Newsletter from Ealing Volunteer Centre
Welcome to the bi-monthly email newsletter from Ealing Volunteer Centre.
This contains news for the local volunteer involving organisations in the charity, voluntary, community and public sectors.
We have used our updated database and mailchimp to contact you. We can now have more than one people from an organisation receive our newsletter so, if you would like to add a colleague to the mailing list – please let Samantha know their contact details and job title. Or, if you would prefer not to receive this newsletter, please email unsubscribe
Volunteer Managers’ Forums
The dates and topics for the Forums in 2016 are:
Wednesday 28th September: Ensuring Diversity in your Volunteers
Tuesday 24th November: Recruiting Trustees
All training sessions are FREE, are held at the Lido Centre on Mattock Lane and will start at 10am, with refreshments and registration from 9.45am. Sessions finish at 1pm.
There are still a few spaces left at the session Ensuring Diversity in Your Volunteers next week.
Diversity in volunteering means diversity in terms of the people involved and diversity in the opportunities available. Volunteering should be an inclusive process in which people from diverse backgrounds and with diverse skills can participate, regardless of race, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation etc. This interactive workshop will give you an opportunity to reflect on diversity in volunteering, on the barriers to diversity in volunteering and what it means to be a diverse organisation.
If you would like to attend this workshop on Wednesday 28th September 10-1pm click here
Health Champions Training
Free 2 day training in Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) Understanding Health Improvement Level 2 Award
Health Champions are people who, with training and support, voluntarily transform health and well-being within their families, communities and workplaces.
This free course is open to staff, volunteers and clients of organisations based in Ealing. The course is ideal for anyone who wants to gain an accredited qualification and the confidence and knowledge to help others to enjoy healthier lives. You will learn to raise awareness of healthy choices, share health messages, remove barriers and create supportive networks and environments.
Date: Tuesday 8 & 15 November 2016 Time: 10:00-16:00 Venue: Lido Centre, 63 Mattock Lane, West Ealing W13 9LA
Do You Know Anyone Who Might Want to Help Give Children and Young People a Brighter Future?
Brighter Futures is an exciting new initiative that supports Ealing Children’s Services to deliver a wide range of programmes for children, young people, families and carers. They are currently looking for volunteers for their Children’s Centres, for ‘stay & play’ sessions and group activities, who can also as offer support to parents. For their Youth Clubs, they’re looking for volunteers to support sessions for young people and also participate with activities.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK. Any group of 2 or more people doing volunteering work can be nominated for the award. Volunteer groups should have been running for 3 years or more to be nominated. The majority of the group must be volunteers, and more than half the volunteers must have the right to live in the UK.
To be nominated they should do work that:
* provides a service and meets a need for people living in the local community
* is supported, recognised and respected by the local community and the people who benefit from it
* is run locally
Local assessment panels look at all the nominations and decide which ones to send to the National Award Committee. The committee makes recommendations to the Cabinet Office, which sends a final list to the Queen for her approval.
Winners are announced on 2 June every year. Winners get a certificate signed by the Queen and a domed glass crystal. Representatives from the group may also be invited to attend a royal garden party.
GoodGym are a group of runners who get fit by doing good. They run in groups to help out local community groups, charities and public spaces. You can find out more about how they work on their website here: or watch a short video about them here.
GoodGym launched in Ealing in August and are looking for tasks for their runners to complete. Tasks can be anything physical that volunteers can work on for 30-45 minutes.
Examples of tasks include:
- Gardening, weeding and clearing parks or open spaces
- Moving heavy furniture or items
- Painting, sanding or decorating
- Tidying communal areas
- Setting up for events
GoodGym turn up, do the work, do the risk assessment and are already funded. All they need from you is a bit of time and access to your site. They promise that their runners will get any jobs done in super quick time!
Volunteering for Health
We're always looking for new organisations to partner with in our innovative programme supporting those with long-term physical or mental health conditions.
People we have supported have built up their self-confidence and skills and many have moved on to paid employment or continued to volunteer after their 12 week placement came to an end.
If you would like to be part of this successful scheme and feel you can work with us to develop a placement which will last 12 weeks, then please contact Toby.
The Volunteer Centre will work closely with groups to ensure volunteers are well-matched to opportunities, and volunteers will receive plenty of support from the Volunteer Centre.
Volunteering Down in Charity Shops
The number of volunteers in charity shops has fallen by around 6%, according to data from this year’s Charity Shops Survey.
The survey, published by Charity Finance and Fundraising magazines, collected data from 75 charities which between them have around 137,000 volunteers in their shops. When comparing shops which completed both this year’s and last year’s survey, the survey found a drop of around 9,000 volunteers.
Total hours volunteered in shops also fell, for the second successive year, to 125 hours per shop per week, compared to 133 hours per week per shop in 2014.
Funding and Support
Remember when writing funding bids, commissioning services or writing your business plan it is important to consider the costs of running your volunteering programme. This includes the management time in the supervision and support of volunteers, the costs of record keeping, training, and reimbursement of expenses and insurance cover which is commensurate with the activity which the volunteers are undertaking.
This newsletter is produced 6 times a year. It is aimed at anyone who manages volunteers. The next newsletter will be sent out in November 2016. If you would like to send any feedback please contact Samantha