SERVICES & WORKING WITH YOUTH
Could you commit to making a real difference to young people’s lives? YOU London can help you identify the right youth uniformed organisation in London. youlondon.org.uk
The Not Forgotten Association supports injured service personnel of all ages. Give your time to help them look after these brave men and women. firstname.lastname@example.org
memorials, graves & churches
The War Memorials Trust needs your help surveying and listing war memorials around the UK, and Regional Volunteers. www.warmemorials.org
The Churches Conservation Trust relies on volunteers to save over 340 historic churches, from cleaning to helping at events. www.visitchurches.org.uk
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is running a Living Memory project to remember the "forgotten front". www.cwgc.org Living Memory
The Woodland Trust is commemorating the Centenary of the First World War through the creation of living memorials across the UK, including 4 flagship Centenary Woods. You too can get involved whether you are fundraising, attending a planting event, or planting millions more trees where you live. www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/fww
Is there a local park or garden near you that could do with a little loving care? Or could you organise an outdoor commemorative talk or tour?
Funding for community projects
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) provides grants for groups to explore, conserve & share their WW1 heritage. The HLF website provides examples of projects already funded by HLF, advice on how to get funding, and information about how you can connect with others during the centenary. Funding is available throughout the centenary. www.hlf.org.uk/FirstWorldWar
military history & RESEARCH
Research is an important part of centenary commemorations. Local newspaper archives and registers of deaths provide lots of useful information, as well as larger resources like the Archives at Kew, War Memorials Trust and CWGC, or FindMyPast. Once your research is done, what will you do with your findings? You could share them with an online public archive or a local library, radio station or newspaper. You could share physical items, like letters or medals, with a local gallery and help them gather other items to create an exhibition.
schools & education
If you are a teacher, parent or student, there are unending resources at your disposal to bring the history of WW1 to life. With 139 army museums throughout the UK that hold a treasure trove of history and educational material, there is sure to be a museum near you. Army Museums Ogilby Trust can share details of these museums. www.armymuseums.org.uk
And remember, many of these museums - as well as other charities - run education programmes that are likely to have resources available for you to use or provide tailored visits.