UK Volunteering

Millions Of Youths Have Taken Part In Campaigning And Volunteering In 2014

PA | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Millions of the nation's young people have taken part in campaigning, volunteering and fundraising in the past year, a poll has found. It suggests ...

Misread Connection: Widow's Trip to Africa

Sarah Wauterlek Pierson | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK
Sarah Wauterlek Pierson

About a month ago I returned from the most extraordinary trip to Kenya. I had the honor to bring a small group of young widows from America to visit widows in the slum of Kibera. It was a journey of courage and of new beginnings.

Prince Charles Is Doing A Live Google Hangout Right Now

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will appear in his first Google+ Hangout live stream today. Prince Charles is broadcasting from his home in ...

Natasha Hinde

Telford Community Store Is A Charity Shop, Food Bank And Advice Bureau All Under One Roof

HuffingtonPost.com | Natasha Hinde | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

When I was five, my mum had to rely on food handouts from family and friends to keep us going. I only found out at the end of last year – I’d b...

Volunteering to Break Down Barriers

Sophie Livingstone | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK
Sophie Livingstone

On a day to day basis, how many people do you meet who are different to you - not just ethnically, but from a different age group or socio-economic background? If recent research is right, the likely answer is not many.

Celebrating Women of the Year 2014 and the Wellbeing of Giving!

Stella Photi | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Stella Photi

At the lunch, I noticed that the women there were glowing with vitality and the kind of strength that comes from an inner sense of wellbeing. This wasn't about being assertive and taking on male characteristics in the corporate world, but about dedicating themselves to a humanitarian cause that they feel passionately about.

10 Best Inspirational Travel and Volunteering Quotes

Frontier | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK
Frontier

People travel for different reasons, but one way you can give your travel meaning is by also volunteering while you are abroad. We encourage every one of you to get out there, explore the world and make your own adventures, memories and most importantly - make an impact...

Volunteer in Space

Frontier | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Tech
Frontier

Space exploration has come to the forefront of the public's interest in recent years with success stories coming from all over the world. As well as the recent successes reported by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, the European Space Agency boast an impressive track record and is the world leader in environmental research into the ozone layer.

Putting Rungs in Place to Help Pupils Climb Out of Poverty

Sophie Livingstone | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Livingstone

Last week, it was great to see one Cabinet Minister getting out of the 'conference zone'. Justine Greening might be Secretary of State for International Development but while in Birmingham, she took the opportunity to find out what's going on closer to home with a visit to a school in one of the most deprived parts of the city.

Even the Most Time-Stretched of Us Could - And Should - Be Able to Share a Cuppa With a Lonely Human Being

Clare Finney | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Finney

I am 26. I met Rachel, an 86-year-old British Ghanian, through an elderly befriending scheme in Islington. We've been chatting, sipping tea or shandy and half-watching Home and Away every week for the past two years.

National Citizen Service - 100,000 Young Participants and Counting

Brooks Newmark | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Politics
Brooks Newmark

National Citizen Service helps young people to feel that they can, and should affect positive change in their local communities. As the scheme marked the 100,000th participant this summer since 2011, I'm looking forward to welcoming the 200,000th in an even shorter time.

Youth Power: The Film Premiere with a Difference. #SwingTheVote

Rae Mullins | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Politics
Rae Mullins

A wondrous event took place in London town last night. A premiere like no other, vInspired's Swing The Vote set out to reveal what's remained a secret 'til now: exactly what will get the UK's 18-24 year olds to the ballot box next summer.

Micro-Volunteering: How Less Became More for Charities

Sal Lahoud | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK
Sal Lahoud

Between July 29 and August 29, the ALS Association received $100million... more than five times what it received in the whole of 2012... here's a thing: those huge figures were not the result of a well-planned, well-executed and well-targeted campaign. They were the result of millions of people giving up a tiny amount of time, making a small effort and donating a modest sum.

Time for National Charity and VCS Bodies to Lead a National Discourse

John Tizard | Posted 25.10.2014 | UK Politics
John Tizard

These are going to be critical months for the voluntary and community sector (VCS) and charities more generally - and this is especially the case for the national sector bodies. It will also be a critical period for all of us and there needs to be an open debate about the future of society which these bodies can lead.

A Gap Year Is a Waste of Time, and You Don't Deserve it

Liam Deacon | Posted 24.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Deacon

Had I the chance now, I tell my 17-year-old self to climb down off the bandwagon, get a grip, go to Uni and get on with my life. Because you know where a great place to 'find yourself' and grow up is? University.

10 Myth-Busters About Volunteering

Jane Quinn | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Quinn

When I was preparing to go and after my return, I started to notice that people asked me the same questions over and over again. And some of them popped up in Guyana too. So I've drawn up a list of the main questions I was asked about being a volunteer - just to clear a few things up - volunteer myth-busters!

"Cheer Yourself Up by Trying to Cheer Up Somebody Else" (Mark Twain)

Trevor Lyttleton | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK
Trevor Lyttleton

I would urge the government to remember and build on what has been achieved in creating happiness for others across the country. Contact the Elderly has, for the last half century, been injecting joy into the lives of lonely older people by combating isolation.

The C-word: What to Do, When You Don't Know What to Do

Julia Krepska | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Julia Krepska

When we find out that a friend or relative has cancer, it often brings out the best, or the worst, in us. It can turn us into super-attentive, meal-making, help-giving super mates, or send us shuffling, scared, in the opposite direction.

Getting an Education in the Peruvian Jungle: The Chaskawasi Project

Katarina Zimmer | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Katarina Zimmer

For one day in the year the whole village queues for hours in hope of doctors' advice for a variety of ailments. At the last visit, four of the children were unable to see a doctor regarding eye problems that hindered them in reading because the system works on a 'first come, first served' basis.

Teaching, Diving and Looking for Lemurs in Madagascar

Frontier | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

It took me a week to get used to the environment, as even though I liked the food, I struggled to eat much, though I soon got my appetite back to its usual size once I had adjusted to the climate and my malaria pills. Anyway despite my lack of energy I still enjoyed the quick intro into PADI (I found that I was at a slight advantage as I had already started working through the book).

Volunteer Stories: Marine Conservation and Diving in Tanzania

Frontier | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

I chose the Frontier Tanzania Marine Conservation and Diving project as I am already a PADI Divemaster and very passionate about diving. I really wanted to take part in a project which incorporated this and also let me expand my knowledge of the marine world.

Why Service to Society Serves Us All

Dan Jarvis | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Jarvis

More than half a century since National Service ended, service is an idea ripe for reinvention. It can give people opportunities and help to strengthe...

When Talking About Lonely Older People, Why Have Their Views Not Been Considered?

Trevor Lyttleton | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK
Trevor Lyttleton

In short Policy Exchange's proposed answer to loneliness does not tally with the experience of frontline services like Contact the Elderly, who provide older people with face to face contact. Instead we need a solution-driven approach to tackling the problem at hand.

Volunteer's Week - Good for You, Good for Business

Adam Stones | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK
Adam Stones

Do you volunteer, do you give up time to share your experience with people or projects that could benefit from your assistance?

Helping Train Guide Dog Puppies Is The Best Volunteering Work EVER

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Let's face it, volunteering looks great on your CV, but may not always be the most attractive option. Unless you're working with adorable little bundl...