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An informal conversation and guide to the sometimes confusing world of volunteering.

Know your QTS from your PGCE?

When I started working for an education charity a few years ago, it took me a good while to get my head around all the different terms and acronyms.

Get in touch with the TDA so you can find a TTP for your PGCE and while you're at it, check out the TES, join NASWUT, NUT or the ATL... If that's baffling to someone who's lived in this country for most of her life, imagine what a newly arrived refugee would feel like. Close to giving up I suspect.

The Refugee Council has 432 refugees registered with their Refugees into Teaching Programme who have a teaching qualification from their home country. 143 are unemployed and 87 are employed in non school related roles. If that seems like a real waste of talent to you, you could sign up to become a mentor for one of those refugees.

TimeBank is working with the The Refugee Council to recruit teachers, teaching assistants, trainee teachers, and ex-teachers who can offer voluntary mentoring support to refugee teachers in London. You can use your expertise to help them negotiate the education system and it's a great way to work on your mentoring skills too.

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Tickle your fancy

This won't help you shed a stone or quit smoking but for those of you who put 'do some volunteering' on your list of things to do in 2011, how about a nice read of Mr Tickle to ease you into things.

As part of their Evolving English exhibition, The British Library is asking people to read Roger Hargreave's Mr Tickle to populate their Voice Map. There's a science behind why they picked Mr Tickle, something to do with the range of sounds it contains when you read it out loud,  it's not just to make you smile. The Voice Map is being created as part of some research into how language works by analysing different accents and migration patterns. You can either read the story at the museum or record your voice online by clicking here where you'll find a printable copy.

After reading Mr Tickle, I'm sure you'll feel spurred onto to do many more great deeds so why not take a peek  at our get started pages for ideas of what kinds of volunteering you can do. Or, search for voluntering near you by typing your postcode in the box on the top right of your screen where you'll also be able to read feedback from people who've already done it.

 If reading the whole of Mr Tickle cover to cover is feeling like a bit of a push you have the option of reading just six words.

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Homemade lemon drizzle cake might just do it for me

There are thousands of ways to volunteer - how do you choose what to do?

We think one of the best ways is to read what other people say. Real reviews from people who volunteer can give you the inside story on what it's really like.

Take these three volunteers with Contact the Elderly:

"I love driving for Contact the Elderly and have been doing so for over 17 years, first in London and now in S Wales. We all have a lot of fun and there is real affection and friendship amongst the group. It makes such a difference to our guests, and one lady said to us last time that what she loves most about our outings is that she doesn't feel old - we're all just a group of friends having fun together and age becomes irrelevant. I find I really look forward to it each month too!"

"The ladies I take to each monthly tea party get such a boost from it - they enjoy the company and the outing, and they always look forward to them. I have been volunteering for 2 years now for Contact the Elderly, and I wouldn't stop!"

"It is the best thing I have ever volunteered for. I have been involved for three years, I get more out than I put in. The people in my group, drivers hosts and guests have a wonderful time. We all get on so well, there's so much fun and laughter. The downside is that for people like me who have a healthy appetite there's the temptation to overeat, especially when it's all homemade. 'Do have another slice of lemon drizzle cake.' Even though you know you shouldn't you can hear yourself saying 'I don't mind if I do.'

So, go on, say 'I do' to Contact the Elderly and if you've already volunteered - please leave your own review here.

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Only 2 days left

Don't miss the chance to volunteer during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  If you want to be a London Ambassador in 2012 complete your registration form by 7 January 2011

London Ambassadors will welcome visitors from all over the world to London during the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. 

You will be given all the training and help needed to make sure you are ready to welcome the world to London.  In return you will get free travel within zones 1 - 6 for each day you volunteer, a uniform that you can keep, food and refreshments during your shift plus the opportunity to have access to competitions with very special prizes that only the London Ambassadors can enter.

If you think you would make a great London Ambassador, you can register now or take a look at our day in the life walkthrough to find out what sort of things you'll be doing

So if you think this is for you sign up before its too late

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Happy New Year

Volunteering is usually in people's top ten resolutions - and the Government are encouraging it this year.

In its latest green paper on Giving, it wants to promote social action.

Apparently there are over 3 million of us who are willing to volunteer but haven't got round to it yet.

And most of us hear about volunteering by word of mouth.

So, here's my really easy suggestion for a new year's resolution - talk about your volunteering. Talk about how amazing it is, or just that you plan to start. Talk about it with you family, friends, colleagues, neighbours, and strangers....I think that might give you the boost to get started too.

And remember, if you want help on how to start or what you can do - we're here to help.

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Creative Volunteering

You will have read my recent blog about our youth project Junction49 where we were recently celebrating some successes. Through this I came across an organisation called Pan Intercultural Arts (PIA) where we support young people to volunteer using the Junction49 model.

I was really interested in their innovative work, using the arts to promote cultural diversity and inspire social change; something I believe is a great way to address a very complex issue.

PIA are looking for a volunteer to help out in their London office with Marketing and Admin for January and February to get the word out about their youth leadership and integration project, Synergy. If you're interested get in touch with Laura at the PIA.

If you'd like to voluntee in the arts, music and drama world, have a look at our website which will give you some ideas.

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Could you be a Giver on World Book Night?

I must admit the first time I heard of World Book Day was when my son came home from school and told me that in order to celebrate this great event, the whole school would be dressing up as a favourite character from a book.  This has now become an annual ritual in our house and so I was delighted to hear that now I can also get involved.

Saturday 5 March 2011 will be World Book Night  Two days after World Book Day and on that night one million books will be given away by an army of 20,000 passionate volunteers to members of the public across the UK and Ireland.

25 titles have been chosen and each volunteer will have 48 copies of one of these books to give out to whoever they choose. 

If they don’t manage to hand them all out on the night, the remainder will be distributed by World Book Night itself in places that might otherwise be difficult to reach, such as prisons and hospitals.

I’ve signed up to hand out books on international book day – do you fancy joining me?

You have to apply before 0900 UK time on Monday, 24 January 2011.so get clicking and spread the word.

Don't forget to start planning your volunteering for 2011 which is European Year of Volunteering.

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Another Olympic race

But there's another sprint to get 1.8 million people using the internet by the end of the Olympic year.

There are still too many people in the UK missing out on what the internet offers - information, advice, jobs, contact with friends.

  • 9 million adults in the UK have never used the internet
  • 4 million of these are the most socially disadvantaged
  • 6 million of these are 65 years old or over

TimeBank is one of the 900 partners so far that have signed up to help get this group to the finishing line. We're busy supporting volunteers to help older people, unemployed people and Muslim women get to grips with technology.

So, if you're a charity, a library, school, leisure centre or a local authority Race Online 2012 is looking for new partners - sign up now.

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