Partnership working is at the heart of who we are and what we do at UNA Exchange. For over forty years we have worked with third sector organisations across Wales and the wider world to deliver international volunteering opportunities that benefit individuals and communities in pursuit of our mission of a globally responsible Wales.
Our core funding at UNA Exchange comes from Welsh Government through the National Voluntary Youth Organisations (NVYO) Grants Scheme that supports the provision and development of quality Youth Work opportunities for young people aged 11 to 25 years.
Additional funding from Welsh Government and administered by the WCVA, through the Volunteering Wales grant scheme, allows us to deliver our Supported Volunteering programme.
Significant funding is also received from the European Commission through the Erasmus+ programme, which is administered by the British Council and Ecorys UK.
Membership of national networks
UNA Exchange is a member of the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) and the Council for Wales of Voluntary Youth Services (CWVYS). Our Director represents UNA Exchange at the National Assembly Cross-Party Group on Wales International and VINE UK, the network of UK charities offering international volunteer exchange programmes. UNA Exchange is also a member of Bond, the UK network for organisations working in international development.
UNA Exchange is a founding member of the Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations, which was established in 1982. The Alliance represents national voluntary service organisations that promote intercultural understanding, peace, democratic participation and equality, in the spirit of respect for universal human rights.
We are also a member of the Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (CCIVS), which is affiliated to UNESCO. Through membership of CCIVS we partner with 100s of not-for-profit organisations around the world that work to develop and empower local communities.