UK Volunteering

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 19.09.2014 | 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 19.09.2014 | 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 15.09.2014 | 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 04.09.2014 | 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...

Volunteer Stories: South America Ethical Adventure Trail

Frontier | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

Our journey in Peru began on the beach of Máncora. Here we cruised the town in motorcycle taxis, sunbathed on the beach, and enjoyed fresh ceviche. Continuing south by bus, we landed in the Miraflores distric of Lima. This was the perfect place to recharge before heading up into the Andes Mountains.

Recognising the Value of Volunteers to Breast Cancer Campaign

Baroness Delyth Morgan | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Baroness Delyth Morgan

This wonderful occasion gives us the opportunity to thank just a few of our many supporters for their outstanding achievements and dedicated support over the past year, and is, without doubt, one of my favourite events in the Breast Cancer Campaign calendar.

Tea and Empathy - A Simple and Effective Way to Alleviate the Loneliness of More Than a Million Older People

Trevor Lyttleton | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Trevor Lyttleton

The Health Secretary has declared a national emergency and we offer a tried and tested solution with your help, as volunteers - monthly drivers and annual hosts or as sponsors of our Golden Jubilee Appeal - so we can extend our hand of friendship to many more of the neglected million older people.

From UK To Uganda: Youth Exchange With Benefits

Megan Brownrigg | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Brownrigg

As Uganda has the second youngest population in the world, youth groups which can educate people about issues such as sexual health and professional development couldn't be more relevant. In 2012 78% of the Ugandan population were below 30 years of age...

5 Ways Volunteering Can Help You Get A Job

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

If you’ve ever thought about volunteering, you probably thought of it as something you ‘should do’ – for your community, society or people aro...

4 Ways Volunteering Can Help You Get A Job

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Unemployed and fed up? Don’t know what to do next? You’re one of almost one million young people who are and we know just how frustrating that is....