UK Volunteering

Five Animals with Special Talents

Frontier | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK
Frontier

There are a lot of animals out there that are really cute, funny and lovable. There are also some very special animals and insects that have talents far beyond their physical appearance. Some that can help the earths depleting resources and others that are just plain fascinating. So here are 5 animals with some very extraordinary talents.

Visiting Care Homes: The Forgotten Duty

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Visiting a care home taught us many lessons. As soon as we arrived, we were struck by their smiles and happiness. Their eyes lighted up and their faces broke out into smiles. It was easy to see what a difference it made for their moods and state of minds.

Why We All Need to Own the 'V' Word

Philip Goodwin | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK
Philip Goodwin

This says to me that we need to take volunteering out of the margins and into the mainstream. We in the sector have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to redefine volunteering for the next few decades at least.

Men - Let's Get Out of the Man-Box, Together

Michael Conroy | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK
Michael Conroy

The Call To Men UK programme is nationally ground-breaking - a 10 week curriculum for teenage lads, delivered in school, in how to unpick language, media images, historical beliefs and their own attitudes towards women and girls and themselves as developing men.

Teach and Get a Tan

Laura McCartan | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Laura McCartan

Volunteers are part of a bigger picture of continued commitment to education and the work they do has dramatically improved the English language skills of the girls in the Rosie May home - a vital first step in breaking a cycle of poverty and institutionalisation.

Who Ever Said Students Were Lazy? Youths Volunteering Contributes £175m To UK Economy

The Huffington Post UK | Matt Field | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Student social action and volunteering contributes £175m to the UK economy while 57% of further education students are involved in volunteering, acco...

Charity Is Not a Lost Cause - Do Something Amazing Today

Duncan Lindsay | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK
Duncan Lindsay

It doesn't take much to make a real difference to the lives of many. While we all lead increasingly busy lives, we should not forget the privileges we have. Let's take advantage of the benefits we have in our lives and assist those less fortunate than ourselves. It needn't cost us a thing but the payoff is unimaginably huge.

Cameron Wants to Force Youths to Volunteer. For Once, I Agree With Him

Lucy Sherriff | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Sherriff

Why not connect our young people with charities and older generations, meanwhile equipping them with the communication, teamwork and God knows however many other skills they need to get jobs?

Feeling Lonely? Disconnect to Reconnect

Amisha Bhavsar | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK
Amisha Bhavsar

If the loneliness stems from being over plugged-in to the digital world - then how about reducing the time you spend online. Put those digital devices aside. Come on. Not forever. Simply, unplug now and then.

Keep Volunteering Voluntary

Frances Hutchinson | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK Politics
Frances Hutchinson

JSA is my only source of income and my next appointment at the jobcentre was not until January. I spent all of Christmas and New Year not knowing my fate, wondering if I would soon be flat broke...

Happiness Comes From Giving and Helping, Not From Buying and Having

Steve Taylor PhD | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Steve Taylor PhD

So many of us strive so hard for material success that you might think there was a clear relationship between wealth and well-being. From school onwards, we're taught that long term well-being stems from achievement and economic prosperity - from 'getting on' or 'making it', accumulating more and more wealth, achievement and success.

Great Thinkers Who Surfed The Gap Year Wave

Frontier | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Frontier

Some people might only have bad things to say about gap years, but what they don't know is that many great thinkers kick-started their intellectual journey abroad. Sometimes there is just nothing better than to polish your Einstein brain far away from home and wander into the heart of unknown lands. Let's take a look at the great list...

Why I Love Volunteering in Startups

Will Bancroft | Posted 01.03.2015 | UK Tech
Will Bancroft

Volunteering is a great thing. In search of a little more meaning and reconnecting with with my country boy, Devon roots, I volunteered for Trees for Cities in London, for a time. Planting trees is a therapeutic process in its own right, but the best thing is watching what you planted, grow, take shape and become a part of the landscape.

Successful Women Entrepreneurs Give Back: Glenda Newell-Harris

Dr Monique Y. Wells | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK
Dr Monique Y. Wells

The Successful Woman Entrepreneurs Give Back article series focuses on women who have mastered the art of creating and maintaining a business that sustains and enriches every aspect of their lives. The fourth pillar of Arianna Huffington's Third Metric - Giving - figures prominently in their lives and is supported by their multi-million dollar businesses

How This Club Giving Young People Confidence Reminds Me What Christmas Is Really About

Rachel Moss | Posted 22.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Moss

I joined FAB as a helper as for my Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award in 2009 and have helped out on three holidays and odd Saturday sessions since. Being a FAB helper is no walk in the park - but those moments when someone turns up with a frown and leaves with a smile make it worth it.

The Reality of Institutionalisation

Laura McCartan | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Laura McCartan

After attending the International Volunteering Conference in Croydon, The Rosie May Memorial Fund were invited to share their opinion on international volunteering, the problem's with institutionalisation, and the bad press volunteering faces.

This Woman Gives Christmas Presents To The Children Who Need It Most

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Work occupies so much of our time it can seem hard to fit anything else in. But Kate Phillips shows how helping other people, particularly kids who co...

4 Ways You Can Volunteer On Christmas Day

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

This Christmas there'll be many families who don't have the option to overindulge on a delicious three course meal. There'll be children going wit...

A Lesson In Volunteering: How To Get Involved With Food Banks

Natasha Hinde | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Hinde

While you might think that volunteering is a huge commitment and that you have to do it every week without fail, which for some, just isn't realistic. The reality is that you don't. Whatever free time you can spare to help out your local food bank or charity is always appreciated - regardless of whether you spare one hour a month, or three hours a week.

Unwrapping the True Meaning of a London Christmas

Ekaterina Botziou | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ekaterina Botziou

Admiringly, it would appear that it is not just the likes of Ebenezer Scrooge who is able to turn a chime of despair into a tune of hope. Many UK volunteer groups are making a stand against commercialism, from helping the homeless to sponsored carol singing.

A New Generation as Generous as its Grandparents

Sophie Livingstone | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK
Sophie Livingstone

While we are enormously grateful to the baby boomers for digging deep into their pockets for so many years, I believe there is a new generation waiting in the wings who, if their current 'giving' is anything to go by, will be just as, if not more generous in ways that only they will determine.

Millions Of Youths Have Taken Part In Campaigning And Volunteering In 2014

PA | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Millions of the nation's young people have taken part in campaigning, volunteering and fundraising in the past year, a poll has found. It suggests ...

Misread Connection: Widow's Trip to Africa

Sarah Wauterlek Pierson | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK
Sarah Wauterlek Pierson

About a month ago I returned from the most extraordinary trip to Kenya. I had the honor to bring a small group of young widows from America to visit widows in the slum of Kibera. It was a journey of courage and of new beginnings.

Prince Charles Is Doing A Live Google Hangout Right Now

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will appear in his first Google+ Hangout live stream today. Prince Charles is broadcasting from his home in ...

Natasha Hinde

Telford Community Store Is A Charity Shop, Food Bank And Advice Bureau All Under One Roof

HuffingtonPost.com | Natasha Hinde | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

When I was five, my mum had to rely on food handouts from family and friends to keep us going. I only found out at the end of last year – I’d b...