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Members of Gwirforce presenting their youth volunteering charter to Nia

Nia Griffith MP recently had the pleasure of welcoming to Parliament a delegation of young people from Gwirforce. They had come to gain political support for their volunteer charter which they hope will gain widespread approval across the country. They are also planning to take it to the Welsh Government in Cardiff.

The purpose of the document is to sort out some of the confusion about what organisations and employers can reasonably expect from young volunteers, and, what the volunteers, in turn, should be able to expect from the organisations and employers to whom they give their time.

Nia said:

“Volunteering can provide invaluable support to a whole range of organisations and employers, and it can also provide genuine opportunities for young people to improve their skills and increase their confidence, but
it is important not to see opportunities to volunteer as a substitute for real jobs. That’s why the Welsh Government’s commitment to continuing Labour’s Future Jobs Fund in Wales is so important.”

Nia joined Gower College students at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust National Wetland Centre Wales in Penclacwydd, Llanelli, for a day of pond dipping, monitoring wetland birds and looking at the issues involved in managing wetland plants.

It formed part of a visit by the Gower College students, which had been organised as a key part of their A-level biology work.

But the event as a whole was also part of the Every Child Outdoors initiative, which involves more than 50 sites hosting visits from their local school and MP, as part of a UK-wide initiative to get every child access to outdoor learning experiences. The RSPB, the Field Studies Council and the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust have been collaborating on the project.