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Volunteering Matters


Volunteering Matters invites all people aged 18-35 to experience the challenge, excitement and reward of helping people in need. Each year it places hundreds of volunteers away from home on full-time projects throughout the UK, supporting adults or children with physical disabilities, learning difficulties or mental health issues, also young people who are in care or in trouble, the elderly and homeless people. Volunteers work hard, have fun and gain valuable experience volunteering away from home for six to twelve months. Applications are welcome throughout the year. Volunteers are asked to be flexible about their hours but are not expected to volunteer for more than 35-40 hours per week. Accommodation and subsistence is provided which includes food (or £40/week to buy food ) and £35/week towards day to day expenses along with full support, relevant training and a certificate. Placements provide excellent work experience for a variety of careers including social work, youth work, healthcare, teaching and many more. No experience or qualifications are required to join the programme, just commitment and a willingness to be flexible and open minded. Applications welcome from UK or EEA nationals who are applying from the UK. Volunteering Matters is a registered charity.



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.



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.



Help combat child poverty in Nepal. Your volunteering will help to supply water and sanitation to schools and rural families and prevent child deaths. Give your time to help us enable children from poorer families to attend primary school.

If you are applying to the World of Difference scheme we can work with you to develop a realistic and worthwhile project for your application. We would like to hear from you.

We need help with:1. Promoting Life in Nepal teaching resources. 2.Recruiting members and other volunteers 3. Fundraising in your local area.4. Developng our monitoring and impact measurement procedures 5. Funding applications and budget preparation.

VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING: Many of our volunteers work from home and make a significant difference to our work. A computer and a phone enable you to help us wherever you are. We may be able to accept volunteers with an offending background. Each individual case reviewed on its own merit.



The Universal Film and Festival Organization (UFFO) was founded to support and implement a good business code of practice for film festivals and the film making community.

UFFO is a not-for-profit voluntary organization that brings together the highest quality of Film Festivals and the film making community by encouraging Film Festivals to become sound in principles and business practice.

UFFO is an open international organization with branches and festivals in many countries. Membership is entirely free and anyone can join UFFO and network with our online community.



The Council for British Archaeology is an educational charity working throughout the UK to involve people in archaeology and to promote the appreciation and care of the historic environment for the benefit of present and future generations. We signpost opportunities for participation through our website, CBA Briefing (, and the Training Online Resource Centre (TORC - We are a membership organisation, offering our members regular updates about the latest in British archaeology, subscription British Archaeology magazine, and opportunities for volunteering and special events through our regional networks. See



Victim Support is the independent charity for people affected by crime across England and Wales. We were set up over 40 years ago and have grown to become the oldest and largest victims' organisation in the world. Every year, we contact over 1.5 million people after a crime to offer our help. Volunteers help support and provide emotional and practical help as well as information to people affected by crime. We also have opportunities for office and fundraising work. We may be able to accept a volunteer with an offending background, all are considered based on the role, merit and all are subject to risk assessment.

Registered Charity No. 298028



The Seeing Ear is a charity dedicated to helping people all over the country who want to read but who cannot use ordinary books. Our online library provides books in a flexible format for blind and print-disabled readers.

Working from home and in your own free time, you will help us add books to our online library for blind and print disabled members of your community. You will be editing and formatting MS Word files and we will give you free access to an online training course. Every book you go on to edit will provide another opportunity for someone who is blind or print disabled to take pleasure from reading or get a fair chance at education. We are currently working on an exciting new project working with schools to support children who need books in this electronic format and we want to give every child the opportunity for a fair chance in education and to be engaged with learning. To meet the demand of requests we will rely on the support of volunteers more than ever.



Maybe Sailing is a Tall Ship sail training organisation. With two gaff rigged vessels, we take young people and adults on sail training adventures across the UK, Europe and further afield. This year, our vessel Blue Clipper will be crossing the Atlantic, taking part in the RDV 2017 Tall Ships Regatta; visiting Bermuda, Boston, Quebec, Halifax and Le Havre.

Sail Training is a platform for Youth development; helping young people build confidence, self-esteem and gain skills in team work, communication and leadership. We work with young people from all different backgrounds from across the UK and Europe.



3H Fund specialises in holidays for physically disabled children (13+) and adults and respite for their carers. Volunteers are required to help care for the disabled guests on the holidays with full support from two leaders on each holiday. Holiday venues vary from year to year. Please either contact the office or go to the website for more details.



The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the world’s leading achievement award for young people.

We aim to create a world where young people can reach their full potential whatever their circumstances. Our ethos is to enable every young person of every background to do their DofE and succeed, regardless of any barriers. We provide a balanced programme of activities that develops the whole person – mind, body and soul – in an environment of social interaction and teamworking. Young people progress through three levels of DofE programmes to achieve a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award. Taking part builds confidence and develops self-esteem. It requires persistence, commitment and has a lasting impact on the attitudes and outlook of all young people who do their DofE. Our participants are aged between 14 and 24.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is delivered under special licence by over 500 partners (Licenced Organisations). Our partners support over 10,000 DofE centres including youth clubs, voluntary organisations, schools, colleges, Young Offenders Institutions and businesses to run DofE programmes and accredit their young people.

War Memorials Register


The War Memorials Register (formally the UK National Inventory of War Memorials) was initiated in 1989 by the Imperial War Museum and the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments of England, which merged with English Heritage in 1999, to create a register that currently records 70,000 war memorials in the the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.

War memorials form an important part of our cultural heritage and reflect the changing face of commemoration as well as artistic, social, local, family, military and international history. The Register includes memorials to members of the armed forces, civilians and animals from all wars and to those who died in service. The Register covers every conceivable type of memorial, from the frequently-seen community crosses to buildings, lych gates, gardens, hospitals, organs, chapels, windows, etc. All wars are covered, from the Roman occupation to the present day, although, the largest number of memorials are for the First and Second World Wars. We record details of the memorials location, description and inscription.

We have recently launched a database recording the names of individuals commemorated on war memorials. This work would not be possible without the help of dedicated volunteers. Our volunteers work both in branch at IWM London and remotely as fieldworkers. Volunteer opportunities exist for those interested in recording information on war memorials in their local areas, assisting with updating information on existing memorials or with transcribing names recorded on war memorials.

For information on current volunteer opportunities please contact us via email at



Hindu Council UK was founded in 1994 for all Hindus domiciled in the United Kingdom, combining all the Hindu faith denominations, whilst representing various Hindu communities and Hindus from different parts of the world settled in the United Kingdom. It’s main purpose was to give the UK Hindus an effective voice on policy matters with the Government of the day whilst enhancing mutual understanding among the major faiths predominant in the UK. Hindu Council UK is itself a non-partisan faith organisation.

The work that the Hindu Council UK undertakes falls into two separate but connected categories, viz: the interfaith commitment through the Inter Faith Network of the UK and the review of policies affecting Hindus through a consultation process with the Government of the day.

Interfaith Network - There are various dialogues among different faiths that occur continuously throughout the year by way of:

* Leaders of all major faiths meet centrally at the Inter Faith Network regularly throughout the year, and

* Local level inter-dialogue meetings are held throughout the country to promote mutual understanding for a harmonious co-existence.

Along with other major faith councils, Hindu Council UK is invited to consult on Government policy from time to time . Various Government departments are involved, particularly the Department for Communities and Local Government, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Home Office, and Department of Trade and Industry. In addition Hindu Council UK is represented at other Government related bodies and Statutory Authorities like the Commission for Racial Equality and the new Single Equality Board.



YFC is committed to training and releasing talented youth workers and evangelists, which is why we offer several year-out opportunities. Volunteers can join us for a year working with YFC One in general youth work and evangelism or alternatively in specialist youth teams such as sports or creative arts teams. During the year they receive high-quality, individualised training, as well as great 'hands on' experience. Once a volunteer has completed a year out, they can move on to the YFC Academy for a second year - where the training and placement are more specialised and designed around specific needs and calling. For further details please see website:

Stoolball England


Stoolball England is the national governing body for stoolball, a sport popular in south-east England. As well as providing governance for stoolball, we work hard to promote it in schools, clubs and leagues. We want to get more people playing stoolball in the south-east, and in other regions of the UK. We see many opportunities to achieve this but, as an organisation run by a small group of volunteers, we are not able to follow up as many as we would like to.

We would like to hear from anyone who can help us, whether you can spare an hour here and there or make a regular commitment. Possible roles include, but are not limited to:

Help with administration. We work with many organisations, including Sport England and the county sports partnerships, local councils, schools, charities, stoolball clubs and leagues and coaching companies. The work can be very interesting.

Marketing and publicity. Most people have never heard of stoolball, so media exposure is very valuable for us in raising awareness of the sport, whether at national level or local. We need help to seek out opportunities to promote stoolball and the work of Stoolball England, where at the moment we are mostly reacting to media interest when they approach us.

Funding. We do not get any direct funding from Sport England, so must raise funds ourselves or apply for grants. Inevitably our work is limited by available funds. If you help us apply for grants or sponsorship, or raise funds in other ways, you would enable us to be more effective at promoting and devloping stoolball.

Events. We organise a number of events each year, typically tournaments and training courses. Could you help us set these up and run them? A tournament is a lovely day out, but we also need help on the day with tasks such as umpiring, scoring, first aid and manning stalls.

Taster sessions. We run or help with taster sessions for schools and people looking to start new clubs, and at multi-sports festivals such as Brighton's TakePART. These are a great way to introduce new people to stoolball, and we would love to do more of them. Could you run a taster session with us, or for us?

Coaching. If you can make a regular commitment, we can train you to coach stoolball to children either in in school time or after school. This is dependent on securing funding, but schemes in Sussex and Surrey have been very successful.



Working with the public, Sea Watch Foundation is a national charity dedicated to the conservation and protection of whales, dolphins and porpoises around the UK. Sea Watch, through its continuous programme of research and monitoring, provides invaluable information on changes to the status and distribution of cetacean populations and the condition of their habitats. This is used to raise awareness of any issues and prompt environmental change to help conserve and protect these mysterious creatures.



Getting on Board

Board-level volunteering career specialists

Getting on Board is a charity that can help you, your employees and members of your professional networks become new leaders in your communities through board-level volunteering, as charity trustees, school governors or members of boards of public bodies.

Board level volunteering has enormous benefits for individuals, their employers and for the boards of the charities, public bodies and schools that they join.

What we can do for you - if you are an individual

Why board-level volunteering?

There are lots of reasons why people want to become a trustee or school governor; here are some of them:

Opportunity to acquire and develop new skills

Improvement of CV and raising self-confidence

Improvement of work-life balance and reduction of stress

Personal satisfaction and enjoyment

For people made redundant or taking a career break it can fill a CV gap and maintain skills and confidence

Retired or approaching retirement it can be an opportunity to share experience and skills.

Signposting service

The Getting on Board signposting service helps individuals find the right trustee role. As part of the service individuals can expect a 30 minute phone consultation and at least four opportunities to consider applying for as well as follow-up support. This service is quick to implement and often funded by individual training budgets held by managers.

Email us if you would like to find out more.

“I am thoroughly enjoying the experience and very grateful to Getting on Board for matching me up with such an interesting and challenging role so quickly. I really feel like I’m putting something back into the local community.”

David Mullholland

Citizens Advice Bureau branch trustee, BT talent pool member.

What we can do for you - if you are an employer

Why board-level volunteering?

Getting on Board works with companies to help them integrate board level volunteering into their learning and development programmes. There are many benefits for employers and their employees. These can include:

Learning and developing new skills

Improving work-life balance and employee satisfaction

Contributing to corporate responsibility commitments for the company.

Board level volunteering is an attractive option for many employees but particularly senior and middle managers and those that have been identified as future leaders.

Email us if you would like to find out more.


Getting on Board seminars can kick-start board-level volunteering within your organisation. Often over lunch or breakfast the seminars are aimed at letting people know about the benefits of board level volunteering and encouraging them to take the plunge and volunteer. All those that attend the seminar will also be able to access our signposting service which helps them find a suitable role.

Email us if you would like to arrange a seminar.

Signposting service

The Getting on Board signposting service helps individuals find the right trustee role. As part of the service individuals can expect a 30 minute phone consultation and at least four opportunities to consider applying for as well as follow-up support. This service is quick to implement and often funded by individual training budgets held by managers.

Email us if you would like to find out more.

Getting on Board is a registered charity, and, although we do not make a profit, we do have to cover our running costs. We therefore have to charge a fee for our sign-posting service. Most people that come to us are able to charge this to their individual training budgets through work. This is payable after the phone discussion although search support continues beyond this call.



Plant Heritage is the world’s leading garden plant conservation charity, which manages the 650 National Plant Collections of the UK – our 'living plant libraries'.

Over the centuries, countless garden plants have been developed by British collectors & growers. This biodiversity is now at risk through changes in fashion and the retirement of growers; yet it represents a significant part of our heritage and may even hold the key to new medicines or research into drought resistant plants and other characteristics vital for the future.

By making sure these plants remain in cultivation, we ensure that this essential biodiversity continues to be available to the coming generations of plant breeders, medical researchers and gardeners.

Plant Heritage leads the world in conserving cultivated plants. The Threatened Plants Project is a ground-breaking research project to discover the garden plants most urgently in need of conservation. Prior to initiating the Threatened Plants Project, very little research had been undertaken in this field.



Young Enterprise is the United Kingdom's largest business and enterprise education charity. Every year we help 250,000 young people learn about business and the world of work in the classroom under the guidance of volunteers from 3,500 companies.

We believe in ''Learning by doing'

Young Enterprise's mission statement is "to inspire and equip young people to learn and succeed through enterprise." Its guiding principle is to do this through 'learning by doing.' Our programmes range from 'Ourselves' for Primary school pupils as young as four. It takes students on an engaging story-based journey exploring the world of work, saving, earning, decision making and teamwork. They culminate in Young Enterprise's flagship Company Programme which enables 30,000 15-19 year olds run their own real companies for a year with help from business mentors. Many of the scheme's alumni have gone on to outstanding business success.

We campaign for young people's empowerment

Young Enterprise argues that an excessively narrow focus on academic skills and exams risks sidelining other approaches to learning and can fail to give young people the employability skills they need - such as teamwork, practical thinking, punctuality and businesslike behaviour - to succeed in the world of work.

Here are some statistics:

Each year, 5,000 business volunteers inspire young people aged 4 to 25 years. Our programmes empower the next generation with the confidence, ability and ambition to succeed in a rapidly changing global economy.

With the support of more than 3,500 businesses and over 5,000 schools, colleges, universities and local communities, we are a major force in preparing the next generation to run the British economy.

With almost 50 years’ experience, we are an active member of Junior Achievement Worldwide and a founding member of JA-YE Europe.

Through becoming a Young Enterprise volunteer, you can make a real difference to the lives and potential of young people in your area by helping them to understand the world of business and prepare for their working lives.



Lawyers in Schools is a unique employee volunteering opportunity designed to increase young people’s awareness and understanding of the law. The programme links law firms and in-house legal teams with local secondary schools, predominantly in economically deprived areas. It provides opportunities for practicing and trainee lawyers to engage students in interactive discussions about various legal issues relevant to their daily lives. The legal professionals draw on their expertise to increase understanding of the law among young people, including a greater appreciation of the justice system and their rights and responsibilites, and support the students to develop their legal capability.

Volunteer lawyers are trained by the Citizenship Foundation and then, in teams, lead six one-hour sessions at their partner school. Working with small groups, the volunteers facilitate discussions and activities on various aspects of the law using an interactive and thought-provoking approach. The Citizenship Foundation’s educational experts produce the resources, which have been designed to foster debate and discussion, as well as encourage critical thinking from the young people. The sessions cover a range of legal topics and utilise the volunteers’ understanding of the law and the legal system to enhance the delivery of the materials.

At the final session, students are each presented with a certificate and a copy of the Citizenship Foundation’s award winning publication, the Young Citizen’s Passport, a pocket-sized guide to the law for young people. This enables students to reflect on, and further develop, their understanding of the law and the legal system.

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