UK Volunteering

The Power Of Small Acts Of Kindness

Bridey Watson | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK
Bridey Watson

Lets pass on these small acts of kindness, help them grow, and hopefully in the process, we facilitate, empower and inspire others to follow suit. There is immense power in the small part we can each play, together we will change the bigger picture.

I Know You Got Soul: How Volunteers Are Helping Refugees

Leigh McAlea | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK
Leigh McAlea

In the face of political inertia, rising xenophobia and hostility, and the abandonment of legal obligations to support refugees under existing international conventions, volunteers have transcended their traditional roles of providing add on support for 'professionals' and 'experts'. Instead, in many cases they are the main and only actors helping refugees and migrants not only to survive, but also to stop their humanity being stripped from them.

Life As A Volunteer At The RNLI's Tower Lifeboat Station

Laura Lewis | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK
Laura Lewis

As we approached the scene, I could see it was serious, with crowds of people gathering around. When we reached her, I went into auto-pilot. She was the same age as me - and it hit home that these were life or death situations for real people that I would be involved in.

Realising There Is Life After Spinal Cord Injury Inspired Me To Help Others

Julie Hill | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Julie Hill

One of the key ways to rebuild that independence is learning how to deal with the daily practicalities of a spinal cord injury. Knowing how to use a wheelchair properly, for example, can make such a difference to your quality of life.

Nature: Ways To Get Out Into It More

Louis Sherman | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Louis Sherman

At the moment it is cold outside, and while our nature seems to be at more risk than ever (Thanks Trump, however kudos to the National Park Service). So I thought it is as good a time as ever to share some of the ways I get out in nature every day of the year, as well as specifically some ideas for winter.

The Refugee Crisis In Calais: Forgotten But Not Gone

Adam Isaacs | Posted 03.04.2017 | UK
Adam Isaacs

It had been about five months since my last visit to Calais, volunteering in the warehouse and visiting the 'Jungle' camp. Hundreds of volunteers line...

How Helping Others Helps My Wellbeing

Kate Allatt | Posted 03.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Allatt

I believe when we give kindness to others we can heal (or improve) our own mental illness. After my much-hyped 1.5km run, I hit rock bottom emotional...

Volunteering Abroad Renews Your Sense Of Pride And Faith In The NHS

Manish Raval | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK
Manish Raval

I'm an anaesthetist and volunteer for blindness prevention charity Orbis. We operate the Flying Eye Hospital, which is a teaching facility with both a...

Voluntourism - It's Not All Bad

Fern Davidson-Averill | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Fern Davidson-Averill

Volunteer tourism, increasingly referred to as voluntourism, is a form of tourism in which international volunteers participate in voluntary work abroad.

How Volunteering With Help Refugees UK Helped Relieve My Depression And Made My World Bigger

Charles Howe | Posted 12.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Charles Howe

In 2016 I experienced a lot of change and found myself fumbling from one job to another; signing the dotted line on yet another zero hour contract. I wanted remain but lost and my mind became hazy. I felt detached until it suddenly occurred to me that what I really wanted to do was something fulfilling, constructive and meaningful.

5 Questions You Need To Ask Before Volunteering Abroad

Georgina Wilson-Powell | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK
Georgina Wilson-Powell

No matter how old you are, spending time working abroad and helping a local community or environment, is always worth doing. But how do you make sure you get the most of out of the trip and ensure the projects you're working on make a real difference?

Popping The Volunteering Cherry

Tina Medlock | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tina Medlock

Way back in 2013, I took part in my first run and on 21st January 2017 I completed my 85th. Those that know me will tell you that I never tire of telling anyone that will listen of what a great concept parkrun is and how I love the inclusive environment that you can take advantage of a free local 5k run.

World Whale Day 2017: An Update On Mass Strandings

Frontier | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK
Frontier

In recognition of world whale day tomorrow this article covers one of the stranger and sadder phenomenon in the cetacean world. Last Thursday, Februa...

Cooking For Good

Clerkenwell Boy | Posted 19.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Clerkenwell Boy

Delicious and accessible food is something many of us take for granted. Yet for those in need, flavourful food is often missing from their lives. The consumption of nutritious and flavourful food has a natural link to physical, spiritual and emotional wellbeing.

Unite Against Dementia: A New Way Of Volunteering

Kathryn Smith | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kathryn Smith

What I've learnt over the years is that yes, dementia is a challenging condition, but it shouldn't be one that stops those living with it from doing what they love, or even trying something new. Yet, because the condition can affect memory, thinking, orientation and language, many people find it difficult to continue doing the things they enjoy.

The UK's Abandonment Of Child Refugees Is A Disgrace For Us All

Asher Kessler | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Asher Kessler

Over the summer I spent some time working with refugees in northern Greece. Most of my hours in the camp were spent listening to people, whether about their story of crossed continents, the loved ones they were trying find or simply the daily problems they faced.

I Finally Found My Hero

Tom Cook | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK
Tom Cook

James Bond. Superman. Indiana Jones. When we think of heroes they invariably evoke machismo, dashing good looks and an eye for a dry quip. IRL however...

Why I'm Giving Books To Strangers This Valentine's Day

Ruth Duncan | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK Parents
Ruth Duncan

If you were going to give an extra special Valentine this year what would it be? This year, I'm not going to send cards, flowers or cute teddy bears to anyone, even if I do love them. Instead I'm giving gifts to people I don't know and might never meet, and my heart feels full just thinking about it.

England's Literacy Crisis Affects Us All

Ginny Lunn | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK
Ginny Lunn

Today the National Literacy Trust and Experian published new research exposing the scale of the literacy crisis in England. News that this country i...

Disasters - How Volunteers Support Emergency Services

Iain Cooper | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK
Iain Cooper

The darkest moments came on Wednesday, when it became clear that the search was no longer for survivors. At this moment, the brave men and women who had been working solidly for days, began to struggle.

You've Got To Be Kidding Me

Samuel Goh | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Samuel Goh

Over those two hours, I was allowed to be silly, to escape from the adult world and into the world of this toddler. Even though it was brief, it was very much needed. Kids aren't that scary, it turns out. You just need to be brave enough to think silly, to not make sense at all, and to have the courage to put a chocolate snowman on your porch in the middle of summer.

International Volunteering Is No Longer Just For The Rich

Philip Goodwin | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK
Philip Goodwin

A couple of weeks ago, it was reported in the national media that, early in her career, Education Secretary Justine Greening had been turned down for ...

New Year's Resolution To Volunteer? Befriend A Child In Foster Care As An Independent Visitor

Diane Chandler | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Diane Chandler

IVs are totally independent from social workers, foster carers and others involved in the child's care. Often they can provide continuity in the life of a young person, who may find themselves transferred from one foster home to another, or experience a string of different social workers.

Dear Volunteers Everywhere, Thank You For All That You Do

Jackie Scully | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jackie Scully

There is so much beauty in volunteering. All the people I know and love do their bit. And, I am convinced that if we were all inspired to volunteer from a younger age, the world would be a much more compassionate place.

I Used To Suffer From Depression. Now I Help Hundreds Of Young Girls Overcome Confidence Issues

Francesca Brown | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK
Francesca Brown

A few years ago, I probably would have said that I did not feel in control of my life. I was fortunate to have loving grandparents who never stopped supporting me and to come across The Prince's Trust which helped me set up my business. They were some of the helping hands which have enabled me to be in a position today to help so many young girls reach their potential.