Volunteering ideas for this month

This month's theme is justice. Here are just a few examples of the kind of opportunities you can get involved in.

Justice Month Small Grants Scheme

A bounty of 250 is up for grabs for voluntary sector groups who wish to organise an innovative event to celebrate the contribution volunteers make to justice in England.

The 20 grants will fund events which take place in England and highlight the role of volunteers who work in the criminal justice and community safety sector. Events must take place by the end of December 2005, although events running during Justice Month in April are likely to secure optimum publicity. Feedback forms must be filled out once the event has taken place and returned to CSV, who are organising the scheme, by noon on the 6th January 2006 so that the grant can be reimbursed.

To request an application pack email Vicky Crofts at CSV or call her on 020 7812 0034. You will be notified if your application for the 250 grant has been successful within seven working days of CSV receiving your application.

CSV conference celebrating Twenty Years' of Prison Volunteering – Tuesday 26th April, the House of Lords

A celebration of volunteers working in prisons. CSV Executive Director Dame Elisabeth Hoodless, herself a magistrate, will host the conference, and a range of diverse volunteers from victims to prisoners, mentors to magistrates, will share their experiences.

Nacro ‘Putting in your time’ conference – Wednesday 27th April, Leicester City FC

A conference hosted by Nacro, the crime reduction charity, for volunteers working with young and adult offenders in the community..

Wormwood Scrubs Woods Clean-up – Sat 30th April, Wormwood Scrubs Nature Reserve

Wormwood Scrubs is known more for its prison than its nature reserve – which is almost a no-go area due to crime. This project, organised by Groundwork West London, will see up to 100 volunteers reclaiming the Scrubs by rejuvenating the woodland, clearing dangerous areas of low-visibility, installing security cameras and improving lighting.