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Volunteering: So much more than a line on the CV

For most young people, whether applying for university, internships, or jobs, there is constant pressure to have the best CV/UCAS form possible. Most understand that with the extreme competitiveness for places it is essential that you make yourself stand out from the crowd. Unfortunately this has created a compulsory mentality towards volunteering as merely doing […]

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Volunteering In Israel – A Personal Story

Our new Social Media Consultant and former intern, Elliot Cukier, was recently afforded the lucky opportunity to go to Israel with the Genesis Challenge programme. Here he tells us all about the amazing time he and the rest of his group had, and the lessons they learnt about volunteering and giving back along the way… […]

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Faster, Higher and Stronger – Recapturing the Spirit of 2012

This week we handed our blog over to JonFreedman, a volunteer and former London 2012 Games Maker. We asked him to give us his thoughts on how we can rekindle the spirit of London 2012, one year after the Games captured the giving disposition of a nation. This is what he had to say… My […]

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The Mancunian Candidate

Those of you more familiar with the work of JVN will be aware that we recently spread our wings and became more involved with the Jewish communities in Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham. Our Manchester Volunteering Champion Melissa Chapman recently wrote this article for Gesher, the newsletter for Hale Synagogue, and we thought we’d share […]

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A Tale of Boy Becomes Mensch

Those of you who are keen followers of JVN’s Twitter feed or fans of our Facebook page may have noticed that the volunteering efforts of certain JVN favourite have been popping up from time to time. We even mentioned him briefly in our blog about last year’s Jewish Living Expo, way back in the spring […]

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Could Superman Work For My Charity?

I was recently at a friend’s party. I knew one person there – the hostess, who had invited me – and so I was duly forced to mingle with people I didn’t know. With everyone I met, I found myself asking the same familiar questions: “What’s your name?”, “Who do you know here?”, and the […]

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The Mayor of Barnet Talks to JVN

JVN were honoured this week to be invited to the office of the Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Brian Schama. A member of the Jewish community – he conducts no civic events on Shabbat and other festivals – the Mayor was eager to share his views on volunteering and the Jewish community in the London Borough […]

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Volunteering: How Far is Too Far?

Volunteering for a particular cause or organisation is often a way of becoming extremely passionate about it. People can go to extreme lengths in terms of the time they dedicate and, in some circumstances, the risks they take to see their vision become a reality. In this blog, JVN Intern Elliot Cukier examines just how far […]

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Leonie’s View – Commitment, Conviction and Community: A Tale of Two Leaders

The passing of Baroness Thatcher last week marked, for many, the end of an era, but her legacy of ‘Thatcherism’ will live on in the actions of governments and the minds of the British public for decades, possibly centuries, to come. Love her or hate her, one cannot deny that she was the woman Prime […]

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Volunteering in Schools: Ticking the Box is Not Enough

Leonie and I recently wrote an article entitled Who Want to Be a Volunteer?, printed in the 2013 Charity Matters supplement in the Jewish Chronicle a few weeks ago. In this article, volunteering in schools was identified as one of the two means of volunteering that has come to the fore in recent years (the […]

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Four Reasons, Four Sons, For Goodness’ Sake – We Need Young Volunteers!

Many of us who volunteer use our skills to do so. Whether we have learnt them through academia, during the course of our professional careers or simply out of life experience, the tools and talents that we have developed throughout our lives can really shine through in the world of volunteering. Whether you are a […]

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The Right to Volunteer

I wrote a blog a few weeks ago entitled ‘What Makes A Volunteering Role Suitable’, highlighting the need to change our attitudes towards the ‘suitability’ of a candidate for a particular volunteering role. I asserted that ‘those who claim to have individual support needs should be taken on their individual merits, not as part of […]

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The Charity Sector, Games Legacy and the Big Society – Where Does It All Come Together?

It has been four months since the London 2012 Games ended, and one word more than others has been used to describe the vision for the future: Legacy. There was a thought, back in September, of “the Games are over: now what?” Lord Coe pledged, when presenting Britain’s bid for the Games back in 2005, […]

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What Makes a Volunteering Role Suitable?

It is no secret that in order to get the most out of people in their job, you need to find someone to fit the job description. You wouldn’t invite a history graduate to speak at a nuclear physics conference, and you wouldn’t send a fisherman to fight a fire. Why not? Because they aren’t […]

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Volunteering When It Suits You

JVN’s new employee volunteering scheme, Embrace, is in full swing, with a brand new website and more and more businesses and charitiesbecoming involved. This week, the JVN team decided to put our money where our mouth is and embark on some employee volunteering of our own with GIFT. Meeting at the GIFT warehouse on Tuesday evening we helped […]

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