Volunteers who’ve gone above and beyond in their quest to reduce poverty in some of the world’s most marginalised communities, will be recognised at a public ceremony in London next Tuesday (15 November). For the first time, leading international development charity, VSO, will thank star volunteers from across the globe for their outstanding contribution to developing countries. More than 120 attendees will hear about the significant impact that VSO has made through their volunteers.
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More than 2,178,000 people in the developing world are leading better lives, according to VSO’s Annual Report published today. This is an increase of 11.7% on the previous year when 1,950,000 people benefited from VSO’s support.
In the past year, the international development charity, which works through volunteers to fight poverty, has worked with over 400 local partners to make a difference in 24 countries across Africa, Asia and the Pacific.
The UK Government Joins Forces with Global Citizen + CHIME FOR CHANGE + VSO to announce £100 million of funding and Bring Global Attention to the Issue of Girls’ Education
VSO and the UK government (DfID) have set up the ‘National Disaster Recovery Coordination Secretariat’ (NDRCS) in Kathmandu. It aims to help rebuild Nepal, following the devastation of two earthquakes (25th April and 12th May 2015) which claimed nearly 9,000 lives and left hundreds of thousands people homeless.
When given a list of celebrities, US Presidential hopeful, Donald Trump, is the British public’s top choice (28%) as representing the modern day equivalent of King Lear, the Shakespeare character who through false flattery led his country into war(1). The British public’s other modern equivalents of Shakespeare characters were Ed Sheeran, Jennifer Lawrence, Hilary Clinton and Lady Gaga.
On Tuesday 23rd February, 22 year old Tania Tuzizila from Croydon will be the 20,000th young person to volunteer with the International Citizen Service (ICS) – a youth development programme for 18 to 25 year olds, led by leading international development charity, VSO and funded by the UK government.
Results from a national online poll out today (Weds 2 Dec) show that 56% of British full time workers would freely volunteer their skills to fight poverty in a developing country, if they had the support of their employer.
Leading international development charity, VSO, commissioned Gorkana ahead of International Volunteer Day (Saturday 5 December) to survey 3,000 professionals from sectors such as finance, IT, business and engineering.
Global celebration of William Shakespeare to reach millions
The British Council and the GREAT Britain campaign announce Shakespeare Lives, a major global programme for 2016 celebrating Shakespeare’s works and his influence on culture, education and society on the 400th anniversary of his death.
Methodist Central Hall in Westminster, London
Thursday 10th of December 2015 @ 7:30pm
British actor Hugh Grant has just announced that he will join the star-studded line up for this year’s special VSO 20th Anniversary Christmas Carol concert. He joins actress Juliet Stevenson, (‘Truly Madly Deeply’, ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ and ‘The Politician’s Wife’) as a celebrity reader alongside VSO volunteers who will share stories about their work in developing countries.
October 26th, 2015: As part of the European Commission Certification Mechanism under the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, VSO International has been certified as a volunteer sending organisation for the first time.
VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. The certification is part of a process to identify organisations to run the proposed EU Aid Volunteers Initiative through DG ECHO.
On 11 August, VSO Thailand staff and guests were granted audience with the Thai Royal Family and received permission to co-host the royal funeral of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, a rare opportunity given to well-respected organisations in the country. His Majesty King Bhumibol had been the world’s longest-reigning monarch who was loved and revered as father of the nation for several decades. The royal funerary ritual took place at Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall in the Grand Palace.
Like most other organisations, we use online advertising technology from companies like Google to let people know about the opportunities ICS offers young people. These technologies make a guess about what websites young people are likely to visit, and make sure one of our adverts pops up.
So we were quite surprised to be featured on the front page of the Times because one of our adverts popped up.
Nepal faces a long road to recovery following the massive earthquakes that caused such devastation in 2015.
Your generous response to our emergency appeal - to the tune of £675,000, has already helped us make a difference to thousands of vulnerable people whose lives were shattered by the disaster.
Research published this week suggests more than half of working Brits would like to volunteer to make a difference overseas, if they had the support of their employer. With this level of demand it's small wonder that corporate volunteering is on the rise.