UK Volunteering

Why I am Ashamed to Call Myself a Volunteer

Sarah Pycroft | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK
Sarah Pycroft

We need to re-professionalise the practice of volunteering, by standing up to the 'no experience necessary' providers and accepting only opportunities that we can honestly say we would be fit for taking on back home.And when we do that..? Then I'll feel proud to call myself a 'volunteer' again.

Shining New Light on Volunteers

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

So perhaps it's time we found a new word to describe volunteers. Something which captures the true spirit, energy and value of this vital role. My instinct is 'Stars'. There are millions out there; we just need to reach them.

Nepal's Children Pay the Highest Price - Earthquakes Threaten Education Progress

Purna Kumar Shrestha | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK
Purna  Kumar Shrestha

The Ministry estimates the total damage to the country's education system at US$313.2 (£204.7) million, mainly to infrastructure. Demolition and debris removal, construction of temporary learning centres, child-friendly spaces, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities, plus school repair costs total US$32.5 (£21.24)million.

Let's Give More Control to Residents and Local Volunteers to Help Create Positive, Lasting Change for Our Communities

Debbie Ladds | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK
Debbie Ladds

Volunteering to help others can have diverse benefits both for us as individuals and for those we volunteer with. It can increase people's confidence, boost wellbeing and help strengthen the fabric of society. There is increasing recognition of this from policy makers too. Take for example, the Government's pledge to offer up to three days' paid volunteering in companies employing over 250 staff - a move which could provide new opportunities to around 15 million staff.

Lend a Hand, Learn a Skill, Change a Life - It's Volunteers' Week

Adam Stones | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK
Adam Stones

Volunteering is an enriching, rewarding experience - surely no one can deny that - and it is hugely affirming to read the stories being shared this Vo...

Louise Ridley

This Anonymous Guy Helps Anyone, With Anything, For Free | Louise Ridley | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK

[Picture: Ruth Hogben] I'm in a cafe in central London to meet a man who has just flown from the capital to Dublin. When he got there, he turne...

Mitzi and Me: Time for Plan B

Mike Niles | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Mike Niles

That same mate who introduced me to the charity sadly died and Mitzi was there to offer comfort and support. Mitzi's is a friendship I have grown to value and it's thanks to Fran that the two of us are able to support one another.

Lucy Sherriff

Seven Under 30s Who Volunteer - And Absolutely Love It | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education

At HuffPost, we like to shout about people doing good things. That's why, when Volunteers' Week came around, we thought there was no better time to pr...

Why One Week Isn't Enough to Celebrate the Work of Our Volunteers

Owen Sharp | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Owen Sharp

I know I'm biased (and I'm sure other organisations who work with volunteers will say the same) but I have never worked with a group of people whose commitment to the cause is so absolute... They fundraise, raise awareness, share their knowledge and experience, and talk from the heart. And they save lives. Our volunteers are amazing. Every day of the year.

10 Reasons Volunteering Abroad Is an Awesome Idea

Tom McLoughlin | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tom McLoughlin

Volunteering abroad is one of the most fulfilling, eye-opening, and life-changing things you can do. Not only do you get to explore a new place and get to know its people better than you ever could simply just travelling, but you will also be giving back in some way.

Prince Harry, Thousands of Young People Are Already Serving Their Country - Voluntarily

Sophie Livingstone | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Livingstone

As you yourself have found, service offers a common meeting ground. It can be a great equalizer that's not interested in social divisions and it has the potential to make everyone who's willing to take part great. But not everyone has an interest in becoming a soldier or the military.

Coalition Is Dead - Long Live Coalition

Nigel Rayment | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Politics
Nigel Rayment

Despite all the talk of a fresh political landscape and the dawning of a new era of government by coalition, here we are again with a majority governm...

Dear Struggling Musician... Is This You?

Victoria Leith | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Leith

I entered a big televised national competition, judged by Dizzy Rascal, Sharleen Spiteri and Jamie Cullum. I delighted in telling my friends I was in this competition particularly because of these great musicians involved.

Kenya's Girls Deserve Better

Charles Mwangi Waituru | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK
Charles Mwangi Waituru

Crossing the road to my office from lunch recently, a tiny girl ran after me and held my hand to ask for money. I told her that it is not right for children to beg. She looked at me sternly as if daring me to do anything about it. Looking over my shoulder I saw her young mother sitting by the roadside keenly watching, encouraging her.

Engaged Youth Must Bring Other Young People Into Politics

Usaama Kaweesa | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Usaama Kaweesa

You will have read this before - not enough young people are voting. Statistics show that in the 2010 General Election only 54% of 18-24 year-olds were registered to vote and only 44% of them actually voted. By not voting young people are the easiest group to ignore. This has to change and I believe that it is the young people who are already engaged in politics that need to reach out to those furthest away from politics and bring them in...

#InMyShoes: Cameron Promises 'Big Society' With Little Change

Naomi Barrow | Posted 27.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Anyone who's ever spoken to me for more than about five minutes will know that I'm a serial volunteer. I contracted the volunteering bug sometime around my 14th birthday and ever since, have lived and breathed volunteering...

Nepal Earthquake: Sending Shockwaves Through My Family

Purna Kumar Shrestha | Posted 27.06.2015 | UK Politics
Purna  Kumar Shrestha

It took two very anxious hours to make contact with my family. It was my 24 year old nephew who rang to inform me that my immediate family were all safe. As I was speaking to him on the phone there was an aftershock, which was very strong. I could hear in his voice how incredibly scared and afraid he was and I tried to reassure him from thousands of miles away.

Too Narrow a Focus on Finance, Not Enough on People

Philip Goodwin | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK
Philip Goodwin

I'm in New York this week to engage in the Post 2015 development process first hand. I know I'm not alone when I say that the process to agree a new agenda for the fight on global poverty is confusing and impenetrable. This week's focus is on financing and implementation. It's the "who's-going-to-pay?" and "how's-it-going-to-happen?" parts of the puzzle.

You Can't Have a Big Society in a Small State

Georgia Elander | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Georgia Elander

In the past week, we've seen four new election manifestos - but with both Labour and the Tories struggling to make any kind of decisive poll gain, some old ideas are rearing their heads. The Tories, failing to achieve the desperately-awaited 'crossover' in the polls, are very rapidly ditching their stern economic message of 'tough choices' and attempting to resurrect the groaning corpse of the 'big society.'

An Insight Into a Volunteer's Life - Hamble Lifeboat

Paige Hiley | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Paige Hiley

The word 'Volunteer' usually scares a lot of us aware from the instant notion that you won't be paid for your time. However, for some people it is what drives them to be motivated in life and for the crew at Hamble Lifeboat station off of the Solent, volunteering to help the community and visitors to the area is what they do best.

"I Agree With Youth Social Action"

Sophie Livingstone | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Livingstone

Consensus is the last word you'd normally associate with General Elections but following on from "I agree with Nick" - the unlikely catchphrase of spring 2010 - five years later it looks like the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats have found something else to agree on. Each of these parties has included a commitment to youth social action and volunteering in its manifesto.

Five Animals with Special Talents

Frontier | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK

There are a lot of animals out there that are really cute, funny and lovable. There are also some very special animals and insects that have talents far beyond their physical appearance. Some that can help the earths depleting resources and others that are just plain fascinating. So here are 5 animals with some very extraordinary talents.

Visiting Care Homes: The Forgotten Duty

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Visiting a care home taught us many lessons. As soon as we arrived, we were struck by their smiles and happiness. Their eyes lighted up and their faces broke out into smiles. It was easy to see what a difference it made for their moods and state of minds.

Why We All Need to Own the 'V' Word

Philip Goodwin | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK
Philip Goodwin

This says to me that we need to take volunteering out of the margins and into the mainstream. We in the sector have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to redefine volunteering for the next few decades at least.

Men - Let's Get Out of the Man-Box, Together

Michael Conroy | Posted 16.05.2015 | UK
Michael Conroy

The Call To Men UK programme is nationally ground-breaking - a 10 week curriculum for teenage lads, delivered in school, in how to unpick language, media images, historical beliefs and their own attitudes towards women and girls and themselves as developing men.