News and forthcoming events

Our pop-up shop has just popped down again after a very successful eight-week tenure of 11 St Mary Way.

The 2018 popup shop interior.
The shop was a hit right from the opening.

The shop sold an extensive range of second-hand items ranging from clothing to bedding, toys to books, bric-a-brac and even a cross-trainer! All items were donated by family and friends and, once the shop was open, from members of the public. It was lovely to welcome customers from previous years and to hear the favourable comments on what was essentially a “jumble sale in a shop”. The shop raised a very good amount for us and will enable us to continue our work for the foreseeable future.

Additionally, and probably even more importantly, the shop allowed us to bring volunteering into the centre and raised the profile of the Centre enormously. So far, as a direct response to the shop, 29 new volunteers have registered with us as looking for voluntary work, four organisations new to the Volunteer Centre registered five new voluntary opportunities and four people have booked on the Personal Resilience and Stress Management course which was advertised in the shop window.

We would like to thank everyone, from volunteers who helped set up, take down and serve in the shop, those who donated items for sale, to all of our customers — we hope you enjoyed us being there as much as we did — and finally to the wonderful St Mary Centre team for their help and support.

We look forward to seeing you all again next year.

Data protection changes

GDPR logo.

We have updated our privacy policy to meet the requirements of the new data-protection regulation (GDPR) and to explain how we collect, store and process personal data in line with the regulation. We have also checked and updated our internal processes and policies. The various forms on this site now require your explicit consent to our processing your personal data.

Personal Resilience and Stress Management Workshop

Back in January we hosted a workshop on Personal Resilience and Stress Management. Its success has led us to organise a second one on Tuesday 4 September 2018 between 6.30pm and 9.30pm. It will be held in the Committee Room of the Armstrong Hall, Thornbury, BS35 2BJ.

Like the first one, this workshop will provide you with tools to help you feel less stressed and has techniques designed to help you feel more relaxed in all aspects of life. The training covers mindfulness, identifying the causes of stress and how to increase your personal resilience. It is suitable for all ages and for anyone experiencing stress.

To book your place, please contact us.

Tesco Bags of Help.

This event is being supported by a grant from Tesco Bags of Help.

Volunteer Managers’ Network Meetings

These meetings are open to all volunteer managers working in South Gloucestershire. They are friendly and informal gatherings where Managers can share ideas and expertise and discuss any issues or concerns.

Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday 20 June at 10am at the offices of Brain Tumour Support, 29 High Street, Thornbury. BS35 2AR.

This meeting will be focussing on volunteer role descriptions and attendees are invited to bring any they may have to the meeting for sharing and discussing.

Please contact Kim Webb at Thornbury Volunteer Centre if you wish to attend.

Our 2018 AGM

Thornbury Volunteer Centre is holding its annual general meeting on Wednesday 18 July. It will be in the hall and gardens of Christ the King RC Church Thornbury at 2.30pm. The guest speaker will be Jerry Dicker, who will be talking about his involvement and experience as a volunteer with Friends of Filnore Woods. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please join us for delicious home-made cakes and refreshments.

£2000 from Tesco’s community grant scheme funds local projects

We’re delighted to announce that we have been awarded £2000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.

Tesco Bags of Help logo.

Bags of Help is run in partnership with the environmental charity Groundwork. Grants raised from the sale of carrier bags are awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, the scheme has provided over £43 million to more than 10,000 local community projects.

To recognise our 30th anniversary this year we will be hosting four events aimed at encouraging new people to volunteer, whilst acknowledging the valuable contribution made to the local community by our existing volunteers.

We shall organise and host:

  • A “Building confidence” workshop to support potential new volunteers.
  • A series of taster sessions at local voluntary and community organisations, designed to give potential volunteers a flavour of the type of volunteering opportunities available in their local area.
  • A networking event for volunteer-involving organisations and volunteers.
  • An Award ceremony and networking event at the end of the year aimed at showcasing the work of our community’s unsung heroes.

Kim Webb, our development co-ordinator, is naturally delighted with the result. “This is such good news for us and the community. As a very small local charity dedicated to promoting the benefits of volunteering to a wider audience we are always looking for ways to raise awareness in the local community and this grant will help us enormously.”

Kim Webb with James Fawbert.
Kim Webb with James Fawbert, the Manager of the Tesco Thornbury store.

Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

Personal Resilience and Stress Management Workshop

On Wednesday 31 January 2018 we hosted a workshop on Personal Resilience and Stress Management. It was delivered by trainer Claire Greenwood of Broadleaf Training & Development.

Attendees at the workshop.
Claire Greenwood talking to the workshop participants.

The session looked at what personal resilience means, identified factors which support or weaken resilience and then demonstrated some techniques to help manage stress and support resilience.

The session was a good mix of discussion, dialogue and activities, looking at why some people appear more resilient than others, what causes stress, cognitive behavioural therapy, using the resilience prescription and ending with a session on mindfulness.

The session was well attended and everyone left feeling better able to cope with everyday challenges.

Magnox group logos.
This training was supported by a grant from the Magnox Socio-economic Scheme

General Data Protection Regulation

Thornbury Town Mayor Helen Harrison and Thornbury Volunteer Centre hosted two workshops in February to tell local voluntary and community groups about the changes in the laws surrounding data protection which come in to force in May this year.

Ian Macintosh
Iain Mackintosh, Director, Brightman Business Solutions, introducing the workshop.

Thanks to a very generous offer from Brightman UK they secured free information sessions that explained in more detail just what organisations needed to do to comply with the new laws.

Both sessions were very well attended with representatives from more than 30 organisations. Follow up one-to-one sessions are being planned for March and April.

Our thanks to the Ship Inn, Alveston, for their generous use of the room and the refreshments.

Swan Quiz Nights

The Swan Inn.

Thanks to the generosity of Sandra Davies we benefited from the Wednesday evening quizzes at the Swan Inn in Thornbury during April. The sessions raised more than £400, which we shall be putting back into the community by our efforts to support local people to volunteer.

News & information

AGM reminder: Our AGM is tomorrow afternoon, 18 July, with guest speaker and refreshments. All welcome! More details.

Summer opening: Our summer opening hours come into force from next Monday 23 July. During July and August we shall be open on Mondays and Wednesdays only, but at our usual times of 10.30am to 12 noon.

Popular pop-up shop. Our pop-up shop has been a great success. More here.

Data protection. To confirm to the new GDPR regulations, we have updated our privacy policy and internal processes. Read more.

Personal Resilience and Stress Management Workshop. A second workshop has been organised for 4 September. More details.

Annual report Our annual report for 2018 is published. View or download here.

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.

We’re on social media: Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for news and events. And all our volunteering opportunities appear there as they’re published.

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Thornbury Volunteer Centre is a registered charity, number 1004285. This site © Thornbury Volunteer Centre. Site design by Michael Quinion. Last updated 25 May 2018.