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MENCAP

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Mencap is the voice of learning disability. Everything we do is about valuing and supporting people with a learning disability, their family and carers. We work with people with a learning disability to change laws, challenge prejudice and support them to live their lives as they choose. We are an individual membership organisation, with more than 500 affiliated groups. Mencap's mission is to improve the lives and opportunities of children and adults with a learning disability, their families and carers. Mencap's vision is a world where everyone with a learning disability has an equal right to choice, opportunity and respect, with the support that they need. Mencap is a membership organisation; membership is open to all approved and properly constituted groups. There are volunteering opportunities across the organisation in local groups, campaigning, fundraising, with children and young people, at Gateway clubs (leisure and sports). Volunteering with all ages from children to the elderly. Throughout the country there are over 500 local groups and clubs offering a wide range of activities for varying age groups, covering leisure, sports, arts, and other recreational activities. They are a bridge into the local community giving groups and individuals the opportunity to take part in community activities as any other person or group would. Volunteers looking to work with vulnerable adults or children will be asked to apply for a criminal records check. To welcome, help and support our volunteers in their roles we offer accessible information, support and training on things such as Health and Safety Awareness, being an advocate, a supporter and a campaigner.

CAMEROONIAN ACTION FOR AIDS, WELFARE & RETURN HOME (CAAWRHO)

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Cameroonian Action for Aids Welfare and Return Home (CAAWRHO) is a registered charity in UK under the Registration No: 1115448 which aims to alleviate asylum seekers and refugees from Africa and Cameroon in particular living in the UK. Our team of expects provide advice, support and information on education and training, employment, sponsorship, integration with Communities, health and nutrition and income generation etc. CAAWRHO was founded in 2006 by a group of Cameroonians living in the UK. CAAWRHO Trust was established in 2006 for public benefit in United Kingdom. We work with local authorities in UK and abroad to identify orphan children up to the age of 12 in Cameroon who have no visible means of support. Many of these children are victims of the scourge HIV/ AIDS that is taking a terrible toll throughout Cameroon, asylum seekers and refugees from Africa living in UK particularly those from French speaking African Countries. By relieving such persons who are in need of education and training, employment, income generation, poverty and sickness. We provide advice, support and information. We also respond to disasters and emergencies, CAAWRHO promotes sustainable economic and social development by working with local communities.

THE MONKEY SANCTUARY (Wild Futures)

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The Monkey Sanctuary is home to a group of woolly monkeys, a growing number of rescued capuchin monkeys and rescued Barbary macaques. Wild Futures is the charity which oversees the work of the Sanctuary, and also aims to promote the conservation and welfare of primates, educates visitors about conservation of both native wildlife and habitats in other parts of the world, and campaigns to end the legal and illegal primate pet trades.

Over the course of a year the Sanctuary receives several dozen people for voluntary work; up to 10 at any one time. Volunteers stay for periods of 2 - 12 weeks, onsite in the team's communal home. We hope volunteers will come because they share our concern for animal welfare, conservation and a need to continue questioning people's attitude towards other animals. Volunteers help in various ways, including cleaning monkey enclosures, preparing food and enrichment items for the monkeys, gardening, tidying and cleaning of public areas, housekeeping, general maintenance, helping out in the vegetarian and organic café and assisting with education workshops for young visitors to the Sanctuary. To receive more information and to apply, please email Will at volunteer@wildfutures.org.

RESOLVE INTERNATIONAL

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Help combat child poverty in Nepal. Your volunteering will help to supply water and sanitation to schools and rural families and prevent child deaths. Give your time to help us enable children from poorer families to attend primary school.

If you are applying to the World of Difference scheme we can work with you to develop a realistic and worthwhile project for your application. We would like to hear from you.

We need help with:1. Promoting Life in Nepal teaching resources. 2.Recruiting members and other volunteers 3. Fundraising in your local area.4. Developng our monitoring and impact measurement procedures 5. Funding applications and budget preparation.

VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING: Many of our volunteers work from home and make a significant difference to our work. A computer and a phone enable you to help us wherever you are. We may be able to accept volunteers with an offending background. Each individual case reviewed on its own merit.

UNIVERSAL FILM AND FESTIVAL ORGANISATION

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The Universal Film and Festival Organization (UFFO) was founded to support and implement a good business code of practice for film festivals and the film making community.

UFFO is a not-for-profit voluntary organization that brings together the highest quality of Film Festivals and the film making community by encouraging Film Festivals to become sound in principles and business practice.

UFFO is an open international organization with branches and festivals in many countries. Membership is entirely free and anyone can join UFFO and network with our online community.

THE COUNCIL FOR BRITISH ARCHAEOLOGY

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The Council for British Archaeology is an educational charity working throughout the UK to involve people in archaeology and to promote the appreciation and care of the historic environment for the benefit of present and future generations. We signpost opportunities for participation through our website www.archaeologyuk.org, CBA Briefing (www.britisharchaeology.org/briefing), and the Training Online Resource Centre (TORC - www.torc.org.uk). We are a membership organisation, offering our members regular updates about the latest in British archaeology, subscription British Archaeology magazine, and opportunities for volunteering and special events through our regional networks. See http://new.archaeologyuk.org/join-us-today/.

VICTIM SUPPORT

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Victim Support is the independent charity for people affected by crime across England and Wales. We were set up over 40 years ago and have grown to become the oldest and largest victims' organisation in the world. Every year, we contact over 1.5 million people after a crime to offer our help. Volunteers help support and provide emotional and practical help as well as information to people affected by crime. We also have opportunities for office and fundraising work. We may be able to accept a volunteer with an offending background, all are considered based on the role, merit and all are subject to risk assessment.

Registered Charity No. 298028

CORNWALL PEOPLE FIRST

Description

Cornwall People First is a charity run by and for Adults with Learning Disabilites.

We are a self advocacy organisation.

Aims

To relieve the needs of people with Learning Disabilities who live or work in Cornwall and surrounding areas by assisting such persons to develop their full potential and obtain their rights and privileges, particularly but not exclusively, by the provision of advocacy, support, advice, information, education and training

Objectives

• improve services and access to services for people with learning disabilities,

• represent and/or self advocate and speak up for people with learning disabilities

• promote people as individuals and not as labels

• link with other self advocacy groups

• promote accessible facilities

• have and support volunteers

• run events, conferences and meetings

• produce suitable written materials accessible to all

• provide training, workshops and group work sessions.

• influence and inform the planning of services for people with learningdisabilities

• promote Equal Opportunities

• have the power to raise funds and to invite and receive contributions provided that in raising funds the Trustees shall not undertake any substantial permanent trading activities and shall conform to any relevant requirements of the law.

• have the power to employ staff (that shall not be members of the Trustees) as are necessary for the proper pursuit of the Objects

• payment of superannuation to staff,

• powers to do all such other lawful things as are necessary for the achievement of the Objects.

CHICKS Charity

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CHICKS began in 1992, and have since provided over 13,500 children with a much needed break.

CHICKS is a registered charity which provides FREE five day respite breaks for children aged between 8 and 15 years old who are living in difficult or deprived conditions and will not of had an opportunity to have another break in that year. The breaks provide the opportunity to have some fun with peers of their own age and build upon their self-esteem and confidence. Our week long breaks give children a chance to get involved in a number of new, exciting activities and experiences.

CHICKS currently has three retreats for respite breaks in the UK; two in the South West in Devon and Cornwall and one that has recently opened last year in Derbyshire. The retreats are set on grounds with converted barns full of trampolines, basketball nets, pool tables and table tennis, also within the house there is a music centre and arts and crafts area.

The children we help come from a variety of backgrounds. They might be living in poverty, be young carers, be victims of bullying or abuse, or have been bereaved. The one thing they all have in common is that they could really benefit from a week away from their circumstances.

Role summary:
As a Respite Break Volunteer for CHICKS you will be a positive adult role model who will interact with the children and allow them to develop and experience new challenges. You will join our team of fully trained staff and up to five other volunteers from Monday through to Friday on a residential week supporting up to 16 disadvantaged children.

Sense

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Sense offers a summer holiday programme that enables deaf and blind people to have fun, try new things and meet new people. Our holidays also give parents and carers a break.

The role of the volunteer is, as part of a team, to support deaf and blind people to get the most from the holiday. You will provide support to enable individuals to get involved in activities as well as supporting some or all aspect of their daily routine.

We are looking for volunteers who are committed and enthusiastic. We need people who are caring, patient, open minded, work well in a team and are willing to learn new skills. You need to have plenty of stamina, great interpersonal skills, respect and a good sense of humour!

At Sense we take safeguarding very seriously and only select volunteers who pass the relevant security checks. This includes two satisfactory references, a ten-year history check and an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for Sense. An Enhanced Disclosure is necessary when volunteers work with children and vulnerable adults.

SEEING EAR

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The Seeing Ear is a charity dedicated to helping people all over the country who want to read but who cannot use ordinary books. Our online library provides books in a flexible format for blind and print-disabled readers.

Working from home and in your own free time, you will help us add books to our online library for blind and print disabled members of your community. You will be editing and formatting MS Word files and we will give you free access to an online training course. Every book you go on to edit will provide another opportunity for someone who is blind or print disabled to take pleasure from reading or get a fair chance at education. We are currently working on an exciting new project working with schools to support children who need books in this electronic format and we want to give every child the opportunity for a fair chance in education and to be engaged with learning. To meet the demand of requests we will rely on the support of volunteers more than ever.

KERNOW POSITIVE SUPPORT

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Kernow Positive Support (KPS) provides volunteers with a range of opportunities at our centres of activity across Cornwall: our respite, retreat and training centre in Altarnun near Launceston and our resource centre in Truro. This gives volunteers grounding in the way the charity sector co-operates and works with the statutory and public sectors across a wide range of professional disciplines. It provides a diverse range of client support in these varied settings and the opportunity for volunteers to participate in a hands-on way.

Charity mission statement:

1) The relief of sickness and distress of persons affected by HIV/AIDS, and their families and carers, by the provision of advice, information, care support and counselling services including welfare rights.

2) The provision of education and training to members of the public in the needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS, with a view to promoting a better understanding of the disease.

3) Integrate the care and support of people with HIV into the community with understanding and compassion.

4) Provide volunteering opportunities in a professional and supported environment, encourage volunteers to accept positions of responsibility within the organisation.

MAYBE SAILING

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Maybe Sailing is a Tall Ship sail training organisation. With two gaff rigged vessels, we take young people and adults on sail training adventures across the UK, Europe and further afield. This year, our vessel Blue Clipper will be crossing the Atlantic, taking part in the RDV 2017 Tall Ships Regatta; visiting Bermuda, Boston, Quebec, Halifax and Le Havre.

Sail Training is a platform for Youth development; helping young people build confidence, self-esteem and gain skills in team work, communication and leadership. We work with young people from all different backgrounds from across the UK and Europe.

The National Lobster Hatchery

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The National Lobster Hatchery is a conservation, research and education charity based in Padstow, Cornwall. Volunteers have the opportunity to gain valuable experience in this specific area of marine conservation, learn new skills and contribute toward our charitable objectives. Volunteer roles are often multi-disciplinary, and can include technical operations, engaging with the public through our visitor center and contributing to our office team.

Soutpansberg Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation (SCBC)

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The Soutpaspansberg Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation was established in 2014 in order to catalogue the biodiversity of understudied animals in the Soutpansberg region of South Africa. The project initially began with a strong herpetological emphasis; soon it became apparent that it would be impossible to limit the study to a single group. Soon amphibians, small mammals, scorpions, Theraphosidae, Odonata and Lepidoptera were added to the focus of the study. The inclusion of the additional groups has not hampered the reptilian data collection as these groups are often encountered while searching for reptiles. We aim to provide an experience that will bring people into close contact with nature – uncoupled from the everyday routines of urban-based consumer culture – and to facilitate new ways of relating to the world.

We require research assistant volunteers to help us with our ongoing project:
Currently we are looking for people interested in herpetology, entomology, arachnids and small mammals. Participants need to be comfortable around reptiles, reasonably fit and happy to live without electricity (we do have solar power) and in a remote area. Data is collected through fieldwork as well as accessing existing databases and private collections/lists. Where possible fieldwork will be conducted in understudied regions to the East and north of the Soutpansberg range. The collected information will indicate biodiversity hotspots and highlight areas for the consideration of conservational action.

The information generated from this project will include species lists, distribution within the region, habitat preferences and also biological notes of observed behaviours. One of the intended outcomes of the project and the collected information is the consolidation of the information into a publication for future research reference as well as for the education of the interested public.

Research assistants who wish to partake in their own research may do so after discussing their options and drafting a proposal with our help. We are also able to take on students who need to do an internship as part of their course if we our informed upon booking.

The SCBC aims to provide an experience that will bring people into close contact with nature – uncoupled from the everyday routines of urban-based consumer culture – and to facilitate new ways of relating to the world.

Skills and Knowledge you will acquire through participation:
• Reptile and Amphibian Identification and Data Collection for Conservation
• Setting up and maintaining Pit Fall and Funnel Traps for small vertebrates and invertebrates
• Arthropod Identification and Data Collection for Conservation
• Horticulture for Conservation
• Basic Tracking
• Bird Identification and Bird Conservation Data Collection
• Basic Ecology and Conservation in a Changing World
• Macro Photography
• Living off the Grid.

CONCORDIA

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Concordia is a charity (no. 305991) committed to international volunteering as a means to promoting intercultural understanding and peace.
Our International Volunteer Programme offers volunteers aged 18+ the opportunity to join international teams of volunteers working on short-term projects in over 60 countries in Europe, North America, Middle East, Latin America, Africa and Asia. Types of international volunteer projects include conservation, restoration, archaeology, construction, arts, children’s play-schemes and teaching.

Projects last for 2-4 weeks with the main season from June to September. The new Summer programme is announced each year in March with over 1500 projects available.

These are some examples of projects you might find available:

• Volunteer with refugees in Belgium
• Set up a music festival in Germany
• Restore a castle in France
• Assist with holidays for people with special needs in the USA
• Volunteer at a nature reserve in Italy
• Carry out archaeological work in Greece
• Rebuild a children’s playground in Croatia
• Help with arts activities in Turkey
• Promote organic farming in Japan
• Organise activities for street children in India
• Teach English in Thailand

Volunteers pay a registration fee between £225 and £280 - depending on the type of project -and fund their own travel and insurance.
Board and accommodation is free of charge for projects in Europe, North America, Japan and South Korea. For projects in Latin America, Asia, Middle East and Africa volunteer pay an extra on arrival fee of approx. £150/200 that covers food and accommodation, as well as funding the programme in the country.

"Had a great time meeting new people and sharing some fun experiences. A perfect way to mingle with people from other cultures. Would recommend to anyone" (Nora, volunteer in France)

"Fantastic. One of the best, and certainly one of the most memorable two weeks of my life". (Joe, volunteer in Estonia)

"It was one of the best experiences of my life and I will think about different aspects of my time there for the rest of my life!" (Joanna, social project in India,)

SUE RYDER

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Sue Ryder provides incredible care for people with life-changing illness. Whether it’s bringing comfort to someone’s final days or enabling them to make the most of their life, we are here for them and their loved ones.

We treat everyone in our care as an individual, taking the time to see the person not the condition. We enable people to live the life they want, and do everything we can to ensure their time with us is the best it can be. We do this in our hospices, in our neurological care centres, in the community and in people’s homes.

We've been doing this for more than 60 years. The charity is supported through fundraising and retail activities and by 12,000 volunteers.

We have volunteering opportunities across the UK in our shops, offices, care centres and hospices.

THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S AWARD

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The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the world’s leading achievement award for young people.

We aim to create a world where young people can reach their full potential whatever their circumstances. Our ethos is to enable every young person of every background to do their DofE and succeed, regardless of any barriers. We provide a balanced programme of activities that develops the whole person – mind, body and soul – in an environment of social interaction and teamworking. Young people progress through three levels of DofE programmes to achieve a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award. Taking part builds confidence and develops self-esteem. It requires persistence, commitment and has a lasting impact on the attitudes and outlook of all young people who do their DofE. Our participants are aged between 14 and 24.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is delivered under special licence by over 500 partners (Licenced Organisations). Our partners support over 10,000 DofE centres including youth clubs, voluntary organisations, schools, colleges, Young Offenders Institutions and businesses to run DofE programmes and accredit their young people.

Volunteering Matters

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Volunteering Matters invites all people aged 18-35 to experience the challenge, excitement and reward of helping people in need. Each year it places hundreds of volunteers away from home on full-time projects throughout the UK, supporting adults or children with physical disabilities, learning difficulties or mental health issues, also young people who are in care or in trouble, the elderly and homeless people. Volunteers work hard, have fun and gain valuable experience volunteering away from home for six to twelve months. Applications are welcome throughout the year. Volunteers are asked to be flexible about their hours but are not expected to volunteer for more than 35-40 hours per week. Accommodation and subsistence is provided which includes food (or £40/week to buy food ) and £35/week towards day to day expenses along with full support, relevant training and a certificate. Placements provide excellent work experience for a variety of careers including social work, youth work, healthcare, teaching and many more. No experience or qualifications are required to join the programme, just commitment and a willingness to be flexible and open minded. Applications welcome from UK or EEA nationals who are applying from the UK. Volunteering Matters is a registered charity.

War Memorials Register

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The War Memorials Register (formally the UK National Inventory of War Memorials) was initiated in 1989 by the Imperial War Museum and the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments of England, which merged with English Heritage in 1999, to create a register that currently records 70,000 war memorials in the the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.

War memorials form an important part of our cultural heritage and reflect the changing face of commemoration as well as artistic, social, local, family, military and international history. The Register includes memorials to members of the armed forces, civilians and animals from all wars and to those who died in service. The Register covers every conceivable type of memorial, from the frequently-seen community crosses to buildings, lych gates, gardens, hospitals, organs, chapels, windows, etc. All wars are covered, from the Roman occupation to the present day, although, the largest number of memorials are for the First and Second World Wars. We record details of the memorials location, description and inscription.

We have recently launched a database recording the names of individuals commemorated on war memorials. This work would not be possible without the help of dedicated volunteers. Our volunteers work both in branch at IWM London and remotely as fieldworkers. Volunteer opportunities exist for those interested in recording information on war memorials in their local areas, assisting with updating information on existing memorials or with transcribing names recorded on war memorials.

For information on current volunteer opportunities please contact us via email at memorials@iwm.org.uk

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