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MENCAP

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Mencap is the voice of learning disability. Everything we do is about valuing and supporting people with a learning disability, their family and carers. We work with people with a learning disability to change laws, challenge prejudice and support them to live their lives as they choose. We are an individual membership organisation, with more than 500 affiliated groups. Mencap's mission is to improve the lives and opportunities of children and adults with a learning disability, their families and carers. Mencap's vision is a world where everyone with a learning disability has an equal right to choice, opportunity and respect, with the support that they need. Mencap is a membership organisation; membership is open to all approved and properly constituted groups. There are volunteering opportunities across the organisation in local groups, campaigning, fundraising, with children and young people, at Gateway clubs (leisure and sports). Volunteering with all ages from children to the elderly. Throughout the country there are over 500 local groups and clubs offering a wide range of activities for varying age groups, covering leisure, sports, arts, and other recreational activities. They are a bridge into the local community giving groups and individuals the opportunity to take part in community activities as any other person or group would. Volunteers looking to work with vulnerable adults or children will be asked to apply for a criminal records check. To welcome, help and support our volunteers in their roles we offer accessible information, support and training on things such as Health and Safety Awareness, being an advocate, a supporter and a campaigner.

ASTHMA AND ALLERGY FOUNDATION

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Asthma and Allergy Foundation is an Aberdeen based charity providing evidence-based health information, confidential advice and support to people with asthma, their families, carers, friends and other members of the community.

We offer free advice to all. Our aim is to ensure that all those who turn to us for support get the help they need so they or their loved ones can live healthier and active lives.

The organisation also provide volunteering opportunity for young people to gain vital experience and skills that will help them move into paid employment.

OUTSET YOUTH ACTION

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Outset Youth Action (Outset) is an independent county wide youth organisation and registered Charity which operates over the whole county of West Sussex.

Outset acts as a volunteering agency for young people aged 13 – 25, encouraging and supporting young people to take on a wide range of volunteering opportunities within their community. The nature of these opportunities is to provide support and benefit to West Sussex communities and contribute to each young person’s own personal development.

Volunteers choose the type of activity they wish to be involved in. Their skills and interests are carefully matched to a wide range of projects in their community.

Outset Youth Action believes that every young person should be recognised for their contribution, no matter how big or small. We think it’s important to give young people the opportunity to reflect on their learning and to identify the skills they have gained through their volunteering experiences.

All Outset volunteers receive a signed certificate giving details of their personal involvement and commitment. Young People aged between 16 - 25 can work towards and receive a nationally recognised award and also complete an ASDAN short course qualification in volunteering.

Outset Youth Action encourages and supports a wide range of young people to volunteer for the benefit of their local community, irrespective of their personal situation. They do not need any qualifications and it will not cost them any money.

Central to Outset’s work is the continuous support given to the volunteers by Outset’s team of Youth Volunteer Advisers. Each district of West Sussex is represented by a Youth Volunteer Advisor who is responsible for the supervision of the volunteering activities of young people drawn from the district.

They are responsible for organising placements and for overseeing matters relating to health and safety. All placements are carefully monitored and risk assessed by Outset to ensure that they are both appropriate and safe for volunteers.

Outset Volunteers don’t need to have had previous volunteering experience – just a commitment to helping others and making a difference in their community.

people and places - responsible volunteering

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people and places, an international award winning organisation, provides well-matched, rewarding, challenging and safe experiences for volunteers and local people – with their mutual informed consent.

Volunteers’ skills and experience are matched specifically to the projects’ needs – we put the right people in the right places, at the right time.

people and places is a social enterprise and is not run for the benefit of shareholders.

At least 80% of volunteers' funds are spent in the host country – and volunteers know HOW and WHERE their money is spent.

people and places matches skills and experience to need – our role is to enable both volunteers and local communities to gain mutual benefits. Crucial to this role are our relationships with our local partners.

The planning and development of projects is through our local partners, our project management teams – people who are inspired and inspiring, and who are in and of their community – they are the ongoing link with projects and volunteers, thus maintaining sustainable development and continuity in the project.

Volunteers are fully involved in the planning of their own individual placement – we match their skills to the project’s needs; we discuss the project’s proposals with the volunteers; with mutual agreement, the volunteer’s placement is confirmed.

CAMEROONIAN ACTION FOR AIDS, WELFARE & RETURN HOME (CAAWRHO)

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Cameroonian Action for Aids Welfare and Return Home (CAAWRHO) is a registered charity in UK under the Registration No: 1115448 which aims to alleviate asylum seekers and refugees from Africa and Cameroon in particular living in the UK. Our team of expects provide advice, support and information on education and training, employment, sponsorship, integration with Communities, health and nutrition and income generation etc. CAAWRHO was founded in 2006 by a group of Cameroonians living in the UK. CAAWRHO Trust was established in 2006 for public benefit in United Kingdom. We work with local authorities in UK and abroad to identify orphan children up to the age of 12 in Cameroon who have no visible means of support. Many of these children are victims of the scourge HIV/ AIDS that is taking a terrible toll throughout Cameroon, asylum seekers and refugees from Africa living in UK particularly those from French speaking African Countries. By relieving such persons who are in need of education and training, employment, income generation, poverty and sickness. We provide advice, support and information. We also respond to disasters and emergencies, CAAWRHO promotes sustainable economic and social development by working with local communities.

BULBULIR BASA WELFARE SOCIETY (ORPHANAGE IN KOLKATA)

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Helping Needy Children Find A Loving Home Since 2000

The Bulbulir Basa orphanage was found in December 2000, as a direct response to the high levels of homeless children and street children in Kolkata. This orphanage provides a safe and secure environment for these vulnerable children. The orphanage is a loving family atmosphere, dedicated to helping the children build character and advance in academics.

The name "Bulbulir Basa" comes from the word "bulbuli" which is the name of a small, grey, singing bird found in India, and "basa" which means home. The children of this devoted establishment are like little birds, lost and uncared for, with no place to call home. This orphanage welcomes them to a home that gives them a family.

Bulbulir Basa is a non-profit, non-political and non-religious society. It is registered in the West Bengal Societies Registration Act (registration number S/IL/3311). We also have a Tax exemption & FCRA (Foreign Contribution Registration Act) papers from Government of India.

Come join our family by volunteering and experience something life changing.

Objectives of the Orphanage:

1) To maintain a safe and pleasant environment for abandoned children and care for all their needs, including medical, education and cultural. The children will attend school and recieve classes in Bengali music and arts in order to strengthen cultural ties.

2) To promote and encourage the advancement of literacy. A free coaching center will be maintained at Bulbulir Basa for street children.

3) To help the sick, aged and destitute. The on site dispensary will offer free medical treatment to people of all ages and religions in the community.

The goal for which the Bulbulir Basa society was established will benefit the orphans and with your support it can become reality. Shelter, education, health and culture are the main activities in our orphanage.

OUTPOST CHARITY

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Providing Emotional, Social and Practical support to Military Personnel, Veterans and their Families

We give our beneficiaries the opportunity to rebuild confidence, self-esteem, self-belief and encourage and motivate towards integration and socialisation.

The alternative therapy we provide through our programs and support uses concepts that possess a potential to significantly id in the treatment of Mental Illnesses and physical Injuries in members of the Armed Forces, in combination with standard therapies.

Africa ICT Right

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Africa ICT Right (AIR) is an ICT-oriented NGO established in 2007 and run by a team of volunteers. AIR was established in order to use Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools to address critical national problems pertaining to education, gender, youth empowerment and health in Ghana.

AIR was created out of the belief that the modern world is in the midst of a profound technological revolution where personal computers, mobile phones and Internet technologies play a critical role but there is great inequality in the distribution of these tools, which is detrimental not only to underserved communities, but also to our society.

We partner with donors, governmental and private institutions, NGOs and local communities to address this detriment through our integrated development programs that provide technological solutions and support to educational and health facilities especially in less privileged areas where the digital gap is most pronounced.

Youth Partnership for Peace and Development

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With Active programs in Sierra Leone and Liberia, the Youth Partnership for Peace and Development (YPPD) is a voluntary and non-profit youth-led development organization working directly with development partners across the world. Established as a post-conflict initiative, the organization is staffed by a group of young proactive youths who are convinced that development does not lie in the hands of the elderly alone, about also in those of young people.

It maintains the view that young people can be agents of positive change, and works for ways of enabling youth to step forward for social transformation in various communities and the world at large.
The overarching goal of YPPD is to contribute to the endeavors of supporting youth development, peaceful conflict resolution, stability, sustainable development, peace and democracy in Sierra Leone. It works to increase the capacity of vulnerable groups through training, partnership, advocacy, enhancing the youth knowledge base and equipping them with livelihood skills. It is a platform for diverse kinds of actions committed to engaging key stakeholders at different levels of development across the country.
Our work is inspired by the daily struggles of our communities and the enormous opportunity that exists in collaboratively working with others in the search for sustainable solutions.

Ninth Wave Global

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Ninth Wave Global is an independent, international organisation and think tank which works in unknown or forgotten territories over the horizon, generating space for investigation and positive change in environmental, community and social settings. We currently work in Europe, the Americas and Australasia, encouraging quiet, humble and slow exploration of places and people, opening up space for people to recognise shared humanity, needs and aspirations, culminating in concrete programs of local-led, grass-roots developmental projects fundamentally based on local horizons, not imported value systems or solutions.

Having worked in territories over the horizon with remote communities for many years, we fundamentally believe that all meaningful change is necessarily slow, locally-led, attitude-and-aspiration-based. Communities with appropriate resources and assistance are capable of generating the autonomous power to develop systems for themselves. As such, working with communities primarily in the Americas, Ninth Wave is intent not on generating change per se, but on identifying and empowering people who are capable of generating change for themselves and their communities.

Seeds of Change

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We are an umbrella association to more than fifty community Base Organizations in Cameroon. created in 2008 to focus on:

-Internships and voluntary programs to local and International Volunteers who are able and willing to make a difference in poor communities in the field of medical/health Care,Teaching , agriculture,Orphanage,Special Needs Care,Elderly Care,Construction and Renovation, Counseling ,Daycare placements etc.We also carry out outreach programs in poor communities by:

-Creating workshops awareness on FGM,HIV/AIDS and Gender Based Violence

-Soup Kitchen for street people and an after school computer classes for youth

We believers in a future where any traveler any where in the world is empowered to make a meaningful difference in the community they are visiting and we take pride in making this happen.

In recent years voluntary work, has become increasingly popular with our Organization. Voluntary work in Cameroon is definitely for you if;

You've always dreamed about making a contribution to this great continent
Your heart rate rises when watching a documentary on Africa
It makes you extremely happy when fantasizing on staying in Africa which allows you to work with orphans,Students ,women,or assist in the preservation of nature and wildlife.

Cameroon is a unique and wonderful country in a magnificent continent and will make you feel at home without any doubt. The culture, the residents, the scenery and atmosphere create an unprecedented feeling, that results in a change of view. With a wide variety of possibilities, we intern Cameroon match you with a project that meets your heart.

Our Impact since 2008:

. Grew our overall volunteer numbers to more than 700 since 2008

LOTHLORIEN COMMUNITY (ROKPA TRUST)

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Lothlorien is a therapeutic community where people with mental health problems can develop their potential through living alongside people who are relatively well, in an atmosphere of friendship, acceptance and mutual support. Lothlorien is situated in an isolated rural area in South West Scotland. The community consists of a large log house with 13 bedrooms and communal living areas and further accommodation for up to 5 people living in the move-on house, Roan Lodge. It is set in 17 acres of grounds which include organic vegetable gardens, woodland, workshops and outbuildings. A volunteer placement at Lothlorien offers a valuable opportunity for personal growth and will be of particular interest to those considering a career in a helping profession. There are places for five live-in volunteers who play a key role in creating a warm, accepting atmosphere through which everyone in the community feels valued. On the practical level, volunteers along with all the community members, work in the vegetable gardens, participate in domestic tasks and undertake maintenance work on the house and in the grounds. A staff team of six provide continuity and an administrative structure which facilitates the community in functioning effectively. The staff also offer individual and group supervision to the volunteers. We have vacancies on a regular basis. Volunteers receive free room and board, pocket money of £60 per week plus a monthly travel allowances of £120. We require a minimum commitment of six months.

UJAMAA HOSTEL

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Ujamaa Hostel provides low-cost accommodation and free volunteer experiences in the local community in Arusha, Tanzania. We have created a fun, safe and friendly environment at the hostel where volunteers can feel at home and enjoy their spare time. Our volunteer experiences include teaching children, spending time with those affected by HIV/AIDS, tutoring young adults, building, helping at an orphanage and sports programs as well as medical care.

African Youth Alliance Common Initiative Group

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The African Youth Alliance Group’s mission is to improve the education and living conditions of women and young girls of rural areas of Cameroon through the creation of clubs in villages where young girls and women can meet in safe discussion spaces, benefit from peer mentoring, learn new skills and bridge the inter-generational gap. We aim to empower women and young girls to challenge unjust policies affecting their lives and improve their skills through trainings on women’s rights, gender based violence, and livelihood support for income generation.
We encourage women and young girls to come together into clubs called MAD (Making A Difference) Sisters Clubs. The women and girls meet twice a month in their clubs, which are safe discussion spaces where they can freely talk about the issues affecting them in their communities, support each other and find solutions. In the clubs, we empower them on women’s rights, leadership skills and train them on income generating activities (powder soap/arts and crafts production). Most women/girls in rural communities practice farming activities for subsistence. We therefore also implement organic agricultural projects to improve on their access for food security and for climate change control.
We finally support women/young girls in organizing community events where they can pass messages on gender equality and access to socioeconomic rights.
We have so far created a network of 06 clubs in 06 communities of North West mote communities of North West Cameroon. Cameroon; we regularly work with (a total membership of about 350 women and girls) and have successfully reached out to over 1’650 women and young girls, 90 % of them in rural areas.
The African Youth Alliance Group was founded by 4 women from rural communities of North West Cameroon. Angry with the discrimination women face in their villages to have access to education and economic opportunities and frustrated by the scarcity of structures addressing the issues related to women, especially those in rural remote communities, they decided to found a community-based organization that would empower them directly. We believe that:
• Women and young girls from rural communities should not face abuse and discrimination in villages because they are not aware of their rights.
• Women and young girls from rural communities should be empowered and come together to have a bigger voice and fight for their rights in rural communities.
• Women and young girls should no longer face challenges and male domination due to a major lack of economic empowerment.

ORANGUTAN HEALTH PROJECT

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Orangutan Health Project is a unique and fascinating project investigating the special behaviours and ecological conditions necessary for maintenance of health in wild orangutans. As part of a 13-day volunteer team, you will perform various tasks necessary for the project’s work at the time you are visiting. Much of this fieldwork will be carried out in the jungle, where you will have a once in a lifetime chance to experience a living, breathing rain forest in one of the most beautiful areas of the world. If that isn't enough, you will be within viewing distance of the most graceful primate on earth (physical contact is NOT allowed). The importance of our work cannot be emphasized enough - it will bring knowledge to basic science, public health, and wildlife conservation management and help save both flora and fauna. Possible research tasks in the forest include: Finding and following orangutans to collect behavioural data and/or faecal and plant samples, nest counting to provide seasonally varying estimates of the orangutan population, fruit trail transects to record the range of foodstuffs available to orangutans in an area, or locating areas with a significant wild orangutan population.

AGE UK HARROW

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Age UK Harrow (formerly known as Age Concern Harrow) is an independent charity which exists to serve the interests of all older citizens in and around the borough of Harrow, from all walks of life and ethnic communities. We provide a wide range of services for older people, from information and advice to volunteering opportunities and support for those who are housebound and isolated.

Our mission is to promote the well-being of older residents of Harrow and to help make later life a fulfilling and enjoyable experience with the help of wonderful volunteers, such as yourself! Many of our volunteers feel they have become more involved in and contributed to the community and have met new people as well as gained valuable skills from volunteering with us.

Our aims are:
-To support older people to ensure that they get the most from life.
-To provide information and advice of interest to older people.
-To provide a range of services for older people.
-To influence local government and public opinion and policy to the benefit of older people.
-To ensure our volunteers have an enjoyable experience, achieving the full outcome of their reasons for volunteering.

Rainbow Educators Malawi

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Sharing Dreams Project

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"Sharing Dreams Project" is a local non-profit organization that works directly with the most vulnerable inhabitants of the Peruvian Andes and runs a number of volunteer projects, with a focus on improving the well-being of women and children.

Our organization was legally founded in 2009, and since then we are developing social projects directly in Andean populations subject to social, economic and cultural exclusion. Precisely in those areas where most people live, descendants of the old Inca state, with the greatest problems of economic development and subject to socio-cultural exclusion here in Peru.

Our projects are developed by ourselves, thus providing a more real and rewarding experience of volunteer work and cultural exchange.
We are delighted to offer to all the participants a personalized and totally experiential experience of knowing our beautiful country, culture and real social situation

Travel to Help

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