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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.

TIME FOR GOD

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Quality Volunteering Changes Lives

We are a charitable organisation based in the UK and recruit dedicated, enthusiastic volunteers matching them to full-time, long-term placements. We aim to enable people to grow professionally, personally and spiritually through full-time voluntary service.

TFG currently hosts around 100 volunteers per annum within its core young adult volunteer programme, most serving in the UK.

Volunteers come to us from many different countries …

UK, South Korea, Hungary, Sweden, Denmark, Ukraine, Brazil, Mexico, Kenya, USA, Spain, Egypt, Slovakia, Poland, Uganda, Netherlands, Finland, Russia, Norway, Italy, Estonia, Israel, France, Mexico, Belgium, Germany & New Zealand.

Training and support is central to TFG’s philosophy, so each volunteer attends 2 residential conferences to meet other young adults and to hear about a range of issues relevant to their situation. The staff team keep in touch with volunteers in their placements by phone and email, and the Field Officers visit them through the year to check all is going well.

Volunteer placements include churches of most “flavours”; youth work; residential care of elderly, adults with learning difficulties and/or other special needs; activity centres and projects; debt counselling work; YMCAs; rehabilitative projects for a range of substance abuses; and so on.

We see it as our role to help each volunteer explore their faith journey, starting from where they themselves are, rather than where we would like them to be. Thus we welcome young people from all the mainstream Christian traditions, and both those with a passionate/personal faith and those with a more casual/nominal approach or no faith at all – and all points in between – with the understanding that we are all committed to exploring or journeying together.

We are therefore balancing our personal faith positions with the need to enable our volunteers to find their own paths – of which we are a part.

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.

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.

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/.

VICTIM SUPPORT

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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

Sense

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Sense offers a summer holiday programme that enables deaf and blind people to have fun, try new things and meet new people. Our holidays also give parents and carers a break.

The role of the volunteer is, as part of a team, to support deaf and blind people to get the most from the holiday. You will provide support to enable individuals to get involved in activities as well as supporting some or all aspect of their daily routine.

We are looking for volunteers who are committed and enthusiastic. We need people who are caring, patient, open minded, work well in a team and are willing to learn new skills. You need to have plenty of stamina, great interpersonal skills, respect and a good sense of humour!

At Sense we take safeguarding very seriously and only select volunteers who pass the relevant security checks. This includes two satisfactory references, a ten-year history check and an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for Sense. An Enhanced Disclosure is necessary when volunteers work with children and vulnerable adults.

SEEING EAR

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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

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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.

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,)

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.

War Memorials Register

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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 memorials@iwm.org.uk

HINDU COUNCIL UK (HCUK)

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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.

Cinema For All

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Cinema For All is the national organisation for the development and support of community cinema in the UK. Community cinema includes film clubs and societies, pop-up cinemas and local community screenings. Community cinema if often volunteer led.

Established in 1946, we enable communities across the country to develop the type of film screenings they want.

To achieve this we:

strive to be an invaluable resource providing the latest thinking, information, advice and guidance on all aspects of film society and community cinema exhibition:

we help community cinema ventures get off the ground

we develop and support collaborative networks

we research and share best practice across the sector



Encourage the community cinema sector to deliver quality film culture experiences

we help people and local groups in communities to acquire the skills, knowledge and

equipment to provide high quality film watching experiences

we offer low cost access to a wide range of cultural film titles

we offer low cost equipment hire in various parts of the country

we provide education and learning opportunities about film and film culture



Act as a champion for the UK's community cinema sector

we deliver strong strategic leadership and provide an independent voice for the sector

we promote, celebrate and advocate for the sector, representing UK community cinema on a national and international stage

we act as a bridge between the voluntary community cinema sector and the wider film

industry

PET BLOOD BANK UK

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Pet Blood Bank UK is the UKs first charity Pet Blood Bank, providing vital lifesaving blood components to patients nationwide. Blood is donated at collection sessions 5 times a week therefore along with providing admin support for the collection sessions excellent communicational skills are required for donors and their owners. The charity always welcomes addition support to assist with day to day tasks as well as future projects, hours and length of work are flexible and can be discussed at interview.

Stoolball England

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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.

SEA WATCH FOUNDATION

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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

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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.

Seminars

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.



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