Volunteers' Week

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK – and it’s taking place from the 1-7 June 2014.

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Seaton Town Council held a tea party for our volunteers to say thank you for their time and enthusiasm to help make Seaton a wonderful place to live.

On Sunday, 30th June, Kent Victim Support volunteers will be able to enjoy a day out with their family on a splendid farm deep in the heart of Kent.  The venue has been donated free of charge, and provides an opportunity for the charity to thank all of our volunteers in Kent for their hard work over the past year. 

Planned events include a raffle, and treasure hunt, and the opportunity to enjoy a picnic in very relaxed surroundings.  The event will be supported by Victim Support staff, who will be on hand to ensure that the volunteers and their families have a great day out.  We are now hoping that the Summer weather will make a return visit, at least for that one day!

This year, over 9,000 volunteers donated 1.4 million hours (that’s 160 years) to help Scope do what it does best: improve the lives of disabled people across the country.

At Scope, we meet the most incredible, talented people, who generously give of their time and skills. Working with volunteers is hugely rewarding for us, but why do they do it? 

What’s really in it for volunteers?

We asked our Facebook friends. One response from a volunteer ran, “experience, friendship, companionship, a sense of team spirit, pride, knowledge, satisfaction………need i go on.”

It’s not just Facebook. Another one of our brilliant volunteers @sarahrose2790 tweeted, “I LOVE being a mentor with @scope - giving up just an hour a week can change someone’s life…humbling & rewarding!”

What sort of volunteer roles are there?

As well as in our shops, mentoring disabled people and befriending parents, lots of volunteers support our work at head office, in campaigning, fundraising and finance.

In the digital team, we work with volunteers who help us do everything from writing blogs, to cataloguing our video assets, to understanding who donates money to us online and why…and lots more.  We couldn’t function without them, so we care that they get something useful out of their time here.

The recipe for success?

Including volunteers as real team members, understanding and sharing their personal aims, and the odd gift of craft beer selections, works wonders.

So, this is a huge thank you from everyone at Scope, to all the volunteers who make it such a great place to be.

As Layla, a volunteer in our Torbay shop says, “I would encourage others of all ages to consider volunteering in Scope for the experience and qualifications you can gain and the friendly atmosphere.”

Have a look today, and see where you could start your volunteering story with Scope!

Here at Dartmoor Zoological Park we are very fotunate to have an incredibly dedicated and lively group of volunteers, helping to make many day to day activities possible! Whether our volunteers have been with us for a couple of hours or a couple of years we want to show how grateful we are, and what better chance than during Volunteers’ Week!

George Hyde, Operations Manager, believes “National Volunteer Week has given us an excellent opportunity to reflect on and highlight the value of those offering their time to small organisations such as ourselves.”

Volunteers at Dartmoor donate roughly 23,348 hours per year or 972.8 days per year.

On Saturday 8th of June we are celebrating the commitment of our volunteers with an evening of live acoustic music, delicious barbecued food and light hearted entertainment to which all at DZP are invited! We are also lucky enough to work alongside another hardworking charity, Grow4Good South West, who will be joining forces with us for a fun filled evening, giving our staff a chance to say a well deserved Thank You.

We are a day centre caring for frail and elderly people in the Dereham area.
We have ten volunteers who help us throughout the year whatever the weather.

To say a BIG Thankyou we are celebrating with a party on Monday 10th June 2013.  We will have entertainment followed by refreshments.

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We are so excited to have been part of this amazing Volunteer’s Week. Like many other organisations which depend on volunteers, we have taken the opportunity to thank and celebrate our many of volunteers across the nation.

As we take the ‘baton’ from NCVO and launch this year’s Make a Difference Campaign, we hope that we have inspired many more people to want to volunteer. We plan to continue to do so and our focus this year is inspiring people to get up, get going and get active!

We’re all really excited about this opportunity to raise awareness about volunteering and inspire people to volunteer whatever their passion, whenever and wherever they choose to do it.

Our aim is to build stronger connections between organisations and individuals at a local level by giving them better information about local volunteering opportunities and helping organisations reach more diverse communities.

We’ve been running Make a Difference every year for the last 17 years and attracted over 70,000 people last year to do something which makes a difference. This year it could be you too.

We have inspired many other charities to work with us to showcase how people can volunteer in their local neighbourhoods. There will be opportunities to find out what roles are on offer, take part in events and get inspiration to do something yourself. This year the campaign will run throughout the month of October so that everyone has the chance to take part.

We would like you to start thinking what you can do now! We’ll be updating our website with good ideas and what our partners are doing as we go along.

If you are a volunteering organisation you can:

  • Let us know if you would like to partner up with us – we will add you to our partners page and provide links through to your opportunities
  • Spread the word through social media networks about the campaign
  • Publicise the campaign on your webpage
  • Mention the CSV Make a Difference Campaign in your national and regional press work – we will provide templates etc
  • Link to the CSV Make a Difference campaign from your webpage
  • Feature CSV Make a Difference in your newsletters to volunteers
  • Be part of our ‘bite size’ marketing campaigns focused on raising awareness throughout the months leading to the Make a Difference campaign
  • Help us put on volunteer ‘fairs’ that showcase your volunteer and community needs

If you are looking for volunteer opportunities you can:

- Sign up for our regular newsletter

- Follow us on twitter and Facebook

- Let us know of any exciting opportunities available in your area

- Tell us about your volunteering during the campaign

In turn we will keep you informed as the campaign progresses and will offer you access to the many of our partners and to opportunities they will be offering.

http://www.csv.org.uk/campaigns/csv-make-difference-day

Wow! Our Student Volunteers have certainly been busy over the last academic year. Our Student Volunteers have helped us to complete over 200 workshops in 13 local high schools, in order to promote routes into college and university.

On Wednesay 5th June we held a Student Thank You Event for all our volunteers to attend. The event was to help celebrate the efforts of our volunteers but also to get their feedback on how the last year went.

We definately could not do all the work we wanted without our Student Volunteers. They provide the pupils with a great insight into what it is like to be a student and always demonstrate great enthusiasm for the organisation.

From all of us here at LIFT OFF…… THANK YOU!

If you are a student studying in Fife or Tayside area you can find out more information about how to get involved here: www.lift-off.org.uk

What a fantastic week!

A big thank you to all amazing volunteers from the Give More team, with a special thanks those of you who have pledged to give even more of your time over the coming months.

Anyone who has been motivated to give more time by Volunteers’ Week can take a look at our Give Guide.

The Give Guide is a free, tailorable resource packed with simple ideas for helping charities or good causes.  You can find activities to do in your local area, or further afield, at home or out and about, for nothing, or as you spend.  A unique tool which will help you find easy, bite-sized ways to make a difference in a way that suits you.  You can explore the guide at www.giveguide.org.uk

The Give More Team

Centrepoint currently has 731 volunteers supporting us in our mission to end youth homelessness for good. Ever growing and continuously increasing in popularity, we have mentors, gym buddies, study support, gardening and painting volunteers, refugee support, events volunteers, reception and admin support, student placements and even a breakfast club! So far these generous and dedicated individuals have totalled up an amazing 17,702 hours, with this figure set to sky rocket as we expand our programme and increase the volunteering opportunities available.
To say thank you to our wonderful volunteers for the real difference they make to our young people and staff, we threw a BBQ at one of our largest hostels in Covent Garden. At Centrepoint, not only are we young people focused, but we are volunteer focused - we believe in having those who we are working with involved as heavily as possible in the development of our work. And so in true participation style, we had two volunteers organise and set up the BBQ, with even a volunteer chef! The two ladies from our Volunteer Steering did a great job of organising games, prizes, food, drink and even managed to fix the weather for us!  
To let our volunteers know how much they have really changed our young people’s lives, we did our bit collecting some quotes from young people and staff. Here’s what they had to say about Centrepoint’s volunteers…
“If I didn’t have a mentor when I did, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I probably would have done something stupid and been somewhere else by now. There are so many things she said that she doesn’t know I took on board, but I live by them.”
"The Volunteers have been invaluable in our team and enabled us to do more to ensure young people have a voice and are listened to. The experience, energy and skills they bring is always adds to the team. I also think it sets a brilliant example to the young people we are working with in the CPP and other programmes we offer".
“The mentoring scheme changed me as a person I found that it helped me make and stick to my goals. It helped me decide what I wanted to be and how to get there. It also helped with my time and budget skills, and helped me regain the ability to trust someone other then family and that is the main reason why I am so thankful”
 
 

Centrepoint currently has 731 volunteers supporting us in our mission to end youth homelessness for good. Ever growing and continuously increasing in popularity, we have mentors, gym buddies, study support, gardening and painting volunteers, refugee support, events volunteers, reception and admin support, student placements and even a breakfast club! So far these generous and dedicated individuals have totalled up an amazing 17,702 hours, with this figure set to sky rocket as we expand our programme and increase the volunteering opportunities available.

To say thank you to our wonderful volunteers for the real difference they make to our young people and staff, we threw a BBQ at one of our largest hostels in Covent Garden. At Centrepoint, not only are we young people focused, but we are volunteer focused - we believe in having those who we are working with involved as heavily as possible in the development of our work. And so in true participation style, we had two volunteers organise and set up the BBQ, with even a volunteer chef! The two ladies from our Volunteer Steering did a great job of organising games, prizes, food, drink and even managed to fix the weather for us!  

To let our volunteers know how much they have really changed our young people’s lives, we did our bit collecting some quotes from young people and staff. Here’s what they had to say about Centrepoint’s volunteers…

“If I didn’t have a mentor when I did, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I probably would have done something stupid and been somewhere else by now. There are so many things she said that she doesn’t know I took on board, but I live by them.”

"The Volunteers have been invaluable in our team and enabled us to do more to ensure young people have a voice and are listened to. The experience, energy and skills they bring is always adds to the team. I also think it sets a brilliant example to the young people we are working with in the CPP and other programmes we offer".

“The mentoring scheme changed me as a person I found that it helped me make and stick to my goals. It helped me decide what I wanted to be and how to get there. It also helped with my time and budget skills, and helped me regain the ability to trust someone other then family and that is the main reason why I am so thankful”

 

 

Volunteers’ Week 2013 and the Association of Volunteer Managers (AVM) is taking this opportunity to recognise the outstanding work of volunteers who lead teams of other volunteers across the UK. 

Today we are thanking an often forgotten group of volunteers – trustees. Without them our organisations would not exist. Taking ultimate legal responsibility for governance, meeting standards and financial regulations within charities trustees are often thought of as part of the paid management.

In fact they are people who give their time, their skills and who are so committed to the organisations that they support that they put their names on the bottom line.

The Association of Volunteer Managers is entirely volunteer run. A membership organisation we have a small board of directors who ensure that the voice of volunteer managers is heard and taken seriously by decision and policy makers.

The board consists of volunteer managers who recognise that in order for volunteering to be a success it requires good management. And in order for good management to happen in needs to be adequately resourced and supported within organisations. Sometimes, for that to happen a noise needs to be made. AVM champions volunteer managers and this week I would like to thank my co-directors who volunteer to lead volunteering through AVM and all voluntary managers of volunteers.

AVM is your association too; we offer free membership to people who manage volunteers on an unpaid basis.

www.volunteermanagers.org.uk