News and forthcoming events

Building on 30 years of championing volunteering

This year is our 30th anniversary.

We intend 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.

One 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.

Volunteer Manager’s Network

Following a successful re-launch of the quarterly Volunteer Manager’s Network meetings last November, we are pleased to be able to tell you that the next meeting will be held on Thursday 8 February at 10am, either at the offices of Brain Tumour Support or at Thornbury Town Hall. This will be confirmed nearer the time when we have final numbers.

These meetings offer a place for volunteer managers to meet, share good practice and experiences, be updated on developing trends and generally benefit from the knowledge of others. The guest speaker will be announced shortly.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP by email to Kim Webb by Thursday 1 February. Please forward news of this event to anyone you think may be interested.

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.

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The training is supported by a grant from the Magnox Socio-economic Scheme

News & information

Plans for 2018: Next year is our 30th anniversary. We plan events to bring organisations and volunteers closer together. Details here.

Volunteer Manager’s Network: The next meeting is announced. More.

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.

Volunteering opportunities: Most of our many volunteering opportunities are advertised nationally and can be searched online here. Some are advertised locally only and are listed here.

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