vInspired Schools – Accreditation for all students who are leaders
What is it?
Each student has an online account where they log hours spent volunteering as a leader towards vInspired awards.
How does it work?
vInspired schools provides an opportunity for all young people who devote any of their own time volunteering for school to be recognised, whether this is attending a student voice meeting, 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 the 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 St Mary’s?
Yes! Students can log any volunteering that they do. For example, they may be involved with Scouts / Brownies or church organisations. If students have a reference to verify the time that they have spent volunteering this can count towards their vInspired awards. Older students can add time that they have spent volunteering to help to prepare them for future careers e.g. time spent in hospices etc. Students who are not currently involved with volunteering outside of St Mary’s can also search for available opportunities through their membership of the scheme e.g. become an online mentor for primary school children.
What about after St Mary’s?
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.
If you are involved in any of the following activities within school you are eligible to register for vInspired. Register today or speak to your teacher, or Miss Earl in Key Stage 4, for more information.