UK Volunteering

How To Help The 'Baby Boomer' Generation Age Well

Anna Dixon | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK
Anna Dixon

Today's Annual Report from the Chief Medical Officer tackles a subject close to our hearts - how to help the 'baby boomer' generation age well. As the CMO points out, people aged 50-70 are a large and diverse group: over 35% of the population are over 50 and the median age is already 40.

Feeding 300 People Three Times A Day For 10 Days Isn't A Simple Task

Ruth Soroko | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ruth Soroko

giving back.jpg Feeding 300 people, plus 100 volunteers, three times a day for ten days, isn't a simple task. Food donations (some of surplus food) lined up the dance studio in the college where we were based. Lead chefs, a little like in the invention test on Masterchef, would make up the menu from the produce available.

Cancer Took My Daughter On Christmas Day – Now I Focus On Making It A Happy Day For Other Families

Ann Grady | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Parents
Ann Grady

giving back.jpg Doing this job has brought my Christmas back. I couldn't face Christmas in the same way, because of what that day mean to us. But then when I was working in the house and I saw children and parents putting the tree up together and it brought everything back to me.

How To Get Involved With Volunteering This Christmas

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Christmas has become a valid excuse to be bask in materialism. But it shouldn’t be that way. Because for many people this year, Christmas will be a...

Volunteering With Crisis Is The Only Way I Want To Spend The Festive Season

Andy Smart | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK
Andy Smart

giving back.jpgJoe was living rough. He'd lost his Dad earlier in the year, but having no money he had walked to Leeds to lay flowers on his fathers grave and then walked back to London, the round trip taking 6 weeks.

End Of Life Care – Charities Are Filling Government Gaps

Catherine McKinnell | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Politics
Catherine McKinnell

I was reminded of the valued contribution of the charity sector and its volunteers to end of life care when I recently met with a local Marie Curie Helper volunteer, who was providing incredible support and companionship to a constituent affected by a terminal illness.

Forget Christmas Shopping, It's Time To Focus On Truly Giving Back This December

Rachel Moss | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Moss

giving back.jpgThe project aims to ensure no elderly person is forced to spend Christmas day alone by arranging events for local people on the 25th December. With new research by AgeUK revealing nearly a million older people feel lonelier at Christmas compared to the rest of the year, the project has never been more needed.

Stop Buying And Start Giving: Five Free And Novel Ways To Make A Difference On Giving Tuesday

Vicki Sellick | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK
Vicki Sellick

A weekend of excessive spending on Black Friday and Cyber Monday has seen each person in the UK estimated to have parted with as much as £203. Now th...

Youth Social Action Paves The Way For A Better Future

Ginny Lunn | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Ginny Lunn

Engaging young people in local social action - such as volunteering - paves the way for a better future. It enables them to make a positive difference to their local community, as well as providing them with a platform to develop new skills, gain valuable experience, and grow into confident and socially conscious adults.

National Stress Awareness Day: Tips To Cut Down On Stress In Your Life If You Are An Activist Or Volunteer

Sofie Sandell | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK
Sofie Sandell

I can totally understand people who do not bother to do anything extra in their life to help others. Being an activist and formulating new ideas that will create a better and equal society can be pretty draining.

How Volunteering For A Month Helped Me Worry Less And Live More

Lauren E. White | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lauren E. White

To anyone suffering with anxiety, I know that there is a road out of it. I'm not off that road yet - and who knows when I will be - but I am on it. And that's what matters. To anyone suffering, do yourself the biggest favour and tell whatever (or whoever) is making you suffer that they aren't going to prevent you from completing a duty - whether it be to yourself or, like mine, to others. It's easier said than done, but it is so incredibly worth it. Trust me, I know.

The Secret To Social Mobility Success Lies With The Young

Sophie Livingstone | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK Politics
Sophie Livingstone

We need to give more young people the skills and opportunities, and empower them to inspire more than just a generation - they could create an entire social movement.

Seven Volunteer Programs I'd Love To Try

Tom McLoughlin | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tom McLoughlin

There are so many benefits to volunteering depending on what project you do, but if you only need one reason to do it then why not the opportunity to explore the world and immerse yourself in another culture and meet incredible people

A Quarter Century Of Corporates Giving Back To Communities

Anne Heal | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK
Anne Heal

25 years of volunteering. A million hours of employee time given by 160,000 employees. £40 million of company time invested in high impact social action volunteer programmes, helping 192,000 beneficiaries.

Welcome to the Jungle! Part 3.

Anne-Marie Wilde | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Anne-Marie Wilde

A Student Nurses First Experience of Volunteering First Aid to the Refugees of Calais. Part 3: Humanity Please note, the names that appear in this ...

Welcome to the Jungle! Part 2

Anne-Marie Wilde | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Anne-Marie Wilde

A Student Nurses First Experience of Volunteering First Aid to the Refugees of Calais. Part 2: Baptism of Fire Please note, the names that appear in...

Welcome To The Jungle! Part 1.

Anne-Marie Wilde | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Anne-Marie Wilde

A Student Nurses First Experience of Volunteering First Aid to the Refugees of Calais. Part 1: The Lead Up Please note, the names that appear in thi...

Calais Volunteering, Dignity, And The Failures Of The First World

Arthur Peirce | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

What is often forgotten, and left behind in coverage, is that every single refugee, each statistic in some newspaper, is a life that has been absolutely shattered. Now, as their home is once again to be demolished, the lives and futures of each and every refugee in Calais is once again uncertain.

A Week In The Jungle - Volunteering At The Refugee Camp In Calais

Santosh Carvalho | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK
Santosh Carvalho

I feel I have a moral duty to speak out about what I've experienced in the "jungle". I'm pragmatic enough to know that solving the entire refugee crisis at Calais will need collective political and social action in Europe. However, it is in our gift to do something about the unaccompanied children and orphans in the camp.

Winter Is Coming

Iris Maxfield | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Iris Maxfield

In shops across the country, change is approaching and an old friend has arrived: tinsel. The encroaching face of Santa Claus and red and green wrappi...

The Wild Washerwomen Of Calais

Jaz O'Hara | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK
Jaz O'Hara

By hiking into Calais town to use the launderettes there, asking French men in bars to use their washing machines (haha), and using everything imaginable as clothes horse's, our lovely Wild Washerwomen, against all odds, washed wildly, and continue to wash!

Life's A Beach So Save The Sea Turtles

Sasha Govor | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK
Sasha Govor

I don't know how many turtles I actually saved and I'll never know. But for a few months of my life I donned the cape, picked up the nunchucks and lived the life of a real superhero.

Confessions Of A Volunteer Virgin

Hattie Holden Edmonds | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK
Hattie Holden Edmonds

Before I tackle the House of Lords Children in Crisis report on unaccompanied refugee children in the EU, I really need to replace that mould-riddled ...

Confessions Of A Volunteer Virgin

Hattie Holden Edmonds | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK
Hattie Holden Edmonds

It was a woman I'd never met who finally swung it. As I lay on a plump mattress under a duck down duvet one night in late April, I thought about what she, Liz, had done with her day. While I'd been sitting on my backside, shuffling words around and working my way through a variety of nut-based snacks, she'd been putting out fires, breaking up knife fights and comforting dozens of bewildered children who know her as a second mum.

Worries Mount For Majority Of Those Approaching Retirement

Ginny Lunn | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ginny Lunn

Retirement should be a landmark moment in all of our lives. And it should be a cause of celebration where we look forward to extra leisure time or moments with friends and family. So it is alarming that new research - commissioned by Beanstalk - shows that the vast majority of people are worried about retirement.