Sure, you’ll have your arguments. You can probably name five annoying things they do off the top of your head. And your favourite DVD is probably lodged in their bottom drawer somewhere. But your sibling can also be your best friend, someone to cheer you up and someone to inspire you. It’s only right that you do the same for them.
Volunteering brings out the best in people. Our volunteers get as much out of their opportunities as they put in too, making it easier to make friends and find jobs. Getting your brother or sister to sign up for opportunities on vInspired.com could make you the best sibling in the world. Here’s why…
1. You’ll become a great role model
It doesn’t matter if you’re older or younger than your sibling. You’re family – if you’re doing something great, you could inspire them to do it too.
Everyone needs someone to look up to. If you show your brother or sister that they could do good through volunteering (and build up skills from it), you’ve guided them in the best way you can. If they need some convincing, show them what they’ll get out of it. Explain how you’re planning to use your skills to get further too!
2. You’ll spend more time together
There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer with friends and family. If your bro/sis is too nervous to go it alone, why not sign up for a volunteer opportunity together?
You’ll get to spend time doing something new and interesting together, plus get out of the house for a bit. The whole summer is stretching ahead – who wants to be inside anyway?
3. You can bond
School, work, friends and even parents are a big pressure on young people. Having the time to bond with your sibling can be a huge help and take the stress off of being cooped up with the family. Go out volunteering together and let off some steam.
Use this time to learn about your sibling. As well as catching up on their news, you’ll grow to understand more about them if you volunteer with them. You get to see them as a friend as well as a family member, which makes living with them nicer. Plus you get to be proud of them when they complete their volunteer opportunity.
4. You can be an inspiration
Can you think of anything better than helping your brother or sister discover their purpose in life?
It’s happened to so many of our volunteers. Whether they choose to volunteer once or take up 100 opportunities, volunteering to do something you really love can change your life. You never know, getting a family member or friend signed up to an opportunity might show them the career they want. It can only be a good thing.
Ready to change your family’s life for the better? Get them signed up to vInspired.com.
TARGETjobs tell us how to show potential employees that you mean business.
You already know volunteering is a great way to give back to the community and to meet new like-minded people. As well as being extremely fulfilling, it is a great way to develop your employability.
By doing voluntary work you are sending out a signal that you are productive with your free time or your gap year. This gives employers an indication of the type of person you are: resourceful, full of initiative and self-motivated. But how do you sell your new skills in a job interview?
Volunteering is a great way to develop soft skills
Employers usually want evidence of your soft skills. These include effective communication, time management, negotiation, planning and organisation.
Many employers feel that graduates leave university without the soft skills needed in the workplace. Volunteering, as well as getting work experience is the perfect solution. Try looking at communication-based volunteer roles <link> to work on these.
Sell your soft skills
You need to understand the skills employers want so you can figure out which skills you are developing through your volunteering. If you keep notes on examples of your skills, it will be easy to use them as evidence of what you have to offer in your cover letters, or at interview stage.
You might use an example like this one:
‘Volunteering taught me how to deal with a crisis. On one occasion I was responsible for the printing of leaflets to hand out at a charity event. When I collected the material I saw that the printers had made a mistake and used the wrong logo. (The event was on the following day). As the printers were fully booked I had to find a new print shop that could print on the same day, and negotiate for the print shop that had made the mistake to pay for the extra cost and give a substantial discount for the initial job.’
Examples are key
If you give specific examples and state the skills you developed while volunteering, you will give employers a better understanding of your experience and the level of soft skills you possess. The example above, for instance, shows that you are a quick thinker, a good negotiator and did not panic under pressure.
It doesn’t have to be a big project. Even volunteering in a shop can develop great interpersonal skills, client-facing communication skills and, if you are dealing with cashing up at the end of the days, numeracy skills.
To get an idea of the range of skills you could be developing, check out the TARGETjobs skills and competencies page.
Music, people and change made their mark in the capital at vInspired Live.
Hundreds of young people displayed the power of social media at the event of the summer. vInspired Live trended on Twitter twice throughout the UK on July 6, reaching a total of 24 million people. It’s now time to make an impact. Pick up your phone and take part in #MyPowerIs.
The very best inspirational role models spoke at vInspired Live. Check out…
- Anti-knife crime campaigner Brooke Kinsella
- YouTube sensations Jack and Finn Harries
- Olympians Zoe Smith and Kristian Thomas
- Musician and Reggae Reggae sauce founder Levi Roots
Join in with #MyPoweris
Ready to do your bit to stamp out low self-esteem?
- Think of something you’re good at
- Write it on your hand
- Take a selfie
- Share it on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook (or all three!) using #MyPowerIs
- Feel good about yourself.
What if I missed it?
Here’s a snippet of what people were saying about vInspired Live.
Just a small thing can make a good difference. Be part of the movement.
Emma Norris is one of our most awesome volunteers.
Emma has found herself in the spotlight this year by heading up the champion cause for vInspired Live. She’s aiming to stamp out low self esteem in young people, and working with us to ignite the #MyPowerIs campaign via social media.
We’ve watched Emma give her time and expertise to her local community as a Team v leader. Here is her story.
First there were the riots…
On the anniversary of the London Riots, Emma joined the army of Do Something’s Reverse Riots to turn the negative perception of young people on its head, dipping her toe into the vInspired pool for the first time.
…and then there was Team v
Next, Emma bagged herself a place as a Team v leader.
She said: “One of the most appealing things about Team v was getting something personal for myself out of it, whilst giving something to the community. I wanted to strengthen and find more depth in my leadership skills, and the training Team v provided really gave me an opportunity to do that.”
She made students homeless (for a night)
Emma’s efforts have made a lasting impact on local homeless charities in her area: “My biggest success on the Team v programme was the lasting involvement the university now has with projects in the community. A local homeless charity was struggling financially before our campaign on youth homelessness. The university is now supporting the charity long-term. I’m really proud of that legacy.”
Her legacy didn’t stop there. Emma also ran a litter pick and organised a recycling scheme for students who were moving out of Canterbury at the end of term. This has now been adopted by the university as a long-term scheme.
She transformed lives
Emma’s second Team v campaign saw her running workshops to help improve young people’s well-being, with yoga classes, singing lessons and food tastings. Her team also ran a ‘random acts of kindness’ campaign on the streets of Canterbury before transforming the garden of a local Children’s Home.
Emma wanted to provide positive role models for the boys there, mostly from abusive and deprived backgrounds. After seeing young men volunteering, they were inspired and one of them has now begun helping out at the RSPCA once a month.
She’s the face of #MyPowerIs
Emma was chosen as a finalist in our search for a vInspired Live cause.
She’s fronting the #MyPowerIs campaign, which invites the public to share something they do that makes them feel great. She wants to inspire young people to overcome low self-esteem, harnessing the power of social media to do it. And it all started with a chat from one of vInspired’s Team v coordinators.
“Team v changes the way you think about the society around you. It’s about realising things about yourself. It works for everybody; it doesn’t matter who you are.”
Team v has been supporting volunteers like Emma to lead amazing projects and learn new skills. Apply now!
Didn’t snap up a ticket to vInspired Live? Grab the popcorn and tune in online!
You applied for tickets to the event of the summer in your thousands, and they’ve now been snapped up. If you didn’t get one, don’t despair – you can still get in on the action.
Pour yourself a lemonade and pull up a chair – vInspired Live is being broadcast live between 4.45-5.15pm this Saturday.
What will I see?
Tune in for performances by Professor Green, A*M*E, an inspirational talk from YouTube sensations Jack and Finn Harries and to learn how you can support our cause: #MyPowerIs.
Where do I see it?
Simply head to vInspiredLive.com for the 4.45pm kick off on Saturday 6 July.
How do I stay involved?
- Tweet. Keep tabs on all the juicy backstage gossip by following the hashtag #vInspiredLive. Our very own @DoSomethingUK will be reporting live, so give them a cheeky follow.
- Rock out. Loving the beats from our awesome vInspired Live artists? Hit them up on our exclusive Fairshare playlist. Every download donates money to charity, so every song you buy counts.
- Get your camera ready… We can’t tell you why yet, but keep an eye out on social media for #MyPowerIs. we’ll be uniting young people across the nation to make a difference to a case they care about.
Hands up who managed to bag themselves a volunteering opportunity at a festival this year?
Here at vInspired we’re packing up our tents and wellies and getting our festival on.
With Download gone and Glastonbury just around the corner, it’s about time we got into the festival spirit. We’ve planned our playlists the charity friendly way – check them out!
1. Truth – Bloc Party
2. Inhaler – Foals
3. Sacrilege – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
4. Pocket Calculator – Kraftwerk
5. Ready For The Floor – Hot Chip
6. Sea Of Love – Cat Power
7. Bicycles – The Maccabees
8. Dashboard – Modest Mouse
9. Taro – alt-J
10. If You Were Never Gonna Move – Jessie Ware
Where is it? Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk
Who’s headlining? Bloc Party, Kraftwerk and Foals
How do I volunteer? Check out their Arena and Campsite Steward positions!
Listen to the Fairshare playlist.
1. Without Me – Eminem
2. American Idiot – Greenday
3. Mountains – Biffy Clyro
4. I Still Believe – Frank Turner
5. Lightening Bolt – Jake Bugg
6. Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down – Fallout Boy
7. Farewell To The Fairground – White Lies
8. Free – Twin Atlantic
9. My Own Summer (Shove It) – Deftones
Where is it? Richfield Avenue, Reading/Bramham Park, Leeds
Who’s headlining? Greenday, Eminem, Biffy Clyro
How do I volunteer? Volunteer as a Reading and Leeds Steward with Oxfam.
Listen to the Fairshare playlist.
1. Sweat – Snoop Dogg vs David Guetta
2. Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand
3. Rockafeller Skank – Fatboy Slim
4. I’m Still Standing – Elton John
5. Paper Planes – MIA
6. The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song – Flaming Lips
7. I’m A Cuckoo – Belle and Sebastian
8. Feel The Love – Rudimental
9. Hot Right Now – DJ Fresh
10. Pompeii – Bastille
Where is it? Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight
Who’s headlining? Elton John, Snoop Dogg, Fatboy Slim
How do I volunteer? Volunteer as a Bestival Steward with Oxfam.
Listen to the Fairshare playlist.
1. Lost and Found – Lianne La Havas
2. Worst Enemy – Toddla T Sound
3. All I Know – Fenech Soler
4. Howl – Rolo Tomassi
5. Coma Cat – Tensnake
6. Ice Cream – New Young Pony Club
7. The Ink – Dutch Uncles
8. Where Da Money Go? – The Jim Jones Revue
9. On My Radio – The Selecter
Where is it? Sheffield City Centre
Who’s headlining? Lianne La Havas, Toddla T Sound, David Rodigan MBE
How do I volunteer? Volunteer as a Tramlines Steward with Oxfam.
Listen to the Fairshare playlist.
If our Fairshare playlists aren’t bringing you close enough to the action, you can still volunteer! Check out which summer festivals are still recruiting.
Our Team v leaders are really inspirational people. Here’s what you can learn from them.
Every year we recruit 120 committed, hard-working and passionate young people who want to be future leaders. By the end of the programme, they’ve become an employer’s dream candidate.
We’re recruiting our next round of Team v leaders. Think you could be one of them?
Ask any burning questions about Team v and talk to some of our leaders directly this Thursday 20 June during our #TeamvGo Twitter Q&A.
While you decide what to ask them, here’s a few inspirational quotes from the people at the heart of Team v.
1. It will knock your socks off
“Through Team v I’ve discovered my talent and potential, and grown into someone I could only dream of being at first. It’s pushed me into scenarios I never thought I would face, thrown me challenges I never thought I was capable of taking on…” Dharsha, 19, Team v Liverpool
2. You’ll meet amazing people
“What you get from Team v is not only experience for future jobs but also inspiration from your fellow leaders. They are very talented people who want to devote all their energy to the community.” Long, Team v London
3. You’ll transform communities
“Team V has given me the confidence to believe in my abilities and hold my head high. It’s given me the rewarding opportunity to truly make a difference – no matter how small – to my community, and also taught me the value of teamwork.” Dharsha, Team v Liverpool
4. Anyone can do it
“[It] doesn’t matter what your background is. Team v is accessible for everyone. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into when I signed up, but joining Team V was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.” Naomi, Team v Leeds
5. There’s no time to lose!
“I would really encourage anyone who is up for a challenge, ready to be to be pushed to their limits and ready to grab this opportunity with both hands! I promise you will never look back.” Caroline, Team v Cambourne
All fired up to do some good? Join in with the Team v Twitter Q&A this Thursday.
Can’t make 1pm? Tweet your questions beforehand to be included!
Finishing up with school or uni for the summer? You’re no doubt thinking about how to earn some cash for the holidays.
Nothing beats a coming of age movie for life lessons, so we’re shaping up for summer work with popcorn in hand.
And if you live in or around London you can start applying for roles on your mobile with Task Squad – our micro-work platform.
Dirty Dancing – Be helpful.
The film that uttered the timeless line “Nobody puts baby in the corner” kicks off with Johnny Castle’s job as a summer dance teacher. Frances – “Baby” – is a holidaymaker at the resort, and finds herself stepping into the shoes of Johnny’s sick dance partner – bagging herself a show and a romance all at once.
The couple’s secret relationship is revealed when a wallet is stolen from the resort. Baby clears Johnny’s name by confessing that she was in his room all night, but he’s fired anyway for sleeping with a guest. The obvious way to solve this? Hold a party involving a great big dance lift and plenty of eighties tunes.
What have we learnt? Step up and help out in the workplace – it could well lead to bigger and better things (although you probably shouldn’t do it because you fancy the person you’re working with).
What have we learnt not to do? Speak without thinking. Even when times are stressful, you have to think about the consequences of your actions.
Adventureland – Don’t despair.
It’s summer 1987, and James Brennan’s parents have refused to pay his way through his journalism degree. In a bid to save up the cash himself, he takes a job at a local theme park with his friend Tommy. During one of many tiresome shifts in the games area, James is saved from a stabbing by co-worker Em.
Em learns that James has fallen in love with her and rejects him. After James catches Em with his friend Connell, she moves away out of shame. In a fit of emotion, James drunkenly crashes his father’s car into a tree, and loses his summer’s wages repairing it. Losing out on his college place, James heads to New York to seek his fortune.
What have we learnt? When one door closes, another opens. Just because something hasn’t gone to plan, doesn’t mean there isn’t something awesome around the corner.
What have we learnt not to do? No matter how bad things get, never drink drive. Aside from putting yourself and others in immediate danger, you’ll lose all your hard-earned wages.
Awkward but intelligent teenager, Duncan, is dragged on a summer holiday he’ll never forget. Unwilling to put up with being constantly beaten down by his mum and stepdad, Duncan lands himself a job at the local water park.
He meets carefree co-worker Owen, who brings Duncan into his own, helping him gain confidence and a new lust for life. The most important lesson? Not to be afraid to break away from what is expected, and to have the confidence to do what he wants to.
What have we learnt? A good manager is worth keeping on your side. With the right guidance, a supportive team could work wonders – so be sure to support them back.
What have we learnt not to do? It doesn’t pay to follow the crowd. To ultimately be happy, you have to follow your heart.
Ready for work now? Start applying for a summer job on Task Squad!
British families throw away 7.2 million tonnes of food every year – 50% of which could still be eaten. Even worse, 13.5% of our population are living in food poverty, unable to afford to feed themselves healthily. That’s 4.7 million Brits in need of a meal.
You can help change all that by volunteering with FareShare to collect food in Tesco stores. Four volunteers over a four-hour period will collect one tonne of food. That’s enough to make 2380 meals.
10 million meals and counting
FareShare redistributes surplus food from food business across the country to the charities on the frontline of fighting hunger. Last year, they sent out food for more than 10 million meals. Surplus food is traditionally fresh produce so FareShare are asking shoppers to donate kitchen cupboard essentials, like pasta, rice and tea, so they can deliver even more to the charities they support
But that’s only half the story. FareShare says that 59% of the charities they support are seeing more and more people turn to them for help, and more than a third of them are facing funding cuts.
Who needs food most?
Charities range from breakfast clubs for children to those helping out disadvantaged groups. Homeplus is a drop-in centre in Belfast for migrant workers, refugees and asylum seekers. The charity aims to provide them with food, while giving them a community.
Sean O’Brien-Smith, the project manager, said: “The supply of food from FareShare allows volunteers, staff and clients to prepare different dishes in a tradition similar to that of their country of origin.”
Birchfield Primary School in Manchester started up a breakfast club eight years ago to feed children who aren’t getting breakfast at home.
Christine Clarke, who runs the club, said: “Originally, we were only able to provide toast as it was all we could afford, but now we are working with FareShare, we receive cereal and cereal bars along with toast, yogurt and fruits for the students to enjoy.”
Where you come in
All these charities rely on the help of volunteers to collect food for FareShare.
Can you spare a few hours on 5 or 6 July to volunteer for collections at Tesco stores nationwide? Apply now.
…and we do it in more ways than one. We want young people to realise that the time they give to their community comes back to them tenfold. Our job is to make sure that happens.
Here are five ways that we make sure our volunteers get rewarded for the time they put into their placements.
We turn volunteering into a job
Wouldn’t it be great if the volunteering hours you’ve recorded on your vInspired.com profile could be turned into a CV of their own to show to employers?
We’ve done that for you. And we’re even bringing flexible, paid micro-work to the palm of your hand.
Task Squad makes sure your volunteering hours pay off directly with job opportunities.
Where can I sign up for job alerts? Head to www.TaskSquadHQ.com.
We give you cash to do your own thing
Did you enjoy volunteering with us so much that you want to take things into your own hands? Or have you seen something in your community that desperately needs fixing?
Pitch it to Cashpoint and we could hand you £500 to run your own project. That means you get to make your own community better with our cash, and get a whole new level of project management experience to add to your CV.
Where can I find out more? Check out vInspired.com/cashpoint.
We swap music downloads for a good deed
You’re all busy people, and it would be silly of us not to recognise that. We also know that despite this, young people still want to be able to do good things.
We’ve got partnerships in place for those who just can’t spare those precious hours. For example, next time you want to buy some music, use Fairshare.
Fairshare Music donates proceeds to charity whenever you purchase a track from them. So while all you need to do is use vinspired.fairsharemusic.com, we give you cheap music and the chance to contribute as much as our other volunteers.
Want to buy music to support vInspired? Head over to FairShareMusic.com.
We send you to all the biggest festivals
If you haven’t nabbed yourself a festival volunteering post yet, do it quickly!
You could be assisting with campsite clean-up, helping festival go-ers pitch tents or be serving drinks to the crowds. Whatever it is you do to help at any UK festival, you’ll be rewarded with the chance to spend the rest of your day enjoying the festival… without the huge ticket price.
Where can I apply to volunteer? Sign up for a festival-filled summer with Oxfam.
We give you a setting to campaign, make friends and travel
Team V is our nationwide recruitment of volunteers that want to be great leaders. These young people work to improve communities and root for good causes, and are rewarded with a special Team v graduation and boundless leadership skills that help young people build their future.
Want to join Team v? Apply now at vinspired.com/teamv.
Celebrate Volunteers Week with vInspired – sign up to one of our fantastic placements!