UK Volunteering

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....

Voluntourism - Who Is Responsible?

Mark Topley | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK
Mark Topley

Volunteering has become sexy and big business. Check out any gap year websites and there are a load of opportunities there. Some make me cringe. For young people looking to do something next year, my advice is to make sure the ethos of your organisers checks out.

From Becoming A Wrangler In The Outback To Brushing Up On Your Mandarin

The Huffington Post UK | Gabriella Delgado-Rhodes | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A gap year doesn't always have to be about backpacking in Australia or "finding yourself" in Thailand. Even your summer holidays can be more than sunn...

Why Volunteers Are Vital to Conservation Research Projects

Frontier | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK

When volunteers come out to conservation projects they like to get involved with surveys in the hope of seeing interesting animals. But volunteers don't always realise where the data they are helping to collect goes.

Does Loneliness Have to Be a Side Effect of Old Age?

Trevor Lyttleton | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK
Trevor Lyttleton

For many guests the happy occasions of spending one afternoon per month having tea with a group of older guests and volunteers, are the only cross on the calendar. Contact the Elderly would like to draw public attention to what complete isolation feels like and what people can do to help solve the problem.

Volunteer Stories: Teaching, Diving and Wildlife in Madagascar

Frontier | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Madagascar is a place like no other. I never knew much about it until I stumbled over the Madagascar Teaching, Wildlife and Diving project on the Frontier website. I don't really know why I chose that project, it just happened. Next thing I knew I was on the plane to Nosy Be.

The Truth About Britain's Feral Youth

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK
Jasmine Dotiwala

To read our daily papers one would imagine we reside in a hellhole, where feral youth run riot across the country and make Lord of the Flies look like an Enid Blyton children's fantasy...

Do More 24 - Celebrating Student Volunteering Week with Warwick Volunteers

Courtney Giles | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Courtney Giles

Volunteering is something I have been heavily involved in whilst at University and now in my final year, I am on the Student Executive Committee for Warwick Volunteers. Throughout the year we do plenty of volunteering and offer students many different opportunities, but we use Student Volunteering Week as a celebration of all the volunteering that goes on at Warwick.

What Universities Really Think About Gap Years

Frontier | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Many students worry that universities don't look favourably upon gap years. Whilst this may have been true some time ago, these days, breaks from education are actually welcomed by institutions if approached in the right way...

Volunteer Stories: Experiencing South Africa

Frontier | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

I wanted to travel to Africa because my dad is South African and had lived there for most of his life. He talks about the things he'd experienced which made me want to go! The South African experience, for me, looked perfect! Doing voluntary work, but also travelling combined with a set route made me at ease because I like to have a plan.

Funding a Future Generation: Where No Child Is Left Behind

Kat Pugh | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK
Kat Pugh

This week I attended the Commonwealth Observance Day service, where I was privileged to hear from Lord Coe, Tanni Grey-Thompson and Malala Yousafzai. The theme of the event centred around team as the Commonwealth builds up to the 2014 games.

Funding a Future Generation: Is Global Education on the Right Track?

Kat Pugh | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK
Kat Pugh

n a Western society, words are everywhere. Adverts on the tube, bus on billboards. There are words on our mobile phones, we can get apps which tell us the latest news, which tells us what is trending and which celebrity is pregnant, has been arrested or has overdosed...

Is There a Problem With 'Little White Girls?'

Laura McCartan | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Laura McCartan

So for the past few weeks, social media seems incredibly concerned with an article written to explain why white people are damaging to hands on international aid. It seems that their money would be better spent from their homes, and given to people who know better. White people in the developing world are a negative, not just a hindrance.

Volunteers Still Form the Backbone of Hospice Care

Jonathan Ellis | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK
Jonathan Ellis

Just how important are volunteers to hospices and could their role change in the future? All charities rely to some extent on volunteers to support their work but for hospices they are crucial and always have been ever since the modern hospice movement was first founded by Dame Ciceley Saunders in the UK back in the 1960s.

Get Involved: Student Volunteering Week 2014

Frontier | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer both at home and abroad, and becoming a volunteer is often easier than you might first think.

Volunteer Stories: Volunteering With My Granddaughter in Kenya

Frontier | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle

I choose to volunteer as I love to see different ways of life which you can't do at a holiday resort. I wanted to take my granddaughter to give her life experience and for her to see how hard life can be in poorer countries. I think she understands more now how lucky she is not to want for anything, even food.

Mr Gove Needs a Positive, Not Punitive, Perception of 'School Service'

Sophie Livingstone | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Livingstone

So Mr Gove, I hope I have been able to show you that 'school service', as a positive force rather than the punitive one you alluded to, has the potential to help pupils so much more than picking up litter.

10 Ways to Show Yourself a Little Love This Valentine's Day

Stella Photi | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Stella Photi

Valentine's day is on the horizon and instead of feeding into this exclusive and ironically un-loving machine, let's focus on ourselves. The most important person to love, above everybody else, is you. The journey to self-love is a distressing life-time relationship.

Cure Your Wanderlust: Three Things You Can Do Right Now To Set Your Travel Plans in Motion

Frontier | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle

The world is a big place so you have to begin somewhere. Think about an area, a country or a place that has caught your attention in the past and lingered in your imagination. Now don't think of anything else and set your mind on going there.

10 Ways to Love Your Life

Jackson Bliss | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jackson Bliss

This world can be heartbreaking, so find time everyday to celebrate the small moments in your fractional life. Humour helps you take life less seriously. Humour helps you take life more seriously. Laughter is the way we heal when we see the world in a new way.

The Importance of Face to Face Contact

Trevor Lyttleton | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK
Trevor Lyttleton

For isolated older people in the UK there can be periods of days, weeks, even months where they see no one in person. Family may have moved, partners may have passed away and mobility may be limited.

Why the Private Sector Must Support Education

Christopher Clarke | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Christopher Clarke

If a company genuinely feels that young people are joining the workplace without the skills they need, then they should do something about it. Get into the schools. Who knows, you might even learn something.

Disabled People Should Not Work for Free

Simon Stevens | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

f I was paid what I was really worth, in relation to my peers as well as my expertise and experience, I would be on a six figure salary and living very comfortably indeed. But as an self-employed disability issues trouble shooter, prepared to tackle the issues no one else can, I have found it very difficult to be taken seriously, yet alone be paid.

It's Been a Positive Year in Tackling Child Abuse, and Your New Year's Resolution Could Make Next Year Even Better

Peter Wanless | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK
Peter Wanless

How about a resolution that will change other people's lives and yours too? ChildLine is urgently seeking volunteers to go into schools to talk directly with nine-11-year-old children about different forms of abuse and about staying safe. You don't need any previous experience and you will be given first class training and support.