However you enjoyed your Olympics it’s now time to bring the celebrations back to where it began for every Team GB athlete – their local sports club
Join In Local Sport is an Olympic legacy project encouraging people to join in with local sports events and clubs at the weekend.
The Join in Campaign is supported among others by Eddie Izzard and you can watch Eddie’s Join In video here.
This coming weekend 18-19 August is Join In weekend. Thousands of sports clubs and community groups around the UK will be holding fun, free events and activities for all ages – and you’re invited!
Many Join In events will also be happening throughout the two weeks between the Olympics and Paralympics (13-28 August).
This is the first time any Olympic host country has done anything like this before. It is the UK’s biggest celebration of local sport – and Join In needs you to make it as amazing as possible.
Search for your nearest event at: www.joininuk.org
If you have been inspired by the Olympics to get more involved with sport, as a volunteer or just taking part, we’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions. But it can be the ideal time of year to re-invigorate yourself. So if you work at a computer or in an office why not get out there in the fresh air?
Not only can you clear those cobwebs from your head and start toning that fat winter belly with a bit of outdoor action, but you can also combine it with volunteering at the same time.
The Surrey branch of the Ramblers has teamed up with the council to patrol the countryside to make sure paths are kept clear. Volunteers will undertake work such as clearing the overgrowth and fixing signs
If you think that all sounds a bit fuddy duddy, bobble hat and tea flask, then think again and read up on the history of the radical Ramblers Association, which was formed after a mass trespass (resulting in five arrests) of Kinder Scout (the highest point in the peak District) in the 1930s. It remains a key moment in the Ramblers’ history and ever since they have campaigned for open access to the countryside.
So, if you’re feeling a bit revolting this New Year, Surrey County Council wants to hear from a variety of individuals, such as horse riders, and other organisations that want to get involved. You can read more here or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Could rambling be your New Year’s Revolution?
The Prime Minister David Cameron has said he will revive The British Empire Medal (BEM), which some describe as the ‘working class gong’. Hopes are that it will be used to reward those that do voluntary work but are not senior enough to get an OBE or MBE.
The BEM was phased out in 1993 by then prime minister John Major as he believed it to be class based and outdated. Instead he increased the number of MBEs given out to keep the balance ensure no-one was left out.
A quick search on the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours List shows that 82 out of 1304 honours were awarded for ‘services to the voluntary sector’. That’s just over 6%.
We are big supporters of rewarding and recognising voluntary work and volunteering. Our vinspired awards are great for improving your CV and the recognition is not only well deserved but acts as a great incentive to do good. And our National Awards not only celebrate and recognise the brilliant contribution that young volunteers make to the community but allow us to tell the world about the great things young people can offer.
It’s great that the Prime Minister believes that we should do more to recognise the dedication and hard work people devote to their communities. But are we being palmed off with a second rate award?
We all know that a load of jobs require basic internet skills, did you also know that the average household can save a wodge of cash each year by shopping and paying bills online; and over 25 million people are already using Facebook to chat to friends and family?
If you’ve got a relation, friend or neighbour who is missing out on the internet, they’re missing out on loads of ways to make their life easier and more enjoyable. Family and friends play a key role in helping new users, and according to research done by the BBC, a third of internet users are willing to pass skills on to others. How about you?
On the 30th October the clocks go back and we all have an extra hour. Imagine how exciting it would be if we all used this time to help someone get started online….
If no one you know needs help, why not volunteer at a local charity, care home or social club? You could use our volunteering search to find something.
Get your guide to what to do in an hour, watch inspirational films as famous faces show how they use the web, and find further local support or places to volunteer by pledging an hour at www.go-on.co.uk/giveanhour or use the widget below.
We would really love to hear what you did with your extra hour, please come back and tell us in the comments what you got up to and who you helped.
This week Linkedin.com launched a much awaited new feature – the ability to add a “Volunteer Experience & Causes” field to your LinkedIn Profile. This allows LinkedIn members to add “volunteer positions, causes they care about, and organizations they support”
We’ve long known the benefits of showing your volunteering on your CV. That’s why our downloadable volunteering portfolio keeps track of all the hours you have volunteered. And our vinspired award certificates are a great way to show off what you have achieved.
So it’s no surprise to us that Linkedin have introduced this feature for their users. You can read more about the Linkedin Volunteer Experience section on the linkedin blog
Alongside what the vinspired community tell us I have also had many conversations with people on Twitter who ask how best to add your volunteering experience to Linkedin. I have always suggested simply adding any volunteering roles within the paid experience section, but clearly indicate in the role description or title that it’s volunteering. Experience got from volunteering is just as, and sometimes more, valuable than paid experience.
I was happy doing it this way, and a little bemused by people who struggled with how to add their voluntary experience. So I was a bit dismissive when I heard Linkedin had introduced a specific section. However after giving it a go for myself I think I like it:
- It’s now clear where you can add volunteering experience
- Having the feature gives the message that volunteering experience is valuable to potential employers
- You can click and drag the section to reposition it – so you can put it before your paid experience if it’s more relevant
The benefits of having a separate dedicated section outweigh my initial concern that it may get glossed over as potential employers concentrate on the main paid employment section. Once employers get used to seeing a volunteering section on a CV or Linkedin profile it will become something they look for.
Overall I think this is a great and welcome move from Linkedin. I’d like them to allow volunteer experience to be listed chronologically within the section. Currently is seems it’s ordered in the order you entered stuff. I’m sure this is something they can improve easily.
Have you added your volunteering to your Linkedin profile yet?
If you are under 18 and can’t use linkedin – do you include voluntary positions on your CV? What other CV building tools or sites are there for under 18s, and how are you adding your volunteer experiences to these?
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