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UK youth groups seek volunteers as parents try to prise children from screens
More than 170,000 children are on waiting lists to join the Scouts and Girlguiding

Robert Booth Social affairs correspondent

05, Jul, 2024 @10:13 AM

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A new start after 60: I saw children caged on the US-Mexico border – and my life changed completely
When Fiona Burke saw the shocking images in lockdown, she knew she had to help. Now she spends four months each winter volunteering on the border, helping migrants who are battling the odds

Elizabeth Bennett

01, Jul, 2024 @6:00 AM

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From planting seagrass to spotting seals: how to help look after the UK’s coastline
Whether you want to volunteer or just get up close to marine life, here are some of the best places to visit for a fresh view of your shores

Emma Bryce

24, Jun, 2024 @11:00 AM

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Life under the pier: ‘It never occurred to me what might be here’
Curiosity and a fascination with nature have brought volunteers together to survey sea life under the pier in Ryde on the Isle of Wight, to help experts gauge what’s thriving – and what isn’t

Emma Bryce in Ryde

24, Jun, 2024 @7:00 AM

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Self-care: why looking after No 1 isn’t always best for your wellbeing
A range of scientific studies point to clear physical and mental benefits of supporting friends and family

David Robson

16, Jun, 2024 @10:00 AM

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Bagging a Munro gets easier as volunteers fund repairs to mountain paths
Scottish Highlands campaign has raised two-thirds of £300,000 target for footpaths on An Teallach. But more is needed to protect people and environment

Eve Livingston

16, Jun, 2024 @10:00 AM

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‘We’ve talked for hundreds of hours’: the joy of volunteering as a telephone friend
We’re 50 years apart and have never met, but my connection with Pauline is deeper than I could have imagined

Samuel Burr

09, Jun, 2024 @1:00 PM

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Yes, praying and posing can bring joy – but true spirituality demands something more of us | Jackie Bailey
I don’t want to be ‘McMindful’ but rather extend myself beyond my ‘self’ and contribute to the wellness of all beings

Jackie Bailey

02, Jun, 2024 @3:00 PM

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Kusuma Barnett obituary
Other lives: Head of volunteering at the British Museum who helped to bring new life to its public involvement programmes

Frances Carey

30, May, 2024 @2:46 PM

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Bernard Thurlow obituary
Other lives: Teacher and counsellor working in schools and the probation service who later founded a charity for female asylum seekers

Cath Thurlow

15, May, 2024 @3:23 PM

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Pearl Roberts obituary
Other lives: Anti-nuclear campaigner, volunteer and talented amateur singer

Cath Read

30, Apr, 2024 @7:45 PM

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Bournemouth man sets Guinness World Record as longest-serving lifeguard
Chris Lewis has been rescuing local swimmers and tourists on Dorset resort’s beaches for 58 years

Steven Morris

26, Mar, 2024 @4:20 PM

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