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Can you help make memories?

Organisation: CHICKS
Date: 29 September 2010

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CHICKS is an inspiring national charity, offereing free respite breaks to disadvantaged children from accross the UK.
Our breaks run every week from March until November at our two fantastic centres in the West Country.
We provide endless activities for children to get involved in; from swimming, to climbing, hourse-riding, circus skills, face painting, trips to the beach, adventure parks and lots lots more.
We offer a fantastic, rewarding and memorable experience where you can really help make a difference to young peoples lives.
We can also offer placements as part of a University / College course or as part of Duke Of Edinburgh residential awards.
There is no cost; accomodation, food & activities are provided and transport costs reimbursed.
For more information plesae get in touch.
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A wonderful way to spend 6 days volunteering. The kids really benefit from their time at CHICKS and although their home situation will still be the same when they return, their break at CHICKS most certainly equips them with skills and experiences which can be used once they return home. Whilst at CHICKS volunteers can chose which activities they want to take part in but are mostly there to support and encourage the children to challenge themselves. Definitely a worthy cause to dedicate your time to!
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kitchen assistant

Organisation: Food Chain
Date: 23 September 2010

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Helped prepare food for people and serve up
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Would really recommend this to anyone who enjoys foood/cooking. It's great fun - but you do have to get up early on a sunday morning.
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Hampstead Green Gym

Organisation: BTCV Green Gym Camden
Date: 6 September 2010

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Come and make a difference to your environment.

The Hampstead Green Gym is a new and innovative way to get physically active, and make a difference to your local environment. Session run at Hampstead Parish, Church Row every Friday from 11am to 2pm. The Green Gym is a great way to improve your health and stamina, learn new skills and meet with other volunteers over a hot drink at the break!
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I volunteered with the Green Gym at a local nature reserve in Kilburn. It was very well organised and attended by a broad range of people. I had a really good time and felt like I gave something back to my local area.
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Back to Life

Organisation: TimeBank
Date: 31 August 2010

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Back to Life offers practical and emotional support to young adults recovering from mental health issues. The mentoring scheme helps adults aged 18-35 in Southwark, Lambeth, Lewisham and Croydon to reach their full potential.

Someone recovering from a mental health issue may not have the support they need to regain their confidence and move on with their life. A trained volunteer mentor can give friendly and neutral advice about setting realistic goals and taking steps to achieve them.

Back to Life matches young adults who have experienced a mental illness and are looking to build their personal, professional and social skills back up, with a same-sex mentor of a similar age.
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A really interesting, different and challenging voluntary experience. If you're looking to do something a bit different and make a real difference to someone's life at the same time then I would definitely recommend it.
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Back to Life

Organisation: TimeBank
Date: 26 August 2010

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Back to Life offers practical and emotional support to young adults recovering from mental health issues. The mentoring scheme helps adults aged 18-35 in Southwark, Lambeth, Lewisham and Croydon to reach their full potential.

Someone recovering from a mental health issue may not have the support they need to regain their confidence and move on with their life. A trained volunteer mentor can give friendly and neutral advice about setting realistic goals and taking steps to achieve them.

Back to Life matches young adults who have experienced a mental illness and are looking to build their personal, professional and social skills back up, with a same-sex mentor of a similar age.
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Back to Life was great because it didn't take up too much time and I got to visit loads of places in London that I probably wouldn't have done otherwise. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in or would like to work in the mental health field.
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Back to Life

Organisation: TimeBank
Date: 26 August 2010

Activity:
Back to Life offers practical and emotional support to young adults recovering from mental health issues. The mentoring scheme helps adults aged 18-35 in Southwark, Lambeth, Lewisham and Croydon to reach their full potential.

Someone recovering from a mental health issue may not have the support they need to regain their confidence and move on with their life. A trained volunteer mentor can give friendly and neutral advice about setting realistic goals and taking steps to achieve them.

Back to Life matches young adults who have experienced a mental illness and are looking to build their personal, professional and social skills back up, with a same-sex mentor of a similar age.
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Back to Life has been one of the most rewarding and challenging volunteering roles I have taken on. I have felt fully supported and encouraged by TimeBank staff and would recommend it to anyone.
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Digitall Mentoring

Organisation: TimeBank
Date: 25 August 2010

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Digitall brings together young people aged 18- 25 who are willing to share their knowledge and experience of using the computers and the internet with people aged over 45 who are interested in getting to grips with new technology. Young people act as mentors, supporting their mentee on a one-to-one basis to achieve their digital goals.

By bringing together people of different ages and experiences we hope to promote a better understanding between the generations and enable people from all backgrounds and ages to access the opportunities offered by new technology and the Internet.
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I really enjoyed Digitall mentoring - I did it a while ago but am still talking to people about it. It's a flexible opportunity since you arrange when to meet with your mentee - if you're thinking about signing up I'd say go for it.
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Back to Life

Organisation: TimeBank
Date: 24 August 2010

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Back to Life offers practical and emotional support to young adults recovering from mental health issues. The mentoring scheme helps adults aged 18-35 in Southwark, Lambeth, Lewisham and Croydon to reach their full potential.

Someone recovering from a mental health issue may not have the support they need to regain their confidence and move on with their life. A trained volunteer mentor can give friendly and neutral advice about setting realistic goals and taking steps to achieve them.

Back to Life matches young adults who have experienced a mental illness and are looking to build their personal, professional and social skills back up, with a same-sex mentor of a similar age.
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I would recommend this volunteering to anyone who wants a really rewarding and challenging experience. I've learnt lots & visited new places and developed new skills too.
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18-25 Development Trainer for dance4life

Organisation: SPW UK
Date: 17 August 2010

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Become a Development Trainer for dance4life and train and support young people aged 13 -18 in taking action to push back HIV and AIDS.
A Development Trainer has three roles trainer, supporter and reporter.
As a Development Trainer you will train young people in our skills4life programme which includes sessions on HIV and AIDS, Sexual Reproductive Health, Stigma and Discrimination, HIV and AIDS as a Global issue, and How to Take Action.
You will support young people in taking action by attending their meetings and assisting them in creating and implementing an action plan, resulting in an action.
You will report back to a dance4life officer on actions taken as well as feedback collected in relation to skills4life training.
dance4life UK will train you to become a Development Trainer on a (free) 2-day residential training course, provide you with the resources to fulfil your role successfully, and invite you to numerous events throughout the year.
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Futures Together Mentoring

Organisation: TimeBank
Date: 8 June 2010

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Futures Together is a mentoring project, where young muslim women aged 18-35 volunteer to support older Muslim women to improve their English language and computer skills.

By bringing together women of different ages, we hope to encourage better understanding between generations and support Muslim women of all ages play an active role in their local community.

Find out how to use your skills to help others and become a mentor.

If you would like to improve your English and computer skills or know someone who might benefit from having a mentor, click here
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i enjoyed this experience very much, i feel like i made a big difference to my mentee's life and i gained many skills such as communication and teaching skills
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