Charities and volunteers
What are charities?
- Explain to the class that they are going to learn about charities and voluntary organisations.
- Does anyone know what a charity is? What sort of work do charities do? What makes them different from businesses?
Learning styles: auditory.
- Make a list of charities that the pupils have heard of and add a brief description of the work they do. Put together a class definition of a charity, for example 'an organisation set up by a group of people who raise money to help other people or animals, or to protect the environment'. You could give some examples of charity activities including:
- raising awareness
- campaigning for change
- speaking up for people
- community projects
- caring for sick people and animals.
- Ask the class to think of any animal charities they know. Why would people donate money or fundraise for a charity? (see image of children fundraising for the RSPCA in the Downloads tab). What other charities can they think of? Why do we need charities? What would happen if there was no RSPCA?
- Play the Charity logos game (see worksheets and teachers' notes in the Downloads tab). Pupils could use the Internet to find out the full name of each charity and what it does. Cut out the charity cards. Can you match them to the charity logos on the matching board?
- Most charities are run by both paid staff and volunteers. Encourage the pupils to understand the differences between the two. What is a volunteer? Establish a class definition of a volunteer: the dictionary definition is 'a person acting on his or her own free will, and who is unpaid'.
- Ask the pupils the following questions:
- Can you think of times when you volunteer, in school and at home?
- Are there any volunteers in school?
- Do you know anyone who volunteers for a charity? What do they do?
- Discuss with the pupils why they think volunteers are important. Why do people volunteer? What sorts of people would make good volunteers? Return to your list of charities and talk about different ways that volunteers could help them. Are there some jobs that are not suitable for volunteers? Why? Points to be considered are: level of responsibility, training needed, time commitment.
- Ask the pupils to design a poster using the worksheet Volunteers poster that will encourage people to volunteer for one of the charities you have talked about. The pupils could research how charities do this by looking at their websites. As well as outlining the duties that the person will perform and the skills that they would need, encourage the pupils to explain the benefits of volunteering - for the charity and for the person who volunteers.
Learning styles: visual, auditory, kinaesthetic.
What about you?
- Ask the pupils to feed back what they have learned from this session.
- Invite them to tell their classmates about charities they might like to work for or volunteer for in the future and why.
Learning styles: auditory.
- Do-it volunteering
- Volunteering England
- RSPCA - Campaigns
- RSPCA - Get involved
- RSPCA - Volunteer for us
- RSPCA resource - RSPCA inspectors
- RSPCA resource - Finding new homes for animals
- RSPCA resource - The Role of the RSPCA
- RSPCA - About us
- WWF - The World Wide Fund for Nature
- CSV - Community Service Volunteers
- Cats Protection
- Charity Facts
- Dogs Trust
- RSPB Youth
- The Blue Cross