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Amy Speakman began volunteering at her local Barnardo’s shop as part of her college course, hoping to gain some life skills and valuable work experience. But she made such an impression at the children’s charity shop in Connahs Quay in Flintshire, North Wales, that she was offered a paid job…
Middle-aged and elderly people can boost their mental well-being by volunteering, a new study suggests. But those under 40 are less likely to reap similar benefits, the authors found. Previous research has linked volunteering to mental well-being but it is the first time that researchers have examined whether it is…
Young people are more likely to volunteer than other age groups, believing it develops their skills and career prospects, according to a new report. A survey of 2,000 adults by Business in the Community found that half of those under the age of 24 did voluntary work, compared to fewer…
Scottish community justice organisation, Sacro, has published a Volunteering Strategy to help guide its work over the next five years. The Strategy aims to recognise the contribution of volunteers within its services and formally establishes the organisation’s ongoing commitment to volunteering. The Strategy sets out its key strategic priorities for…
The Government's ambition to find a cure for dementia by 2025 has been boosted by a big rise in people volunteering to take part in ground-breaking research studies. During the last year, almost 22,000 people have taken part in research studies to tackle the condition - a 60% rise -…
A team of interns at redLoop – the Middlesex University Design and Innovation Centre – have been awarded a £2,000 grant to develop an app they designed as part of the JISC Summer of Student Innovation competition. The innovative mobile app called 'commUNItime' was designed by Kirsty Tither, Posola Karunwi,…
A new Volunteering Matters toolkit to help care sector employers tap into the potential of young people has been launched by Alistair Burt, Minister of State for Community and Social Care. The toolkit takes an inclusive and broad approach to social action and volunteering – including both formal and informal…
The National Care Forum (NCF) together with The Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) have launched a volunteer management toolkit this week. The toolkit complements existing resources by addressing key questions raised by frontline service managers: Where and how can we find volunteers with the right skills and values? What support…
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