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Bournemouth Young Volunteer Award

Young Volunteers Awards Scheme


The Bournemouth Young Volunteer Award scheme was launched in 2013 to celebrate the hundreds of young people who are making a real difference in their community. The Bournemouth Young Volunteer Award gives official recognition to people aged 13 to 21 who are giving up their time to help others.

Run by the Bournemouth 2026 Trust and the Bournemouth Council for Voluntary Services (CVS), with support from Bournemouth Council’s integrated youth service, the scheme sees young people receive certificates honouring the number of hours they serve in the community. This culminates in an annual awards ceremony, where all their achievements will be celebrated.

Helen Hender from CVS said, “On 27th November 2014 we held the first ever Bournemouth Young Volunteer  Celebration Event to recognise and celebrate the valuable contribution made by young people across our town.

Over 200 people attended including young people, parents,  councillors and youth workers. The evening featured a number of short video clips showcasing the volunteering work being done by young people across the town along with performances by Josh Jones, Dance Bytes Back, Jack Smallpiece and Joshua Constantine."

Chairman of the Bournemouth 2026 Trust, said: “There are many young people who are volunteering their time to help other people or projects that benefit the whole community.

“We passionately believe that their efforts should not go unrecognised and we help young people reach their full potential.

“By carrying out voluntary work these young people are demonstrating dedication, passion and hard work.

“Our certificates will give young volunteers official recognition for their work, which they can put on their CVs and show to potential employers, colleges and training organisations.”

Bournemouth CVS is working with more than 60 voluntary youth projects across the town to raise awareness of these new awards.

Young volunteers will receive a certificate when they have recorded, 20, 50, 100, 250 and 500 hours. Certificates will also be awarded to young people who have given up their time to help on one-off events.

To-date they now have 3 young people who have been awarded their 500 hour certificate and trophy.



There is also a new Bursary scheme.

Young Volunteer Bursary Fund

On March 1st 2015 CVS launched their Bursary Fund to support young volunteers living or volunteering in the Bournemouth area. If an organisation has young people (13-21) volunteering with them they not only can reward them with the Bournemouth Young Volunteer Certificate but they can now claim for their expenses and fund any additional training that they might require.

Please note that in order to make a claim they do need to be issuing the Bournemouth Young Volunteer Award as part of their ongoing practise. If they are not yet recording hours as part of the BYVA scheme then it is requested they get in contact the Young Volunteers Team on , so that they can get them started. If you are recording hours please ensure that you are up to date with individual volunteer’s hours & certificates.

Bournemouth 2026 Trust and Bournemouth CVS want to ensure every young person who carries out community voluntary work in Bournemouth is registered on this scheme. To register, or for more information, contact Helen Hender at Bournemouth CVS on 01202 466130 or by email