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13 March 2012 1,616 views No Comment

Have you got teenagers who want to boost their skills and self-confidence and do some good at the same time? If so, nothing could fit the bill better than volunteering. It could make a profound difference to your children’s lives, showing them the usefulness of the skills they have in, say, IT or sport, and helping them discover talents they never knew they had. It would give them something impressive to put on their UCAS form. And they would enjoy it too.

Take a look at the database run by Worldwide Volunteering (WWV) and you will see the vast range of options available, at home and abroad: http://database.wwv.org.uk/#/Home. Then visit our news channel (http://www.wwv.org.uk/world-wide-volunteering/news/) and read about young people whose lives have been changed by activities from gardening to childcare, from befriending stroke victims in a local hospital to teaching English in Spain.

WWV is a charity, established in 1994, that promotes volunteering in the UK and overseas. Originally set up to provide opportunities abroad for gap year students – hence the name – it now concentrates much more on activities within the UK, employing a team of volunteering project managers who go into schools to inspire young people to volunteer and then help them find placements. Other project managers support volunteering among specific groups, such as disabled youngsters in FE colleges and ex-offenders.

But WWV is not aimed only at young people. We want to see more volunteering by people of all ages. It’s a good way to restore your confidence and find your way back into work after taking a break to bring up children, for instance. So maybe you will find something on our website that would suit you too. Just a few hours a week could make all the difference – to you and to others.

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