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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.

DOORSTEP LIBRARY NETWORK

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Doorstep Library: Recruiting Volunteers for a new opportunity in Hammersmith & Fulham and Westminster projects.

Do you remember a character from a childhood book as fondly as an old friend?
If you do, you’ll know the magic of being able to slip into another world as and when you need to, or how books can make your world a bigger, brighter place.
For bookworms especially, it’s hard to believe that anyone could see reading as anything other than empowering, or even just a pleasure. For the third of children from disadvantaged areas who leave primary school without being able to read well, often it’s nothing but a chore.
That’s why we like to turn up on the doorstep, with a backpack of books, two little stools, and a pair of volunteers who know that words take you places. Every week, come rain or shine, our volunteers bring the magic of reading directly into families’ homes every week, in low income areas across west London.
Doorstep Library volunteers don’t just read stories; they do the silly voices, hand pick the books, and give special recommendations. By making it fun first, we get to watch children transform into budding readers. We love parents to get stuck into the sessions too and encourage them to get involved in their children’s education.
Sometimes though, we’re just there to give a bit of extra support, whether we’re passing on info about a family activity, lending an ear, or even just being a friendly face. Then, before we go, we leave behind a selection of books for each child to borrow for the week.
If this sounds like the role for you, these are the basics. We run projects on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in estates across Fulham, White City, East Acton and Queen’s Park. In Hammersmith and Fulham we start at 3.45pm and finish at 6.30pm. In Westminster, we start at 4.30pm and finish at 7 pm.
Volunteering with us is a weekly commitment. If that isn’t feasible for you at the moment, please do still get in touch. We always need stand in volunteers, our projects wouldn’t run without them.
Come along to one of our Info Sessions to find out more, simply email enquiries@doorsteplibrary.org.uk to book your place.
In the meantime, check out the short film made about us by the BBC last year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyWFsYPDSXE&t=55s. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter too for all of our latest news!

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.

FAMILY FRIENDS

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Family Friends is a registered charity set up in 1993 to support disadvantaged families. Through a network of trained volunteers we provide befriending and mentoring services. We help families living in deprived areas of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. Through respect, encouragement and support, we aim to ‘help families to help themselves’ by discovering their strengths and building on their coping skills.

Family Friends carefully recruits, trains and matches volunteers with parents, children or adolescents. Volunteers meet the family in their home, once a week for two hours. They offer long-term practical and emotional help based on each family's unique needs and potential. Volunteers pledge a year's commitment and Family Friends' staff back up their work with on-going supervision and family feedback interviews.

In the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea we offer two services:

• Parent befriending - For parents with a child or children under the age of 16.

• Child/adolescent befriending & mentoring - For children/adolescents aged 5 and above and under 16 years old.

Child/adolescent befriending has a more emotional focus and is activity-based, while mentoring has an academic focus.

In the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham we offer two services:

• Parent befriending - For parents with a child or children under the age of 16.

• Child/adolescent befriending & mentoring - For children/adolescents aged 5 and above and under 16 years old.

Futureversity Tower Hamlets (Formerly known as Tower Hamlets Summer University)

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Futureversity Tower Hamlets pioneers innovative approaches to independent learning for 11 to 25 year olds. A programme of free courses and activities combining academic and vocational study, performing and visual arts, music, sports, information technology, new media, personal development, entertainment and volunteering opportunities takes place each year. THSU is embarking on its tenth successive year and is firmly established as an organisation with a strong identity and appeal for young people. The success of Tower Hamlets Summer University has inspired over 16 London Boroughs to develop their own schemes based on the THSU model, engaging and benefiting thousands of young people across the capital. In December 2002 THSU gained Quality in Study Support status (QiSS) as an ‘established’ centre of Out of School Hours Learning, the first Summer University in the country to enter for this kite mark and to succeed. THSU aims to: Promote independent learning. Raise achievement. Promote racial tolerance and good community relations. Increase access to educational opportunities through creative partnerships between all sectors, statutory, voluntary, business and industry. Involve young people in the organisation's development. One of the biggest successes of the Summer University has been the Peer Motivator scheme. Up to 50 young people aged 15-23 volunteer during the summer and approximately 60 young volunteers participate in our Community Peer scheme beginning September. The Unboxed programme selects 10 - 15 young people annually.

ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF LONDON

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The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is a charity devoted to the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats.

ZSL Vision:

A world where animals are valued, and their conservation assured.

ZSL Mission:

To promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats

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.

CITY YEAR

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City Year UK challenges young people to tackle educational inequality through a year of full-time voluntary service in schools. It's a year for 18 to 25-year-olds, from all backgrounds, to dedicate their talent to support children growing up in some of the most deprived areas of the country. It’s also a year for our volunteers to realise their own aspirations and grow as leaders, both through the achievements they'll share with pupils and through the invaluable training, coaching and development opportunities they receive during their City Year.

What you’ll do:
We train our young people (known as corps members) to give one-to-one tailored support to at-risk pupils. The pupils they work with often face emotional and social challenges, and it’s through helping them develop the skills they need to face these challenges, that our corps members are able to make a positive and lasting impact.

How you will support children:

• You’ll help improve pupils’ academic achievement, attendance and behaviour
• You’ll help pupils develop the skills they need to face emotional and social challenges
• You’ll provide one-to-one, tailored support to struggling pupils
• You’ll run after-school clubs and social action projects.
• You’ll organise events, celebrations and projects to bring the school and community together as a whole.

In return, you will gain ‘stand out’ experience and benefit from a tailored training and careers programme which is dedicated to ensuring you make the most out of your year, helping you to secure the job you want after City Year.

One World 365

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Search rewarding volunteering programs worldwide with One World 365 where you can help communities, wildlife and the environment.

NYAS

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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.

PEACE BRIGADES INTERNATIONAL UK SECTION

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Peace Brigades International (PBI) is a human rights organisation which was created in 1981. Our aim is to help create space in conflict zones so that the civilian population may organise to defend its rights without fear of reprisals and violence. PBI is an independent organisation not affiliated to any religious or political institutions. We are recruiting international observers to work in Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras and Kenya to protect organisations and individuals who have requested our involvement. You must have a mature outlook, be fluent in Spanish for the Latin American projects and be able to make the minimum time commitment of 12 months (18 months for Colombia). PBI holds orientation weekends for potential volunteers. For more information please email us on admin@peacebrigades.org.uk. There are also volunteer opportunities available in the London office in the areas of outreach, fundraising, publicity, administration and advocacy.

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.

KIDS FOR KIDS

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Kids for Kids is virtually the only organisation helping children who are living in remote villages in Darfur, Sudan, through long term, self sustainable projects identified and run by the communities themselves - based on the simple loan of goats, but much more as well, including the training of midwives and environmental projects such as the extensive planting of indigenous trees. Kids for Kids was started by the Chairman after she met a nine-year-old child walking for seven hours to reach water, despite one of the largest aquifers in Africa lying under Darfur. Our main aim is to support long term self sustainable projects working with the local communities, principally in North Darfur, in the far west of Sudan. We raise funds for hand pumps, and to lend goats so that the children have milk (and the vitamins it contains). We also lend donkeys to carry the water, and provide training for villagers to become paravets and village midwives and first aid workers. We train farmers in irrigation and farming technique improvement programmes, as well as establishing tree nurseries for long-term environmental improvement. We are already helping over 100,000 villagers in 60 village communities, with more planned - with better access to water, livestock and education - plus healthcare in a region torn by violence where enabling people to stay in their homes literally saves their lives in a very direct way. We need help running projects from the UK and help with the administration in the UK. But most important of all, we need to help raise awareness not only in the UK and in the States where we have just created a Friends of Kids for Kids, but worldwide. In Sudan we would welcome volunteers to help raise awareness and funds on our committee in Khartoum. Additionally we are looking for keen supporters who will help set up groups to raise awareness and funds for our activities. Our administration is kept as low as possible so that funds go directly on the projects themselves. In our last financial year our admin was less than 12.8%. KIDS FOR KIDS’ projects are reaching over 100,000 people, despite the violence and difficulty in access. In 2006, 3,914 goats and 573 donkeys were distributed to 650 families in 21 village communities, while 42 village midwives were trained and are now working with young mothers. We would need to discuss and individually assess interest from volunteers with an offending background.

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