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Digital advisor

Organisation: Age UK
Date: 20 April 2012

Activity:
I went to Hackney Age UK and assisted a digital workshop
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I was on hand to help out with mobile phones and computers. They were really simple requests and easy to fix but had obviously been a real pain for the people who owned the items. It was great to spend some time having a chat and sharing knowledge that for me is part of my life but for the older people is still relatively new and confusing. A great 3 hours of my day used for a really great cause!
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Gardening enthusiast required to manage small allotment

Organisation: Community Impact Bucks
Date: 24 March 2012

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Buckinghamshire 'Working with Dads' Project and Barnardos Children's Centre require a volunteer to work a few hours per week running a small allotment. The allotment is intended to be used by dads / grandads and children of pre-school age to 5 yrs to learn about growing their own crops. This will be an excellent opportunity to help bring the local community together. Would prefer help on Saturday / Sundays but can be flexible and consider other days of the week.
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Never got off the ground due to lack of any funding.

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kitchen assistant

Organisation: Food Chain
Date: 17 March 2012

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Helped prepare food for people and serve up
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Intern

Organisation: Employability+Forum
Date: 4 March 2012

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I worked as part of the research team, as the policy researcher.
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‘I have had a great experience working as an intern for the Employability Forum. As soon as I started I felt that I was treated as an equal member of their team. I was given a specific role and tasks to complete, and provided with independence and trust to undertake them. I have developed my research skills and learnt the importance of working as part of a team. The team was extremely open and friendly, and always happy to answer my questions’
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Recepionist

Organisation: Y.M.C.A
Date: 9 February 2012

Activity:
Paper work, answering the telephone
Comments:
Have u got any volunteer jobs in a shop
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to advise people on the help out there to pepare for the digital switch over

Organisation: BBC Help Scheme
Date: 8 February 2012

Activity:
Make phone calls to ie old people homes and visit business

which may be able to inform about the switch over and the help available.
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Pupil Support Volunteer

Organisation: Breakspeare School
Date: 3 February 2012

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Volunteers at Breakspeare School help support pupils in many different ways. You can help in the classrooms by working with individual pupils or small groups of pupils under direction of the class teacher and with support from the learning Support Assistants. Some volunteers help feed the children at lunchtime and help them to access games and toys for leisure.

Volunteers help with sports activities, music and arts groups. Volunteers also help pupils with their physiotherapy programmes, either in the hydrotherapy pool or in PE lessons. Other volunteers have helped with admin or preparing of teaching materials.

We always have opportunities available and welcome anyone who is willing to engage with our disabled pupils. Volunteers are welcomed and supported by school staff.
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This is very useful
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retail

Organisation: Oxfam
Date: 31 January 2012

Activity:
sorted book
Comments:
the manager was brilliant
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Volunteer Internship with Children Thailand

Organisation: International Humanity Foundation
Date: 9 November 2011

Activity:
IHF volunteers teach English, computer and math classes as well as maintaining relationships with local staff and the local population at every centre. At the centers Interns divide their time between teaching and nurturing the children and working on international tasks. All volunteers participate on one or more of our international task teams such as university relations, media and fundraising.
Comments:
I finish university this year and thought this was the perfect time to volunteer. I applied for a position with the IHF foundation at the Chiang Rai centre commencing next July.

I searched extensity for a program that worked with children from northern Thailand that was low costing as I just finished university and did not have a lot of money. IHF was a great choice, their mission statement and the programs they offered really resonated with me. IHF offers a Work and Study program which provides specific experience in the administration behind running a NGO.

I have been with the organisation now for about a month and have nothing but praise for the directors who have made me feel welcome, provided me with all the information I need and are always ready to answer my questions with quick responses to email.

I am looking forward to volunteering with IHF next July!

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Relief Driver

Organisation: Contact the Elderly (Cambridge)
Date: 28 October 2011

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I have been a relief driver for Contact the Elderly for nearly 2 years so far. In that time I have driven a Tea Party attendee to and from a Sunday afternoon tea party on 3 occassions. I've also attended and helped out on a Christmas Party for the group.
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Like most full time workers I do have a very busy life, and a busy social schedule. However, being a relief driver has meant I can help out only when I can, and when I am needed. It's only a few hours out of my Sunday, and the reward of doing it is immeasurable. Spending time with some really fascinating 'older' members of the community is immensely rewarding, eye-opening and enjoyable. As well as making friends with the other drivers and hosts. Not to mention the delicious food and never ending tea! The main thing is that knowing you've made a difference to someone's life, is genuinely humbling, and it shows the power of human contact to isolated individuals. It is a wonderful charity.
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