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working to make our support for volunteer projects worthwhile and sustainable

working to make our support for volunteer projects worthwhile and sustainable

One of our core values at people and places is to make sure that the work our volunteers do is of real use to the communities where we work and forms part of an initiative that can and will be continued after the volunteer goes home.  We are determined to avoid the kind of volunteering where someone goes into a community with an idea we think is good but which is in fact irrelevant to the way things work in…

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volunteer socials – “everyone…so helpful and enthusiastic”

volunteer socials – “everyone…so helpful and enthusiastic”

A good time was had by all at our recent volunteer social, held at Leicester University.  New volunteers were able to chat to people who have volunteered in the past, hear about their experiences and learn about what it is really like to be a volunteer on one of the projects we support.  People who had volunteered together years ago were able to have a good catch up chat, and people who had volunteered on the same project at different…

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why was April 23rd an important day?

why was April 23rd an important day?

April 23rd 2016 . . . St George’s Day, Earth Day, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death . . . and, most importantly of course, the day we held our latest volunteer social!  This time we met at volunteer Val’s home near Hemel Hempstead, the weather was kind to us, and we all enjoyed a lovely sociable afternoon catching up with old friends and meeting new ones.  There was a good mix of previous volunteers who could tell us about…

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12th November – our next volunteers’ social in Faversham

12th November – our next volunteers’ social in Faversham

Yes, I know – November’s a long way off, and you’ve only just read Dianne’s report about this month’s social meeting near Hemel Hempstead … But we also know that everyone’s diaries seem to get busier all the time, so we wanted to give you early notification in the hope that many of you will be able to come along to our volunteers’ social meeting here at ‘head office’ (aka Kate’s home!) in November. The usual 1-5 p.m format –…

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local groups: putting you in touch with other volunteers who live near you

local groups: putting you in touch with other volunteers who live near you

If you have told us that you would like to be put in touch with other people and places volunteers who live not too far away from you, you should by now have received a contact list of email addresses for volunteers in your area. We have always encouraged a new volunteer on a particular project to make contact with others who have volunteered there before as a good way of getting to know about that project.  However, meeting with other…

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how did that happen ?! people and places-responsible volunteering is 10 years old –

how did that happen ?! people and places-responsible volunteering is 10 years old –

It’s 10 years since we placed our first volunteer!      There’s a “curse” that many erroneously believe is Chinese – “May you live in interesting times.” There is a wonderful Xhosa word – “Ubuntu” – which has no direct translation into English but portrays the qualities of humanity and compassion – ‘I am because you are’. Well, boy-oh-boy, have the last 10 years been interesting times for people and places – successes to celebrate  and challenges to overcome – boy,…

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volunteers are busy in The Gambia – and introducing Lamin

volunteers are busy in The Gambia – and introducing Lamin

Written by Dianne, people and places volunteer programme advisor “I am writing this report sitting by the pool at Safari Garden Hotel on a sunny Sunday morning.  The sky is blue and the temperature will rise to about 30 degrees later on today, so I hope those of you in cold rainy England are feeling jealous!          

volunteers – your project needs YOU !

volunteers – your project needs YOU !

There’s been a lot of discussion recently about the value – or not – of review sites. Some are fantastic and the reviews are genuine – with lots of useful information about the realities of volunteer travel – and these are the sites we encourage our volunteers to write reviews for. These are our favourite sites … so far … you may know of others where reviews are genuine and trustworthy. Please let us know of any you like and…

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you can fund raise for your volunteer trip

you can fund raise for your volunteer trip

Great news – our colleagues at Volunteer Forever have launched an easy and secure way for you to raise funds on-line for your next volunteer experience! Many volunteers have raised funds, and continue to do so, when they return home after their placements – which is hugely appreciated, of course. But future volunteers can now invite friends, family and colleagues to help support their work by donating to the costs of the trip! How good is that? One of our volunteers, about to…

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The damage done when volunteers don’t name and shame

The damage done when volunteers don’t name and shame

I listened to a short radio article yesterday on the BBC 4 consumer programme ‘You and Yours‘  – it’s about 40 minutes in. It was very disappointing. A young medical student called Savannah recounted a disturbing story about “a large sending organisation” that had placed her in poor accommodation and at a challenging project with no support – I think the interview was about 4 minutes. It did nothing but sensationalise – it was prurient in its sensationalisation of what sounded…

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