the move to a standardized system of volunteer centres across Wales being a core service of the County Voluntary Councils.
In order to strengthen community work that is done by volunteer involving organisations we are forming an umbrella group of small charities. We will use our expertise and that of others in the group to create a pool of volunteers and services to better help marginalised people access volunteering and participate further in their community.
VCS Cymru was established in 1964, and started the Volunteer Centre in Cardiff in 1975. We have many things to be proud of – we were the first volunteer centre in Britain and we developed many ground breaking projects in South Wales including initiatives in Swansea, Newport and the Vale of Glamorgan as well as the Capital. The movement went on to spread across the UK playing a major part in shaping the volunteer involving ethos of the third sector. Some of the people who came through our doors went on to form groups of their own which grew and became part of the fabric of life in Wales. We were also integral in forming another volunteer centre in the Vale of Glamorgan in 1991 which now continues to thrive in GVS. We remain a small charity but our achievements have been great and we will ensure our future builds on our success whilst remaining true to our roots in volunteering and community engagement.
We will continue in our current role until the end of March 2016 when the running of the Cardiff volunteer centre will be handed over to C3SC in what we intend to be a seemless transition. We are confident that they will continue to provide a valued service to the people of Cardiff and its third sector, and we will continue to work closely together to ensure the continued success of the centre.
We are excited by what the future holds for VCS and look forward to sharing more about this new phase in our long history at our Annual General Meeting which is being held on 28th September.
We wish to thank two of our main funders WCVA and Cardiff Council for their support of the volunteer centre over a number of decades and look forward to working together in the future. We also want to thank all the organisations that have truly engaged with volunteers and helped people contribute to society in a meaningful way.
Our greatest thanks continue to go to all the volunteers who make up the heart of VCS.
VCS’s 51st ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The 51st Annual General Meeting and Gathering of Voluntary Community Service Cymru Limited was held at the Cornerstone Centre in Cardiff on Thursday 24th November 2016 – you can read about it, and download our Annual Report for 2015-16 here VCS AGM 2016