Category: Volunteering

Reigniting a childhood passion to brighten other childhoods

On Sunday 31 July, Edd Hopkinson will take part in RideLondon, cycling 100 miles through London and Surrey to raise money for Friendship Works. Here, he explains why he’s doing it. “When I was a kid I used to ride my bike as much as I could. If I wasn’t at school or asleep I’d be off exploring on two wheels, searching out new places to ride and having fun…
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Bella’s story

About all the outings she goes on with her mentor So when we first met what happened was Neil asked me questions about Stephanie. He asked me “would you like a girl or a boy for the mentor”. I said “I want a girl” and he said “what kind of girl do you want?” I said a funny one. Me and Stephanie went to explore the world in London! My favourite place was…
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MENtors wanted…

‘There has never been a greater need for alternative male role models.’ This statement was made during last Thursday’s ‘Tonight’ programme, ‘Kids without Dads’ which explored claims made in a report by the Centre for Social Justice (the think tank established by Iain Duncan Smith) that an increasing number of children in the UK are growing up without contact with their fathers. The programme introduced us to single mothers, including…
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So you want to volunteer? Some advice to get you started…

The NVCO published its ‘Civil Society Almanac’ at the end of 2012. It contains information and statistics about charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations and examines trends in the world of volunteering. The data was gathered over 2009-2010. One of the things which immediately jumps out of the Almanac is a summary about why people volunteer. There is a lot of talk in the field of volunteering about promoting the…
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Make your resolution count: make mentoring work in 2013

There is something exciting about the start of a New Year. The highs and lows of last year are consigned to history as we embark on a new chapter. We don’t know what the New Year will bring, but we hope for great things. It is a time when we think about what we would like to change and make resolutions to help us achieve it. Often, these resolutions focus…
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