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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.

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

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.

SPINAL RESEARCH

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Spinal Research funds ground breaking research to find treatments for paralysis caused by broken necks or backs.

There are various opportunities around the UK to help at events. We rely on our supporters to raise funds for our vital research.

We are always looking for cheerers at races like The London Marathon, Royal Parks Half Marathon or The Great North Run.

Annually we are look for volunteers to help us at The Bicester and Finmere Show which takes place in early August each year in Oxfordshire, and The Chiltern and Thames Rider Championships are in September at the Herts County Showground by selling raffle tickets and our charity merchandise. These are really lovely events and volunteers will have the opportunity to watch the fantastic show jumping and dog events during the day. Or you could help at volunteer lead event near you, such as a Cycle Challenge through Wales, a Motorbike meeting in Kent, Open Garden in Sussex or Polo Match in Suffolk to name a few. For further information about our work and how to get involved go to our website www.spinal-research.org

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.

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.

XCHANGE SCOTLAND

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Xchange Scotland is a charity set up by young people in Scotland to help others see the world and develop communities along the way! Our aim is to offer a world of exciting and accessible international opportunities. We are built on the principals of Active Global Citizenship and Intercultural Understanding - to inspire volunteering around the corner and around the World.

How we Work

We are part of 2 international Networks: Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations and CCIVS, which collectively allow us to cooperate with organisations within 55 countries worldwide.

Opportunities for you to see the World and Volunteer

International Volunteer Projects (IVPs)

These are from 2 weeks up to 1 year long and involves other volunteers from different countries working with you on a project benefiting the local community. Volunteers are provided with food and accommodation. While giving back you discover a country in an authentic way, exchange cultures with people from around the world and develop your sense of initiative, language skills and ability to work in a team.

Where: Over 55 countries worldwide, through our network we can offer places on over 1700 projects.

Cost: £ 250 project contribution. Volunteers have to pay for their own travel to their project and their travel insurance.

Who: Anyone over 17 years old, no skills required.

Apply: Email us at out@xchangescotland.org or phone us on 0141 237 2430. Projects happen all year round with most in the summer and are added to our website for all to see.

Looking for a longer opportunity?

Xchange Scotland sends volunteers on European Voluntary Service (EVS). This is a European Commission funded programme that enables young people to volunteer long-term abroad. From 3 months up to 1 year - mainly European countries although it is possible to go beyond Europe as well.

Cost: All costs are covered by the grant. The EVS programme pays for your living expenses, pocket money, accommodation and your travel.

What: A life changing experience to enhance young people's initiative, creativity and enterprise. Project themes are cultural, social, environmental and many more.

Who: Anyone 18-30, some projects available to 17 year olds too.

Apply: Email evs@xchangescotland.org or phone us on 0141 237 2430. Projects happen all year round.



What we do in Scotland

International Groups

Just as we send volunteers on short-term and long-term projects overseas, likewise we co-ordinate international groups to take part in similar projects in Scotland. These projects are also open to anyone living in Scotland to become Xchange Scotland Project leaders - an important role in the projects we co-ordinate here in Scotland.

If you are interested in coming to Scotland to volunteer, get in touch and we will provide information on the projects and organisations we are working with.

Our Education Work

We offer a range of exciting Non-Formal Educational Activities. These are topics related to global education, such as active citizenship, intercultural understanding, anti-sectarianism and equality. if you are interested in participating in/helping to run these workshops, then do get in touch!

www.xchangescotland.org

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

RALEIGH INTERNATIONAL

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Raleigh International is a sustainable development charity. We harness the passion and energy of young people to effect positive change in sustainable development. Our programmes focus on providing access to safe water and sanitation, protecting vulnerable environments and building resilient communities.

Our work is delivered through young people and is a collaboration between local communities, partners and volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds, nationalities and life stages. We operate in partnership with communities, non-governmental organisations and governments in Costa Rica & Nicaragua, Malaysian Borneo, Nepal and Tanzania. Since our foundation as a charity in 1984, Raleigh volunteers have become a global community of more than 36,000 people committed to building a sustainable future.

As a volunteer with Raleigh International you will be supported throughout the process of applying, fundraising and preparing yourself for the programme, as well as during your placement and after your return.

Through participating in a programme with Raleigh International, you will gain new life skills and experience to help with your own personal development. It is our hope that you will become passionate and feel inspired to effect change, drive sustainable development and make a difference for future generations.

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