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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.



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 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.




Birds Edge Countryside Charitable Trust (BECside) is based in Holmfirth and is providing a wildlife haven, with disabled visitor facilities, on land off Birdsedge Lane on the outskirts of Birdsedge, nr Denby Dale.

Although there are a number of nature reserves in the Kirklees and surrounding areas, none of them are completely accessible to disabled people. This project is different and aims to combat that.

Through personal experience of taking out disabled family members, it was found that there were very few places where it was possible for them to experience the countryside. Many places with access for disabled people are more like parks and not 'natural'. Disabled family members and friends have said, in the past, that even the limited access at the project was a wonderful treat and the experience in parks is just not the same.

The BECside project is being developed on the site of a garden nursery, abandoned due to theft. The need of the project was identified by talking to the people that matter the most; wheelchair users and their carers.

The disabled people that will use the project will need wheelchair-friendly footpaths and parking, allowing them close access to nature, but they also want it to be as natural as possible and to be able to see a variety of habitats. Wildflower meadows, wetlands and tree plantations are but a few of the habitats that will be accessible, when the project is finished.

The BECside project will improve opportunities and facilities for disabled people, from the local and wider area, to experience woodland and nature in a safe and user friendly environment. In co-operation with British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV), volunteers with mental and physical health problems have been involved in the work and continued involvement will improve their social and inter-personal skills so that they can live more confident and independent lives.

Volunteers will be involved in every aspect of the project from the planning and organisation through to delivery of practical work and publicising the project.

Aims of the project

To promote the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment for public benefit, in particular for wheelchair users. 

Encompassed by farmland and the mature, private woodland of Rusby Wood nature reserve, the main purpose is to create a haven that is disabled-friendly and to involve disabled people with physical and mental health problems in its upkeep and management.

Access for All

A level off-road parking area will be improved and special gates have been installed to allow easy wheelchair access and a 500 metre circular path was completed, in 2007, with 200m surfaced for wheelchair use. Alas, during 2009 the paths became terribly overgrown and floods damaged the surface. At the time of writing, they had been cleared and every effort will be made to keep them clear. To this end, a £1500 brushcutter has been purchased with the help of donations.

In addition, work will also continue to complete another 500m to 600m of pathways continuing through the woodland round the field edge. These paths will have short branches off at suitable viewing points overlooking the grassland and lakes. In time, a tactile trail will be developed for the visually impaired.

Once the lakes are built, a wheelchair friendly path will be provided around one of the lakes with fishing jetties to the lower lake and viewing platforms to the other lake which will be reserved for wildlife.

The rest of the land will be used to create wildflower meadows, which will be visible from the wheelchair friendly paths.

Schools and other groups will be offered access for education and training purposes and it is hoped that some practical help will result but this will not be a pre-requisite.

Schoolchildren - Birds Edge First school is next door to the site, which has great potential for environmental education activities. Children from the school have been given guided tours and have so far become involved with the supply and erection of bird boxes, which they will monitor

Woodland and hedges

In all, over 5000 trees and shrubs have been planted, over the last 12 years. A lot of the earlier trees are now well established with some between 10 and 15m high. Some of the trees are specimens and, eventually, information plaques could be posted next to trees of especial interest. A rockery is planned along the lower dam and this will be planted with bird and insect-friendly ornamental shrubs and heathers.

The existing mature hedge alongside Birdsedge Lane is being regularly maintained to encourage vigorous and dense growth for the benefit of nesting birds.

Within the site, beetle banks were created, during 2008/2009, with a gorse hedge along the top. Already, the gorse has attracted hundreds of butterflies in the summer and chaffinch, linnets and robins are just a few of the birds believed to be nesting.

The beetle banks and the adjacent cover are ideal for grey partridges, which were not seen last year, and it is hoped the habitat will encourage them to return.

Nature conservation and enhancement.

13 species of butterflies have been attracted and it is hoped to improve on this with the introduction of beneficial shrubs and plants and the creation of wildflower meadows.

Birds and animals sighted have included Blackcap, Whitethroat and Willow Warbler, in addition to abundant berry and seed eating birds like Linnets and Goldfinch, Thrushes and Blackbirds etc. The endangered Willow Tit has been seen and, eventually, maintenance of the meadows will hopefully bring Skylarks and Lapwings back.

The undergrowth has encouraged Woodcock and Pheasants. Some years, a pair of the endangered Grey Partridge was successful in raising broods. A family of Stoats and a Kestrel appear to have taken up residency, together with an Owl which is regularly seen roosting in the dry stone walls. They have probably been attracted by the explosion in the population of mice and voles etc.

At the time of writing, hares have not been seen for a couple of years, since one was shot by some unknown moron. However, just this month (May 2010) a very large specimen was seen ambling along one of the tracks, so hopefully we will see them more often again. (update, spring 2011 – breeding pair on field)

A migrating Ringed Plover, rare in this area, stayed by the pond for 3 days in spring 2008 and the wet area has been visited by a curlew recently. A pair of Snipes is also seen regularly and it is hoped to attract migrating waders, albeit on a small scale, by developing reed beds and shallow edges to the lakes.

Many of the trees planted in the early years are now large enough to accommodate bat and bird boxes and children from Birdsedge First School have been involved in the erection of boxes for Robins, Blue Tits, Coal Tits and Great Tits, to name a few.

The badgers from the Rusby Wood reserve also seem to like our woodland and there are many signs of their night-time visits.

Public Building

Less able bodied people especially will need toilets and a retreat, in case the weather turns nasty, and a purpose built shelter is to be built near the parking area.

The shelter will also provide an undercover viewing area for the lakes and information boards will be displayed giving information on the local wildlife.

The building will have alternative energy, either from photovoltaic panels and/or a small wind turbine. Enough power needs to be generated in order to supply one or two charging points for electric wheelchairs or scooters but this is yet to be properly assessed, as the threat of theft would be a constant worry.

Now for the begging bit.

We have had occasional help from various groups and individuals in the past but the project is turning out to be more than a full time job. Anyone who can offer practical help will be most welcome. Tasks will include tree and shrub planting, tree maintenance, levelling paths, clearing debris (hedge trimmings etc) and, of course, the never ending battle to stop weeds encroaching onto the paths.

Materials are always needed:- Beams and decking/railings for a footbridge, fence posts or anything that can be used as a tree shelter or stake and of course any building materials for the disabled shelter and w.c or even hardcore for the paths.

Schools and other groups are welcome to use the land for training purposes and studies, especially the provision of bat and bird boxes etc. It is also intended to clear all the hedge trimmings and form piles which will act as refuges for birds and animals.



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 Calder and Colne Rivers Trust. In 2008 we formed as a "Rivers Association" with the objective aim on tackling whole catchment wide issues and becoming a Trust that could make things happen within our whole catchment.

We're now firmly established and found that whilst being local in the delivery of our projects very often they would have regional, national and even world importance and we need to keep this impetus up.

We need to be dynamic and tackle issues in the most fitting way so we engaged the expertise within our board to meet these challenges.

We recognising the need for education, within the national curriculum, in both junior and senior schools to teach the next generations that our River is not the polluted dumping ground that Victorians left as a legacy.

We acknowledged that passage along our River corridor is THE biggest issue next to pointsource pollution. This includes our own (human) rights of usage and opening these "bottlenecks" will vastly improve our environment and biodiversity.

We have started to look at habitat, is destruction, loss, creation and rectification. Quickly realising its complexity when coupled with the diverse hydrology and morphology of the entire catchment and species specific needs.



With more than 50 years of experience, Nacro is a champion of social justice. We are evolving to meet society’s changing needs and to support a wider range of individuals.

Our knowledge and experience help the most vulnerable in the community to change their lives, and reach their full potential and aspirations. We make this possible by addressing social exclusion, inequality of opportunity and deprivation.

Throughout England and Wales, we deliver interventions which are consistently high quality, evidence-based and outcome-focused so that we can maximise our impact in communities.

Community RePaint


Community RePaint is a network of over 70 individual paint reuse schemes across the UK, collecting leftover paint from members of the public, painters, retailers etc for redistribution to people and organisations in social need (who would otherwise be unable to afford it). In 2015 Community RePaint schemes diverted over 432,000 litres of paint, which would otherwise have been thrown away, to over 31,997 people and 2,477 community groups and organisations. Additionally the network supported 161 part and full time jobs, and 273 volunteer positions. Further information is available on our website Volunteers can be involved in a variety of different tasks including paint collection, sorting and paint redistribution plus publicity and promotions, driving and project management. The level of involvement in the project will be determinate upon the needs of the individual scheme. Volunteers with an offending background can be considered depending on the individual Community RePaint scheme (although it is unlikely that sexual or physically violent offenders would be considered).



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.



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.



WATERWAY RECOVERY GROUP - CANAL CAMPS In helping to restore one of Britain's derelict canals, you will have the opportunity to do a hundred and one things that you have never done before and earn yourself a place in canal restoration history! You will be meeting all sorts of new people, having a lively social life in the evenings and you could find yourself doing any, if not all of the following: * restoring industrial archaeology * demolishing old brickwork structures * bricklaying and pouring concrete * driving a dumper truck * clearing a lock chamber of 'orrible black slimy silt * helping to run a major national waterways festival * cooking for 20 hungry volunteers * clearing vegetation and felling trees. For a worthwhile and fun-filled week with about 20 or so like-minded people, all you need is to be reasonably fit, aged 18 and over, and able to cope with the basic facilities of village hall accommodation. No skills or previous experience required, just a willingness to get involved and have fun!



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



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 Rock Challenge® is a unique and exciting opportunity for schools to take part in a dance, drama and design spectacular where the young people are the stars. While the result is a professional event staged in some of the UK’s top venues, the main aim of the Rock Challenge® is to encourage participants to have fun while enjoying a 100% drug-free experience.

Around 367 schools and over 24,000 students competed in 47 Rock Challenge®, Junior Rock Challenge® and Youth Division in 2011. Teams as small as 10 or as large as 140 students, plan an eight minute performance around a theme of their choice, set to commercially available music and bring it to one of our local shows held throughout the nation.

The Rock Challenge® is universally inclusive with schools and colleges from all backgrounds taking part; junior schools, middle schools, colleges, schools catering for students with special needs, independent schools, educational centres for at risk children, the Rock Challenge® welcomes any educational establishment that wants to be involved.

The Rock Challenge® is about the combined beliefs of Health, Life Skills and Creative Thinking


Participants commit to being 100% drug, alcohol and tobacco free for the period of their involvement. Research has proven that the event build resilience and raises awareness of the health problems associated with substance abuse. Many participants every year reduce or stop any existing misuse of tobacco, alcohol or illicit drugs due to their involvement.

Life Skills

Rock Challenge® can be an innovative way to encourage students to represent their school outside the traditional platforms, work together towards a positive goal and perform onstage in some of the UK’s top venues. The students will also develop essential life skills and experiences in a fun and motivational environment. Participants will also experience and increase in social and management skills, teamwork, leadership and communication skills, acquire essential problem-solving ability and see first-hand the rewards of commitment to a task. Practically the students can also be involved in designing and creating sets and costume, designing and applying make-up, fundraising and budgeting, planning and scheduling and of course performing.

Creative Thinking

The Rock Challenge® strives to inspire, educate and entertain young people and gives them a creative platform on which to express themselves. Students, teachers, parents and communities work together helping to prepare the school’s performance. After many months of hard work they present their performance to thousands of screaming audience members at a professional venue overseen by profession stage, production and technical crew. The evenings are a night of true inspiration and entertainment. Awards are given to recognise the wide variety of elements that make up a Rock Challenge® performance including soundtrack, lighting design, choreography, drama skills, set design and many more.

The benefit of a school’s involvement in the Rock Challenge® for itself and its young people are countless, from reducing truancy rates, building teacher-student relations, encouraging community links, improving self-esteem and making school a more enjoyable environment to work and study in.

The Rock Challenge® is a memorable and life-changing event for schools, teachers, communities and young people alike.


Our tour currently runs from February to July. This is the time that we get most volunteers. Usually they will come along to their local event and help us for however long we are at that particular venue. Anyone volunteering outside of tour will be involved in basic administration/office work.¬Volunteers at Rock Challenge® events can be involved in an extremely wide range of tasks. We have recently created our own accreditation scheme which was broken down to 40 individual tasks for volunteers to complete with a varying range of responsibility and difficulty.¬You can read more about the accreditation scheme and find out the tasks by following this link:

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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 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.

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