UK Volunteering

Happiness Comes From Giving and Helping, Not From Buying and Having

Steve Taylor PhD | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Steve Taylor PhD

So many of us strive so hard for material success that you might think there was a clear relationship between wealth and well-being. From school onwards, we're taught that long term well-being stems from achievement and economic prosperity - from 'getting on' or 'making it', accumulating more and more wealth, achievement and success.

Great Thinkers Who Surfed The Gap Year Wave

Frontier | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Frontier

Some people might only have bad things to say about gap years, but what they don't know is that many great thinkers kick-started their intellectual journey abroad. Sometimes there is just nothing better than to polish your Einstein brain far away from home and wander into the heart of unknown lands. Let's take a look at the great list...

Why I Love Volunteering in Startups

Will Bancroft | Posted 02.01.2015 | UK Tech
Will Bancroft

Volunteering is a great thing. In search of a little more meaning and reconnecting with with my country boy, Devon roots, I volunteered for Trees for Cities in London, for a time. Planting trees is a therapeutic process in its own right, but the best thing is watching what you planted, grow, take shape and become a part of the landscape.

Successful Women Entrepreneurs Give Back: Glenda Newell-Harris

Dr Monique Y. Wells | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK
Dr Monique Y. Wells

The Successful Woman Entrepreneurs Give Back article series focuses on women who have mastered the art of creating and maintaining a business that sustains and enriches every aspect of their lives. The fourth pillar of Arianna Huffington's Third Metric - Giving - figures prominently in their lives and is supported by their multi-million dollar businesses

How This Club Giving Young People Confidence Reminds Me What Christmas Is Really About

Rachel Moss | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Moss

I joined FAB as a helper as for my Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award in 2009 and have helped out on three holidays and odd Saturday sessions since. Being a FAB helper is no walk in the park - but those moments when someone turns up with a frown and leaves with a smile make it worth it.

The Reality of Institutionalisation

Laura McCartan | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Laura McCartan

After attending the International Volunteering Conference in Croydon, The Rosie May Memorial Fund were invited to share their opinion on international volunteering, the problem's with institutionalisation, and the bad press volunteering faces.

This Woman Gives Christmas Presents To The Children Who Need It Most

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Work occupies so much of our time it can seem hard to fit anything else in. But Kate Phillips shows how helping other people, particularly kids who co...

4 Ways You Can Volunteer On Christmas Day

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

This Christmas there'll be many families who don't have the option to overindulge on a delicious three course meal. There'll be children going wit...

A Lesson In Volunteering: How To Get Involved With Food Banks

Natasha Hinde | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Hinde

While you might think that volunteering is a huge commitment and that you have to do it every week without fail, which for some, just isn't realistic. The reality is that you don't. Whatever free time you can spare to help out your local food bank or charity is always appreciated - regardless of whether you spare one hour a month, or three hours a week.

Unwrapping the True Meaning of a London Christmas

Ekaterina Botziou | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ekaterina Botziou

Admiringly, it would appear that it is not just the likes of Ebenezer Scrooge who is able to turn a chime of despair into a tune of hope. Many UK volunteer groups are making a stand against commercialism, from helping the homeless to sponsored carol singing.

A New Generation as Generous as its Grandparents

Sophie Livingstone | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK
Sophie Livingstone

While we are enormously grateful to the baby boomers for digging deep into their pockets for so many years, I believe there is a new generation waiting in the wings who, if their current 'giving' is anything to go by, will be just as, if not more generous in ways that only they will determine.

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

PA | Posted 01.12.2014 | 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 21.01.2015 | 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 04.01.2015 | 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 27.12.2014 | 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 16.12.2014 | 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 10.12.2014 | 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 02.12.2014 | 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.