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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.

WEST SUSSEX MEDIATION SERVICE

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West Sussex Mediation Service provides a free community and intergenerational mediation service across West Sussex using trained volunteer mediators. We help individuals, groups or family members resolve conflict that is affecting their health & wellbeing and community relations. We are an independent charity and have been operating for ten years. Our core work is neighbour disputes, which covers subjects such as noise nuisance, antisocial behaviour, parking etc. We need keen and enthusiastic people to help promote our service and generate funds, so that includes fundraisers, event organisers, social media manager and marketing support. We are a friendly bunch and our service has been built around volunteers. We would not exist without them. The charity only has the equivalent of three paid staff members.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

BE YOUR BEST ROCK CHALLENGE

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The Rock Challenge® is a unique and exciting opportunity for schools to take part in a dance, drama and design spectacular where the young people are the stars. While the result is a professional event staged in some of the UK’s top venues, the main aim of the Rock Challenge® is to encourage participants to have fun while enjoying a 100% drug-free experience.

Around 367 schools and over 24,000 students competed in 47 Rock Challenge®, Junior Rock Challenge® and Youth Division in 2011. Teams as small as 10 or as large as 140 students, plan an eight minute performance around a theme of their choice, set to commercially available music and bring it to one of our local shows held throughout the nation.

The Rock Challenge® is universally inclusive with schools and colleges from all backgrounds taking part; junior schools, middle schools, colleges, schools catering for students with special needs, independent schools, educational centres for at risk children, the Rock Challenge® welcomes any educational establishment that wants to be involved.

The Rock Challenge® is about the combined beliefs of Health, Life Skills and Creative Thinking

Health

Participants commit to being 100% drug, alcohol and tobacco free for the period of their involvement. Research has proven that the event build resilience and raises awareness of the health problems associated with substance abuse. Many participants every year reduce or stop any existing misuse of tobacco, alcohol or illicit drugs due to their involvement.

Life Skills

Rock Challenge® can be an innovative way to encourage students to represent their school outside the traditional platforms, work together towards a positive goal and perform onstage in some of the UK’s top venues. The students will also develop essential life skills and experiences in a fun and motivational environment. Participants will also experience and increase in social and management skills, teamwork, leadership and communication skills, acquire essential problem-solving ability and see first-hand the rewards of commitment to a task. Practically the students can also be involved in designing and creating sets and costume, designing and applying make-up, fundraising and budgeting, planning and scheduling and of course performing.

Creative Thinking

The Rock Challenge® strives to inspire, educate and entertain young people and gives them a creative platform on which to express themselves. Students, teachers, parents and communities work together helping to prepare the school’s performance. After many months of hard work they present their performance to thousands of screaming audience members at a professional venue overseen by profession stage, production and technical crew. The evenings are a night of true inspiration and entertainment. Awards are given to recognise the wide variety of elements that make up a Rock Challenge® performance including soundtrack, lighting design, choreography, drama skills, set design and many more.

The benefit of a school’s involvement in the Rock Challenge® for itself and its young people are countless, from reducing truancy rates, building teacher-student relations, encouraging community links, improving self-esteem and making school a more enjoyable environment to work and study in.

The Rock Challenge® is a memorable and life-changing event for schools, teachers, communities and young people alike.

Volunteers

Our tour currently runs from February to July. This is the time that we get most volunteers. Usually they will come along to their local event and help us for however long we are at that particular venue. Anyone volunteering outside of tour will be involved in basic administration/office work.¬Volunteers at Rock Challenge® events can be involved in an extremely wide range of tasks. We have recently created our own accreditation scheme which was broken down to 40 individual tasks for volunteers to complete with a varying range of responsibility and difficulty.¬You can read more about the accreditation scheme and find out the tasks by following this link:

http://bit.ly/o4ixn8

Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/rockchallenge

Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ukrockchallenge

SUE RYDER

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Sue Ryder provides incredible care for people with life-changing illness. Whether it’s bringing comfort to someone’s final days or enabling them to make the most of their life, we are here for them and their loved ones.

We treat everyone in our care as an individual, taking the time to see the person not the condition. We enable people to live the life they want, and do everything we can to ensure their time with us is the best it can be. We do this in our hospices, in our neurological care centres, in the community and in people’s homes.

We've been doing this for more than 60 years. The charity is supported through fundraising and retail activities and by 12,000 volunteers.

We have volunteering opportunities across the UK in our shops, offices, care centres and hospices.

3H FUND (HELPING HANDS FOR HOLIDAYS)

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3H Fund specialises in holidays for physically disabled children (13+) and adults and respite for their carers. Volunteers are required to help care for the disabled guests on the holidays with full support from two leaders on each holiday. Holiday venues vary from year to year. Please either contact the office or go to the website for more details.

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