By damien 14th August 12
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.
By vJoe 7th August 12
Volunteering is a great way to build employment skills and explore potential career paths with minimal risk.
We’ve said it once here before, and we’ll say it again.
But don’t just take our word for it.
Three-quarters of employers surveyed believe that volunteering can have a positive effect on an individual’s career progression.
But where do you start?
Well, let’s try and join some dots by talking through 8 career-types and considering how volunteering paves the way to them…
Campaigning and Fundraising
Raising vital funds and campaigning for change and awareness are at the heart of most charities’ work. There are plenty of ways to contribute, from street fundraising, to assisting at major events or promoting a charity’s cause at some of the biggest UK festivals.
PR and Marketing
A lot of organisations are on the look-out for an extra pairs of hands to assist with promotion and Communications. Whether it’s helping with design and distribution of promo materials, getting local press coverage, or acting as a social media champion, there are loads of ways to get hands-on experience.
Digital and IT
Bit of a tech whizz? Digital and IT-related careers are literally, the future, with plenty of organisations in need of young people willing to offer their know-how to set up websites or develop fun and innovative apps. Why not use volunteering to get ahead of the game?
Working with children and young people
Aiding young people’s development is a truly worthwhile career choice. There are so many great volunteering opportunities, such as peer mentoring and assisting in classrooms, which can be the perfect lead-in to careers such as teaching, counselling, social care or wider specialist areas of youth work.
There loads of opportunities out there for fledgling artists, writers, musicians, performers and film-makers to build their experience, confidence and audience to help set them up for a career in the creative arts. What are you waiting for, follow your dream!
Business and administration
With job opportunities at a premium volunteering can, if nothing else, be a solid foundation on which to build core business and administration skills. Offering general office support may just pay-off when as a result, your newly strengthened, more versatile CV gets you a foot in the door with a desirable organisation.
Fancy putting your project management and organisation skills to the test? Plenty of organisations, especially during the summer, recruit volunteers to assist with the planning and co-ordination of events. If you’re a real people person who enjoys seeing a project through from start to finish, opportunities like these could really enhance your prospects.
Sports and leisure
If sport is your thing (or Olympic fever has taken hold), there are so many different ways you can channel your passion to build up valuable skills and help others at the same time. From giving your time as a local community coach, to teaching sports overseas, to assisting at sports events, there are loads of opportunities to get involved and get sporty.
Well, there you have it. Hopefully these have provided you with a bit of food for thought when you’re next browsing our volunteering opportunities.
Which career skills have you developed through volunteering? Do drop us a line in the comments section below.
By the way, did you know that vInspired now offers qualifications and courses from a range of providers to assist with young people’s career development?
By vJessH 6th August 12
You have probably heard us talking a lot about #ReverseRiots, Do Something’s first campaign, for the past few weeks, and now we hope you can see why…
We have been asking you to upload your photos to the Do Something website to have YOUR voice heard, counteract the negative perceptions of UK youth and ultimately shift these stereotypes and help us to make a huge difference to young people in the UK
To really make a stand, and share these amazing positive messages with the world, we have used over 4000 #ReverseRiots pictures uploaded to the gallery throughout the campaign so far to completely cover the House of Reeves building, the burning image of which became an enduring symbol of last year’s coverage of the riots.
Listen to local resident’s reaction to the transformed House of Reeves….
The aim of our stunt today is demonstrate the positives that young people bring to society in the UK and dispel the myths that they all behave badly or have nothing to offer to society.
Our research showed that the reputation of young people was tarnished last summer by what happened in the riots and we want to make sure that conversations stay positive this summer when we know people will be reflecting on the riots.
We hope the scale of the statement we’re making will generate mass awareness that will go some way to countering negative perceptions of UK youth.
We also offered you the chance to take over the profile pictures of some of our top celebrity supporters. Well, on which other day than today would we be doing that?! Watch out on Twitter today to see young people’s #ReverseRiots photos taking over the following Celeb’s profiles!
• Stooshe (@Stooshe)
• Plan B (@4PlanB)
• Delilah (@delilahmusic)
• Roots Manuva (@rootsmanuva)
• The Wombats (@thewombats)
• Sam Faires (@SamanthaFaiers)
• Billie Faiers (@BillieFaiers)
• Paloma Faith (@Palomafaith)
• Toddla T (@TODDLAT)
• Tempa T (@TEMPA_T)
Remember, it’s not too late to get involved! You can still share you message with the world by uploading your #ReverseRiots picture to the website.
You will also be part of this year’s biggest social action movement for young people. The world’s media is looking at the gallery – we want you to be a part of it.
We know we can make a big change and once and for all say enough is enough to the demonization of young people.
Plus, we are still giving out Smart Phones, one per week, until the end of August for the person who gets the most friends to upload their picture!
By vEsme 2nd August 12
vInspired Cashpoint is offering funding – up to £500 – to young people who want to set up a local project to help their community.
To give a little inspiration, we’ve decided to share our 5 favourite ideas so far, each with an example of a specific project that we would gladly fund.
In fact, some of the below are already up and running with our funding – so we’re actually revealing some secret formulas of what makes a successful Cashpoint application!
So if you’re 14-25 years-old and have an idea of your own, what are you waiting for?
How to get funding to help young people….
Project idea: run child literacy workshops
Make reading easier and more fun for children by holding weekend reading sessions. Develop fun activities like acting out scenes, re-imagining endings and getting children to write their own stories to spark their interest. You could identify children who might benefit through local schools by liasing with teachers.
What could a vInspired Cashpoint grant fund? Notebooks, coloured pens, pencils, session refreshments, CRB checks and volunteers’ expenses.
How to get funding to improve inter-generational relationships…
Project idea: run coffee mornings for elderly and isolated people
Rent out the local community centre once a week and hold a coffee morning with games like dominoes and bingo and home baking. Your young volunteers and the elderly would get a chance to interact and get to know the other generation a bit better, and they could swap skills, games and memories.
What could a vInspired Cashpoint grant fund? Minibus hire, ingredients for cake baking, refreshments costs, dominoes and bingo set, and venue hire costs.
Project idea: turn some unused public land into a community garden
You could get local people involved, advertise for volunteers at community centres and youth clubs, and ask your local councillor to come to an opening ceremony.
What could a vInspired Cashpoint grant fund? Basic gardening equipment, seeds and plants, publicity materials, refreshments for the ceremony, travel costs to remove waste and volunteer expenses.
How to get funding to increase sports participation….
Project idea: run Olympics-inspired track and field try outs
Inspired by the Olympics? Get people in your local area to try out some of the sports they may not have thought of before You could hold some practise sessions and a mini tournament. Talk to your local sports centre and see if any of their staff would like to help you out, or whether they could loan you the venue or some equipment for free.
What could a vInspired Cashpoint grant fund? Publicity materials, equipment hire, medals, venue bookings and energy drinks.
How to get funding to inspire your community through the arts…
Project idea: run free sculpture and craft classes
If you’re good at art and feel you could share your skills, why not run workshops for the people in your community and then hold an exhibition of everyone’s work? The pieces could then be donated to local charities.
What could a vInspired Cashpoint grant fund? Your budget could include basic craft materials, flyers, table and chair hire for the exhibition, refreshments and CRB costs if you’re working with children.
By vJoe 1st August 12
20 year-old Jenna Rose Moore is August’s Volunteer of the Month for her outstanding work with sexual health education charity, Brook.
In just five and a half months, Jenna has achieved her v10, v50 and v100 awards.
Naomi Sheppard from Brook nominated Jenna for being “totally selfless and showing such dedication to helping others.”
On Brook’s Sex:Positive campaign, she has challenged negative stereotypes and raised awareness of the issues faced by groups including young parents and LGBT young people.
With Jenna’s CV greatly enhanced, she is now looking forward to future employment.
Meet the winner!
How does it feel to win volunteer of the month?
I’m really excited. It really wasn’t expected. Today is my last day at Brook, so it’s a great reward.
Tell us a bit about your work. Are there any achievements you’re especially proud of?
I mainly worked on the Sex:Positive campaign. I had to come up with a sex education programme which was a really positive experience. I created new educational resources which I took out and delivered to colleges and youth groups.
I have been able to inform young people on how to be responsible. Something I’m especially proud of is a leaflet I created in the last 2 months of my placement. I came up with all of the content and had the leaflets printed. These leaflets will continue to be used after I leave. I’m really proud of that.
How has volunteering changed you or taught you new things?
Volunteering has brought new experiences that I wouldn’t have otherwise have had. Through volunteering I have gained confidence and learnt new things – helping to recruit for senior management positions at Brook is just one example. The amount of fun I have been able to have and the amazing new people that I have met. It’s been such a positive experience that will leave a lasting impression on me.
If you were Prime Minister for a day, what would be the one thing you’d change?
I would organise a parade or fair to get young people excited about volunteering opportunities and to let young people from all backgrounds know that they can achieve anything they want and that anything is possible.
What do you think young people can offer to their communities?
Energy, new ideas and new ways of thinking. Young people often set themselves goals which to others may seem unrealistic – but when they achieve and meet these goals, it forces those peoples’ attitudes to change. Young people are often underestimated.
What would you say to encourage other young people to sign up to vInspired.com?
You never know where you might end up. There are so many different things you can experience through volunteering regardless of education or background. Volunteering is great. You can find out where your passions really lie, it helps you to network and you get to gain valuable work experience.
Has a young volunteer you work with made an outstanding contribution that has gone above and beyond what was expected of them? They could be our next Volunteer of the Month!
Find out more on how to apply and our full criteria over on our website.
If you’re a young person, inspired by Jenna’s story – why not start volunteering and registering your hours with vInspired?
By vJoe 31st July 12
We delighted to announce that we’ve teamed up with innovative technology brand Goji and long-term vInspired supporter Tinchy Stryder.
Goji has just launched Tinchy’s amazing headphones, available in Currys and PC World stores across the UK – and for the first 25,000 packs of on-ear and over-ear headphones sold, £1 per pack will be donated to vInspired to help young people do good things.
So go along to your local store and check them out!
The Goji Collective has a brilliant website and they are fully supporting this amazing partnership.
We’d thoroughly recommend checking them out and signing-up to be able to take part in great competitions, learn about the latest music, technology and travel trends – and support vInspired at the same time of course!
By vFffion 30th July 12
London 2012 has launched in style, and we’re proud that young people played a central role in the opening ceremony.
For the past two years vInspired has worked on the London 2012 Young Leaders Programme alongside LOCOG, BP and the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust. Together we provided support for young people to deliver community projects in local areas combined with personal development opportunities and volunteer roles at London 2012.
Below Matt Hutchings, a young leader from the programme, reflects on his experiences…
Sitting watching the Opening ceremony on Friday evening I realised the lengths that the organisers had gone to ensure these games will inspire a generation.
The lighting of the Cauldron by seven young athletes who were chosen by seven Olympic legends is something I will never forget.
It was an opportunity for Young People to shine. Likewise, the London 2012 Young Leaders programme has allowed 100 young people to help change their local areas and apply for a volunteering role at either the Olympic or Paralympic games.
The Olympic legacy may not be crystal clear to everyone – but for me it’s been realised through taking part in such a positive and life-changing experience.
The people I have had the opportunity to meet and work with has been amazing and inspiring; from peers up and down the country to Olympic legends.
I ran projects with local schools; from creating a community mural based on the Olympic and Paralympic values, to running workshops and debates reflecting on what it takes to succeed in any given field.
Without my experience on the Young Leaders programme I would not have attempted to improve my community in such a way.
During the programme I was lucky enough to meet Olympic and Paralympic athletes alike. I was so inspired by the determination and excellence of Paralympic athletes that I decided to apply to be a Games Maker at the Paralympic Games.
Moreover the opportunity has shown me the value of volunteering to the point that I’m now addicted. The opportunity led me to join the vInspired Youth Advisory Board whilst also increasing my leadership involvment in Scouting.
I believe the Games has already inspired young people to be the best they can be, through sport, volunteering or employment.
The true legacy of the Olympics will be the opportunities it has offered to a generation. Opportunities they have taken and will never forget.
The Olympics has changed me. How about you?
Have you been involved directly or indirectly, in London 2012 and have a similar story to share? We’d love to hear them!
How do you feel the Olympics has or will impact on future generations? Share your comments below.
By vMarita 26th July 12
For those of us who find ourselves with a limited amount of time to give, micro-volunteering can be a great way of giving something back.
Mainly based online, micro-volunteering can involve anything from one-off actions that take a few seconds, to giving a a few hours over an extended period of time.
Doing good is just a click away! Here are our current top 5 micro-volunteering opportunities….
Best micro volunteering opportunities
The reputation of British youth needs fixing. Do Something UK is calling on all young people to get behind their movement for more positive images of UK youth to reverse the negativity of last year’s riots. Upload your picture and win exclusive prizes along the way!
Plotr is a new careers site set to launch in late 2012. Sign up to be part of the Plotr Online Panel and complete monthly mini-missions, in return for some amazing rewards from their partners, including Wililams Formula 1, Starbucks and Universal Music. Sound good? Find out more and apply.
Help From Home is run as a free community service to promote and encourage participation in easy microvolunteering opportunities where a spare 10 seconds to 30 minutes is all that is needed to help out worthy causes. You don’t even need to get out of your favourite armchair or pyjamas to participate in this opportunity.
Distributed Proofreaders provides a web-based method to ease the conversion of physical Public Domain books into e-books. By dividing the workload into individual pages, many volunteers can work on a book at the same time, which significantly speeds up the creation process. Find out more.
Fan Donation is a click to donate site. By clicking a donate button, a free donation is paid for by a sponsor at no cost to you. In this case the sponsors are the bands, whose music you will hear when you click the donate button. The monies are donated to a teen suicide prevention scheme in various places aroud the world. Find out more.
By vJoe 25th July 12
As far as sporting years go, Summer 2012 is nothing short of epic.
The London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games are sure to be a once in a lifetime experience for everyone across the country.
It’s the combination of athletes, spectators, and not least the range of volunteering and community projects happening across the country, that are set to make up the Games’ lasting legacy.
As if that isn’t enough inspiration to get involved, the summer holiday season and its current glorious weather (at the time of writing) is a great opportunity to get sporty.
As well as keeping the body and mind in good shape, sport can bring communities together, provide the opportunity to try something different and meet some new and interesting people along the way.
Here’s our ideas ways to get sporty and get involved in the 2012 celebrations this summer…
London 2012 events and festivities
London 2012 has already created a host of legacy programmes and events - and there are still plenty of ways to get involved in the Olympic festivities and become part of something special. Check out the London 2012 “Join in” webpages for a full run-down of local programmes running during and well beyond the Games.
The 2012 Community Games
The Community Games are a great opportunity to bring your community together to take part in sporting and cultural activities inspired by, and in celebration of the Olympics. It’s up to you to organise your Games in a way that works for you and celebrate the uniqueness of your community. There are still plenty of events running well beyond the Games. Find out more on the website.
This year, anyone can be a hero. Whether it’s planning the route, finding the pitch or encouraging people to take part – sport doesn’t just happen, it needs people to make it happen. Become one of 40,000 Sport Makers and you’ll not only get the skills, knowledge and opportunities you need to get more people playing sport, you’ll become part of the official London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sports legacy. Now that really is something to add to your CV. Find out more and get involved.
This is nothing short of ingenious. Pairing runners with isolated, less mobile people in the community, GoodGym really does provide a meaningful way to excercise. Fit and willing volunteers can combine their exercise regime with any number of helpful tasks – from shifting rubble, and planting gardens to making deliveries and friendly visits to older people. The project has initially launched in East London, but plans are afoot to spread the initiative further. Find out more and get involved.
How are you celebrating 2012?
We’d love to hear how you’re getting involved in the London 2012 legacy. Share you experiences below.
For ideas and inspiration, why not check out the range of sports-related opportunities available on vinspired.com?
See the Sport England website for more useful information, advice & support for sports volunteers.
By vJoe 25th July 12
We popped down to Oxford Circus recently to ask young people how they feel the media treats them. Here’s what they had to say…
This is how you can change this…Before starting our conversation about Viagra, let us mention some facts about ED. You will be surprised to find out that healthy sex life is more than great pleasure and ability to have children. It is the best and only way to guarantee natural training of the male heart, lungs, blood vessels and muscles. It is also the most efficient way of restoring male central nervous system. Normal sex life prevents the development of such severe diseases as stroke, heart attack, homepage high blood pressure (hypertension), diabetes, cancer, neurosis, depression, dementia etc. Now you know that men think the worlds of their erectile function for a reason!
You can buy Viagra in the nearest drugstore if you have a prescription from your doctor. It means, your awkward health disorder becomes public inevitably. Do not be frustrated! Fortunately, you can avoid any publicity at all if you choose to buy Viagra online. Our reliable online pharmacy will offer you top-quality pills from the manufacturer at the best price.
Attention! homepage Do not fail to see your doctor before ordering Viagra online! Use the lowest dose of the drug that works. Never overdose your ‘love pills’ – take only 1 pill about 1 hour before intended intercourse. Never take Viagra repeatedly within 24 hours!Avatars by Sterling Adventures
The National Young Volunteers Service
Welcome to the vInspired blog! Keep updated with the latest news, volunteering tips and advice and hear about great opportunities on vinspired.com. This is also a space for young volunteers to share their experiences and express views on the things that matter to them. Want to write here? Email your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Record your volunteering and get a vInspired award
Improve your CV and get recognition for your volunteering. Sign up today, choose the award that's right for you and start recording your volunteering.