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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.

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.

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.

RWANDAN YOUTH INFORMATION COMMUNITY ORGANISATION (rYico)

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Rwandan Youth Information Community Organisation (rYico) is a UK registered charity that works to support and empower vulnerable young people in Rwanda. We do this through Centre Marembo, our youth resource in Kigali which supports young people who have been orphaned, neglected or left in very difficult conditions for a variety of reasons. rYico also works in the UK to increase social and cultural understanding about Rwanda. Latest news Short-term volunteering opportunity.

rYico is looking for an experienced person to work with us full-time for 2 months from April 2017 (subject to funding) to share their skills to help build the capacity of the organisation. Our current priorities are to support our social business garment production industry "African Sewing Club and Centre Marembo in Rwanda. We need volunteers who can support our fundraising activities in the UK. We also welcome applications from individuals who wants to volunteer in Rwanda with relevant experience and skills in fashion and garments making and eligibility to work in the UK and Rwanda. If you feel you have other skills that may be useful to the charity, please get in touch via email or call us on 01273 234 836.

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.

NYAS

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Description:

Do you want to make a difference to a young person’s life?
Do you have 1- 4 hours per month to spare?
We urgently require more volunteers, so why not volunteer as a mentor/befriender for NYAS as an Independent Visitor for children and young people in care.

We are looking for reliable and dependable people from all walks of life

We will provide training and on-going support. We will pay expenses to a set limit.

Here is what some of our young people and volunteers have to say about this rewarding role:

I like how my Independent Visitor isn’t anything to do with social services and is here to support me not to judge
She boosted my confidence, now I feel like when I go places I can just relax and have fun
My young person always looks forward to me coming, they have had such a disjointed life, I am a stable figure in their life and this has to be important for them, as everything else changes around them a lot.

NYAS. Independent Visitors are individuals who befriend children and young people who are in care (looked after by the Local Authority). To fulfil this role you must be able to listen to children and young people, be available to meet the individuals and show commitment. Applicants must have experience of working face to face with children/young people but no formal qualification is necessary. You will receive IV training – accredited course equivalent to NVQ 3 level, supervision and support to fulfil this role.

Specific Responsibilities include

1 To befriend and provide a stable, positive and continuous friendship with the child or young person you are matched with.

2 To visit the child or young person on a regular and reliable basis.

3 To value and respect the wishes and feelings of the child or young person and where necessary represent their wishes and interests to other significant persons.

4 To undertake activities agreed with the child or young person, suitable to his/her age, aptitude, and ability.

5 To promote the child or young persons developmental, social, emotional, educational, cultural and religious needs.

6 To maintain confidentiality at all times and to ensure observance of and adherence to NYAS Confidentiality and Serious Concerns and Reporting Policy and relevant local authority procedures.

7 To participate in training, and individual and group support meetings where necessary.

8 To keep and submit brief records about your contact/visits with the child or young person you are matched with, along with any expenses incurred.

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

THE WILDLIFE FOR ALL TRUST

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The Wildlife For All Trust is a pioneering environmental charity. Our work includes conserving endangered species and habitats in the UK and in South Africa. We also provide important free education for both adults and young people.
Unlike most charities we purposely work non-paid (supporting ourselves with other paid work). This allows us to ensure that all the money which would normally be used up on salaries is actually spent where it is really needed.
We are highly successful in what we do, and the key to our success is attitude. We provide comprehensive training for all our staff which has produced very positive practical results over many years. Komsberg Wilderness Nature Reserve in South Africa is an outstanding example of what can be achieved by our unique approach.
To find out more about our work and for details of how to apply for an interview, please visit our website (wildlifeforall.org).
See the 'Interviews' page for current opportunities.
We look forward to hearing from you.

Community RePaint

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Community RePaint is a network of over 70 individual paint reuse schemes across the UK, collecting leftover paint from members of the public, painters, retailers etc for redistribution to people and organisations in social need (who would otherwise be unable to afford it). In 2015 Community RePaint schemes diverted over 432,000 litres of paint, which would otherwise have been thrown away, to over 31,997 people and 2,477 community groups and organisations. Additionally the network supported 161 part and full time jobs, and 273 volunteer positions. Further information is available on our website www.communityrepaint.org.uk. Volunteers can be involved in a variety of different tasks including paint collection, sorting and paint redistribution plus publicity and promotions, driving and project management. The level of involvement in the project will be determinate upon the needs of the individual scheme. Volunteers with an offending background can be considered depending on the individual Community RePaint scheme (although it is unlikely that sexual or physically violent offenders would be considered).

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.

SPIN (SINGLE PARENT INFORMATION NETWORK)

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SPIN (Single Parent Information Network) offers information and signposting for single parents (men and women) as sole or shared carer. The organisation is run by single parent volunteers primarily from their home. SPIN has an internet group sending regular information. SPIN provides face to face information SPIN provides advice, information and signposting by telephone, email. Opportunities for project planning, volunteer management, committee membership, membership management, management, marketing, finance, accounts, PR, design, advise, IT, admin, event management available VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING: Moderating of internet group. Research. Typing. Data input. Advice work after training on the job to answer queries and advise via email.

CHESTNUT TREE HOUSE CHILDREN'S HOSPICE

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Chestnut Tree House is the only children's hospice in Sussex and cares for over 300 children and young adults from 0-19 years of age with progressive life-shortening conditions from East and West Sussex, Brighton & Hove City, Portsmouth City and South East Hampshire.

Our care services extend to the whole family - not just the child, but mums, dads, grandparents, sisters and brothers.

Our aim is to make every day count. The good days, the bad days and the last days.

Volunteering opportunities

The opportunities available are for ‘offsite’ volunteers. The opportunities could be marshalling at a large event, running an awareness stand, doing a public collection, running a tombola or a raffle, selling fundraising merchandise etc.

The large events that we organise would mean the volunteers would be part of a team of perhaps 100 volunteers, but the smaller events could mean that they and one other volunteer would be running the stall and perhaps even setting up the stall, breaking down the stall and taking responsibility for any money collecting during the event. Staff are not often present at the smaller events, but staff are always present at the large events that we organise.

SUSSEX NIGHTSTOP PLUS

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Sussex Nightstop provides a safety net for young people who are at risk of homelessness, providing emergency accommodation in the homes of volunteers for 16-25 year olds. We are affiliated with DePaul UK and work alongside the YMCA Downslink group, Voices in Exile and social services.
We train and support members of the local community who have a spare room to offer to a young person. Our aim is to catch these young people before they begin rough sleeping and get involved in the many dangers associated with street homelessness. These young people can stay with us for a night or up to a few weeks while their longer term housing situation is addressed.
All young people are need and risk assessed before being offered the service, alongside having ID and background checks completed. The host also undergoes a number of checks and references, in addition to attending a 5 session training course. We have all of these measures in place to safeguard both the young person and host, in order that the service can carry out its amazing work.
Hosts are required to provide the young person with; a warm welcome, an evening meal, washing facilities, bed and breakfast, most importantly, if necessary, a listening ear or a bit of ‘space’. In return for this we provide full training and support, payment of expenses incurred and the opportunity to make a positive difference to the lives of young people experiencing homelessness.
Alongside hosting, we recruit volunteer befrienders, who accompany young people to their accommodation, making sure that they feel supported and get there safely. If the host isn’t available until later in the evening this role sometimes involves taking the young person out for supper or coffee.

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.

HOME-START EAST SUSSEX

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Home-Start South Downs recruits and trains volunteers to support families with at least one child under 5, in their own homes. They support parents in situations as diverse as isolation, bereavement, multiple births, illness, disability or who are just finding parenting a struggle. They provide non-judgemental practical and emotional support and help build the family’s confidence and ability to cope. Families are usually referred by their Health Visitor, or other professional, but can self refer. Our volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds, and must have parenting experience. Our 10 week (one day per week) Volunteer Preparation training course is accredited with the Open College Network.

WATERWAY RECOVERY GROUP - CANAL CAMPS

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WATERWAY RECOVERY GROUP - CANAL CAMPS In helping to restore one of Britain's derelict canals, you will have the opportunity to do a hundred and one things that you have never done before and earn yourself a place in canal restoration history! You will be meeting all sorts of new people, having a lively social life in the evenings and you could find yourself doing any, if not all of the following: * restoring industrial archaeology * demolishing old brickwork structures * bricklaying and pouring concrete * driving a dumper truck * clearing a lock chamber of 'orrible black slimy silt * helping to run a major national waterways festival * cooking for 20 hungry volunteers * clearing vegetation and felling trees. For a worthwhile and fun-filled week with about 20 or so like-minded people, all you need is to be reasonably fit, aged 18 and over, and able to cope with the basic facilities of village hall accommodation. No skills or previous experience required, just a willingness to get involved and have fun!

BRIGHTON AND HOVE CITY MISSION

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The Brighton and Hove City Mission has been a charity since 1849 that seeks to serve the city, the church, and Christ.

We currently serve through four teams:

Schools Team: A team that visits schools to help them fulfill the Social, Moral, Spiritual, and Cultural Education National Curriculum requirement. The team reaches over 4000 children each year through faith based assemblies, lessons, and prayer spaces in 30 schools across the city and surrounding area.

Food Bank: A team that exists to help individuals and families in times of crisis with food, home start up packs and fuel payments. The team also signpost clients to other agencies that can help keep them out of times of crisis.

Rest Homes: A team that visits 18 rest homes, care homes and sheltered accommodation to provide an interactive, fun filled, faith based programme for residents. The team also offer one-to-one visitations to individuals that may feel lonely or are going through a particular hard time.

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.

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