UK Volunteering

Feeling Lonely? How To Fill The Empty Nest

Sue Hooper | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK Parents
Sue Hooper

Whilst I never quite reached that level of maudlin, the very real sadness affecting parents whose children have recently left home is something I can relate to. After my daughter left our family home for university the loneliness I felt in the aftermath was almost palpable.

Another Call For National Service? It's Already Happening...

Sophie Livingstone | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK Politics
Sophie Livingstone

My plea to everyone who sees the value in a 'national service option' for UK is to stop wishing for some vague concept of former glory and get involved in shaping the recommendations of this review by responding to its call for evidence and pushing the Government to act following the release of its recommendations.

The Mystery Of Whale Strandings

Frontier | Posted 05.09.2017 | UK
Frontier

We know the images: colossal, glistening bodies, resting lifelessly on the shore, sometimes in the hundreds. Whale strandings are a sadly common occur...

Civic Engagement Should Be A Part Of Our Daily Lives

Sophie Livingstone | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK
Sophie Livingstone

The last few weeks have been emotionally trying for all of us. With tensions running high ahead of the General Election, we had to come to terms with ...

The World Needs To Talk About Sex

Philip Goodwin | Posted 10.07.2017 | UK
Philip Goodwin

Josaphine* was 13 when she started having unprotected sex. "I started having sex at the age of 13 with a 15 year old boy. In my community, most hous...

Five Small Steps For Improving Your Self Esteem

Tayana Simons | Posted 06.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tayana Simons

Your self-esteem is a delicate creature. It can be damaged by many things - a break up of a relationship, a change in life or work circumstances - any dent in your sense of identity can leave you feeling less yourself and cause you to suffer a loss of self confidence.

Grenfell - The Myths And Unsung Heros Of Estate Communities

Lou Mensah | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK
Lou Mensah

The Grenfell tragedy shows us what happens when we refuse to listen to people, rendering them powerless. We know the residents shared their concerns o...

How I Improved My Mental Health During Ramadhan

Tamanna Miah | Posted 26.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Tamanna Miah

The month is intended to bring Muslims to closer to God, to encourage us to be kinder to one another and remind you to help others who may be in need of support. It's a time when friends, families and communities come together, and demonstrates the importance of support networks in helping our mental wellbeing.

9 Hacks To Make This Year's Festival Season Your Cheapest Yet

Charlie Murphy | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK Entertainment
Charlie Murphy

Nothing compares to the thrill of seeing your favorite artists alongside tons of game-changing newcomers in one epic weekend. While you can't put a price tag on the awesome experiences you'll have to, but you can take some simple steps to avoid your bank balance taking a pounding.

The Grenfell Tower Community Have A Wealth Money Can't Buy

Nitya Rajan | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK
Nitya Rajan

Earlier that day, I had walked past the skeletal remains of Grenfell Tower towards Westway centre. I heard the hustle of what turned out to be an army of volunteers distributing a mountain of donations. Around 50 metres away, outside the Westway sports centre, a table with pastries, hot coffee and fruit. One of the ladies asked my colleagues and I if we needed breakfast or coffee. We weren't the ones in need, which made it all the more humbling that she had even thought to ask.

Being A Volunteer In Sport And Recreation Isn't Just About Giving Back to the Community It Can Also Improve Your Mental Wellbeing

Emma Boggis | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Sport
Emma Boggis

This week it's Volunteers' Week, with the aim of celebrating the difference volunteers make to individuals and communities every day. But it's not just about the positive impact volunteering has on society, it can also make a big difference to the mental wellbeing of those who volunteer, particularly in sport and recreation.

In The Shadow Of Two Elections

Shudong Li | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Shudong Li

You may not have time now, but that's ok, there are plenty more chances. You may not have the motivation, that I cannot help with. But know this, every time you complain about something of governance whether nationally or locally, what is your answer to the question. Why don't you do something about it?

Volunteers Are The Life Blood Of Barnardo's

Javed Khan | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

Volunteers are the heart and soul of Barnardo's. It's their hard work and dedication which allows us run over 1,000 services which support and help transform the lives of the most vulnerable children, young people or families in across the UK.

Every Vote Counts For The Greens

Amelia Womack | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Politics
Amelia Womack

Every vote for a Green candidate sends a signal that this is what we want. We want to do politics differently. We want a government that believes the best way forward is by working with each other rather than against each other. One that puts the rights of citizens above those of corporations, which ensures that nobody is left behind.

The Changing Face Of Volunteering

Debbie Hill | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Debbie Hill

What does a dog wagging its tail, a mum of two planting flowers in the garden and a make-up artist have in common? They all volunteer their time for free to help people who are terminally ill.

The Power Of Small Acts Of Kindness

Bridey Watson | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK
Bridey Watson

Lets pass on these small acts of kindness, help them grow, and hopefully in the process, we facilitate, empower and inspire others to follow suit. There is immense power in the small part we can each play, together we will change the bigger picture.

I Know You Got Soul: How Volunteers Are Helping Refugees

Leigh McAlea | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK
Leigh McAlea

In the face of political inertia, rising xenophobia and hostility, and the abandonment of legal obligations to support refugees under existing international conventions, volunteers have transcended their traditional roles of providing add on support for 'professionals' and 'experts'. Instead, in many cases they are the main and only actors helping refugees and migrants not only to survive, but also to stop their humanity being stripped from them.

Life As A Volunteer At The RNLI's Tower Lifeboat Station

Laura Lewis | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK
Laura Lewis

As we approached the scene, I could see it was serious, with crowds of people gathering around. When we reached her, I went into auto-pilot. She was the same age as me - and it hit home that these were life or death situations for real people that I would be involved in.

Realising There Is Life After Spinal Cord Injury Inspired Me To Help Others

Julie Hill | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Julie Hill

One of the key ways to rebuild that independence is learning how to deal with the daily practicalities of a spinal cord injury. Knowing how to use a wheelchair properly, for example, can make such a difference to your quality of life.

Nature: Ways To Get Out Into It More

Louis Sherman | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Louis Sherman

At the moment it is cold outside, and while our nature seems to be at more risk than ever (Thanks Trump, however kudos to the National Park Service). So I thought it is as good a time as ever to share some of the ways I get out in nature every day of the year, as well as specifically some ideas for winter.

The Refugee Crisis In Calais: Forgotten But Not Gone

Adam Isaacs | Posted 03.04.2017 | UK
Adam Isaacs

It had been about five months since my last visit to Calais, volunteering in the warehouse and visiting the 'Jungle' camp. Hundreds of volunteers line...

How Helping Others Helps My Wellbeing

Kate Allatt | Posted 03.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Allatt

I believe when we give kindness to others we can heal (or improve) our own mental illness. After my much-hyped 1.5km run, I hit rock bottom emotional...

Volunteering Abroad Renews Your Sense Of Pride And Faith In The NHS

Manish Raval | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK
Manish Raval

I'm an anaesthetist and volunteer for blindness prevention charity Orbis. We operate the Flying Eye Hospital, which is a teaching facility with both a...

Voluntourism - It's Not All Bad

Fern Davidson-Averill | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Fern Davidson-Averill

Volunteer tourism, increasingly referred to as voluntourism, is a form of tourism in which international volunteers participate in voluntary work abroad.

How Volunteering With Help Refugees UK Helped Relieve My Depression And Made My World Bigger

Charles Howe | Posted 12.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Charles Howe

In 2016 I experienced a lot of change and found myself fumbling from one job to another; signing the dotted line on yet another zero hour contract. I wanted remain but lost and my mind became hazy. I felt detached until it suddenly occurred to me that what I really wanted to do was something fulfilling, constructive and meaningful.