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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.

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.

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.

ADELANTA INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIP AND STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS

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Adelante offers low cost programs, based in cities around the world with a focus on cultural immersion and real-life experience in international study and professional settings.

In Spain, customized internships are available in Madrid, Barcelona, and Seville in a wide variety of sectors including Marketing, Public Relations, Healthcare, International Law, Culinary, Tourism, Human Resources, Graphic Design, Information Technology and more. We also offer Semester and Summer Study programs at a university in Seville.

As of February 2017, we have opened up a new site location in Quito, Ecuador for candidates interested in internships with Human Rights, Medicine, Veterinary and Equine Veterinary, Work with Street Kids, and more. This is one of our most affordable programs offered.

Adelante also has two summer study programs based at a college near Edinburgh - choose the 4 week Equine Summer Program or the Ecological Conservation Program. We also offer six week Observation & Research programs in Scotland in the fields of agriculture, horticulture, veterinary, dietetics and childcare.

In San Jose, Costa Rica, internship opportunities include Accounting, Human Resources, Marketing and Administration at a Junior College or University, Law Offices, Automobile Service and Repair, Environmental and Ecology, Tourism, and Working with Underprivileged Children. Semester and Summer Study programs are also available at a private university in San Jose.

In Oaxaca, Mexico, volunteer positions are provided in numerous sectors including Arts/Museums, Teaching English, Social Work, Archaeology and Working with Children.

Internship opportunities in Viña del Mar/Valparaíso in Chile cover a wide range, including Marketing and PR, Teaching English, Social Work, IT, Engineering and Tourism.

In Montevideo, Uruguay, internships include Tourism, PR, Teaching English, Graphic Design and Medicine.

Internships can be from one to six months in Spain, or up to 12 months in South America, beginning the first Monday of the month, each month of the year.

We endeavor to always provide the most economical internship programs available. Please see our website for latest prices and application fee. Included in the fee are: airport pickup, intensive Spanish classes (two or three weeks depending on location), your own room in a variety of housing options, work assignment placement and an English speaking Advisor in-country. This can be an academic or non-academic program.

For more information and to apply, please visit our website www.adelanteabroad.com. You can also email us at info@adelanteabroad.com or call (562) 799 9133.

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/.

SCOTS MUSIC GROUP

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The Scots Music Group is a charity with a strong ethos of community-building, using traditional music, song and dance to bring people together. We actively support and encourage our students to gain the skills and confidence to take their music back into their own communities. To make this happen we rely on the enormous goodwill of all our members who get involved in making things happen. Over the years, the organisation has been instrumental in the resurgence of interest in Scottish traditional music, song and dance, both in Edinburgh and further afield. Much of this has happened due to the enthusiasm and commitment of our team of tutors, and the willingness of members to join together in developing a large number of opportunities for sharing music, song and dance with others in the community. We support regular sessions, performances, ceilidhs and many other exciting events. SMG members regularly go out to perform at community events such as the Doors Open Day, Canal Festival and numerous nursing and residential homes as well as contributing their skills to countless fundraising events, family celebrations and many others.

Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland

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Spina Bifida occurs during pregnancy. Most of those born with the condition will be paralysed from the waist down and will have to use a wheelchair, be doubly incontinent and 80% have hydrocephalus which causes numerous neurological disorders including problems with speech and impaired concentration.

There is no cure for the conditions, nobody knows why it happens and it can happen to anyone regardless of age, ethnicity or social background. It causes lifelong disabilities and currently affects 1 in 500 pregnancies in the UK. Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland(SBH Scotland) is the only charity in Scotland to provide dedicated support services to all everyone who has been affected and has been working since 1965. SBH Scotland seeks to increase public awareness and understanding of individuals with spina bifida and / or hydrocephalus and allied conditions. It aims to support all those affected to identify their needs and to empower them to make informed choices and decisions.

ANN FOUNDATION

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Ann Foundation's mission is to empower disadvantaged children through progressive education.

Educating disadvantaged children; breaking the poverty cycle.We envision a world where every disadvantaged child has access to primary education.

The Ann Foundation is a nonprofit, non-sectarian organization committed to improving the quality of education for children/youth with disabilities around the globe. The Ann Foundation is working in India, Russia, Africa and continues to expand its missions in new areas and communities

Education creates independence that inspires confidence which brings peace.
We at Ann Foundation aspire to bring the basic right of education to all children and young people across the world because we believe that education creates a better tomorrow for everyone.Poverty, disability, gender discrimination, child labor, slavery – all are stumble blocks that keep youngsters from the mainstream education. Once out of the system they face ever increasing challenges to make it. Left behind without choice.

Disability is one of the top obstacles around the world. Over 93 million less fortunate children live with the disability. They often experience inequalities in life and have fewer opportunities to access quality education. Education brings hope to these children. Hope that they also can make it on an equal footing.
Our new projects: Empowering destitute girls in Kolkata.
Educating children who are doing child labor.
Bringing hope for the children with HIV.
Empowering young girls in Quilon Social Service Society (QSSS) in Kerala.
Hearing program for the hearing impaired children and youth in Kolkata
Teaching English & computers for the blind children in Burgur,India

EDINBURGH CYRENIANS

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Cyrenians is a charity working with people who experience homelessness. Cyrenians has two residential communities: a farm, based in West Lothian, 10 miles from the centre of Edinburgh, and a city based community in Edinburgh itself. Each community has up to eight residents, who come to live in the communities as a result of homelessness, usually caused by family relationship breakdown, a drug or alcohol problem or a mental health problem. The purpose of the communities is to support the residents to develop their confidence, skills and abilities in order to begin to live independently and, eventually, to move to a more sustainable living environment away from personal crisis. Living with volunteers helps residents see alternative ways of coping with problems, whilst not being expected to be ‘perfect’ people, volunteers are embedded in the service as positive role models. Both Communities have around six volunteers who live with the residents in the community houses for 6 months. In addition, both communities have a small staff team, whose role it is to assess the residents, provide structured guidance to them, uphold the rules and community agreements, and have overall responsibility for the project. Staff work mainly work standard office hours but are available on call if required. The roles of staff and volunteers are very different. The Role of Volunteers: Volunteers are peer mentors to residents in the communities and do not substitute the work of paid staff. Volunteers and residents live within our community facility and manage the day-to-day domestic tasks and decisions within the community building, which is their home. The process of being involved in decision-making empowers residents and helps to develop their confidence, skills and abilities. We endeavour to create equality between community members (residents and volunteers), but volunteers must note that the young people who come to live here come as a result of their need for support. Volunteer support for a resident may include: accompanying a resident to the job centre, helping a resident to cook a meal for the whole community, acting as a sounding board for a problem, offering mature and calm guidance as to the community agreement and house rules. Outside staffing hours, volunteers maintain a presence in the house (worked out on a rota). Volunteers are encouraged to be alert to any conflict and are expected to remind residents of the rules, if necessary, and use their influence to maintain the ‘community agreement’. They will be vigilant to any issues threatening the health and safety of those present and will call staff and or emergency services if required. Overall, the role is less supervisory and more one of promoting a positive, stimulating environment in which problems of boredom, conflict and other anti-social behaviours will be minimised. A minimum commitment of six months is required from each volunteer to ensure continuity and stability within the houses and to give the volunteer a valid experience of community living. Throughout the placement volunteers have regular time off and a holiday allowance.

The National Trust for Scotland

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National Trust for Scotland working holidays are open to volunteers aged 16 and over and are a fantastic way to help with conservation in some very special parts of Scotland. If you are over 18, you can apply for a Thistle Camp and if you are 16 or 17 our Trailblazer projects are run especially for you. Both types of camp provide opportunities for you to see new places, meet new people and contribute to the conservation of Scotland's wild places. All volunteers are expected to work a 9 - 5 day and help out with domestic duties when not on site. There is a day off during the week when volunteers have the opportunity to visit nearby places of interest. Volunteers must be prepared for physically demanding tasks and bad weather.

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.

FOOTBALL MEMORIES

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After six years of operation, a Scottish programme to help people living with dementia by using football images and memorabilia has met with incredible success. With over 90,000 people in Scotland having a diagnosis of dementia – the equivalent of every spectator on an average Scottish football weekend – demand for the project is huge, as it seeks to harness the passion for the game felt by so many Scots.

The Football Memories project is helping people living with dementia by reviving memories of players, matches, goals and incidents from football matches in their younger days. A joint project between Alzheimer Scotland and the Scottish Football Museum at Hampden Park, it has attracted almost unprecedented levels of interest and involvement from fans and players alike. The website www.footballmemories.org.uk has seen contributions of stories from footballers, rock stars, film actors, journalists, politicians and ordinary supporters all across the country.

There are now over 120 groups all across Scotland and there are plans for parallel projects for Rugby, Cricket, Shinty, Golf, Speedway and Athletics.

Volunteers need to have a passion for their sport and an aptitude to relate to older people who are living with dementia, have other memory problems or who are lonely and socially isolated.. Training will be provided.

VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING: Resource development, scanning, research.

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.

Walk the Walk

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Walk the Walk is a grant-making breast cancer charity and organisers of the famous MoonWalk overnight power walking challenge. We’re celebrating our 20th birthday and immensely proud to have raised over £113m, which has been granted to research into breast cancer and to improve the lives of people living with cancer now.

Every year we recruit 2000 volunteers to help at the MoonWalk London from Clapham Common in May, and MoonWalk Scotland from Holyrood Park, Edinburgh in June.

For information or to register please visit our volunteer pages

http://walkthewalk.org/volunteer/moonwalk-london-2017/
http://walkthewalk.org/volunteer/moonwalk-scotland-2017/

SCOTTISH CHILD LAW CENTRE

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The Scottish Child Law Centre is a charity that provides free expert legal information and advice on Scots Law relating to children and young people under 21 years of age This information is available by telephone or e-mail. It is available to children, young people, their families, carers and external organisations. We also provide training on legal issues relating to children and young people and workshops to school pupils and youth groups. We provide speakers for conferences and events and respond to changes in legislation. We also have a wide range of leaflets on Scots Law relating to children and young people. Volunteers would be provided with support and supervision. Law students would assist the solicitors to carry out work such as research, logging calls for statistical use, building up contacts etc. Volunteers with a non legal background would assist with preparing for training days, sending out publications and general administrative duties. They would also have the opportunity to learn some basic finance skills using excel, mail merges etc.

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.

OPEN SECRET

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Open Secret is looking for volunteers to work with people who were abused in childhood either offering counselling skills, befriending, art therapy, play therapy or family support. We can offer in return quality training and supervision.

We are also looking for administration and fundraising volunteers to support the various projects.

RESULTS UK (RESULTS Education)

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RESULTS is a network of people who care about ending world poverty. Global poverty is such a massive challenge that many of us feel powerless to do anything about it. But as part of the RESULTS network, you will not only become more knowledgeable about development issues, you will also learn how you can influence political processes in order to bring about positive changes. We have groups across the UK who are always keen to welcome new members. Groups meets at least once a month, and always at least the 1st Tuesday of each month, where we participate in a national conference call featuring guest experts and learn about a topical issue. Recent issues have included microfinance, education, sanitation and health (including HIV, TB and child health). We then support each other to take an action, such as meeting with our MP, writing to decision-makers or getting letters published in newspapers. The RESULTS network is supported by a small staff who work in coalition with parliamentarians and organisations around the world to advocate on global poverty issues. Opportunities to volunteer in our head office in London are occasionally available. We are continually seeking to expand our work and take on new volunteer activists in all parts of the UK. Contact the RESULTS office to find out if there is a group near to you or if you would like to start one in your area. RESULTS also operates in six other countries of the world, USA, Canada, Australia, Germany, Mexico and Japan.

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