volunteering

Volunteering: self-benefit or real help?

Laura Casas shares her thoughts on the true motivations of many volunteers and the non-profit organisations hosting them.

Located in the east of Denmark, Aarhus is the second most populated city in the country, with around 320,000 inhabitants / Photo: Gonzalo Pineda Zuniga, Flickr

Aarhus, waiting to become the European Volunteering Capital

Denmark’s second largest city will live a 2017 full of activities as the European Capital of Culture while it prepares to take over from Sligo. Let’s find out how volunteering is in this Northern European city.

Candela bracelets

8 awareness and fundraising initiatives started in oncology wards

Many solidarity initiatives have started in oncology wards, here are a few of them!

The enthusiasm of getting started

The excitement at starting a new project, the nostalgia for projects that come to an end and the stamina to continue volunteering and enjoying it. All of this and a little more in this article by Joan Rosinach.

Volunteer rights and obligations

Susan J. Ellis explains rights and obligations that volunteers should comply with. Want to know more about it? 

Isa López from Fundació Estany / Photo: Fundació Estany

Isa López: "We perform shows with a social content to overcome prejudice and stereotypes around disabilities"

From Fundació Estany they tell us about DansCapacitats, an inclusive dance project bringing together people with and without disabilities.

Computer Keyboard (Marcie Casas, Flickr)

Virtual volunteering, what are my options?

Helping to disseminate campaigns, signing petitions, translating, giving advice to associations…there are a number of ways you can collaborate with non-profit organisations from home.

Representatives from the Sligo 2017 candidature celebrating the nomination / Photo: @VolunteerSligo, Twitter

Sligo to be the European Volunteering Capital in 2017

The Irish municipality will take over from London (2016) after beating six other candidates. The volunteering capital in 2018 will be Aarhus.  

Roberto Museo, director of the CSVnet / Photo: CSVnet

Roberto Museo: "The way in which the Italian Third Sector reform considers volunteering represents an important step forward"

The director of National Coordinating Body of Volunteer Support Centres in Italy (CSVnet) shared with us his point of view on the Third Sector reform passed in May 2016.

Beth Calverley and Yang Yu are part of the Neighbourly team / Photograph: Neighbourly

Beth Calverley: "There’s no better feeling than being part of the positive changes that are being achieved all around us"

Neighbourly is a social network that connects charities and community projects with local businesses and individuals in the United Kingdom. We talked with Beth Calverley about her experience as part of this organisation.

The most exciting project in your life

Roger Buch brings us a game to celebrate volunteering. Want to play?

Present challenges of the voluntary sector in Europe

Volonteurope held its 25th Annual Conference in Nantes, focusing on the theme of “Apathy or Action: Young Europeans Take a Stand”.

Local Trust team with the N for Nonprofit

Sonia Bussu & Jessica Wenban-Smith: "Big Local is about bringing together all the local talent, ambition, skills and energy"

What is Big Local and how does it work? Two members of the Local Trust team help us better understand this programme.

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Mexico 2016: Volunteering for Social Change

The World Volunteer Conference 2016 will take place in Mexico City from 7 to 10 November.

Big Local: bringing positive change

When I first started to volunteer at Big Local Revoelution just over two years ago, I was very timid and shy. Having social anxiety and bipolar disorder made me very isolated and I wouldn’t leave the house or even my bed for weeks at a time. From the first day I set foot in the Revoelution hub, I haven’t been away.

Shelter: 50 years of research

This is a special year for Shelter, 50 years since we were founded in 1966. From day one, we have campaigned passionately to ensure that everyone in this country has a safe, secure, affordable home. And from day one, research has been central to this.

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