News and forthcoming events
Quiz nights at the Swan
Sandra Davies of the Swan Inn runs an excellent scheme by which every month a local charity benefits from the entry fees and raffle profit collected on the regular Wednesday quiz nights. We have been chosen as the charity to benefit during November. The money raised will be a significant addition to our funds and help us achieve our aims. Teams of our volunteers will be taking part. Please join us!
Bags of help please!
We’ve received a great boost to our finances by being chosen as one of the three finalists in the Tesco Bags of Help initiative in Thornbury.
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to create this community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 awarded to local community projects. The money is raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores. The Bags of Help project has already delivered more than £36 million to almost 8,000 projects up and down the UK.
Each time customers shop in the Thornbury Tesco store throughout November and December, they will be given a token at the checkout. With it they can cast a vote for which of the three causes should be awarded the largest grant.
Because we’re one of the three finalists, we already know we shall receive at least the smallest grant. But — like all voluntary bodies in these straitened times — we know we can do so much more if shoppers choose us for first or second place.
This unexpected but very welcome windfall comes at a significant moment in our history. Next year is our 30th anniversary and we were already planning several initiatives to connect volunteers with local organisations that offer volunteering places. More about this below.
Volunteer Managers’ Network meeting
After chatting to a few colleagues within the sector we feel that there may be an appetite to re-launch the Volunteer Managers’ Network meetings.
These quarterly meetings will offer a place for volunteer managers to meet, share good practice and experiences, be updated on developing trends and generally benefit from the knowledge that you have others you can call on for support if you need to. We aim to have speakers at future meetings based on identified needs, but the initial meeting will involve discussions around the future shape of the meetings.
Our first meeting will be on Tuesday 7 November at 10am, venue to be confirmed depending on numbers, either at the offices of Brain Tumour Support or Thornbury Town Hall. Rhi Ashford, Volunteer Co-ordinator of Brain Tumour Support will chair the first meeting.
Please RSVP to Kim Webb by Friday 27 October if you would like to attend and please tell anyone else you think may be interested in attending.
Building on 30 years of championing volunteering
Next year will be our 30th anniversary.
We plan to host a series of events to acknowledge the contribution of existing volunteers to our local communities and to encourage more local people to volunteer. These events are made possible by the generous grant from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme (see above).
Our first event will provide training aimed at supporting and developing new volunteers. We shall follow this up with a series of volunteer taster sessions at local community organisations.
In the summer we will hold a networking event for organisations and volunteers — perhaps in the form of a garden party — in which they will be able to share ideas, experiences, and good practice. The event will also give both organisations and volunteers the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals.
At the end of the year we will host a further networking event combined with an awards ceremony aimed at showing our appreciation to everyone in our community who unselfishly and without thought of reward offer their time and knowledge to help others.
Personal Resilience and Stress Management Training
This training session will provide some tools to help you feel less stressed and more relaxed in all aspects of life. It will identify the causes of stress, explain how to increase your personal resilience, demonstrate a range of strategies and approaches and introduce mindfulness, imagery and positive affirmations. It's suitable for all ages and for anyone experiencing stress.
The session will be held on Wednesday 31 January 2018 between 10am and 12.30pm in the council chamber at Thornbury Town Hall. Please contact Kim Webb for further information or to make a booking.
News & information
Quiz Nights at the Swan We have been chosen to receive the funds from the Wednesday evening quiz nights. Please support us. More information.
Bags of help please! We have been chosen as a finalist in the Tesco Bags of Help scheme in its Thornbury store. More information.
Newsletter: Our 2017 newsletter has been published. Get it here.
Plans for 2018: Next year is our 30th anniversary. We plan events to bring organisations and volunteers closer together. Details here..
Personal Resilience and Stress Management Training Tools to help you feel less stressed. 31 January 2018. More information.
Experiences: Michele tells how a local company restored her confidence and helped her back into work.
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