UK Volunteering

The Australia Habitat Crisis

Frontier | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK
Frontier

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'.

Poaching Power: A Rarely Told Story

Frontier | Posted 11.12.2015 | UK
Frontier

The death of Cecil earlier this year evoked outrage across the planet, with people up in arms over the death of one of Africa's favourite lions. The killer, a dentist from Minnesota, endured the wrath of many, but the real villains are those that do not make the front pages.

HS2 - Will David Slay Goliath in the Battle for Hearts and Minds?

Philip Dewhurst | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK Politics
Philip Dewhurst

My experience as Corporate Affairs Director of Railtrack in the dark days of rail privatization taught me that the British public have a love-hate rel...

Can Volunteering Tip the Balance in Favour of Better Global Compassion?

Philip Goodwin | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK
Philip Goodwin

In a world of increased polarisation between cultures, anything that lowers barriers is important. I joined VSO as chief executive in March of this year and in that time I have seen enough to convince me that there has never been a more important time to encourage people to volunteer internationally.

Why Travel?

Frontier | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Frontier

Travel is one of the most common interests listed on CVs, dating sites, and the web is full of travel inspiration, pictures and tips. If you are reading this, you are likely to have the travel bug. But where does this urge to travel come from? Are we running away from our environment? If so, what are we hoping to find?

Residents and Public Services Can Work Together to Achieve Lasting Change in Communities

Debbie Ladds | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK
Debbie Ladds

Local Trust supports communities across England to enable residents to take a lead in creating lasting change in their area. We've seen that it can be...

The Value of Volunteering

James Reed | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Reed

While there's no doubt that volunteering is a good way to give back to the community and promote a worthwhile cause, it doesn't have to be all about what you can do for others. Volunteering is also a rewarding experience for the volunteer. From learning new skills to meeting new people, there's plenty to be gained.

Calais Refugee Camp, My Half-term Holiday

Henry Ward | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Henry Ward

My half term holiday has taught me that refugees are people just like you and I, a simple fact often over looked. These people do not want to leave their communities; they are living in sub-human conditions and are coming to the UK in search of a humane, dignified life and to live without fear of death or persecution...

Students Spitting to Save Lives

Laura Regan | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Laura Regan

"Wait. Students are saving lives by spitting?" Yes, really, and it's not as weird as it may sound at first... On a campus near you, student volunteers are busy asking fellow students to spit in a tube, or 'spit kit'.

Should We Pay Parents to Help Out in Their Children's Schools?

Tes Macpherson | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK Parents
Tes Macpherson

I don't believe money is the answer. In my experience, more people do volunteer if you make it easy for them. Chop up jobs into bite-size chunks and offer shorter rota slots. Let people see who else is helping and give them control over what they do.

Refugees: Dispelling Myths

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

There is a lot of conflicting terminology that surrounds refugees. The media often mixes up the terms 'migrant', 'refugee', 'asylum seeker' and 'immigrant'. So how are these words actually defined? And what is the UK really doing to support those who seek entry from overseas?

A Million Reasons to Empower Young People

Hannah Kentish | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Hannah Kentish

I am so proud of the great things that Scouts do in local communities up and down the country. Now, with the launch of A Million Hands, our new campai...

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.