TV star Gok Wan has launched the
Vodafone World of Difference 2012 programme, giving 500 people from across the
UK the opportunity to donate their time to a local charity of their choice and
As well as providing support to often-understaffed charities, the programme has so far helped 1500 people bring valuable skills and experience to charitable organisations across the UK.
The World of Difference
programme presents a fantastic opportunity for anyone recently inspired to
consider volunteering. The World of Difference scheme is also an
excellent introduction to volunteering for those who may not have previous
For example, Cardiff resident Natalie
Elward volunteered for Bullies Out, having been bullied herself as a child and
then subsequently witnessing bullying as a teacher. Having always wanted to
volunteer for them the World of Difference programme provided her with the
opportunity to do so and to make a real difference to the struggling charity.
Once winners are selected, the
Vodafone Foundation will pay £2,500 to their charities, to cover salary costs,
once tax and National Insurance have been paid. Charities will also receive
£250 towards expenses associated with enrolling and employing the winner.
Gok comments: "The Vodafone
World of Difference programme really does make a difference to the winners and
charities involved. It's amazing - eight out of ten of those who took part
last year planned to continue their work with their chosen charity after the
programme finished" continued Gok. "I am
honoured to be asked to work with World of Difference again and proud to make
it my mission to let as many people, and charities, as possible know about this
once in a lifetime opportunity."
Charities and individuals wanting to
take part in the Vodafone World of Difference programme should visit vodafone.co.uk/worldofdifference. The website also hosts a Charity Matchmaker tool for those who
want to participate but don't have a specific charity in mind.
Entries close 13 November 2012, with placements starting
in March 2013.