Progress in Wales

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Wales is built on community spirit.
The country has a long history of community members coming together to take positive action in the service of others.
Case Studies
The people of Wales have stepped up as campaigners, such as for the rights of coal miners and of LGBTQ+ communities, activists, advocating for protection of the Welsh language, and volunteers, becoming community leaders and fundraisers in support of the annual national Eisteddfod
#iwill in Wales
When the #iwill campaign arrived in Wales, it was important to build on the existing work and aspirations for volunteering within the nation.
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When the #iwill campaign arrived in Wales, it was important to build on the existing work and aspirations for volunteering within the nation.

The partners, champions and advocates made sure that the campaign complemented and supported the, including ensuring the campaign reflected the bilingualism of Wales.

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“Our partners are proud of the bilingual Youth Volunteering and Social Action Charter that was launched in #iwill Week 2018, building upon the insight gathered from young people of Wales and combining the six principles of the #iwill campaign and the nine key principles of the former Millennium Volunteers Award programme.
This Charter was co-created with the Welsh Centre of International Affairs and their young volunteers, who began the charter development by mapping seven existing youth charters across the globe, including the original GwirVol Youth Volunteering Charter (Wales) and the European Charter on the Rights and Responsibilities of Volunteers. It has been the intention for its inception that the charter is used as a tool by organisations that already include young volunteers and those that are stepping into this space for the first time.”
Felicite ( Flik ) Walls, WCVA
Progress Made
Since the launch of the #iwill campaign in 2015, lots of progress has been made.

Wales has seen the launch of the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act (2015)- embedding the principle of involvement of children and young people in its ways of working, the launch of the first Welsh Youth Parliament and the embedding of youth social action into the new curriculum that will first be delivered to pupils throughout Wales in 2022.
The Youth Volunteering and Social Action Charter has been embraced by the national programme of Youth Led Grants across Wales, in which panels of young people are created to lead their own grant making programme, designed to fund youth led social action within communities.

So much has been achieved in Wales, but there’s still more to do. Read on for the challenges ahead.