The Community

Youth Volunteering

We are a youth platform which makes volunteering for young people a way to learn new skills, connect and gain a social employability profile. We work with organisations to build awesome volunteer programmes where volunteering has a real and sustainable impact.

  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Small Business Volunteer Programmes
  • Youth Volunteer Programmes
  • Skills Learnt and Shared Tracking
  • Volunteer Time Tracking
  • Volunteerism Programme Consulting
Volunteer Opportunities

Discover Volunteer Opportunities in your area. Give back and gain skills

Find a volunteer opportunity that will help you learn skills, share skills and build your community.

Dlala Nje Google Training

Skills play a very important role in helping the youth of today land jobs. Google has great online courses for digital skills where young people can take and learn different valuable skills.

St Michael's Child & Youth Care Centre

Tutor and Mentor teenaged girls

Donate a Book Campaign

Education researchers are reluctant to pinpoint a single cause for a child’s poor performance at school. But many agree that having access to textbooks is an important contributor to improved performance. This youth month #Donate your used books. The easiest way to give access to knowledge is to donate your used books to someone. All you need to do is take a picture of the handover and share it on Facebook and tag @myhandsandheart and lastly complete yourself report

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Our Pillars

Communities are not built with spreadsheets.

We make Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) more immediate and meaningful for individuals and organisations by providing specialist software and paperless consulting services.

Imagine if Monitoring and Evaluation was not mainly about funding, compliance and mandatory reports - but gave you something useful in return? We believe that by improving the collection and reporting of data for M&E, organisations can gain real-time insights to improve their programmes and strategies. With M&E information organised more centrally and timeously, reporting can become an important decision-making tool.
Our individual profiles capture and reflect progress and experience across a range of skills through programme participation. Hard and soft skills gained through volunteering activities and in using the software are also captured - adding rigour and metrics to skills that are often difficult to track.
The Social Collective offers web tools for the collection, storage and reporting of data. It is designed to be used by entire organizations - from fieldworker to director. It offers real-time views of community activity and performance - giving organizations faster insights and verified reports to make actionable decisions.

Stories About Communities, By Communities

Opportunities to make a change may change you.

I'm Moatlhodi Lof from Kuruman, Northern Cape. I have been involved in organizations within my area such as Action Aid and Activate Change Drivers. I love to serve my community and country and I want to see change?

As a young person I'm faced with a lot of things in my life and, running away is never an option I have to face them and find a way out, it was so difficult in my life to access opportunities but, ever since I found out about my hands and hearts my life changed. As a volunteer I like to encourage the youth out there that do not sit and relax wait for opportunities to come into their houses. No you need to stand up and find these opportunities. I've been in my hands and hearts for three years now, believe me when I say I'm enjoying a lot and I'm looking forward to work with them into the future. Volunteering has helped me bag a learniship, which I am currently doing. Had it not been for my appetizing CV which mainly included volunteer experience I doubt I would have been selected. I have learnt a lot through volunteering, it has helped me grow my network, learn new skills. You would not believe it if I told you how shy I was but, through volunteering especially with the NYDA ambassador project, I have learnt to address large groups of people and my communication skills have grown unbelievably. You should also volunteer, trust me you will not regret it.

Being faced with many challenges as a young person, there was a time when everything just seemed impossible. For many years I tried to apply for work but nothing worked out. I felt like giving up but NYDA came along and changed my life eternally. I volunteered for an NYDA project under an organization called my hand and heart and in my days of volunteering, I have learned lot of things and connected with lot of people this gave a huge boost to my network, I am proud to say I am now working and studying and this wouldn't be possible if it wasn't for NYDA for opening doors for me. I'm very grateful to it and may it continue with their great work.

Join the Community

Build your volunteering skill and time profile

Volunteer opportunities award skills and time. The more you log, the better your social profile.


Manage and Verify your Social Impact Data

Volunteers can subscribe to your volunteer opportunities. As an adminstrator you can view your public social impact profile and pay a monthly subscription to access your organisation profile to unlock all the powerful features



Dlala Nje

aims to challenge perceptions and to create opportunities . We do this through running inner-city immersions and experiences in some of our city’s most misunderstood areas . These immersions and walks have allowed us to build and run a community center aimed at providing a safe learning environment for children and youth .

Sizanani Mentorship Programme

helping high school learners from Alexandra township in Johannesburg to succeed in their studies and gain access to universities through the provision of mentors, career information and bursaries.


Simple, Essential Tools

Meet your volunteer management needs in one place, on any device.

Community Board

View, organise and incentivise your entire community on the community leaderboard.

Better Volunteer Matching

We integrate mapping, calendar and personal interests to help volunteers find the most suitable opportunities.

Manage Sessions

Managing volunteering is structured in a 5-step process, taking the guesswork out and putting impact in.

Easy Feedback

Simple forms and direct notifications help you collect feedback from team members, volunteers or administrators.

Impact Stories

Community-generated stories highlight real volunteering experiences.

Social Impact Dashboard

Keep a close eye on key self-defined indicators for social impact.


Project team

Comprehensive online support and real people to help you make the most of your platform.