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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.

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.

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/.

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.

SCOTTISH FAIR TRADE FORUM

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The Scottish Fair Trade Forum is a small, dynamic organisation whose innovative campaign relies heavily on volunteers to support our work with local community groups, schools, local government and others. Past and present volunteers have brought a range of skills and backgrounds to their work with the SFTF and have played a very real role in the immense success of the campaign today.

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.

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.

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.

FAST FORWARD (POSITIVE LIFESTYLES)

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Fast Forward (Positive Lifestyles) is a national voluntary organisation promoting health and wellbeing with, by and for young people. We have been working with young people, volunteers and communities across Scotland since 1987. We develop and promote peer education for young people and run Scotland’s Peer Education Network (SPEN).

We provide health and substance misuse education for young people, train staff working with them, recruit and develop volunteers and produce resources and publications. We help young people understand the facts about drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sexual health and knife crime, promoting informed choices that can change lives. Fast Forward promotes the peer education model and recruits, train and supports volunteers from all backgrounds.

The volunteer opportunities can be varied - from involvement in delivering education and prevention sessions around substance use, to peer education, resource development, marketing and publicity. This is all dependent on the skills, abilities and interests of the volunteer. There are a particular need for a volunteer with experience of creative web based marketing and promotion. We also recruit young volunteers (16 to 25) directly to train as peer educators in health and substance use issues.

We work with protected characteristics and vulnerable groups including pupils with emotional, social and behavioural problems and the BME community. Fast Forward is a member of the SCVO, YouthLink, EADP, The Scottish Drugs Forum, ELREC, Edinburgh Youth Issues Forum and ASH Scotland, and follows the national standards established by the Curriculum for Excellence and Getting it Right for Every Child.

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

Barnardo's Scotland

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Barnardo’s Scotland has been working in Scotland for more than a century. Our purpose is to reach out to the most disadvantaged children, young people, families and communities to help ensure that every child has the best possible start in life. We aim to make sure that every young person is able to reach their full potential, whatever their circumstances in life.

Registered Charity No 216250 SC037650

Cinema For All

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Cinema For All is the national organisation for the development and support of community cinema in the UK. Community cinema includes film clubs and societies, pop-up cinemas and local community screenings. Community cinema if often volunteer led.

Established in 1946, we enable communities across the country to develop the type of film screenings they want.

To achieve this we:

strive to be an invaluable resource providing the latest thinking, information, advice and guidance on all aspects of film society and community cinema exhibition:

we help community cinema ventures get off the ground

we develop and support collaborative networks

we research and share best practice across the sector



Encourage the community cinema sector to deliver quality film culture experiences

we help people and local groups in communities to acquire the skills, knowledge and

equipment to provide high quality film watching experiences

we offer low cost access to a wide range of cultural film titles

we offer low cost equipment hire in various parts of the country

we provide education and learning opportunities about film and film culture



Act as a champion for the UK's community cinema sector

we deliver strong strategic leadership and provide an independent voice for the sector

we promote, celebrate and advocate for the sector, representing UK community cinema on a national and international stage

we act as a bridge between the voluntary community cinema sector and the wider film

industry

SEA WATCH FOUNDATION

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Working with the public, Sea Watch Foundation is a national charity dedicated to the conservation and protection of whales, dolphins and porpoises around the UK. Sea Watch, through its continuous programme of research and monitoring, provides invaluable information on changes to the status and distribution of cetacean populations and the condition of their habitats. This is used to raise awareness of any issues and prompt environmental change to help conserve and protect these mysterious creatures.

GETTING ON BOARD

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Getting on Board

Board-level volunteering career specialists

Getting on Board is a charity that can help you, your employees and members of your professional networks become new leaders in your communities through board-level volunteering, as charity trustees, school governors or members of boards of public bodies.

Board level volunteering has enormous benefits for individuals, their employers and for the boards of the charities, public bodies and schools that they join.

What we can do for you - if you are an individual

Why board-level volunteering?

There are lots of reasons why people want to become a trustee or school governor; here are some of them:

Opportunity to acquire and develop new skills

Improvement of CV and raising self-confidence

Improvement of work-life balance and reduction of stress

Personal satisfaction and enjoyment

For people made redundant or taking a career break it can fill a CV gap and maintain skills and confidence

Retired or approaching retirement it can be an opportunity to share experience and skills.

Signposting service

The Getting on Board signposting service helps individuals find the right trustee role. As part of the service individuals can expect a 30 minute phone consultation and at least four opportunities to consider applying for as well as follow-up support. This service is quick to implement and often funded by individual training budgets held by managers.



Email us if you would like to find out more.

“I am thoroughly enjoying the experience and very grateful to Getting on Board for matching me up with such an interesting and challenging role so quickly. I really feel like I’m putting something back into the local community.”

David Mullholland

Citizens Advice Bureau branch trustee, BT talent pool member.

What we can do for you - if you are an employer

Why board-level volunteering?

Getting on Board works with companies to help them integrate board level volunteering into their learning and development programmes. There are many benefits for employers and their employees. These can include:

Learning and developing new skills

Improving work-life balance and employee satisfaction

Contributing to corporate responsibility commitments for the company.

Board level volunteering is an attractive option for many employees but particularly senior and middle managers and those that have been identified as future leaders.

Email us if you would like to find out more.

Seminars

Getting on Board seminars can kick-start board-level volunteering within your organisation. Often over lunch or breakfast the seminars are aimed at letting people know about the benefits of board level volunteering and encouraging them to take the plunge and volunteer. All those that attend the seminar will also be able to access our signposting service which helps them find a suitable role.

Email us if you would like to arrange a seminar.

Signposting service

The Getting on Board signposting service helps individuals find the right trustee role. As part of the service individuals can expect a 30 minute phone consultation and at least four opportunities to consider applying for as well as follow-up support. This service is quick to implement and often funded by individual training budgets held by managers.

Email us if you would like to find out more.

Getting on Board is a registered charity, and, although we do not make a profit, we do have to cover our running costs. We therefore have to charge a fee for our sign-posting service. Most people that come to us are able to charge this to their individual training budgets through work. This is payable after the phone discussion although search support continues beyond this call.



PLANT HERITAGE

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Plant Heritage is the world’s leading garden plant conservation charity, which manages the 650 National Plant Collections of the UK – our 'living plant libraries'.



Over the centuries, countless garden plants have been developed by British collectors & growers. This biodiversity is now at risk through changes in fashion and the retirement of growers; yet it represents a significant part of our heritage and may even hold the key to new medicines or research into drought resistant plants and other characteristics vital for the future.



By making sure these plants remain in cultivation, we ensure that this essential biodiversity continues to be available to the coming generations of plant breeders, medical researchers and gardeners.

Plant Heritage leads the world in conserving cultivated plants. The Threatened Plants Project is a ground-breaking research project to discover the garden plants most urgently in need of conservation. Prior to initiating the Threatened Plants Project, very little research had been undertaken in this field.

LAWYERS IN SCHOOLS (RUN THROUGH CITIZENSHIP FOUNDATION)

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Lawyers in Schools is a unique employee volunteering opportunity designed to increase young people’s awareness and understanding of the law. The programme links law firms and in-house legal teams with local secondary schools, predominantly in economically deprived areas. It provides opportunities for practicing and trainee lawyers to engage students in interactive discussions about various legal issues relevant to their daily lives. The legal professionals draw on their expertise to increase understanding of the law among young people, including a greater appreciation of the justice system and their rights and responsibilites, and support the students to develop their legal capability.

Volunteer lawyers are trained by the Citizenship Foundation and then, in teams, lead six one-hour sessions at their partner school. Working with small groups, the volunteers facilitate discussions and activities on various aspects of the law using an interactive and thought-provoking approach. The Citizenship Foundation’s educational experts produce the resources, which have been designed to foster debate and discussion, as well as encourage critical thinking from the young people. The sessions cover a range of legal topics and utilise the volunteers’ understanding of the law and the legal system to enhance the delivery of the materials.

At the final session, students are each presented with a certificate and a copy of the Citizenship Foundation’s award winning publication, the Young Citizen’s Passport, a pocket-sized guide to the law for young people. This enables students to reflect on, and further develop, their understanding of the law and the legal system.

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

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Hearing Dogs Mission: To offer greater independence, confidence and security to deaf people by providing dogs trained to alert them to chosen everyday sounds.

Nearly ten million of the UK population experience some degree of hearing loss. That’s one person in every six. Over 650,000 of these people are severely or profoundly deaf and could benefit from a hearing dog. Hearing dogs change lives. They alert their deaf owners to sounds we take for granted, providing greater independence, confidence and security.

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People has a dedicated network of volunteers throughout the United Kingdom that work to promote awareness of the Charity and to raise funds for the training of dogs. The volunteers who form the Charity’s branch support network are an essential and invaluable part of Hearing Dogs. They raise valuable funds, inspire local support and sow the seeds which will generate income from other sources. We could not have achieved our present success without them. Today we need this loyal support more than ever and are actively looking for volunteers willing to join to start a branch in their local area or join an existing one. This is an opportunity to raise money and awareness for the charity in your local region at times to fit around you with no minimum time commitment.

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