What is vInspired?
vInspired schools provides an opportunity for all young people who devote any of their own time volunteering for schools and other appropriate community activities to be recognised, whether this is helping to plan an assembly or organising a charity event.
Young people add hours to their online personal volunteering account. They include a referee (the name and contact details of an adult who is in charge of the activity e.g. the name of a teacher and their email address); this referee is used centrally to verify that volunteering has taken place. Volunteering hours build towards vInspired awards. These are v10, v50 and v100 certificates. The numbers are representative of the hours spent volunteering.
Does it extend to volunteering beyond School?
Yes! Students can log any volunteering that they do. For example, they may be involved with Scouts/Guides or church organisations, to name a few. If students have a reference to verify the time that they have spent volunteering this can count towards their vInspired award. Older students can add time that they have spent volunteering to help to prepare them for future careers e.g. time spent in hospices, care homes etc. Students who are not currently involved with volunteering outside of School can also search for available opportunities through their membership of the scheme e.g. become an online mentor for primary school children.
vInspired schools is part of a wider charity called vInspired. This enables young people up to the age of 25 to continue to log their volunteering hours meaning that students can continue to build up a resume of what they have done. vInspired awards are recognised by UCAS and major employers as a way for students to formally quantify the volunteering that they have done.