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    Volunteering with Leonard Cheshire Disability - South Wales

     Action for Disability (South Wales)

    From now until May 2016 we need teams of about 5 people, aged between 14 and 24, to work together on community awareness raising events about the barriers disabled people face. The events will be within the Newport-Cardiff-Swansea area. Each event will take about 10 hours of preparation and planning, and 5 hours for the event itself. You are able to do it at any time that suits you.

    You can choose which area you want to focus on, such as barriers within education or employment, attitudes and discrimination, access to sport, housing, or accessibility. You could give a talk at a youth group, do an interactive demonstration to the public about challenges such as navigating through a shop in a wheelchair, you could put on a play with disabled people, campaign alongside disabled people in your community, do an accessibility survey, or demonstrate accessible sports.

    Contact: hayley.ali@leonardcheshire.org

    Twickenham, Teddington & District RNLI fundraisers

    An opportunity exists to assist the Twickenham, Teddington & District RNLI fundraisers on a weekly basis at Teddington Lock, Teddington , Middlesex.


    During British Summertime we operate a bookstall in support of the local crew at Teddington Lifeboat Station. Help is needed to support the regular stallholder by setting it up in the early morning (9-10 a.m. approx.) and dismantling it at the end of the day  (5-6 p.m. approx). The duties are to position the tables  and to carry and position boxes of books on the stall ready for sale. Training will be given by the stallholder. The stall runs on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays. This could be undertaken by one person covering both shifts or viewed as a job-share. We are dependent upon the weather, but other duties could possibly be found for wet days.


    For further details please contact  Liz Hann (Hon. Secretary for Twickenham and Teddington and District Branch) on 020 89401710.


    Arete Outdoor Centre - in Snowdonia

    Gold Residential Courses in North Wales


    Complete your gold award through a week at Arete, meeting new people, having fun and working together through adventurous outdoor activities in stunning North Wales. Arete is situated between the magnificent mountains of Snowdonia and the stunning coastlines of Anglesey allowing us to offer a unique range of adrenaline-fuelled activity options.


    Choose between:
    • A water-based week focused around lake, sea and river kayaking, canyoning and coasteering.
    • A rock-based week focused around rock climbing, abseiling, mountain scrambling, canyoning and coasteering.
    • A multi-activity week comprising a wide range of exciting activities!


    We have no fixed programme of activities, choosing instead to employhighly qualified instructors who are flexible and capable of adapting activities to suit the weather and the aspirations of participants.


    Dates: 15th-19th August 2016 Last few spaces available
    Location: Arete Outdoor Centre, Snowdonia, North Wales
    Price: £295

    Contact: Tel. 01286 672136 or 07743336093, email info@aretecentre.co.uk


    Activity and Maintenance Volunteering at PACCAR Scout Camp

    PACCAR Scout Camp is a thriving activity centre and campsite used by Scouts, Guides, Schools and Youth organisations for adventurous activity holidays and residential stays.

    We are looking for keen, enthusiastic volunteers to assist us in providing activities, from Climbing and High Ropes to Caving and Team Building and much more. Volunteers will get hands on experience delivering activities and coaching participants, as well as assisting with the day to day maintenance of the 70acre campsite and woodland.

    We provide all meals, high quality indoor accommodation and branded t-shirts which are yours to keep.We have opportunities for volunteering for anyone aged 16 and over.

     For more information visit www.paccarscoutcamp.org or email office@paccarscoutcamp.org to apply for a place.

    Effective First Aid

    Based in North Wales we offer a 1 day EFAW and Basic first aid course, a 2 Day REC Outdoor first aid course and First aid at work all aimed at outdoor instructors and enthusiasts. We aim to provide a hands on approach to first aid. Our courses are recognised by national governing bodies such as BCU, BMC and British Cycling. We also run courses for DofE participants dealing with injuries and ailments they may experience on expedition. Offering open and private courses throughout the year.

    For further information please visit


    or contact Colin Buxton on 07912118373 or Email



    NB: First Aid courses on the DofE Opportunity Finder are not checked nor endorsed by The Duke of Edinburgh's Award.  The Duke of Edinburgh's Award does not have any relationship with first aid providers other than to share courses which may be of interest.

    FSC July Residentials - Discover Snowdonia

     FSC Rhyd-y-creuau: Discover Snowdonia – DofE Award (Gold Residential)

    Meet new people, develop your skills in the mountains and explore Snowdonia. This experience will provide a range of challenges including climbing and abseiling, teambuilding tasks, mountain navigation, gorge scrambling up a mountain stream, a conservation challenge and an overnight expedition and wild camp (weather permitting).

    Develop your skills in expedition planning, goal setting, navigation and teamwork, as well as meeting the requirements for the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Residential.

    The course is based at Rhyd-y-creuau in the Snowdonia National Park, an excellent location from which to reach a whole host of special environments, and easily reached by train.

    Activities include:
    • Rock Climbing
    • Abseiling
    • Mountain Navigation and climb
    • Gorge Scrambling
    • Overnight Expedition
    • Bushcraft
    • Conservation Challenge

    Dates: 22nd-27th July 2016 
    Location: FSC Rhyd-y-creuau, Betws-y-coed, North Wales
    Price: £230
    Contact: 01690 710494 or enquiries.rc@field-studies-council.org
    More details or book online: www.field-studies-council.org/youngpeople


    Caboodle Food

    Caboodle Food offers a variety of courses suitable for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Skills Section. We run practical hands on courses including Students’ Cook Course, Absolute Beginners Cook, Expedition Food, or more diverse subjects such as Chocolate and Confectionery. We also hold Royal Society for Public Health certificated Food Safety and Nutrition courses. We can organise a date with you for a specific course for your group, or individuals may book on our courses at our Hampshire kitchen or your venue. Need a specific course, or have particular requirements? Please contact us, we’re happy to help.
    Di Johnson 07825 222186

    Volunteering with the National Galleries of Scotland

    The volunteer activity for young people taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh award involves working with our Development team to run our Friends membership programme. Activities will include data entry, filling, collating membership forms and packs, and potentially helping at events. All the forms being processed will directly result in income-generation to support the National Galleries of Scotland’s extensive programme of exhibitions, education, conservation, and acquisitions.

    The young person will be based in the Development Department located in the Modern Two Lodge, 72 Belford Road, Edinburgh. We can offer flexibility in scheduling but generally we would prefer the volunteering placement to be during weekdays for a minimum of 2 hours per week, for at least 12 weeks. For more information visit www.nationalgalleries.org/supportus.

    To express your interest in this volunteering activity please email volunteer@nationalgalleries.org or phone 0131 624 6294.

    The Children's Society retail volunteers and fundraising opportunities

    The Children’s Society is a national charity that runs local projects, helping children and young people when they are at their most vulnerable, and have nowhere left to turn.



    We also campaign for changes to laws affecting children and young people, to stop the mistakes of the past being repeated in the future.



    Our supporters around the country fund our services and join our campaigns to show children and young people they are on their side.



    We are looking for retail volunteers for our charity shops and fundraising volunteers to support the work we do.


    Countryside Restoration Trust volunteering opportunities

    The Countryside Restoration Trust is the UK's leading charity promoting wildlife-friendly farming and campaigning for a living, working countryside.

    We believe that wildlife is integral to good farming. That philosophy is put into practice on over 1,500 acres of working farms, small-holdings and woodland across the country.



    Our Volunteer Support Groups play a vital role in conservation work, wildlife monitoring and organising events.


    Support Group working parties help with tree and hedge planting, painting gates, clearing scrub, knocking down bracken, pulling ragwort, erecting nest boxes, and other essential (and healthy!) work.



    01223 262999





    See where we work here.


    Saltscape Project - Conservation & Countryside Volunteers - Cheshire

    We are looking for enthusiastic local champions to help improve over 1000 hectares of beautiful grasslands, woodlands and wetlands in the heart of Cheshire!

    You can join an interesting mix of local groups, national organisations and community members who are working together as part of the Saltscape project to enhance, restore and protect a collection of rare wildlife and habitats in mid-Cheshire.

    You don’t need to have any previous experience of conservation, just a willingness to get stuck in and the enthusiasm to be in the great outdoors all day.

    We will help you to develop practical conservation skills in a unique setting. One day you could be learning the traditional arts of hedge laying and coppicing and the next day cutting back reed beds and removing invasive species.

    If you like the sound of getting outdoors, learning practical skills and helping to protect the environment get in touch with Sarah at sarah.perry@groundwork.org.uk / 01606 723 160


    Volunteer in the Community with Great Linford Parish Council

    10 Tower Crescent, Neath Hill Local Centre, Milton Keynes, MK14 6JY

    01908 606613

    Eirwen Tagg, Parish Manager - Parish.manager@great-linford.gov.uk
    Ruth Panther, Admin Support – office@great-linford.gov.uk

    Great Linford Parish Council is your first tier of local government aspiring to engage with residents, understand and address their needs with the resources and powers available. Our main aim is to embrace progress in a bid to improve the quality of our residents’ lives and healthy living standards.


    We run events and activities throughout the year using volunteers to improve the environment and ensure smooth running of our Summer of Fun programme. Working with the parish ranger you can develop your skills and interest be it working in the environment or working with people.


    You will get to know your way around one of the larger parishes in Milton Keynes covering 12 estates, meet residents and businesses based here providing networking opportunities, tidy up neglected areas and much more. This is a varied, fun and energetic opportunity.

    Cardrome Learner Centre, Hornchurch, Essex

    This unique twelve acre private road complex has a road system with traffic lights, a roundabout, hill start area and all the usual road junctions and road signs. You can't get a driving licence in the UK until you're 17 but, at CARDROME LEARNER CENTRE, you can learn to drive before you turn 17. At Cardrome we encourage learning to drive properly from a younger age to gain more experience and knowledge of not only practical driving but also highway code (theory) and hazard perception. We’ll put you behind the wheel in one of our dual controlled cars. Let one of our fully qualified ADI driving instructors teach you how to start, drive, brake, corner, change gear, stop and even reverse.

    Move your life up a gear, learn to drive now!

    If you require any further iformation please dont hesitate to contact me directly.

    01708 471 340 | 01708 437 374

    Easter Holidays Sail Training Experience Gold Residential

    2nd April - 7th April (5 nights)
    Blyth - Hull


    Explore the North East Coast of England on board a historic Tall Ship. Become an important member of the crew on Tall Ship Maybe, helping to steer the ship, navigate, hoist sails, keep watch and assist in cooking meals in the galley. But, most importantly, have fun, make new friends and learn new skills.

    All inclusive including 3 meals a day, full training and use of safety equipment and waterproofs on board.




    Fun Golf Coach

    Fun Golf Coach is an accredited distance learning course, that could count towards the skills section of your DofE Award.

    The training can be tailored to meet: Bronze, Silver and Gold award levels.
    Fun golf is a great activity for all ages, the balls are soft and over-sized, players use either traditional golf clubs or a lightweight beginner system. Using markers, cones and hoops, coaches produce games and modified golf holes, allowing participants to play anywhere, inside or outside, on any surface.

    This course would be of particular interest to aspiring PE teachers, multi-sport coaches or golf professionals.

    Course details
    Age: 14 +
    Type: Distance learning with Tutor support (via email)
    Duration of training: 3 – 12 months.

    Please follow the link for more information



    The Theatre Shed, Chesham Buckinghamshire

    Become a Mentor at The Theatre Shed (TTS):

    TTS is an inclusive theatre company being neither 'mainstream' nor 'disability', it is a place where young people from every walk of life come together to have fun. TTS runs four workshops a week (Monday and Tuesday evening) and is based at Chesham Youth Centre.


    Our mentors provide vital support to any member who requires help. They are given training and the experience they gain from participating and supporting members is invaluable as well as it looking great on CV's and University applications!


    Our only criteria, is that Mentors need to be 16+ and committed to being with us for the medium to long term (at least one full school term). You do not need to attend every workshop, but we ask that you commit to the same workshop each week in order to provide consistency of support to our members.


    More information can be found on our website: www.thetheatreshed.co.uk or contact Tina on email: admin@thetheatreshed.co.uk

    Flora's Kitchen Learn to Earn cookery course

    If you have already got the basics under your belt, this residential course will help you refine your culinary skills so that nothing will faze you in the kitchen. After five days of intensive learning in Flora’s Kitchen at her Hampshire home, you will be rewarded with fresh confidence and exciting recipes to work with.


    Presentation, menu planning and food safety will be covered in depth. You will make breakfast, elevenses, lunch, tea, and dinner with canapés every day. And you will learn what it takes to keep a working kitchen clean and tidy.

    Courses run throughout the year from Monday 8.15am to Friday 3pm. DofE students can stay free of charge on the Sunday night before the course starts.

    Cost: £750 for the full five days including four nights stay, all food, an apron and a folder full of recipes.

    For dates and further information visit www.floraskitchen.co.uk or call 01256 381 296 / 0796 750 2852.


    Salvo Rifle Club

    Rifle Shooting in Sussex 

    Salvo Rifle Club in Horsham West Sussex are an active indoor target shooting club, we have our own indoor rifle range where people can participate to achieve the skill section in all levels of DofE.
    Once enrolled on a probationary course students will learn the key aspects of rifle shooting in a safe controlled environment. The course instructors will give guidance and soon have the student enjoying the sport. All equipment is provided for the beginner and there are no limits to the goals that can be achieved with some effort and practice.
    Salvo have been a Home Office approved club since the 1950s and a past member will be competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics!
    Nick Allen
    Secretary Salvo (Horsham) Rifle Club
    07730 267656

    YHA Sherwood – Nottinghamshire

    YHA Sherwood is a friendly hostel nestled on the edge of the world famous Sherwood Forest. This is a popular hostel for those looking to explore the ancient forest and discover the Legend of Robin Hood.


    As a volunteer, you will be involved in housekeeping, reception, catering and front of house services.


    This is a fun and interesting way to use your Volunteering section to make a big difference.


    Click here for more information


    Opportunities are available from April to August each year. Please contact katelansley@yha.org.uk for more information.



    YHA Sheringham – Norfolk

    YHA Sheringham on the North Norfolk Coast is a fun and lively hostel, very popular with school trips and young families.


    Volunteers will be involved in housekeeping, reception, catering and front of house services.


    This is a fun and interesting way to use your Volunteering section to make a big difference.


    Click here for further information


    Please contact katelansley@yha.org.uk for more information.

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