UK Volunteering

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.

Why I am Ashamed to Call Myself a Volunteer

Sarah Pycroft | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK
Sarah Pycroft

We need to re-professionalise the practice of volunteering, by standing up to the 'no experience necessary' providers and accepting only opportunities that we can honestly say we would be fit for taking on back home.And when we do that..? Then I'll feel proud to call myself a 'volunteer' again.

Shining New Light on Volunteers

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

So perhaps it's time we found a new word to describe volunteers. Something which captures the true spirit, energy and value of this vital role. My instinct is 'Stars'. There are millions out there; we just need to reach them.

Nepal's Children Pay the Highest Price - Earthquakes Threaten Education Progress

Purna Kumar Shrestha | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK
Purna  Kumar Shrestha

The Ministry estimates the total damage to the country's education system at US$313.2 (£204.7) million, mainly to infrastructure. Demolition and debris removal, construction of temporary learning centres, child-friendly spaces, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities, plus school repair costs total US$32.5 (£21.24)million.

Let's Give More Control to Residents and Local Volunteers to Help Create Positive, Lasting Change for Our Communities

Debbie Ladds | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK
Debbie Ladds

Volunteering to help others can have diverse benefits both for us as individuals and for those we volunteer with. It can increase people's confidence, boost wellbeing and help strengthen the fabric of society. There is increasing recognition of this from policy makers too. Take for example, the Government's pledge to offer up to three days' paid volunteering in companies employing over 250 staff - a move which could provide new opportunities to around 15 million staff.

Lend a Hand, Learn a Skill, Change a Life - It's Volunteers' Week

Adam Stones | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK
Adam Stones

Volunteering is an enriching, rewarding experience - surely no one can deny that - and it is hugely affirming to read the stories being shared this Vo...

Louise Ridley

This Anonymous Guy Helps Anyone, With Anything, For Free | Louise Ridley | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK

[Picture: Ruth Hogben] I'm in a cafe in central London to meet a man who has just flown from the capital to Dublin. When he got there, he turne...

Mitzi and Me: Time for Plan B

Mike Niles | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Mike Niles

That same mate who introduced me to the charity sadly died and Mitzi was there to offer comfort and support. Mitzi's is a friendship I have grown to value and it's thanks to Fran that the two of us are able to support one another.