UK Volunteering

A Quarter Century Of Corporates Giving Back To Communities

Anne Heal | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK
Anne Heal

25 years of volunteering. A million hours of employee time given by 160,000 employees. £40 million of company time invested in high impact social action volunteer programmes, helping 192,000 beneficiaries.

Welcome to the Jungle! Part 3.

Anne-Marie Wilde | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Anne-Marie Wilde

A Student Nurses First Experience of Volunteering First Aid to the Refugees of Calais. Part 3: Humanity Please note, the names that appear in this ...

Welcome to the Jungle! Part 2

Anne-Marie Wilde | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Anne-Marie Wilde

A Student Nurses First Experience of Volunteering First Aid to the Refugees of Calais. Part 2: Baptism of Fire Please note, the names that appear in...

Welcome To The Jungle! Part 1.

Anne-Marie Wilde | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Anne-Marie Wilde

A Student Nurses First Experience of Volunteering First Aid to the Refugees of Calais. Part 1: The Lead Up Please note, the names that appear in thi...

Calais Volunteering, Dignity, And The Failures Of The First World

Arthur Peirce | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

What is often forgotten, and left behind in coverage, is that every single refugee, each statistic in some newspaper, is a life that has been absolutely shattered. Now, as their home is once again to be demolished, the lives and futures of each and every refugee in Calais is once again uncertain.

A Week In The Jungle - Volunteering At The Refugee Camp In Calais

Santosh Carvalho | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK
Santosh Carvalho

I feel I have a moral duty to speak out about what I've experienced in the "jungle". I'm pragmatic enough to know that solving the entire refugee crisis at Calais will need collective political and social action in Europe. However, it is in our gift to do something about the unaccompanied children and orphans in the camp.

Winter Is Coming

Iris Maxfield | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Iris Maxfield

In shops across the country, change is approaching and an old friend has arrived: tinsel. The encroaching face of Santa Claus and red and green wrappi...

The Wild Washerwomen Of Calais

Jaz O'Hara | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK
Jaz O'Hara

By hiking into Calais town to use the launderettes there, asking French men in bars to use their washing machines (haha), and using everything imaginable as clothes horse's, our lovely Wild Washerwomen, against all odds, washed wildly, and continue to wash!

Life's A Beach So Save The Sea Turtles

Sasha Govor | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK
Sasha Govor

I don't know how many turtles I actually saved and I'll never know. But for a few months of my life I donned the cape, picked up the nunchucks and lived the life of a real superhero.

Confessions Of A Volunteer Virgin

Hattie Holden Edmonds | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK
Hattie Holden Edmonds

Before I tackle the House of Lords Children in Crisis report on unaccompanied refugee children in the EU, I really need to replace that mould-riddled ...

Confessions Of A Volunteer Virgin

Hattie Holden Edmonds | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK
Hattie Holden Edmonds

It was a woman I'd never met who finally swung it. As I lay on a plump mattress under a duck down duvet one night in late April, I thought about what she, Liz, had done with her day. While I'd been sitting on my backside, shuffling words around and working my way through a variety of nut-based snacks, she'd been putting out fires, breaking up knife fights and comforting dozens of bewildered children who know her as a second mum.

Worries Mount For Majority Of Those Approaching Retirement

Ginny Lunn | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ginny Lunn

Retirement should be a landmark moment in all of our lives. And it should be a cause of celebration where we look forward to extra leisure time or moments with friends and family. So it is alarming that new research - commissioned by Beanstalk - shows that the vast majority of people are worried about retirement.

Orphanages Are Not A Holiday Destination: The Problem With Voluntourism and 'Poverty Porn'

Philip Ellis | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK
Philip Ellis

As the market research keeps telling us, millennials are all about experiences. And when it comes to life-enriching experiences, there's nothing more fulfilling than volunteering in an orphanage in a developing country, right? Fulfilling for the volunteer, maybe.

How Much Do You Really Know About Charities?

Sarah Atkinson | Posted 01.09.2016 | UK
Sarah Atkinson

The key message is that people shouldn't be put off donating to charity because of the actions of a few. However, everyone has a key role to play if we are to keep the role of charities at the heart of society and maintain (or increase!) the high levels of volunteering and donations made by the generous British public.

Let's Walk4 A World Without Domestic Violence

Sandra Horley CBE | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sandra Horley CBE

To the outside world, because they do not immediately dash for the door, women trapped by their abusive partners may seem submissive. In fact, they are resisting - they adopt survival techniques and actively find ways of coping. An abused woman fights, relentlessly, to keep herself and her children safe.

J.K. Rowling Is Right - Children Deserve Better Than Orphanage "Voluntourism"

Philip Goodwin | Posted 24.08.2016 | UK
Philip Goodwin

A growing demand for voluntary placements in children's homes and orphanages has also led to more children ending up in orphanages and other institutional care homes despite having families at home that are likely to be able to care for them. It is estimated that of the two million plus children who live institutional care, a shocking four out of five have at least one living parent.

Young People Are Taking The World By Storm

Adam Bradford | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Bradford

Young people across the world are giving up more of their time to donate to good causes. We have already seen the masses of research and reports about Generation Y, Z, Millennials, whatever the name is you want to call the now generation - they suggest that young people now have more of a social conscience than ever and care more about their impact on the world than their wages.

The Rio 2016 Focus on Volunteers Will Ensure Olympic Success

Mark Hillary | Posted 05.08.2016 | UK Sport
Mark Hillary

Once the opening ceremony was complete and the games started London did embrace the games and it was universally acknowledged as one of the best games ever. Now on the eve of the opening ceremony in Rio, Brazil faces the same barrage of complaints.

Humpty Dumpty Goes to China

Mikhail Yakovlev | Posted 05.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Mikhail Yakovlev

It's this time of the year again: everyone I know at uni has jetted off on wonderful journeys of self-discovery, whether helping indigenous communities in the Brazilian rainforest or spending three months hitchhiking the Silk Road. Even though I can't help but turn my nose up at expeditions like this, when I got asked to come to China to teach for three weeks, with all expenses paid (and yes, I do mean flights), I couldn't say no.

Mission Possible - Delivering Global Goals Through the Power of Volunteering

Philip Goodwin | Posted 23.09.2016 | UK
Philip Goodwin

Like our programmes, our volunteers are diverse and operating all around the world, but one thing unites them. Regardless of age, location, background or experience, all volunteers have a part to play in delivering the Global Goals. This mission would be impossible without them.

#RefugeesWelcome in Birmingham

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

The 20th-26th June marked Refugee Week. Many events took place over the course of the week to celebrate refugees in Birmingham, such as the Celebratin...

Saving Others, Saving Ourselves

Natasha Freidus | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK
Natasha Freidus

As we collectively navigate this crisis we must consider the cost of failing to act. Essa, Danika, and Maria are living proof of how our society benefits when refugees have the opportunity to learn, to work, and to give. Acting on behalf of refugees is not merely altruistic. In Danika's words, "By saving refugees, we are saving ourselves, our future, our morality, and our civilization."

Paris, City of Blight, City of Forgotten Refugees

Natasha Freidus | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK
Natasha Freidus

Whether the new camp promised by Mayor Hidalgo will improve the situation remains to be seen. In the meantime, the crisis is acute with volunteers from throughout Europe sending hygiene kits, sleeping bags, and tents to provide aid. Aid to the refugee camps -- in the green gardens of Paris.

Why Volunteer?

Wendy Kirkman | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK
Wendy Kirkman

Today I want to tell you of my experiences in volunteering and maybe to encourage you to consider this for yourself. I have no qualifications to speak...

The Best Kind of Crazy.

Natasha Freidus | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK
Natasha Freidus

A few months ago, another volunteer told me "We're all a little bit of the best kind of crazy." She was right of course; it takes a certain lack of co...