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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.

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.

UNIVERSAL FILM AND FESTIVAL ORGANISATION

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

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

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

THE COUNCIL FOR BRITISH ARCHAEOLOGY

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

VICTIM SUPPORT

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

Registered Charity No. 298028

Nacro

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With more than 50 years of experience, Nacro is a champion of social justice. We are evolving to meet society’s changing needs and to support a wider range of individuals.

Our knowledge and experience help the most vulnerable in the community to change their lives, and reach their full potential and aspirations. We make this possible by addressing social exclusion, inequality of opportunity and deprivation.

Throughout England and Wales, we deliver interventions which are consistently high quality, evidence-based and outcome-focused so that we can maximise our impact in communities.

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.

LANCASHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST

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The Wildlife Trust is the largest UK charity exclusively dedicated to the preservation of biodiversity. Our Mission - to work for a region richer in wildlife by the protection and enhancement of species and habitats, both common and rare. To work towards public recognition that a healthy environment rich in wildlife and managed on sustainable principles is essential for continued human existence. Our Vision - to be the key voice for nature conservation within our region and to use our knowledge and expertise to help the people and organisations of Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside to enjoy, understand and take action to conserve their wildlife and its habitats.

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.

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!

LEE ABBEY COMMUNITY

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Lee Abbey is a Christian retreat, holiday and conference centre run by a Christian Community working for the renewal and refreshment of the Church. We look for individuals who have a heart and passion to work and serve in a Christian context. The Community has a branch in London which is a hostel for international students. Other branches are in Knowle West (Bristol), Aston (Birmingham). These communities help in urban priority areas.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR PEOPLE ABUSED IN CHILDHOOD (NAPAC)

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National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) are the only national organisation focused on supporting adults who have been abused in any way as children. We know that most children who are abused don't talk about it until they become adults and NAPAC exists to support survivors of child abuse when want to talk and receive support. We aim to: Respond to the distress caused in adulthood by ill treatment and/or neglect in childhood. Establish a national support line, an email support service and postal service for people requiring advice and information about help available to overcome the continuing impact of childhood abuse in adulthood. Provide support, training, information and resources to persons and organisations supporting people who have experienced ill treatment and/or neglect in childhood. Raise public awareness of the continuing impact of childhood abuse in adulthood. Effectively campaign to alleviate the impact of child abuse in adulthood. We plan to achieve these aims by: Continuing to run our national freephone Support Line for adults who have suffered any type of abuse during childhood. The publication of helpful materials and information. Establishing training packages for people and organisations supporting survivors. The establishment, maintenance and monitoring of a national register of counsellors and therapists who are committed to assisting adults who have experienced child abuse Organising seminars and conferences on relevant topics Promoting and liaising with relevant bodies on issues pertaining to childhood abuse and its continuing impact in adulthood. NAPAC's Mission Statement Respond to the distress caused in adulthood by ill treatment and/or neglect in childhood. Establish a national information line and postal service for people requiring advice and information about help available to overcome the continuing impact of childhood abuse in adulthood. Provide support, training, information and resources to persons and organisations supporting people who have experienced ill treatment and/or neglect in childhood. Raise public awareness of the continuing impact of childhood abuse in adulthood. Effectively campaign to alleviate the impact of child abuse in adulthood. NAPAC plans to achieve these aims by: Through the setting up of a national freephone Support Line for adults who have suffered any type of abuse during childhood. The publication of helpful materials and information. The provision of training to persons and organisations that are supporting adults who experienced ill treatment or neglect in childhood. The establishment, maintenance and monitoring of a national register of counsellors and therapists who are committed to assisting adults who have experienced child abuse. Organising seminars and conferences on relevant topics. Promoting and liaising with relevant bodies on issues pertaining to childhood abuse and its continuing impact in adulthood.

YORKSHIRE DALES MILLENNIUM TRUST

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The Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust was set up as a registered charity in 1996.

Our aim is to “support the well-being of this special area” - the Yorkshire Dales. In the early days conserving the jigsaw of heritage features that make up the Yorkshire Dales landscape was the core of our work. We planted trees, restored wildlife habitats, rebuilt barns, walls, village halls, historic buildings and features of all shapes and sizes.

We still do all that, but today our role is much wider. We’re now involved with many of the social, economic and environmental aspects of life in this special area. Our work covers areas as diverse as countryside apprenticeships, supporting local businesses and sustainable development, social exclusion, education, health and well-being and connecting with communities in nearby conurbations has become a real focus, with some inspiring and pioneering work.

To date the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust has helped to deliver over 1,900 projects worth around £27+ million in the Yorkshire Dales and surrounding areas.

Our Aims:

To conserve or restore the natural, built, scenic and cultural heritage features which together make up the special landscape of the Dales

To increase access for all by developing and promoting opportunities for wider access to and understanding of the Yorkshire Dales

To support the economic life of the area, including enhancing the employable skills

To support the people and communities of the Yorkshire Dales to live and work sustainably in this protected landscape

To support and help to develop the social and community fabric of the Yorkshire Dales

Our Values:

To be passionate about the Yorkshire Dales

To work in partnership with local communities and other organisations

To work as an enabling body to help deliver others aspirations for the Yorkshire Dales

To encourage sustainable ways of living and working in this special landscape

UNITED PLANET

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As an international non-profit organization, United Planet (UP) strives to create a world in which all people understand, respect, and support one another. United Planet's global network of leaders and volunteers fosters cross-cultural understanding and addresses shared challenges to unite the world in a community beyond borders.

CONCORDIA

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

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

These are some examples of projects you might find available:

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

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

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

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

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

WILDFOWL AND WETLANDS TRUST (WWT)

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The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) is a registered charity whose aim is to preserve and protect wetlands through programmes of scientific study, education and the operation of nine Visitor Centres around the UK. The Slimbridge Wetland Centre is located in Gloucestershire and is also the HQ for WWT.

Volunteers support us in every area of the Visitor Centre. Some roles support a variety of practical conservation tasks, including grounds wardening (planting, weeding, habitat management and other practical conservation activities), reserve wardening (wetland habitat creation and management) and aviculture wardening (assisting with the welfare of the captive wildfowl and helping at the duckery). Additionally, volunteers are also required to assist in the Visitor Centre. They help on the information desk, with school parties, they guide visitors in the observation tower, sell membership and grain. We particularly need this help at weekends and during school holidays. Volunteers in the Education Department are involved with holiday and weekend activities, as well as supporting term-time teaching. Other volunteer opportunities include helping with the Canoe Safari, supporting our Mammal and Toad wardens, and assisting with the maintenance of the centre within the Facilities team. Details of all our current opportunities can be found at http://www.wwt.org.uk/volunteer

We provide the opportunity to learn about the unique environments of the wetlands themselves, providing full training, social events and interesting and varied work. WWT Slimbridge is also committed to providing as much help as we can to our volunteers who are here to gain work experience. So whether you are looking for a friendly environment where you can meet new people, a place to learn new skills or a chance to do some practical conservation work - get involved with voluntary work at WWT and gain the experience that you are looking for.

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