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TIME FOR GOD

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Quality Volunteering Changes Lives

We are a charitable organisation based in the UK and recruit dedicated, enthusiastic volunteers matching them to full-time, long-term placements. We aim to enable people to grow professionally, personally and spiritually through full-time voluntary service.

TFG currently hosts around 100 volunteers per annum within its core young adult volunteer programme, most serving in the UK.

Volunteers come to us from many different countries …

UK, South Korea, Hungary, Sweden, Denmark, Ukraine, Brazil, Mexico, Kenya, USA, Spain, Egypt, Slovakia, Poland, Uganda, Netherlands, Finland, Russia, Norway, Italy, Estonia, Israel, France, Mexico, Belgium, Germany & New Zealand.

Training and support is central to TFG’s philosophy, so each volunteer attends 2 residential conferences to meet other young adults and to hear about a range of issues relevant to their situation. The staff team keep in touch with volunteers in their placements by phone and email, and the Field Officers visit them through the year to check all is going well.

Volunteer placements include churches of most “flavours”; youth work; residential care of elderly, adults with learning difficulties and/or other special needs; activity centres and projects; debt counselling work; YMCAs; rehabilitative projects for a range of substance abuses; and so on.

We see it as our role to help each volunteer explore their faith journey, starting from where they themselves are, rather than where we would like them to be. Thus we welcome young people from all the mainstream Christian traditions, and both those with a passionate/personal faith and those with a more casual/nominal approach or no faith at all – and all points in between – with the understanding that we are all committed to exploring or journeying together.

We are therefore balancing our personal faith positions with the need to enable our volunteers to find their own paths – of which we are a part.

DOORSTEP LIBRARY NETWORK

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Doorstep Library: Recruiting Volunteers for a new opportunity in Hammersmith & Fulham and Westminster projects.

Do you remember a character from a childhood book as fondly as an old friend?
If you do, you’ll know the magic of being able to slip into another world as and when you need to, or how books can make your world a bigger, brighter place.
For bookworms especially, it’s hard to believe that anyone could see reading as anything other than empowering, or even just a pleasure. For the third of children from disadvantaged areas who leave primary school without being able to read well, often it’s nothing but a chore.
That’s why we like to turn up on the doorstep, with a backpack of books, two little stools, and a pair of volunteers who know that words take you places. Every week, come rain or shine, our volunteers bring the magic of reading directly into families’ homes every week, in low income areas across west London.
Doorstep Library volunteers don’t just read stories; they do the silly voices, hand pick the books, and give special recommendations. By making it fun first, we get to watch children transform into budding readers. We love parents to get stuck into the sessions too and encourage them to get involved in their children’s education.
Sometimes though, we’re just there to give a bit of extra support, whether we’re passing on info about a family activity, lending an ear, or even just being a friendly face. Then, before we go, we leave behind a selection of books for each child to borrow for the week.
If this sounds like the role for you, these are the basics. We run projects on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in estates across Fulham, White City, East Acton and Queen’s Park. In Hammersmith and Fulham we start at 3.45pm and finish at 6.30pm. In Westminster, we start at 4.30pm and finish at 7 pm.
Volunteering with us is a weekly commitment. If that isn’t feasible for you at the moment, please do still get in touch. We always need stand in volunteers, our projects wouldn’t run without them.
Come along to one of our Info Sessions to find out more, simply email enquiries@doorsteplibrary.org.uk to book your place.
In the meantime, check out the short film made about us by the BBC last year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyWFsYPDSXE&t=55s. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter too for all of our latest news!

CAMPHILL VILLAGE KIMBERTON HILLS, INC

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Camphill Village Kimberton Hills is a vibrant farming and handcrafting community that includes adults with developmental disabilities. Kimberton Hills residents, living and working side by side, create a dynamic and caring community for people of all ages and varied abilities. Located on 432 acres of farm, gardens and woodlands in Chester County, Pennsylvania, Kimberton Hills is also a local center for culture and a model for sound ecological living.

Coworkers are invited to live and work in our community, while receiving room, board, and may include a monthly stipend. Workshops include maintaining family households, participating in one of our crafts (weavery, pottery, mosaic workshop, and fiber arts), helping in our organic bakery or cafe, or tending our bio-dynamic gardens, orchard and dairy farm. The village fosters a strong cultural life of festivals, music, and art and is located one hour west of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the eastern United States. If interested in joining Kimberton Hills as a volunteer, please contact our Admissions Office at 610-935-3963, or by email at information@camphillkimberton.org, or for more information, visit our website at camphillkimberton.org.

SUNFO (SRI LANKA UNITED NATIONS FRIENDSHIP ORGANSATION)

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SUNFO (Sri Lanka United Nations Friendship Organisation) is a non-political, non-racial, non-sectarian organisation working towards peace, harmony and well-being of mankind. SUNFO was founded on 22nd May 1999, National Heroes Day of Sri Lanka. Objectives - To develop friendly relationships and mutual understanding among Sri Lankans and other nations. To assist in educating affiliated members and the general public about the United Nations organisation, its objectives, purposes, principles and programmes. To motivate communities to observe and live according to the principles of the United Nations. Organise various activities and functions to celebrate special days of UN Member Nations. To be a centre for the collection of data on inborn talents, issues, interests and culture of children, youth, elders, women and men, and promote activities, camps, counselling centres, leadership training, exhibitions, international exchange programmes, educational and vocational training, workshops, conferences, career guidance, intellectual, physical and other activities. To implement social services and economic enterprise development projects in different fields and involving children, youth, women and men. SUNFO has expanded its services island wide by establishing branches in all provinces of Sri Lanka. SUNFO mainly promotes volunteerism and overseas volunteers are welcome to join SUNFO to implement projects here in Sri Lanka. VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING: Graphic designing, translation, fundraising, project report preparation, website designing.

We may place volunteers with residential facilities at our centers at Moratuwa and Ambalangoda. We invite volunteers for community services, child care, teaching English and other languages, Youth development, costruction, gardening, music, sports, environmental programs, etc. contact sunfomobile@yahoo.com with your details.

ANIDASO NSAE FOUNDATION

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We work in Ghana to provide impoverished, orphaned and street children with Health Care and Education.

We need volunteers to help with teaching in one of our partner schools (any subject of your preferred choice), helping in local hospitals (i.e. during child delivery in the Maternity Unit), holding HIV/Aids awareness talks etc. These are only a few examples of the things you could be doing here in Ghana and we are willing to accommodate you with any skills you may have. If you have an idea in which area you would like to volunteer you can also let us know and we will see if such an opportunity is available.

HEEALS

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HEEALS is a vibrant civil society organization aims to safeguard health, environment, education and livelihood to promote sustainable development of society. Its a platform to share create innovate and work on the issue which bring change for the betterment of the society .

Heeals is a non profit organisation registered under the Indian Government Section 21 of 1860 Society Act. Heeals is an acronym denoting our commitment to committing human and technical resource to achieve Health Education Environment and Livelihood Society for all.

Our Projects

WATER SANITATION MENSTRUAL HYGIENE AND GIRL EDUCATION PROJECT

CHILDREN INFORMAL EDUCATION PROJECT

GREEN EARTH PROJECT TO PROMOTE AND PROTECT ENVIRONMENT



Website: www.heeals.org

Email: communications@heeals.org

ASTHMA AND ALLERGY FOUNDATION

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Asthma and Allergy Foundation is an Aberdeen based charity providing evidence-based health information, confidential advice and support to people with asthma, their families, carers, friends and other members of the community.

We offer free advice to all. Our aim is to ensure that all those who turn to us for support get the help they need so they or their loved ones can live healthier and active lives.

The organisation also provide volunteering opportunity for young people to gain vital experience and skills that will help them move into paid employment.

OUTSET YOUTH ACTION

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Outset Youth Action (Outset) is an independent county wide youth organisation and registered Charity which operates over the whole county of West Sussex.

Outset acts as a volunteering agency for young people aged 13 – 25, encouraging and supporting young people to take on a wide range of volunteering opportunities within their community. The nature of these opportunities is to provide support and benefit to West Sussex communities and contribute to each young person’s own personal development.

Volunteers choose the type of activity they wish to be involved in. Their skills and interests are carefully matched to a wide range of projects in their community.

Outset Youth Action believes that every young person should be recognised for their contribution, no matter how big or small. We think it’s important to give young people the opportunity to reflect on their learning and to identify the skills they have gained through their volunteering experiences.

All Outset volunteers receive a signed certificate giving details of their personal involvement and commitment. Young People aged between 16 - 25 can work towards and receive a nationally recognised award and also complete an ASDAN short course qualification in volunteering.

Outset Youth Action encourages and supports a wide range of young people to volunteer for the benefit of their local community, irrespective of their personal situation. They do not need any qualifications and it will not cost them any money.

Central to Outset’s work is the continuous support given to the volunteers by Outset’s team of Youth Volunteer Advisers. Each district of West Sussex is represented by a Youth Volunteer Advisor who is responsible for the supervision of the volunteering activities of young people drawn from the district.

They are responsible for organising placements and for overseeing matters relating to health and safety. All placements are carefully monitored and risk assessed by Outset to ensure that they are both appropriate and safe for volunteers.

Outset Volunteers don’t need to have had previous volunteering experience – just a commitment to helping others and making a difference in their community.

OUTPOST CHARITY

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Providing Emotional, Social and Practical support to Military Personnel, Veterans and their Families

We give our beneficiaries the opportunity to rebuild confidence, self-esteem, self-belief and encourage and motivate towards integration and socialisation.

The alternative therapy we provide through our programs and support uses concepts that possess a potential to significantly id in the treatment of Mental Illnesses and physical Injuries in members of the Armed Forces, in combination with standard therapies.

Youth Partnership for Peace and Development

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With Active programs in Sierra Leone and Liberia, the Youth Partnership for Peace and Development (YPPD) is a voluntary and non-profit youth-led development organization working directly with development partners across the world. Established as a post-conflict initiative, the organization is staffed by a group of young proactive youths who are convinced that development does not lie in the hands of the elderly alone, about also in those of young people.

It maintains the view that young people can be agents of positive change, and works for ways of enabling youth to step forward for social transformation in various communities and the world at large.
The overarching goal of YPPD is to contribute to the endeavors of supporting youth development, peaceful conflict resolution, stability, sustainable development, peace and democracy in Sierra Leone. It works to increase the capacity of vulnerable groups through training, partnership, advocacy, enhancing the youth knowledge base and equipping them with livelihood skills. It is a platform for diverse kinds of actions committed to engaging key stakeholders at different levels of development across the country.
Our work is inspired by the daily struggles of our communities and the enormous opportunity that exists in collaboratively working with others in the search for sustainable solutions.

AGE UK HARROW

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Age UK Harrow (formerly known as Age Concern Harrow) is an independent charity which exists to serve the interests of all older citizens in and around the borough of Harrow, from all walks of life and ethnic communities. We provide a wide range of services for older people, from information and advice to volunteering opportunities and support for those who are housebound and isolated.

Our mission is to promote the well-being of older residents of Harrow and to help make later life a fulfilling and enjoyable experience with the help of wonderful volunteers, such as yourself! Many of our volunteers feel they have become more involved in and contributed to the community and have met new people as well as gained valuable skills from volunteering with us.

Our aims are:
-To support older people to ensure that they get the most from life.
-To provide information and advice of interest to older people.
-To provide a range of services for older people.
-To influence local government and public opinion and policy to the benefit of older people.
-To ensure our volunteers have an enjoyable experience, achieving the full outcome of their reasons for volunteering.

Sharing Dreams Project

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"Sharing Dreams Project" is a local non-profit organization that works directly with the most vulnerable inhabitants of the Peruvian Andes and runs a number of volunteer projects, with a focus on improving the well-being of women and children.

Our organization was legally founded in 2009, and since then we are developing social projects directly in Andean populations subject to social, economic and cultural exclusion. Precisely in those areas where most people live, descendants of the old Inca state, with the greatest problems of economic development and subject to socio-cultural exclusion here in Peru.

Our projects are developed by ourselves, thus providing a more real and rewarding experience of volunteer work and cultural exchange.
We are delighted to offer to all the participants a personalized and totally experiential experience of knowing our beautiful country, culture and real social situation

Hope for the Destitute People's Foundation

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Our vision is being the catalyst for change to destitute women, children and the youth living in rural areas of Tanzania by helping them make positive lasting impacts on their lives.

SUPPORTING KIDS IN PERU (SKIP)

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Created in 2003, SKIP is a British non-profit organization helping economically-disadvantaged children to realize their right to an education.



We are currently working with children, teenagers and families living in the impoverished district of El Porvenir in the city of Trujillo, north coast of Peru. We promote quality education and foster the capacity of children and families to be the principal agents of change in their own lives. We work in partnership with families through holistic programs focusing on the educational, economic, emotional and social development of each child and family.



We are always looking for teachers, social workers, youth workers, economic development monitors, psychologists, pre-school teachers staff, communications specialists, translators, journalists and people with enthusiasm for the work that we are doing.

Cosmic Volunteers

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Cosmic Volunteers is US-based non-profit offering international volunteering trips since 2000 to China, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Nepal, Peru, Tanzania, Thailand, and Vietnam. Volunteers stay from 1 week to 1 year. They volunteer at orphanages, schools, clinics, media companies, Buddhist monasteries, AIDS clinics, women's groups, and wildlife parks and more. Ages 14-70+. Group trips & individual programs available. Led by American Scott Burke, Cosmic Volunteers is not affiliated with any government or religious organizations. We receive all of our funding from program fees paid by our volunteers. Contact Scott today to find out why: We're the Best Volunteering Organization You've Never Heard Of!

FAMILY FRIENDS

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Family Friends is a registered charity set up in 1993 to support disadvantaged families. Through a network of trained volunteers we provide befriending and mentoring services. We help families living in deprived areas of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. Through respect, encouragement and support, we aim to ‘help families to help themselves’ by discovering their strengths and building on their coping skills.

Family Friends carefully recruits, trains and matches volunteers with parents, children or adolescents. Volunteers meet the family in their home, once a week for two hours. They offer long-term practical and emotional help based on each family's unique needs and potential. Volunteers pledge a year's commitment and Family Friends' staff back up their work with on-going supervision and family feedback interviews.

In the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea we offer two services:

• Parent befriending - For parents with a child or children under the age of 16.

• Child/adolescent befriending & mentoring - For children/adolescents aged 5 and above and under 16 years old.

Child/adolescent befriending has a more emotional focus and is activity-based, while mentoring has an academic focus.

In the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham we offer two services:

• Parent befriending - For parents with a child or children under the age of 16.

• Child/adolescent befriending & mentoring - For children/adolescents aged 5 and above and under 16 years old.

VISION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

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Vision for Sustainable Development. (VFSD) is non-governmental organization (NGO) founded in Uganda, East Africa and located in Kampala District-Kawempe Division-Kazo anogla II lugoba zone just behind the division headquarters. It was registered in 2005 with the ministry of internal affairs under the department of community welfare services. We work on the following objectives and activities:- · HIV/AIDS counseling and sensitization to the affected and infected groups. · Educating orphan children and vulnerable groups through the provision of school fees assistance and scholastic materials e.g. books, sets, rulers. pens, pencils, coloured pencils, brooms and toilet paper etc. · Promotion of health programmes in hygiene, sanitation and nutrition. · Promotion of income generating activities and development activities. · Educating training entrepreneurship skills to the youth. We have been working for three years with help from volunteers, membership, local individuals and well wishers' contributions. With the spirit of charity and volunteering in VFSD-Uganda over 150 orphans, vulnerable children and families in Kampala and the Kumi District have been helped and we have brought hope and joy into their lives VSFD is looking for volunteers to help us continue our services.

WORLD AT PLAY

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Introduction

World at Play's fourth expedition will travel to Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Kosovo and Bulgaria in Autumn 2012 to deliver high-quality sport and play sesssions for disadvantaged children and disabled adults. Working in partnership with local organisations, we aim to make a lasting impact in the communities we work with.

For volunteers, this is an amazing opportunity to get hands-on sports for development experience, develop leadership skills and go beyond the tourist trails to experience the countries in a unique way.

Expedition will happen from 23rd September til 24th Novemer 2012 (including training)



Project description:

• Planning and delivering high quality and exciting sessions for the children and adults we work with¬• Building positive relationships with our partner organizations in sessions, ‘train the trainer’ workshops and more informally¬• Supporting the Expedition Leader with tasks and responsibilities as they arise¬• Helping with expedition housekeeping e.g. cleaning the bus, sorting equipment etc.¬• Keeping the driver company sometimes on those long rides!¬• Having fun!!

Full details can be found on our website at www.worldatplay.org.uk/2012

TRAVELLERS WORLDWIDE

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Travellers Worldwide is a Leading International Provider of Volunteer Projects Abroad, Work Experience Internships and Study Abroad courses overseas for your gap year, sabbatical or career break. Established 1994.

Choose from over 200 exciting projects in 20 countriesTravellers also arranges professional work experience internships in every area of study, to really give your CV a boost as well as language courses, cultural courses and an abundance of adventure fun projects.

Projects Types:

Hands-on Conservation placements with Orang-Utans, Dolphins, Elephants, Rhinos, Lions, Creatures of the Amazon Rainforest, Sharks, Monkeys plus many more.

Teaching English and many other subjects such as Music, Maths, Drama, Computers, Science, etc.

Rewarding Community Development projects across the globe for example - Townships in South Africa, Refugees in Australia, Street Children in Brazil, Orphans in Argentina, and much more.

Coach & Play Sports, 22 sports including Football, Cricket, Netball and Basketball all over the world.

Professional Work Experience Internships in many fields, including Journalism, Law, Medicine, Business, PR, Tourism, Veterinary, Architecture, Design and much, much more.

Language Courses. The best way to learn a language is to live it, eat it, and breathe it! Learn Spanish in Argentina or Ecuador, Mandarin in China, Portuguese in Brazil.

Each project is different with different requirements however no qualifications or previous experience are necessary for many of these projects - just a good dose of enthusiasm!

Everyone is welcome on a Travellers programme, whether gap year, undergraduate, on a career break - or even retired! From 17 years old upwards, and all nationalities.

Costs vary depending on length of placement and you can participate for 1 week or up to one year as you wish and subject to visa requirements. Included is full support from the moment of booking and throughout your placement to your return home. With a team of support staff available 24/7 in all our destinations worldwide and a 24-hour emergency international telephone line direct to the Head Office. Meals and accommodation are provided, unless otherwise stated. You will be met at the nearest airport on your arrival by our in-country manager who will take you to your accommodation and give you a full induction into the area. He/she will also be on call 24/7 and you will see them frequently.

Our country managers are long term members of the Travellers family and extremely friendly and helpful! Their job is to ensure your wellbeing and safety during your time overseas with Travellers.  

Pre-departure you will receive comprehensive information about every aspect of your placement and necessary preparations, ranging from what to pack, to visa information, to what to do on your weekend travel in the country. Your safety, wellbeing and happiness throughout your placement are our primary concerns and we will keep in touch with you throughout.
International flights not included.

Projects run throughout the year.

UNITED FOR ALL

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United for All are a social enterprise based in Dundee, Scotland with strong links to Dundee United FC and our major focus at present is to assist disadvantaged people to access independent employment through a process of accredited training and personal support. The people we intend to work with generally experience a number of barriers to accessing and sustaining employment. However, we believe most can overcome these issues through their hard work and determination and go on to achieve their goals. We have some innovative training projects planned for various groups such as looked after children who will become school leavers at Christmas, lone parents and long term unemployed adults aged over 50 which will be based at Tannadice Park, the home of Dundee United FC. We intend to deliver Welfare to Work services in partnership with local agencies using football as the hook to engage clients. Our Trustees at United for All believe that football has a huge capacity for developing and contributing to interpersonal skills.

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