Recruiting Volunteers!

[Photo by Hannah Waldram, via flickr, NC-BY 2.0] [Photo by Hannah Waldram, via flickr, NC-BY 2.0]

Are you interested in history? Cultural heritage and the arts? Libraries, archives, and museums?

VCS Cymru is currently recruiting volunteers for am exciting new program designed specifically for young people living in Cardiff aged 16-25 to get involved in these key areas, earn qualifications to help advance their own career goals, and contribute to the heritage sector in Cardiff.

This program is entitled Straeon o’r Ffrynt Cartref: Stories from the Home Front (Stories for short) and focuses on the history and heritage of Cardiff’s charity and voluntary sector during World War I and the years immediately following the war.

Stories runs in parallel with many other projects and events marking the centenary of WWI. It will take place between February and June 2017.

Why volunteer?

This is a great opportunity for students, teens, and young people in Cardiff who want to gain experience in public history and cultural heritage sectors or libraries, museums, and archives, as well as numerous other areas such as event planning, film, education, or digital technology. This program would make an excellent addition to any undergraduate and postgraduate applications or job applications for those hoping to enter into related fields of study or work sectors.


Volunteers will learn how to:

  • Digitise documents, photographs, and other historical materials
  • Create an online digital collection
  • Record and edit short films
  • Use digital technology, web services, and social media to interact and engage with the public about topics regarding history and heritage
  • Plan and manage open day cultural heritage events
  • Create educational curriculum appropriate and fitting for use in primary schools
  • Manage their own small teams and projects to meet the outcomes of the projects

By the end of the program, volunteers will earn the following qualifications:

  • Bronze Arts Award from Trinity College London (Silver award also eligible if willing to commit extra time!)
  • Level 2 Accreditation from Agored Cymru in ‘Digitisation for Libraries, Museums, and Archives’
  • Digital Champion from Digital Communities Wales


  • Aged 16-25 years old
  • Living in Cardiff
  • Commitment to volunteer 3-5 hours per week, including both for team meetings, group outings, training sessions, and individual work for the duration of the project (until end of June 2017)
  • A desire to gain experience in the cultural heritage and public history sectors
  • Attendance for team meetings and outings to various cultural heritage institutions in Cardiff


Volunteers will be reimbursed for travel expenses up to £3.60 per day (the cost of a round trip bus ticket). All outings taken with the group and any training/awards costs will be covered by the program.


How to get involved:

Due to a limited amount of spaces available, there is a selection process.
Only submissions completed and sent in before 1 February 2017 will be considered.


Fill out the following form by 1 February 2017 for consideration:

Click here for the sign-up form


Any questions? Please contact:
Lara Taffer

VCS Cymru
Voluntary Community Service (Cymru) Limited is a registered charity, established in 1964. From its beginnings in Tiger Bay to its new home with Radio Cardiff, VCS Cymru has been a familiar part of the Cardiff’s civic life and at the heart of our city’s thriving community life for generations. Its mission is to enable all people to engage with rewarding volunteering opportunities, facilitating their personal development and employment prospects.

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