How far will your volunteering reach?

Where do you want your volunteering to have an impact?  At home? In your area? Nationally? Overseas?  Here are a few ideas...

UK Politics

Thursday 8th June 2017 was the UK General Election.  So what do animal charities have to say?

Sign the petition started on Care2.com asking for Gove to be removed as Minister for the Environment - Care2.com will tell you why.

List of Animal Charities
Koalas need your help

Koalas are being left homeless, thanks to excessive tree clearing. 

Click here to find out how you can help

SUCCESS: Elephant Corridor Appeal

Give elephants a wildlife corridor in India

SUCCESS: 
The World Land Trust has reached its target to help Indian elephants.  Find out more here

Organic Beauty Gifts

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Help Butterfly Conservation with organic beauty gifts from Green People. Find out more here

Wildlife News

Please help animals in disasters.  World Animal Protection (previously the WSPA) help animals around the world in times of disaster e.g. flooding, earthquakes etc.  Click here for more info

Planning for disasters for your pets, livestock & zoos.  More...

Charity Challenge

Doing a charity challenge is a great way to raise money for your favourite animals AND to really push back your comfort zone.

Many charities are looking for brave people to run marathons but there are also those willing volunteers who will simply organise a sponsored dog walk of a few miles, abseil down a cliff, do a tandem jump from an aircraft, do a sponsored slim or a sponsored give up - smoking, drinking, eating chocolate, cakes, biscuits etc. We all have our own limits by which we feel comfortable and often something which is terrfiying to one person isn't to another, as you'll know

The key is to pick on an activity which will inspire you to get fit & do the training you may need to do in order to take up the challenge.  Charity runs vary in length.  There's the full 26 mile race such as the London Marathon, the BUPA North Run &BUPA South Run which are shorter, and also many local opportunities to run or walk miles for your chosen charity.  

Can you run, jog or walk 7km?  Then how about raising money for gorillas and taking part in the Great Gorilla Run  in London in September this year?  The Independent newspaper rated this as the second best running event in the UK - imagine running around London dressed in a gorilla outfit!   If running isn't your forte, then you could always volunteer.   Find out more

There are also charity cycle rides, such as the London to Brighton cycle ride, or London to Paris bike ride.  Another option is to jump out of an airplane and do a tandem jump (so you are "attached" to an experienced jumper. 

Get active for ZSL London Zoo and help raise funds - run, fire-walk, swim, sky-dive or streak!  Click here for more info

Charity Challenges for the World Land Trust - and help save wildlife habitat

Kayak, swim, run or ride for the Marine Conservation Society.

Challenge yourself for the Orangutan Foundation and help orangutans

Go on a volunteer holiday - Responsible Travel list lots all over the world, from elephant conservation to rainforest conservation.

Go on a gorilla adventure in 2017 with Action for Charity - you can choose the charity of your choice to support if you go through their open challenge scheme.

Global Adventure Challenges list lots of charities you can support under their Animal Welfare and Wildlife Conservation listings.  Click here to leap to see their pages

 

 

Please take advice from your GP and fitness trainers on how best to prepare yourself for these events physically.  Plus check on how they think you will handle altitude - many people have problems on events because altitude sickness hits them unexpectedly. Altitude sickness can hit the fittest of people when they least expect it, so talk to a GP before you even contemplate doing a challenge.  And make sure you have a good level of insurance.

It also goes without saying that you should check the advice of your government e.g. the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in the UK before you head off, just in case things are a more than a bit delicate in the country to which you intend to have your charity challenge.

Some of these challeges have age restrictions e.g. minimum age 18, and some have sponsorship conditions e.g. you need to raise a certain amount of sponsorship to do the event.   

 
Give wildlife a pond

Wildlife need water as well.  Give the wildlife in your garden a pond - it doesn't have to be a big one!  More info

Dogs DIE in hot cars

Would you know what to do if you saw a dog in a car on a hot day? Find out more here

Give the gift of water

Give working animals the gift of water - here's how you can do it. 

Cat Care in Hot Weather

Cats Protection have advice for cat owners and carers in hot weather.  Click here to pounce on it!

Art World Conservation

Art World Conservation are having an amazing charity event in August to raise awareness about wildlife, conservation and climate change. More Info

Ways to help
Avoid plastic

Plastic and litter can really damage wildlife and the world around us.  Find out more here

Insure your pet & help animals

Animal Friends have policies for pets & horses. A good whack of any profits they make goes to help registered animal charities around the world. Like them on Facebook, & they will give £1 for every "Like" they get to animal charities. Get a quote from Animal Friends.