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The Richard O’Brien Bursary Scheme

Sir Richard O’Brien was an inspirational driving force in Concordia from 1947 until his retirement from the Board in 2001. This Bursary Scheme has been established in recognition of Sir Richard’s immense contribution to the work of the organisation.

For many years young people from the UK have gained valuable and unique experiences while joining workcamps in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. But the cost of travel means willing volunteers from these countries can’t always afford to join projects in the UK.

ROBBS provides financial assistance for those from our southern partner organisations to spend time in the UK, on an extended programme of activities.

Making every day count.

On typical programme, the volunteer would take part in a UK project, assist with a North South preparation weekend, spend some time in the Concordia office and visit to other UK workcamp organisations. He or she would spend around 4 – 6 weeks here overall.

The chosen volunteer

The ROBBS volunteer is usually someone who works either as an active volunteer or a staff member in their home organisation, and joins the scheme both to experience our working methods and to share methods they employ at home.

Every year we try and fund at least 2 or 3 places on the ROBBS . We can only do this thanks to the way we are funded by administration contributions from our other projects.

“Being able to contribute and be creative and seeing the end result as well as meeting the people was the best”

Saroo – on what he enjoyed most about the Beach Dreams project.

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