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Volunteering Matters

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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.

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.

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.

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.

RESOLVE INTERNATIONAL

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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.

UNIVERSAL FILM AND FESTIVAL ORGANISATION

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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

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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 www.archaeologyuk.org, CBA Briefing (www.britisharchaeology.org/briefing), and the Training Online Resource Centre (TORC - www.torc.org.uk). 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 http://new.archaeologyuk.org/join-us-today/.

Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland

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Spina Bifida occurs during pregnancy. Most of those born with the condition will be paralysed from the waist down and will have to use a wheelchair, be doubly incontinent and 80% have hydrocephalus which causes numerous neurological disorders including problems with speech and impaired concentration.

There is no cure for the conditions, nobody knows why it happens and it can happen to anyone regardless of age, ethnicity or social background. It causes lifelong disabilities and currently affects 1 in 500 pregnancies in the UK. Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland(SBH Scotland) is the only charity in Scotland to provide dedicated support services to all everyone who has been affected and has been working since 1965. SBH Scotland seeks to increase public awareness and understanding of individuals with spina bifida and / or hydrocephalus and allied conditions. It aims to support all those affected to identify their needs and to empower them to make informed choices and decisions.

SCOTTISH FAIR TRADE FORUM

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The Scottish Fair Trade Forum is a small, dynamic organisation whose innovative campaign relies heavily on volunteers to support our work with local community groups, schools, local government and others. Past and present volunteers have brought a range of skills and backgrounds to their work with the SFTF and have played a very real role in the immense success of the campaign today.

The National Trust for Scotland

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National Trust for Scotland working holidays are open to volunteers aged 16 and over and are a fantastic way to help with conservation in some very special parts of Scotland. If you are over 18, you can apply for a Thistle Camp and if you are 16 or 17 our Trailblazer projects are run especially for you. Both types of camp provide opportunities for you to see new places, meet new people and contribute to the conservation of Scotland's wild places. All volunteers are expected to work a 9 - 5 day and help out with domestic duties when not on site. There is a day off during the week when volunteers have the opportunity to visit nearby places of interest. Volunteers must be prepared for physically demanding tasks and bad weather.

MAYBE SAILING

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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.

FOOTBALL MEMORIES

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After six years of operation, a Scottish programme to help people living with dementia by using football images and memorabilia has met with incredible success. With over 90,000 people in Scotland having a diagnosis of dementia – the equivalent of every spectator on an average Scottish football weekend – demand for the project is huge, as it seeks to harness the passion for the game felt by so many Scots.

The Football Memories project is helping people living with dementia by reviving memories of players, matches, goals and incidents from football matches in their younger days. A joint project between Alzheimer Scotland and the Scottish Football Museum at Hampden Park, it has attracted almost unprecedented levels of interest and involvement from fans and players alike. The website www.footballmemories.org.uk has seen contributions of stories from footballers, rock stars, film actors, journalists, politicians and ordinary supporters all across the country.

There are now over 120 groups all across Scotland and there are plans for parallel projects for Rugby, Cricket, Shinty, Golf, Speedway and Athletics.

Volunteers need to have a passion for their sport and an aptitude to relate to older people who are living with dementia, have other memory problems or who are lonely and socially isolated.. Training will be provided.

VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING: Resource development, scanning, research.

SPINAL RESEARCH

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Spinal Research funds ground breaking research to find treatments for paralysis caused by broken necks or backs.

There are various opportunities around the UK to help at events. We rely on our supporters to raise funds for our vital research.

We are always looking for cheerers at races like The London Marathon, Royal Parks Half Marathon or The Great North Run.

Annually we are look for volunteers to help us at The Bicester and Finmere Show which takes place in early August each year in Oxfordshire, and The Chiltern and Thames Rider Championships are in September at the Herts County Showground by selling raffle tickets and our charity merchandise. These are really lovely events and volunteers will have the opportunity to watch the fantastic show jumping and dog events during the day. Or you could help at volunteer lead event near you, such as a Cycle Challenge through Wales, a Motorbike meeting in Kent, Open Garden in Sussex or Polo Match in Suffolk to name a few. For further information about our work and how to get involved go to our website www.spinal-research.org

LOCH ARTHUR CAMPHILL COMMUNITY

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Loch Arthur Community is a modern rural Community established in 1984 to offer a shared way of life providing support and challenges for men and owmen with learning disabilities. Our Community is situated on 500 acres of farm and woodland surrounding a lake in beautiful countryside some 6 miles from Dumfries in South-West Scotland. Around 75 people, some 30 of whom have special needs, live and work here. Work activities in Loch Arthur include farming (crops, dairy, beef and sheep), gardening, estate work, creamery, bakery, weaving workshop, woodwork and housework. We also have a new Farmshop and our own Cafe which is very popular with people from the area. We hope that co-workers joining us are willing and able to participate in any of these activities, depending on where the needs are in the community at the time in question. There are people in Loch Arthur who require help with personal care (bathing, dressing, eating, etc.) and co-workers joining us should be willing to be involved in such care. Our cultural activities are influenced by the Christian festivals which we celebrate and which lead us through the seasons of the year in a meaningful way.

CONCORDIA

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Concordia is a charity (no. 305991) committed to international volunteering as a means to promoting intercultural understanding and peace.
Our International Volunteer Programme offers volunteers aged 18+ the opportunity to join international teams of volunteers working on short-term projects in over 60 countries in Europe, North America, Middle East, Latin America, Africa and Asia. Types of international volunteer projects include conservation, restoration, archaeology, construction, arts, children’s play-schemes and teaching.

Projects last for 2-4 weeks with the main season from June to September. The new Summer programme is announced each year in March with over 1500 projects available.

These are some examples of projects you might find available:

• Volunteer with refugees in Belgium
• Set up a music festival in Germany
• Restore a castle in France
• Assist with holidays for people with special needs in the USA
• Volunteer at a nature reserve in Italy
• Carry out archaeological work in Greece
• Rebuild a children’s playground in Croatia
• Help with arts activities in Turkey
• Promote organic farming in Japan
• Organise activities for street children in India
• Teach English in Thailand

Volunteers pay a registration fee between £225 and £280 - depending on the type of project -and fund their own travel and insurance.
Board and accommodation is free of charge for projects in Europe, North America, Japan and South Korea. For projects in Latin America, Asia, Middle East and Africa volunteer pay an extra on arrival fee of approx. £150/200 that covers food and accommodation, as well as funding the programme in the country.

"Had a great time meeting new people and sharing some fun experiences. A perfect way to mingle with people from other cultures. Would recommend to anyone" (Nora, volunteer in France)

"Fantastic. One of the best, and certainly one of the most memorable two weeks of my life". (Joe, volunteer in Estonia)

"It was one of the best experiences of my life and I will think about different aspects of my time there for the rest of my life!" (Joanna, social project in India,)

WILDFOWL AND WETLANDS TRUST (WWT)

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The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) is a registered charity whose aim is to preserve and protect wetlands through programmes of scientific study, education and the operation of nine Visitor Centres around the UK. The Slimbridge Wetland Centre is located in Gloucestershire and is also the HQ for WWT.

Volunteers support us in every area of the Visitor Centre. Some roles support a variety of practical conservation tasks, including grounds wardening (planting, weeding, habitat management and other practical conservation activities), reserve wardening (wetland habitat creation and management) and aviculture wardening (assisting with the welfare of the captive wildfowl and helping at the duckery). Additionally, volunteers are also required to assist in the Visitor Centre. They help on the information desk, with school parties, they guide visitors in the observation tower, sell membership and grain. We particularly need this help at weekends and during school holidays. Volunteers in the Education Department are involved with holiday and weekend activities, as well as supporting term-time teaching. Other volunteer opportunities include helping with the Canoe Safari, supporting our Mammal and Toad wardens, and assisting with the maintenance of the centre within the Facilities team. Details of all our current opportunities can be found at http://www.wwt.org.uk/volunteer

We provide the opportunity to learn about the unique environments of the wetlands themselves, providing full training, social events and interesting and varied work. WWT Slimbridge is also committed to providing as much help as we can to our volunteers who are here to gain work experience. So whether you are looking for a friendly environment where you can meet new people, a place to learn new skills or a chance to do some practical conservation work - get involved with voluntary work at WWT and gain the experience that you are looking for.

SUE RYDER

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Sue Ryder provides incredible care for people with life-changing illness. Whether it’s bringing comfort to someone’s final days or enabling them to make the most of their life, we are here for them and their loved ones.

We treat everyone in our care as an individual, taking the time to see the person not the condition. We enable people to live the life they want, and do everything we can to ensure their time with us is the best it can be. We do this in our hospices, in our neurological care centres, in the community and in people’s homes.

We've been doing this for more than 60 years. The charity is supported through fundraising and retail activities and by 12,000 volunteers.

We have volunteering opportunities across the UK in our shops, offices, care centres and hospices.

THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S AWARD

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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.

FAST FORWARD (POSITIVE LIFESTYLES)

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Fast Forward (Positive Lifestyles) is a national voluntary organisation promoting health and wellbeing with, by and for young people. We have been working with young people, volunteers and communities across Scotland since 1987. We develop and promote peer education for young people and run Scotland’s Peer Education Network (SPEN).

We provide health and substance misuse education for young people, train staff working with them, recruit and develop volunteers and produce resources and publications. We help young people understand the facts about drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sexual health and knife crime, promoting informed choices that can change lives. Fast Forward promotes the peer education model and recruits, train and supports volunteers from all backgrounds.

The volunteer opportunities can be varied - from involvement in delivering education and prevention sessions around substance use, to peer education, resource development, marketing and publicity. This is all dependent on the skills, abilities and interests of the volunteer. There are a particular need for a volunteer with experience of creative web based marketing and promotion. We also recruit young volunteers (16 to 25) directly to train as peer educators in health and substance use issues.

We work with protected characteristics and vulnerable groups including pupils with emotional, social and behavioural problems and the BME community. Fast Forward is a member of the SCVO, YouthLink, EADP, The Scottish Drugs Forum, ELREC, Edinburgh Youth Issues Forum and ASH Scotland, and follows the national standards established by the Curriculum for Excellence and Getting it Right for Every Child.

XCHANGE SCOTLAND

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Xchange Scotland is a charity set up by young people in Scotland to help others see the world and develop communities along the way! Our aim is to offer a world of exciting and accessible international opportunities. We are built on the principals of Active Global Citizenship and Intercultural Understanding - to inspire volunteering around the corner and around the World.

How we Work

We are part of 2 international Networks: Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations and CCIVS, which collectively allow us to cooperate with organisations within 55 countries worldwide.

Opportunities for you to see the World and Volunteer

International Volunteer Projects (IVPs)

These are from 2 weeks up to 1 year long and involves other volunteers from different countries working with you on a project benefiting the local community. Volunteers are provided with food and accommodation. While giving back you discover a country in an authentic way, exchange cultures with people from around the world and develop your sense of initiative, language skills and ability to work in a team.

Where: Over 55 countries worldwide, through our network we can offer places on over 1700 projects.

Cost: £ 250 project contribution. Volunteers have to pay for their own travel to their project and their travel insurance.

Who: Anyone over 17 years old, no skills required.

Apply: Email us at out@xchangescotland.org or phone us on 0141 237 2430. Projects happen all year round with most in the summer and are added to our website for all to see.

Looking for a longer opportunity?

Xchange Scotland sends volunteers on European Voluntary Service (EVS). This is a European Commission funded programme that enables young people to volunteer long-term abroad. From 3 months up to 1 year - mainly European countries although it is possible to go beyond Europe as well.

Cost: All costs are covered by the grant. The EVS programme pays for your living expenses, pocket money, accommodation and your travel.

What: A life changing experience to enhance young people's initiative, creativity and enterprise. Project themes are cultural, social, environmental and many more.

Who: Anyone 18-30, some projects available to 17 year olds too.

Apply: Email evs@xchangescotland.org or phone us on 0141 237 2430. Projects happen all year round.



What we do in Scotland

International Groups

Just as we send volunteers on short-term and long-term projects overseas, likewise we co-ordinate international groups to take part in similar projects in Scotland. These projects are also open to anyone living in Scotland to become Xchange Scotland Project leaders - an important role in the projects we co-ordinate here in Scotland.

If you are interested in coming to Scotland to volunteer, get in touch and we will provide information on the projects and organisations we are working with.

Our Education Work

We offer a range of exciting Non-Formal Educational Activities. These are topics related to global education, such as active citizenship, intercultural understanding, anti-sectarianism and equality. if you are interested in participating in/helping to run these workshops, then do get in touch!

www.xchangescotland.org

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