UK Volunteering

Meet the People on the Frontline

Mike Adamson | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK
Mike Adamson

The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit was held this week. It brought together charities, international organisations and world leaders from 175 cou...

Will We Give Half the World a Voice?

Philip Goodwin | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK
Philip Goodwin

Unless we want to find ourselves in 2030 having failed to fulfil our commitments, writing another set of Global Goals, mourning the loss of a great opportunity for change, we must take the role of youth seriously. Young people have a passion for change that gives them the drive to shape the world they live in. In the mission to end poverty and deliver on the Global Goals, what better allies to have?

Struggling Animals - Endangered Species Day 2016

Frontier | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK

World awareness days rarely come in as big a form as Endangered Species Day. It's a moment when all the examples of how disastrous the conditions of t...

Glasgow Is So Deprived These American Teens Are Trying To Save It

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Two American teenage volunteers have launched a desperate fundraising appeal - for a humanitarian mission to Glasgow. Aina and Ferran Rivas ask for fu...

Ode To The Otter

Frontier | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK

They are vital to their environment, which is good enough reason to help conserve them, along with the added reason of us humans having a soft spot for them.

Tiger Numbers Prowling in the Right Direction

Frontier | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK

Last week sprouted the news that for the first time in 100 years, tiger numbers worldwide are on the rise. After a century of poaching and loss of hab...

Dolphin Watching: The Benefits and the Future

Frontier | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK

Dolphin watching has grown to be one of the most successful types of tourism in the world, offering economic returns as well as educational, research,...

Banal Tirades Against 'Voluntourism' Need Challenging

Adam Seldon | Posted 28.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Seldon

A common criticism is that volunteering 'harms the local economy'. Jobs are taken that locals would be far more skilled in. However, volunteers can do important but easily learnt tasks that can liberate locals to do other, more demanding pursuits.

The World of Turtle Conservation

Frontier | Posted 24.03.2016 | UK

Along with the likes of the giant Panda, Polar Bear, Rhino, Elephant, Tiger and a whole host of others, Turtles gain a lot of attention in the conserv...

Apprenticeships Can Benefit Whole Communities, Not Just Individuals

Jane Ashworth | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK
Jane Ashworth

Young people and employment were back on the agenda this National Apprenticeship Week. It's part of the Government's plan to make the apprenticeship status more desirable and valued as real training for real jobs, and not a cheap labour programme or a low skilled job creation scheme.

Bristol Student Union Elections: An Insight

John Thalassites | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
John Thalassites

I am currently running for election as Bristol's SU Volunteer Chair. In addition to other promotional material, I have produced a pitch open to all st...

If We Continue to Travel the Way We Are, Our Children Will Not Have the Same Opportunity...

Brad Frankel | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Brad Frankel

We'd reduce our carbon footprint, we wouldn't damage these local communities and fragile environments BUT we wouldn't learn...we wouldn't be able to help...we wouldn't be able to contribute to their economy...and we wouldn't be able to make a difference!

The Work of Women's Centres in the Criminal Justice System

Helen Crewe | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK
Helen Crewe

Women's engagement with agencies within the criminal justice system is different from men. This has been recognised by policy-makers, politicians and academics and has led to the emergence of women's services that are diverse with provision mainly from the voluntary sector.

From Zero to Hero - Using Volunteering to Change Your Life

Kenny Brown | Posted 23.02.2016 | UK
Kenny Brown

After feeling like an outsider in society, doing this sort of thing is a way of being part of the community and starting to follow a normal way of life. I'd tell anyone to do it, and use it as a positive way to develop themselves whilst supporting a great cause. That's the reason behind it all at the end of the day, and the sense of achievement is second to none.

#IVolunteerBecause One in Four People Have a Mental Health Problem and Don't Deserve to Feel Alone

Rachel Egan | Posted 23.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Rachel Egan

This year marks the 15th anniversary of Student Volunteering Week, which takes place 22-28 February 2016. SVW is an annual celebration of the not for ...

The Australia Habitat Crisis

Frontier | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK

Australia still carries an image of a largely untamed landscape and extreme wilderness. In that way it still goes hand in hand with our view of the Arctic regions, much of Africa and the Amazon. Maybe it's an 'A' thing? Anyway, unfortunately Australia hasn't avoided the seemingly relentless march of habitat loss, destruction and the problems caused by changing environment.

Moria: When UN Camp Failed, Volunteers Built Their Own

Ralph Burgess | Posted 29.01.2016 | UK
Ralph Burgess

If you need convincing that its the volunteers keeping refugees alive as they land in Europe, you need look no further than Moria. Moria is the only place in Lesbos where volunteers haven't been able to lead the response.

Volunteering Turned My Life Around

Naomi Lea | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Lea

October 2014: I was consumed by anxiety, unable to attend my lessons without being so overwhelmed that I would have to leave. Just the thought of being asked a question by the teacher spiraled into an uncontrollable anxiety attack. Then things began to change.

Stay Awake, Solutions Exist

Ralph Burgess | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK
Ralph Burgess

2015 exposed the truth of children drowning in Greece, of frozen families walking thousands of miles and of the squalid conditions of camps. 2016 should be a time to talk more about, and demand, solutions to the refugee crisis.

23 Hilarious Parent Reactions to PTA Requests... A Humourous Roundup

Tes Macpherson | Posted 05.01.2016 | UK Parents
Tes Macpherson

As part of my job working with PTAs, I regularly speak with committee members all over the country, and although many have an uphill struggle getting parents to help out - we did manage to make them laugh out loud with a few choice gifs...

Five Reasons Why Volunteering Should Be on Your New Year's Resolution List

Usaama Kaweesa | Posted 03.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Usaama Kaweesa

I know, I know, resolutions can sometimes feel a bit tired, but they can still be useful. At the start of 2015, I knew I wanted to volunteer, so I set myself some ambitious goals to make a difference by volunteering my time. By the summer, I had left the UK to work side-by-side with local volunteers in Uganda on international development projects with Restless Development.

The Year That Changed My Life

Luke Cameron | Posted 22.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Luke Cameron

I guess the difficult thing for me is that as of right now, there is no-one (that I am aware of) who has been immersed to completely in 45 different charitable organisations. A feeling and experience I cannot share with anyone else. But, today I want to try and share that feeling with you.

'Muslims for Humanity': A Journey From Pakistan to Cumbria

Wadood Ahmad Daud | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Wadood Ahmad Daud

I have fond memories of Pakistan. Still fresh to me are the rich fragrances of its aromatic food, the heat of a beautiful spring morning and the unquantifiable potential of its people. In many ways it has all the ingredients to become a heaven on earth.

So Many Charities, So Little Money

Naomi Barrow | Posted 17.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

My challenge to you this Christmas is that if you're like me and have the time but not much money, rather than seeing these adverts and feeling guilty that you can't help, or just brushing them off: pledge some hours to them. Join #1millionhours, and give the gift of time to those that need it most.

Blood, Sweat and Volunteers

Dave Moorcroft | Posted 17.12.2015 | UK Sport
Dave Moorcroft

Thank you, two of the most important words in sport. At the heart of every sports person's career are volunteers, and the most valuable payment you can give them is often a simple 'thank you'.