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The Royal Voluntary Service is pledging to increase support in the NHS as it celebrates its 80th anniversary. The organisation was founded in 1938 as the Women's Voluntary Service, to help recruit women into the Air Raid Precautions (ARP) movement and help civilians during and after air raids. The RVS…
Two people have drowned and others have been victims of sexual assault while taking part in an international volunteering programme, the Government spending watchdog said. Other volunteers have been detained by local police while taking part in the "high risk" programme, the National Audit Office (NAO) reported. The International Citizen…
Food bank volunteers put in a "staggering" 4.1 million hours of unpaid work every year distributing food, fundraising and other duties, a new study reveals. The value of the work has been estimated at £30 million a year if the volunteers were paid the national living wage, research found. More…
Volunteering on projects that bring people closer to nature, from tree planting to growing food, can boost mental health, a study has found. Most people taking part in volunteering with the Wildlife Trusts - some 95% - who had poor levels of mental health at the beginning of a scheme…
A graduate from De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) who who fled Afghanistan alone at the age of 16 has been crowned ‘outstanding individual learner’ at this year’s Festival of Learning awards. Habib Rezaie has received the award for his exceptional achievement in adult learning which included volunteering to care for…
The British Red Cross has started rolling out brand new services to tackle loneliness & social isolation and is calling for people across the UK to join its teams providing vital support for up to 12,500 adults of all ages. In response to its major research published in December, and…
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,…
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