UK Volunteering

Residents and Public Services Can Work Together to Achieve Lasting Change in Communities

Debbie Ladds | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK
Debbie Ladds

Local Trust supports communities across England to enable residents to take a lead in creating lasting change in their area. We've seen that it can be...

The Value of Volunteering

James Reed | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Reed

While there's no doubt that volunteering is a good way to give back to the community and promote a worthwhile cause, it doesn't have to be all about what you can do for others. Volunteering is also a rewarding experience for the volunteer. From learning new skills to meeting new people, there's plenty to be gained.

Calais Refugee Camp, My Half-term Holiday

Henry Ward | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Henry Ward

My half term holiday has taught me that refugees are people just like you and I, a simple fact often over looked. These people do not want to leave their communities; they are living in sub-human conditions and are coming to the UK in search of a humane, dignified life and to live without fear of death or persecution...

Students Spitting to Save Lives

Laura Regan | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Laura Regan

"Wait. Students are saving lives by spitting?" Yes, really, and it's not as weird as it may sound at first... On a campus near you, student volunteers are busy asking fellow students to spit in a tube, or 'spit kit'.

Should We Pay Parents to Help Out in Their Children's Schools?

Tes Macpherson | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK Parents
Tes Macpherson

I don't believe money is the answer. In my experience, more people do volunteer if you make it easy for them. Chop up jobs into bite-size chunks and offer shorter rota slots. Let people see who else is helping and give them control over what they do.

Refugees: Dispelling Myths

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

There is a lot of conflicting terminology that surrounds refugees. The media often mixes up the terms 'migrant', 'refugee', 'asylum seeker' and 'immigrant'. So how are these words actually defined? And what is the UK really doing to support those who seek entry from overseas?

A Million Reasons to Empower Young People

Hannah Kentish | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Hannah Kentish

I am so proud of the great things that Scouts do in local communities up and down the country. Now, with the launch of A Million Hands, our new campai...

Could You Teach a Class of 100?

Purna Kumar Shrestha | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK
Purna  Kumar Shrestha

At VSO, we recognise that technology is no magic bullet solution but can empower teachers to deliver their lessons effectively. Unlocking Talent is part of a broad strategy for improving education in Malawi that is also increasing the number of teachers trained in using child-centred teaching methods.

Hear Our Voices - Young Africans Decry Poor Quality Education

Charles Mwangi Waituru | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Politics
Charles Mwangi Waituru

Just two weeks ago a young Kenyan volunteer called Felix Owino was invited to London to represent African youth at the first ever Youth Summit hosted ...

Post-Holiday September Resolutions - Eight Small Steps to Become a Better Person and Help Change the World

Virginia Stuart-Taylor | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Virginia Stuart-Taylor

September's here and we're gradually returning from summer holidays refreshed and energised, with renewed motivation and enthusiasm for life! September is also traditionally a month for change, as the new academic year begins, as many people move city to start new jobs / degrees, and as the job market floods with new opportunities.

Volunteering 101: Listen and Learn

Marcelle Speller | Posted 03.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Marcelle Speller

A strong sense of community responsibility was instilled in me from a young age. My mother encouraged me to build relationships with people around us: to talk, listen and learn. This helped me to see beyond the parameters of my own world.

Why Volunteering Is One of the Best Things You Can Do for Your Future Career

Rebecca Tracy | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rebecca Tracy

For the first two years of university I worked in a family run jewellers six days a week in my small hometown. It was great, my bosses were kind, and I earned lots of money which allowed me to do many things I otherwise couldn't have the following semester. But in the summer of third year I was faced with different prospects...

You Can Actually Change the World and Make Money From It!

Adam Bradford | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK
Adam Bradford

I've been taking a look into purpose beyond profit, opportunities and career paths which take you beyond the boardroom and to the heart of the world in which we live. I think you'll find it extremely fulfilling just like I did.

Powerful Lesson From One Year Travelling the World

Natalie Deduck | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Natalie Deduck

People travel for different reasons. Some are seeking adventure, others relaxation, people trying to learn about themselves, about a new culture, to feel... I travel to see the world. Our planet is too big and too beautiful, I feel an urge to discover it, to experience it.

Volunteering Virgin

Debbie Cleaveley | Posted 25.08.2015 | UK Sport
Debbie Cleaveley

It's my first foray into the world of volunteering since I was an adolescent. That sounds awful, especially as these days I'm in the dreaded middle age category on drop down menus, but I guess it's better late than never.

Kolkata Through My Eyes - Where There Will Always Be HOPE

Janet Newenham | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Janet Newenham

I even saw a new-born baby, probably only a few weeks old, lying on the cold ground next to the mother, who was fast asleep. Anyone could have taken this baby. It was frightening to see, to witness, to know that people must live like this just to survive.

Volunteering: Fairy Godparents of the World Unite - You Have Nothing to Lose but Boredom

Heather Budge-Reid | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Heather Budge-Reid

Volunteers are mystical. I am not sure we truly know their whys and wherefores, why some do and some don't, why sometimes it ends in tears and other times it's all smiles. Indeed whole books are dedicated to the subject of managing and understanding volunteers.

'Every Good Deed is an Act of Charity'

Yousaf Aftab | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Yousaf Aftab

Kamal Aftab, who has died aged 33, was a youth mentor, fundraising champion and optometrist. He was also my younger brother. Originally from Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, Kamal died at Leeds' Saint James's University Hospital on the 7 August 2015 after a six-week battle against Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. My brother's passion was simple, but vast: it was the service of humanity.

Running It - for Local Women

Jane Ashbrook | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK Sport
Jane Ashbrook

I have always loved running and it wasn't until starting a family of my own that I truly began to value the simplicity of sticking on some trainers and running out the front door wherever I am in the world. It could be for 15 minutes or three hours - childcare depending of course!

Spark Something Good

Joanna Lumley | Posted 05.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Joanna Lumley

We all spend our lives wanting to be better and more fulfilled versions of ourselves. The secret, I've learnt, is very simple - the key to happiness is kindness. And while helping someone out feels good, helping someone out in your local community feels great. I'm not the only one who believes it.

Community Work: The Secret Weapon in the Fight Against Unemployment

Michelle Wheeler | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK
Michelle Wheeler

Every year in August, thousands of students across the country wait for exam results to determine what their next step will be. But qualifications are...

Food Waste - Volunteering in Nicaragua with Raleigh International

Rebecca Tracy | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK
Rebecca Tracy

I'm sure we've all seen it in our flat, house, friend or family's home. A pile of food sitting on the worktop rotting away. Or that piece of fruit that we forgot to throw out which has morphed into a blue-green furry alien.

Volunteers Make The World Go Round

Frontier | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK

Around the world volunteers are making a real difference, reaching places where their services are truly needed. Whether they are helping in wildlife ...

What 57 Seconds of Shaking Left Behind - A Visit to Nepal

Philip Goodwin | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK
Philip Goodwin

Standing in Chautara village, I got a 360 degree view of rubble-lined streets, buildings that had been yanked from their foundations and homes teetering off the hilltops. This is the true scale of devastation left by the Nepal earthquake.

Hope Is a Special but Fragile Thing

Naomi Barrow | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Though it may be a life without my Mum, there is a life waiting for me. Whatever happens outside of me, I am still me and I can still achieve amazing things. Hope and gratitude are so fragile, but so important. I am grateful for the brilliant people around me who lift me up, inspire me to hope for the future, and be the best version of myself that I can be.