UK Volunteering

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.

The Power Of Purpose: Delivering More Social Impact To Communities Through Tech For Good

Michelle Beckett | Posted 31.12.2016 | UK Tech
Michelle Beckett

tech for good The key thing I noticed was that once a volunteer gave a bit of time to a cause, they generally then started to give money, or bring their networks in to help, to fundraise, and give other stuff. I dreamt of a technology platform that would bring all that under one roof to facilitate what I was currently doing, patchily, by phone and email.

DCMS' Review Of Full Time Social Action Is Very Welcome - But Long Overdue

Sophie Livingstone | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Politics
Sophie Livingstone

Last week the Department for Culture, Media and Sport announced an independent Review into full-time social action. It's a great development, and one ...

Fight Food Waste By Getting Back To Your Roots

Martin Bowman | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Martin Bowman

Approximately one third of the world's food is wasted. All the world's nearly one billion hungry people could be lifted out of malnourishment on less than a quarter of the food that is wasted in the US, UK and Europe - let that sink in.

Why I Stopped Work To Help Save The World

Angela Terry | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Angela Terry

As a scientist who has followed developments on global warming for nearly 30 years I am dismayed at the number of trees and flowers blossoming as the Christmas lights go up. Nature is confused and it is an indicator of just how warm the world has become.

What Can The NHS Learn From The Charity Sector

Laura Lee | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Laura Lee

It is no doubt not a huge surprise when I say that the NHS is stretched. Coming from the NHS myself I appreciate that it does its job to the best it c...

How To Choose a Charity To Give Back To This Christmas

Sarah Atkinson | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Sarah Atkinson

Whether you're inspired to wear a Christmas jumper, take part in a charity bake off, buy charity Christmas cards, give your time to help the homeless,...

Seven Ways To Give A Gift That Costs Nothing

Jane Halstead | Posted 20.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Halstead

So, (thankfully) the Black Friday frenzy has been and gone, Christmas tunes are playing unashamedly in all the shops, and there's a definite whiff of ...

Businesses Have A Responsibility To Help Those In Their Community

Jonathan Bunting | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK
Jonathan Bunting

Like many businesses, we have an ongoing commitment to give back to the community. This year, we felt that turning our attention to those most in need during the cold winter months was the right thing to do.

I Spent Christmas Protecting Our Village From Devastating Floods

David Jones | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK
David Jones

giving back.jpg By 7am the river was in full flood and flowing over the bridge deck. The flooding stretched for over a mile. I have seen water on the bridge before but never as much as that night. The river had risen over 3 feet in a few hours and we had an anxious wait as river levels continued to rise.

Being A Samaritan On Christmas Morning Is One Of The Best Things I've Ever Done

Caroline Storey | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK
Caroline Storey

giving back.jpg People that call in the early hours of Christmas morning are doing so because they feel they have no one else they can talk to, or old memories rear their head that can feel easier to keep at bay at other times of year.

I F*cking Love It...

Brad Frankel | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Brad Frankel

I started travelling properly when I was about 18 and was never able to stop, people would always tell me to settle down, stay still, stay in a job, stay HERE, but I didn't want to. I still had my call to adventure, I still needed to go out there and find what it was I wanted to do, what my purpose was

We Bring As Much Warmth And Light To Those Spending Christmas At The Hospice As We Can

Polly Woodford | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Polly Woodford

giving back.jpg Christmas in Britain comes at a cold, dark time of year. At the hospice, as elsewhere, we dress the wards up to keep the cold and dark at bay, and bring as much warmth and light to those spending Christmas with us as we can.

How Employers Can Support Volunteering In The UK

Nicholas Mazzei | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Nicholas Mazzei

As we approach Christmas, employers need to think hard about giving their employees time to volunteer and ensuring they are free to serve these causes. The Skills Exchange is an excellent organisation to work with, and BT are keen to help employers learn about effective ESV.

How To Help The 'Baby Boomer' Generation Age Well

Anna Dixon | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK
Anna Dixon

Today's Annual Report from the Chief Medical Officer tackles a subject close to our hearts - how to help the 'baby boomer' generation age well. As the CMO points out, people aged 50-70 are a large and diverse group: over 35% of the population are over 50 and the median age is already 40.

Feeding 300 People Three Times A Day For 10 Days Isn't A Simple Task

Ruth Soroko | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ruth Soroko

giving back.jpg Feeding 300 people, plus 100 volunteers, three times a day for ten days, isn't a simple task. Food donations (some of surplus food) lined up the dance studio in the college where we were based. Lead chefs, a little like in the invention test on Masterchef, would make up the menu from the produce available.

Cancer Took My Daughter On Christmas Day – Now I Focus On Making It A Happy Day For Other Families

Ann Grady | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Parents
Ann Grady

giving back.jpg Doing this job has brought my Christmas back. I couldn't face Christmas in the same way, because of what that day mean to us. But then when I was working in the house and I saw children and parents putting the tree up together and it brought everything back to me.

How To Get Involved With Volunteering This Christmas

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Christmas has become a valid excuse to be bask in materialism. But it shouldn’t be that way. Because for many people this year, Christmas will be a...

Volunteering With Crisis Is The Only Way I Want To Spend The Festive Season

Andy Smart | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK
Andy Smart

giving back.jpgJoe was living rough. He'd lost his Dad earlier in the year, but having no money he had walked to Leeds to lay flowers on his fathers grave and then walked back to London, the round trip taking 6 weeks.

End Of Life Care – Charities Are Filling Government Gaps

Catherine McKinnell | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Politics
Catherine McKinnell

I was reminded of the valued contribution of the charity sector and its volunteers to end of life care when I recently met with a local Marie Curie Helper volunteer, who was providing incredible support and companionship to a constituent affected by a terminal illness.

Forget Christmas Shopping, It's Time To Focus On Truly Giving Back This December

Rachel Moss | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Moss

giving back.jpgThe project aims to ensure no elderly person is forced to spend Christmas day alone by arranging events for local people on the 25th December. With new research by AgeUK revealing nearly a million older people feel lonelier at Christmas compared to the rest of the year, the project has never been more needed.

Stop Buying And Start Giving: Five Free And Novel Ways To Make A Difference On Giving Tuesday

Vicki Sellick | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK
Vicki Sellick

A weekend of excessive spending on Black Friday and Cyber Monday has seen each person in the UK estimated to have parted with as much as £203. Now th...

Youth Social Action Paves The Way For A Better Future

Ginny Lunn | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Ginny Lunn

Engaging young people in local social action - such as volunteering - paves the way for a better future. It enables them to make a positive difference to their local community, as well as providing them with a platform to develop new skills, gain valuable experience, and grow into confident and socially conscious adults.

National Stress Awareness Day: Tips To Cut Down On Stress In Your Life If You Are An Activist Or Volunteer

Sofie Sandell | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK
Sofie Sandell

I can totally understand people who do not bother to do anything extra in their life to help others. Being an activist and formulating new ideas that will create a better and equal society can be pretty draining.