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THE WILDLIFE FOR ALL TRUST

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The Wildlife For All Trust is a pioneering environmental charity. Our work includes conserving endangered species and habitats in the UK and in South Africa. We also provide important free education for both adults and young people.
Unlike most charities we purposely work non-paid (supporting ourselves with other paid work). This allows us to ensure that all the money which would normally be used up on salaries is actually spent where it is really needed.
We are highly successful in what we do, and the key to our success is attitude. We provide comprehensive training for all our staff which has produced very positive practical results over many years. Komsberg Wilderness Nature Reserve in South Africa is an outstanding example of what can be achieved by our unique approach.
To find out more about our work and for details of how to apply for an interview, please visit our website (wildlifeforall.org).
See the 'Interviews' page for current opportunities.
We look forward to hearing from you.

BRITISH WIRELESS FOR THE BLIND FUND

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British Wireless for the Blind provides specially adapted audio equipment to people who are registered blind or partially sighted, resident in the UK, over the age of 8 and currently on a means tested benefit. Our sets provide so much more than just a radio - they provide companionship, entertainment, information and news. Things that sighted people take so much for granted. We require volunteers to help raise funds, to assist with our administration work and generally to help us raise the charity profile in the public sector. Your time is very valuable to us. We may be able to accept a volunteer with an offending background depending on the role offered.

WORLD FOR WORLD (WFWO) GHANA

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World For World Organization (WFWO) is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) based in Italy with a Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC, DESA – UN NGO Section at the United Nations, New York, USA. ECOSOC is the Principal Organ coordinating the Economic and Social Council Work of the United Nations and the Specialized Agencies and International Institutions.

WFWO Ghana Ambassador for Development Network is a body within the WFWO dedicated to advancing the Millennium Development Goals in Ghana in close connection with WFWO’s headquarters. Areas of concern include Education, Women Empowerment, Poverty Reduction, Food Security, Health, Clean Drinking Water, and Elimination of Infant Death as a result of malnutrition.

Since 2008, WFWO Ghana Ambassador for Development Network (GADN) has undertaken various studies and advocacy programs with the objective of getting well informed about the nutritional status of children in the villages in Ghana as well as giving mothers guidelines on good nutrition practices. We have done these with the help of volunteers from Germany, USA, the UK, Singapore, and Spain.

We are in need of volunteers, especially nurses, educationists, social workers, administrators, statisticians, doctors, builders, nutritionists, agriculturists, and other skill-workers. There are opening for other areas for volunteers from all background who have a passion for helping others, creating a future for those who would otherwise have no future, etc. Those who relate who relate well to children are encouraged to apply.

Please visit www.worldforworld.org for more information and get in touch with the Ghana Ambassador for Development Network. You can contact us in the USA on Tel: +1 315-363-3430 and asked to speak to Benjamin (Ghana Ambassador for Development) or Ghana Tel: +233244310121 and ask to speak with Mark Osei Boakye, Director of Save the Needy Advocate. E-mail: adnghana@gmail.com

LUHWAHWA YOUTH DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION (LUYODEFO).

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Luhwahwa Youth Development Foundation (LUYODEFO) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that provides support to marginalized communities across the Rwenzori region of western Uganda.

The formation of LUYODEFO in 2003 was out of deep aspiration by a group of motivated youth to respond to the plight of children, youth, women, and men impacted greatly by the war and other detriments, such as HIV/AIDS, particularly in the Rwenzori region in western Uganda. The idea was to create a platform for empowering rural resource communities to contribute to sustainable livelihoods among the local, underprivileged communities, especially in their social, health, and economic well-being.

LUYODEFO is committed to ending social exclusion and discrimination; creating networks for children, youth, and women; increasing access to development services; and empowering all people to reach their potential and take responsibility for their development. We use very flexible approaches with a strong emphasis on active participation from our beneficiaries and their skills and talents.

In order to fulfill our mandate and pursue our objectives, we are implementing various interlinked and overlapping projects for which seeking for volunteers to assist! The available placement opportunities include;-

(a). Blogger/Writer
Volunteers are needed to document LUYODEFO activities with blog posts, non-fiction stories, interviews, and photos. The volunteer should also be willing to use these materials to promote LUYODEFO through social media as well.

Materials: Laptop, DSLR Camera

(b). Photographer/Videographer
Volunteers are needed to take photos, film videos to document LUYODEFO’s community programs. The volunteer should also be willing to use these materials to market and promote LUYODEFO, and can go further to use the materials to raise funds.

Materials: Laptop, DSLR Camera, Video Camera

(c). Financial Coach
Volunteers are needed to teach women’s groups social and financial skills such as personal development, savings, goal setting, budget, spending and bookkeeping. Knowledge of how to use technology particularly mobile phones for transparency and safety is important

Materials: Pencils, notebooks, solar-powered calculators

(d). Librarian / Reading Coach
Volunteers are required to organize a community library (proper cataloguing and classification of books) and take the initiative to open up the library room for local children daily while helping to organize and conduct reading camps for primary students.

Materials: Elementary reading level books, funds for books and computers and software.

(e). Sports Coach
Volunteers are needed to coordinate and coach games and practices for young people. Teach rules of the game, teamwork and good sportsmanship.

Materials: Sports equipment (ex: balls and nets)

(f). Construction Instructor
Provide instruction and technical advice on constructing varies low-cost permanent structures for guardians (grandmothers), schools and health centres such as houses, toilets and hand-washing stations. Involve locals in the construction and make sure they can do it on their own once volunteers have left.

Materials: Funds for a house/ toilets/ hand-washing stations

LINKS TO ANY ONLINE PRESENCE OF THE PROJECT/ PROGRAM

Website: www.luyodefo-ug.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/LUYODEFO
Twitter: www.twitter.com/LUYODEFO
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSENH6DxqG

AUTISM WESSEX

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Autism Wessex exists to help people with autism access good education, housing and services that in turn will help them to develop their social and communication skills, become more independent and lead fuller and more productive lives. The Charity operates a residential/day school for children with autism from the ages of three to nineteen, residential and supported living services to adults; respite care to children and families; support groups for parents/carers/people with autism and an information and advice service. Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects the way a person relates to the world and other people around them. Autism affects 1 in 100 people. It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways.

PROJECTS APPRAISAL AND DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL (PADRI)

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PADRI is an acronym of Projects Appraisal and Development Research International. It is a comprehensive youth and community development initiative designed to identify the needs of different communities through its comprehensive research and mobilization skills to enable it undertake viable and sustainable development projects. It also addresses several key issues facing young people such as teenage pregnancy, adolescence drug users, gangs, youth succumbing to various addictions, violence and other social vices. PADRI considers the elements of youth’s lives such as family structures, neighbourhoods, lack of home, peer groups who conspire to create negative environment and limit their choices but, PADRI has realized that thorough its well planned programmes, many young people are able to overcome what others may consider ‘risky’ homes, lives and environments and succeed at school as community members and as members of developed society. PADRI’s MISSION To bring a society that cares within, community development, cultural heritage and related studies together for a common purpose of socio-economic empowerment through friendliness to identify the needs that affects young people around us and act upon the fulfillment of their identified needs. AREAS OF INTEREST: Agriculture, education, environment, energy and youth. Our main goal is to empower young people on real sustainable development. Our model is a social entrepreneurship approach to community empowerment, job and wealth creation through capacity building by training and exchange of information. We also document the success stories on projects supported by our organization in partnership with our development partners. Our Approach: · Promoting income generating activities and micro enterprises opportunities for the youth and enhance the establishment of a youth friendly micro finance/ facilities/institution; · Facilitate the development of youth communication strategy such as website and emails; Promote a local and international youth exchange program to facilitate effective sharing of ideas, experiences and best practices; Carry out research on socio-cultural issues affecting the youth. We are unable to accept volunteers with an offending background.

AFRICAID – WHIZZ KIDS UNITED

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Vision: To create an AIDS-free generation Mission: To harness the power of football to engage and educate kids how to lead successful, HIV free lives. HIV /AIDS is the number one global health challenge, and in the absence of a cure, prevention has to be the main stay in the struggle against AIDS. Africaid has created a truly unique HIV prevention 'package called WhizzKids United (WKU). WKU has been founded on the principal that knowledge alone will not prevent HIV. Instead kids are taught life-skills that inform, motivate and influence their behaviour bringing about a positive behavioural change designed to prevent new HIV infections. By combining each life skill with football, integrating it fully into the programme, and playing on their love for the beautiful game, ensures the kids are fully engaged and has the potential to truly create an AIDS free generation. We are an official Implementing Partner of FIFA’s Football For Hope Movement and hope to capitalize on the 2010 FIFA World Cup by harnessing the passion Africa has for football to address Africa’s biggest challenge, HIV, and in doing so bring about a bright AIDS free future for the next generation of football lovers. In terms of the recruitment of volunteers, we are really only looking at this stage to recruit for our Centre of Excellence or Head Office which is based on Clarence Road in Durban. Our new offices are complete with onsite football pitch where we will train our trainers, run our life skills programme with Clarence Primary School and look to use the field to run tournaments. In terms of scope of work and what volunteers would be required to do, we need to make it clear that for the most part it is office based, although there would be some exposure to the kids on the programme, rather it was through visits to the sites we operate in or through helping at one of the many tournaments we run to celebrate their graduation through the programme. Broadly there are three teams that they may work on; depending on their skill set and also what volunteer requirements / needs we have at the time. They may in fact work across all teams. The three teams are the CEO’s team, which covers strategic vision, project expansion, fundraising, marketing and PR and Events, there is the Programme Management who are responsible for the roll out of the programme management of trainers and school liaison, and then there is Research and Evaluation, which handles both internal and external evaluation to ensure we have measurable results for our programme and also how we can look to improve the programme.

TEENS UNITE FIGHTING CANCER

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Teens Unite is the only UK charity to provide ongoing support to young people, aged 13-24, with cancer, from the moment of diagnosis through to post-remission. We bring young people fighting cancer together to prevent feelings of isolation and loneliness during such a difficult time.

Teens Unite provide workshops and activities - tailored to the needs, interests and capabilities of the young people we support - designed to rebuild their confidence and self-esteem so often lost in a battle with cancer. The events give the young people the opportunity to meet others of a similar age, in similar situations and build peer support networks that are so vital to their mental well-being and identity development at this crucial time.

We also help the young people prepare for a future beyond cancer which aims to give the young people the confidence and motivation needed to return to education or employment, the incentive to follow their aspirations and be responsible for making their own dreams come true.

We cannot change the fate of the young people we support, but we can ensure that they live the fullest life possible.

Our volunteers are part of our Teens Unite family and at the very heart of our organisation. Every hour that you can spare is vital to helping Teens Unite reach out to even more young people in need of our support, bringing young people fighting cancer together.

“I used to believe that having cancer meant nothing but negativity and that your quality of life is restricted. However, Teens Unite breaks that ideology and teaches that you can most certainly outweigh the negatives by many positives. There are no words to describe how grateful I am for Teens Unite taking me on and supporting me through this journey.” Joshua, Teen

CLINICA MISIONAL 'NUESTRA SEÑORA DE GUADALUPE'

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The difficult situation of the sick in Ecuador leaves much to be desired. Health insurance is in the hands of the government and therefore, extremely deficient. Many families are not insured at all. So one could say, "Only the ones who have money can afford to get sick in Ecuador". Access to the public health system 'Subcento de Salud' has been greatly expanded but most of the facilities are understaffed and inadequately equipped. The poor cannot afford to see the private physicians. An important part of our pastoral work consists of helping the sick. Our project to build a small clinic started several years ago when Dr. Jaime Ortiz came from the neighbouring town Zumbi to minister to our people weekly at the Mission of Guadalupe. The Catholic mission director of the Dioceses of Feldkirch in Vorarlberg, Austria, and the pastor of St.Kolumban in Bregenz, Vorarlberg, Prälat Albert Holenstein, sent us medicines. We distributed these medicines at a low price to the poor in our primitive "Consultorio Médico." Creating a new health center became a dream of the mother superior, Sister Consuelo Carvajal C., of P. Jorge Nigsch and many parishioners. After several years of planning, we decided to make our dream come true. Father Holenstein designated funds from the Pontifical Mission Works of the Dioceses of Feldkirch to build the new clinic. Materials were donated by the community. A young architect from Loja in the highlands of Ecuador, Carlos Espejo, designed the health center. In May of 2000, we began construction.

The Clinica Misional 'Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe' is a rural health care center in South Eastern Ecuador. It is located on the grounds of a Catholic Mission in the tropical cloud forest of the Oriente. It serves a culturally diverse, impoverished and indigenous population. The facility has examining rooms, dental suites with x-ray, an operating theatre, pharmacy and basic laboratory. There is a hospital about one hour away. The clinic is staffed full time by an international multi faith group of medical volunteers. Primary care physicians are asked to serve at least one month and have remained for up to one year. Surgeons and other specialists come for two to six weeks as necessary, and are expected to be accompanied by whatever support personnel that they deem appropriate. Dentists and dental technicians visit for at least three weeks and are welcome to stay longer. There are also opportunities for teaching in the schools and for mobile health fairs. Travel is not reimbursed but room and board are covered once at the venue, with volunteer residences overlooking the Andes. There is also an apartment for a family. A working knowledge of Spanish is essential. On the website there are postings by various volunteer professionals, photographs of the region and descriptions of the community.

Our work involves general medicine, odontology, ophthalmology, general surgery, anaesthesia, gastroenterology, gynaecology, dermatology and plastic surgery. We are looking for professionals in these and other fields.

RALEIGH ICS

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We believe that young people can change the world.

International Citizen Service (ICS) is a UK government funded development programme that brings together young people to make a difference in some of the world's poorest communities. Raleigh ICS sees volunteers from the UK spending 12 weeks living and working in remote rural communities in Tanzania or Nicaragua; working in teams made up of a 1:1 ratio of UK to local volunteers.

Raleigh ICS programmes focus on providing access to safe water and sanitation, protecting vulnerable environments, climate change and building resilient communities. You and your team will work on a range of projects: raising awareness of issues, giving training, helping to build infrastructure and organising events with the community.

On completing the 12 week placement, you will be given additional training to help you develop an Action at Home project. This is your opportunity to inspire and positively change your own community through the passion and skills gained on your work placement.

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¿Hablas español? Join Raleigh ICS and lead a team of UK and Nicaraguan volunteers.



We’re looking for Spanish speakers to support teams of volunteers aged 18-25 on sustainable development projects in Nicaragua. Raleigh ICS is your opportunity to become fully immersed in a Spanish-speaking community, whilst working with motivated do-ers to inspire and empower local communities and young people to create lasting behaviour change.



Raleigh ICS is a UK government funded development programme, which brings together young people to drive lasting change in some of the world’s poorest communities. Our projects in Nicaragua focus on improving access to water and sanitation, and supporting young entrepreneurs in rural communities to set up businesses and build sustainable livelihoods.



You will work alongside a local Team Leader, and together you will support and facilitate a team split 50:50 between UK and local volunteers.



You will live with a host family and be closely integrated into community life. Your Spanish skills will be essential in enabling you to communicate with your team of volunteers, the communities with which you will be working, and with the local partner organisations who support your project. This communication is crucial in ensuring that ICS projects genuinely effect lasting change.



Raleigh ICS is funded by DFID, so all flights, travel, visas, vaccinations, food and accommodation are covered.



Find out more and apply on the ICS website

NES AMMIM (COMMUNAL VILLAGE IN ISRAEL)

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Nes Ammim is an international Christian community and village in Israel's Northwest Galilee, located 10 kilometers from the Mediterranean coast. It aims to contribute to the creation of a new relationship between Jews and Christians following centuries of alienation and ignorance. The name Nes Ammim means 'a banner to or for the nations' and is taken from two quotations in the Book of Isaiah (11:10 and 62:10). In 2013 it celebrated its golden jubilee as a community after being established in the early sixties. The establishment was realized by a group of Christians who had lived through the horrors of World War II and the Nazi holocaust in continental Europe. Nes Ammim is the product of a dream - a dream of a radically new and positive relationship between Christians and Jews based upon mutual trust and respect. This excludes any thought of missionary activity directed at the Jewish people. The founders of Nes Ammim believe that such a relationship is not only possible, but absolutely essential. Surrounded by Jewish kibbutzim and Muslim and Druze villages, Nes Ammim is an ecumenical Christian community whose members and volunteers represent a broad spectrum of Christian tradition. It is a learning, serving, working and worshipping community. Its main commercial business is its kosher guest house for up to 170 guests (80% Israeli guests). However, real estate activities are also carried out with the construction, sales and renting of 91 house for locals and solar energy plans exist for the nearby future. The Centre for Learning and Dialogue (available for all volunteers) offers language courses, culturally enriching activities such as trips throughout the State of Israel, museum visits and more. It runs an annual work programme for young European students and includes a systematic encounter with Israel, Judaism and the roots of Christian faith. The majority of Nes Ammim’s inhabitants speak English as a second language. In case of any questions, please contact us.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS' ASSOCIATION (COPA)

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Community Partners' Association (COPA) is a small but very active non-governmental organisation working in poor rural villages in the Dominican Republic. During the last twenty years, COPA has brought new hope to needy communities in the Dominican Republic. COPA has made a great difference in the communities it serves by building two schools to educate over 800 children, founded two health clinics, supported pupils through secondary education, organised work skills training for leavers and supported over twenty students through university. More recently COPA has been developing training and resource partnerships with local state schools. We are now experiencing former pupils returning from higher education and university to work in their community. This certainly was not possible twenty years ago, when few children attended school and those who did, left school hardly able to read and write. For many years generations of poor Haitian families have migrated to the Province of Barahona where COPA is working and two thirds of the children in the COPA schools are Haitian.

The aim of COPA is to provide the expertise and finance to help very poor communities to help themselves. The communities have therefore been heavily involved as volunteers in the construction. Work groups from the USA and the UK also regularly travel to the Dominican Republic for periods of two or three weeks to work alongside the local people on building work or in the schools. The COPA projects in the Dominican Republic are overseen by a small team of expatriate staff, comprising of the Project Director, administrator, health advisor and education adviser. Their work is to support the Dominican staff in the schools and clinics. Guidance and support are provided to the team in the DR by UK and US committees. These committees are also responsible for fundraising for the organisation through a child sponsorship programme and small grant applications. Short-term volunteers are also welcome for periods of less than one year. They may spend time as classroom assistants or teach English to the older students. Short-term volunteers also greatly help with the visiting work groups. There may also be administrative work to be done for those with computer skills. COPA is a Christian organisation and expects volunteers to work in sympathy with its aims. Applications from qualified primary teachers or qualified nurses are particularly welcome for two-year contracts. All offers of voluntary positions will be subject to a criminal records check.

We currently are looking to recruit an Education Advisor Please contact CopaHR@gmail.com for details or look at www.copa.org.uk

ELEPHANT NATURE PARK

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Elephant Nature Park helps elephants in need. We have an area of around 100 acres which is home to our herd of 35 elephants including two orphaned infants. Our herd is a collection of abused and disabled elephants. We are mainly funded by volunteer contributions. Volunteers are offered a unique chance to get close to elephants and will learn about the root cause of their problems. We also go out in the jungle to help injured or sick elephants, and this is often their only source of treatment. Team work is essential as is an easy going pleasant character. Volunteers are required to work hard for six days per week. Projects start every Monday. Positions are for one or two weeks. Volunteers with an offending background are not accepted.

EAST AFRICAN PLAYGROUNDS

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East African Playgrounds is a UK registered charity that aims to change the lives of children across East Africa by developing children’s learning opportunities and environments. We work alongside local communities to build simulating and exciting playgrounds, run arts and games programs as well as developing long term employment and training opportunities for young people across East Africa.

East African Playgrounds was set up around our volunteering projects. Every year over one hundred students have an amazing time working with our Ugandan building team and local communities across Uganda to build brand new fun, creative and vibrant playgrounds and set up arts and play projects.

Our playground build and arts and play projects run alongside each other for one month. Our volunteers get to see their fund raising and work in action as they see the school go from an empty canvas to a vibrant school that has a brand new high quality, safe, fun playground; designed and created by the children and community themselves and an enthusiastic art teacher who now has all the skills and knowledge to inspire creativity within the children. Our volunteers need no experience, just a tonne of enthusiasm and a desire for new experiences!

African Women Welfare (AWOW)

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The African Women Welfare (AWOW) is a new charity based in London Harrow

MISSION: To enable the integration of French-speaking and Lingala Africans in London Borough of Harrow into the British society.

SCOPE: The scope is to assist French and Lingala-speaking African immigrants in London Borough of Harrow and Harrow's surrounding areas by:

a). empowering them and; b). helping them to break barriers.

Barriers: Language barriers, employment barriers, health and social barriers, citizens' participation barriers.

The main objetives of the work of AWOW are:

A). To assist clients in the following areas:

1. Economic Integration: assist access to work and educational opportunities.

2. Social Integration: assist with overcoming language barriers and facilitating familiarization with the British culture and system.

3. Health & Welfare Integration: assisst with understanding how the heal and housing system work and how to respect the system

B). To empower women through training and confidence building programmes (the Breaking Barriesrs Training Programme).

C).To help to break down the isolation and to provide a community of support for women and their families in order to minimize depression and mental illness.

ETHIOPIAN WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT GROUP

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The main activities of the Ethiopian Women's Empowerment Group are to promote mental well -Being, integration, community cohesion, education, employability and positive images of refugee and Migrant women in London. The organisation provides advocacy, advice and support to refugee and Migrant women. We also work in partnership with the voluntary and Statutory sector to provide training and information workshops on education, accessing employment and health services. We advise policy makers at a local level on issues relating to access, social cohesion, Education, employment and mental health.

Uganda Martyrs High School Kiboga

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Uganda Martyrs High School, Kiboga is a rural based secondary school that serves and supports the children from disadvantaged communities especially those that are in hard to reach and hard to live areas, poor families and those from HIV/AIDS affected families, conditions that hinder many students from accessing education.

We have a current population of 320 students from 12 to 25 years, although due to limited hostel facilities we only accommodate half of our current population leaving others with a burden of walking to and from school everyday, which increases their drop out rates.

The volunteers should be people who can fit in with the life style of our students, who can teach at least some English lessons, give counselling to some students, get involved in sports activities and be able to share their valuable time with us and contribute positively to the welbeing of our community.

HEALTHWATCH MANCHESTER

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Healthwatch Manchester is a not-for-profit, independent organisation here to champion the opinions and voices of local people that use health and social care services in Manchester. We are here to give people a powerful voice to influence and improve services across Manchester by engaging with those who plan, run and regulate services.

Ambassador Volunteer: Represent Healthwatch Manchester at a range of forums, groups and other influential bodies and provide information exchange between Healthwatch Manchester and these bodies.

Communications Volunteer: Help to develop, improve and maintain communication with the people of Manchester.

Research Volunteer: To undertake research into local health and social care services.

Enter & View Volunteer: To enter health and social care premises and observe the nature and quality of services.

Community Champions: To work with local community groups and peer support groups to identify issues faced by different communities when accessing health or care services in Manchester.

To apply to become a Healthwatch Manchester volunteer please visit www.healthwatchmanchester.co.uk or email info@healthwatchmanchester.co.uk

UGANDA VILLAGE PROJECT (UVP)

Description

Since 2003, Uganda Village Project (UVP) has been working with the people of Iganga to promote public health and sustainable development in the rural communities of this marginalized district in southeast Uganda.

Our Vision

We envision a future in which all Ugandan communities will have the means to effectively create and implement their own health and development solutions.

Our Goals

Our goals reflect our efforts to improve health in rural villages by improving access to education and prevention for the most common health concerns.

• WASH program: Decrease the health burden of diarrheal diseases.

• HIV program: To reduce the HIV/AIDS incidence.

• Malaria program: Reduce the health burden and mortality due to malaria.

• Reproductive health program: Ensure sustainable access to effective and comprehensive reproductive and maternal health education and services.

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