Get paid to work for a charity of your choice
November 09, 2012
People are being given a chance to work for a charity they are passionate about – and get paid for it.
Charities will also be able to take advantage of skilled employees at no extra cost to themselves.
The placement scheme is being offered through the Vodafone World of Difference programme, which recently launched its 2013 campaign.
Eight Reading folk took part in the scheme earlier this year and applications are now being accepted for next year.
The scheme gives 500 people across the UK the chance to work for a local charity of their choice for two months full time or four months part time, funded by Vodafone.
Lorna Woodman, of Caversham, worked with Queen’s Road-based Access Ability Communications Technology (AACT), on a project which allows people with communication disabilities to interact with museums, including the Museum of English Rural Life, in Redlands Road, Reading.
Ms Woodman said: “I had a great time working on the iMuse project with AACT.
“The project gave me the opportunity to explore my interests in IT within a museum setting, something I hadn’t considered before.
“Trying out new ideas and technologies with visitors to the museum provided both a rewarding and challenging experience.
“Although I’ve now moved on, I’m still keeping in touch with AACT and how the project is progressing.”
She added: “I would definitely recommend the World of Difference programme to others.
“It’s an excellent chance to spend time working for a cause or project that you’re passionate about to make a difference.”
The Vodafone Foundation, which runs the scheme, says eight in 10 people remain in contact with the charity they worked for through the programme and a third go on to work for their charity full time.
June Bugenyi, of Central Reading, went back to the Reading Community Learning Centre where she had previously worked full time before funding for her post dried up.
She focused on community development and outreach work, including helping women with their personal and educational development.
Ms Bugenyi, who normally works as a carer, said: “I was working as a community development worker for 15 hours a day for four months from March.
“Some of the charities struggle to get somebody to work for them because of funding so I would encourage anyone to take part in the World of Difference scheme.
“While you’re helping to change somebody’s life you are also changing your own life by gaining new experiences.
“It’s something which benefits both parties.”
Charities and individuals wanting to take part in the scheme should visit www.vodafone.co.uk/worldofdifference and apply by Tuesday, November 13.
Placements will start in March 2013.