The Wave of Friendship scheme is an exchange scheme which funds volunteers from London up to £500 to volunteer in Scotland...and funds Scottish volunteers to come and volunteer down here in London too. It's open to both individuals and groups.
The beauty of the scheme is its flexibility. To qualify for the bursary, you must complete a 2 page form and write a few sentences on how your volunteering demonstrates one of the ‘Olympic Values: Friendship, Respect, Courage, Determination, Equality or Inspiration.
Aside from that, it's up to you! Whether your volunteer placement is for three months or three hours; in a charity's offices or in a school; hacking down brambles or collecting petition signatures; gardening or litterpicking or designing a website, Wave of Friendship can fund the accomodation, travel and tools you need to make it happen.
So far, Wave of Friendship volunteers have volunteered planting trees; helping at the Edinburgh Moonwalk charity event and visited the British Museum to see how museum volunteering operates there.
200 volunteers will benefit from this scheme over the next four years. If you'd like to be one of them, visit the Wave of Friendship website and download the simple three page application form. And please feel free to disseminate this to people or groups you work with.