Volunteer playlist

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How Supporting a Small Charity with their Social Media Can Make a Big Difference
Harriett Douglas, a marketing and communications intern for the charity In Kind Direct and a social media volunteer for Africa Advocacy Foundation, Good News Shared spoke with her to chat about her volunteering experiences.
 

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Volunteering Abroad With Animals Will Completely Change Your Life

Karen Daly has found volunteering abroad with animals to be a completely life changing experience. In this Good News Shared weekly podcast episode Karen shares her experiences of volunteering for Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY).
 

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Volunteering is in my DNA: National Memorial Arboretum
Good News Shared had a chat with Roger Hailwood, a volunteer at the National Memorial Arboretum. They chatted about his voluntary role(s) at the National Memorial Arboretum and why he has been volunteering there for so many years. 
 

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What makes young people volunteer?
In a specially extended podcast for Understanding Society, Matthew Bennett and Meenakshi Parameshwaran discuss their research on what makes young pople volunteer. August 2013
 

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Volunteer Nation
Bank of England Chief Economist Andy Haldane explores a hidden engine of the British economy - its volunteers. The UK has an unpaid army of workers which hides in plain sight. December 2015
 

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The Power of Volunteering
Learn how volunteering can benefit your community and change lives - including your own! Real volunteers from the San Francisco Bay Area give advice on how to overcome barriers to volunteering and finding the right volunteer experience for you. 
 

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Tim Robbins' Actors Gang helps prison inmates
Mike Walter sits down with award-winning actor and director Tim Robbins to discuss the Prison Project, the political scene in the United States, and the power of empathy and emotional expression. April 2015
 

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I Won't Do That For Free!
Three young people, who never thought volunteering would be an option for them, are challenged to give up their time for free for worthwhile causes.  Will they love it or hate it? December 2015
 

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Kevin Bridges for Kiltwalk 2016
Kevin Bridges calls on fans to “get a kilt and cut aboot”Hear from the man himself on why you should sign up and join the events in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Speyside.
 

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Host City Volunteers (Glasgow Life)
This video is about the Host City Volunteer, who supported delivery of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. February 2015
 

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Bridging the gap: how volunteers help ex-service men and women to cope
A Scottish charity project has been praised for addressing a gap in service provision for ex-service men and women who may be struggling to adjust to civilian life. October 2016
 

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David Cameron has a new job in the third sector
The former prime minister is taking on a voluntary role within a third sector young persons organisation. October 2016

 

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The power of volunteering: you make me happy and I make you happy.
OUP Blog. To date, volunteer work remains a popular activity among the public worldwide. The World Giving Index indicates that, globally, 21% of individuals volunteered in 2013, with Americans recording the highest volunteer participation rate of 44% in developed countries. October 2016
 

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Scottish Household Survey 2015, a consistent picture
The Scottish Government have just released the results of the latest Scottish Household Survey (for 2015). September 2016

 

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Teenage amputee teams up with paralympic athlete to raise awareness of volunteering initiatives
Teenage student has teamed up with the world champion seated thrower to raise awareness of volunteering initiatives for young people with disabilities. Evening Times article, July 2016

 

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What makes some people more likely to volunteer than others?
As Volunteers’ Week 2016 begins, we take a look at what makes someone give up their time for free. Guardian Article, June 2016.

 
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Processes don't work, people do
We can have all the 'onboarding' processes we like but if organisations aren't fully committed to engaging volunteers then they will only have limited impact, writes Rob Jackson, March 2016
 

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Games volunteers, confidence up and more social networks
The volunteers who took part in Glasgow 2014 have since experienced benefits including increased confidence, more social networks and a better awareness of other volunteering opportunities, according to a new study. March 2016
 

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Screen star Joanna Lumley backs M&S volunteering project
Actress Joanna Lumley served tea and coffee to homeless people in Scotland's capital as part of a new volunteering drive. March 2016

 
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Prilla Thornburn recognised for 30years of volunteering.
Prilla was recently invited to the Scottish Parliament and was recognised for her tireless volunteering work with Marie Curie. March 2016
 

 
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Gap years for grown ups
Older volunteers offer great opportunities for charities. Highly skilled people in their 40s and 50s are looking for career break activities – charities should make the most of it. April 2016
 

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BBC Get Inspired #UnsungHero Awards 2016
Now in its 14th year, the BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero award celebrates people from around the UK who volunteer their time and efforts to help people participate in sport. You can nominate until 23 October and the winner will be announced at BBC Sports Personality of the Year. August 2016
 

 
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#1millionHours
BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra announced plans for #1MillionHours, a year-long volunteering campaign to motivate their young listeners to pledge 1 million hours of time to good causes over the next 12 months. Click the icon for more info and your chance to pledge your time. December 2015
 

 
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#BigHelpOut
Ahead of BBC Sports Personality of the Year, Join In patron Eddie Izzard and Tanni Grey-Thompson launch #BigHelpOut with BBC Get Inspired. 2015