BIG funds thousands of good causes across the UK - from respite help for carers, projects to help people overcome disabilities or illness, supporting children and young people to fulfil their potential, or regenerating parks and public spaces - many of which are looking for volunteer support.
But as well as making a difference to others, Big Lottery Fund research has found that volunteering can help to increase a person’s skills, confidence and self-esteem.
Leading Behavioural Expert Judi James says:
“Volunteering to help others is a great way to meet new friends, increase self-confidence and self-esteem and give you a sense of personal achievement. It may be cold outside, but a little time spent helping others can give you a warm feeling of satisfaction and help you to beat the blues.”
Check out the map below for projects in your area in need of volunteers and click on the pins for more information.
View Blue Monday - volunteering campaign in a larger map
Or visit these websites to find out more about other volunteering opportunities in your area:
Community Service Volunteers (CSV)
Join the 150,000 people that volunteer with CSV every year. Everybody has something to give, and to gain.
Do-It – Volunteering made easy
Type in your postcode and find out about volunteering opportunities in your area. Then apply online.
Greater London Volunteering
Experts in matching individuals and rewarding volunteer experiences. Search for opportunities near you.
Help from Home
Volunteering you can do from home to suit your lifestyle. Donate your time in bite sized chunks and benefit worthy causes.
International Voluntary Service (GB)
International Voluntary Service aims to promote peace, justice and understanding between people and nations through voluntary work, by bring volunteers together from different countries, cultures and backgrounds to live and work on projects of benefit to local communities. Opportunities are available in 60 countries worldwide.
A national campaign raising awareness of the value of giving time and inspire a new generation of volunteers. Site includes a Contacts Directory.
Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO)
Looking for skilled people to volunteer overseas. Opportunities in 30 developing countries.
Aged 14-25? vInspired connects young people with thousands of volunteering opportunities.
Tells you all you need to know about voluntary work in your particular field of interest.
The primary source for volunteering opportunites in Scotland
Volunteers’ rights, expenses and placements
Government site with essential information on your rights and responsibilities as a volunteer and finding volunteer placements. Also explains how you can volunteer while claiming jobseekers’ allowance.
WorldWide Volunteering (WWV)
Information on a wide range of volunteering opportunities throughout the UK and worldwide. WWV is a non-profit organisation whose aim is to make it easier for people of all ages to volunteer.
Need more convincing?
Listen to volunteers and beneficiaries from the BIG-funded Bakewell and Eyam Community Transport in the rural Peak District talking about what the project means to them here:
Bakewell and Hope Valley Community Car Scheme by BigLotteryFund
Judi James is one of the UK’s leading body language/behaviour experts with a high tv/radio profile. She has presented her own body language series for Channel 5 Naked Celebrity and has been regular body language/behaviour expert on Big Brother, Strictly Come Dancing and The Paul O’Grady Show. She is also a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines.
Judi runs workshops for business on subjects that include motivation, body language, assertiveness, presentation skills, and stress management.
Find out more at: www.judijames.com