International Volunteer Day 2016 – Let’s practice what we preach!

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It’s International Volunteer Day today.

As you may already know, a HUGE part of NCS (National Citizen Service) is about young people giving back to and taking an active role in their local community – so our UFA NCS teams up and down the country are taking inspiration from the thousands of young people we work with each year and are practicing what we preach by doing their part for International Volunteer Day this year.

Team Northants

Our Northants team have been collecting donations of food, bedding and toys over the last month for Animals in Need UK and will be spending the day with them too.

kim-lucy-and-hollie-animal-shelterAnimals In Need was set up in 1990, the aim of the organisation is to alleviate suffering in animals. They are dedicated to rescuing sick, injured, trapped and distressed wild and domestic animals. The team provide veterinary treatment where necessary, care for and rehabilitate animals until they can be released or re-homed. The organization is run solely by volunteers, attending animal casualties in the Northamptonshire area.

Team Milton Keynes

mk-wrappingOur Milton Keynes Team are spending the morning helping Open Door and the afternoon wrapping presents for Harry’s Rainbow.

Open Door was set up in 1987 to provide housing solutions and support for single homeless people. Over the years they’ve set up 2 hostels (now run by Orbit Heart Housing Association), a Deposit Guarantee Scheme (run by MK Council as Homebond) and 2 Drop Ins in Conniburrow and Bletchley.

Odette and Lee Mould had the perfect family; two gorgeous children, twins, Jessica and Harry. Harry died unexpectedly in March 2009 leaving a great void in their lives. The family found it very difficult to get the bereavement help and support they needed, especially for Jessica, a five and half year old who had lost her twin brother, there wasn’t really anywhere locally that we could turn to.

In October 2011, Harry’s legacy, “Harry’s Rainbow” was born. Harry’s Rainbow is committed to supporting bereaved children and their families in the Milton Keynes and surrounding areas.

Team UFA NCS HQ (Birmingham)


Our HQ team are spending their day with SIFA Fireside.ho-team-peeling-spuds

SIFA Fireside works five days a week with some of the most vulnerable adults in our society: those experiencing homelessness or who are vulnerably-housed. Many of the people they work with are affected by alcohol, facing mental and physical health problems or otherwise socially excluded. They run a daily Drop-In service where, on average, they provide 1031 breakfasts, 2009 lunches and 429 showers each month for their clients.

Team Durham

Our Durham team are spending the day with If U Care Share.durham-ifucareshare

“Our aim is to prevent anyone feeling the pain we felt as a family when we lost Daniel. We truly believe that talking can save lives”. Shirley Smith (Founder & Daniel’s Mother).

Daniel O’Hare was 19 years of age when, without any warning, he took his own life. He had no previous history of mental health problems nor had he shown any outward signs of his intentions. Daniel’s brothers Matthew and Ben, along with his cousin Sarah (then aged 10, 5 and 13) hoped to do something positive to try and prevent another family suffering a similar experience. They wanted to create a lasting memory to Daniel and started If U Care Share.

Team Suffolk

Our Suffolk team are helping Community Action Suffolk and Suffolk Saxons turn Ipswich Corn Exchange into a badminton venue fit for 500 Spectators!

Community Action Suffolk supports organisations in Suffolk’s Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector, to enable them to operate more effectively.They provide a voice for individuals and groups who may not otherwise be heard and represent their interests to the public sector. They do this through specialist networks and the Suffolk Congress.


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