News and forthcoming events

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.

Our pop-up stop was an instant hit when it opened on 12 May. Within minutes of the doors opening, it was packed out with eager searchers after bargains.

The 2018 popup shop interior.
No shortage of custom for the good things on sale.

Our shop is now a regular around the time of National Volunteering Week every year. As always, we are in the St Mary Centre (for which we’re more than grateful to the Centre’s management team). This year, we’re at 11 St Mary Street, next door to TSB.

The aim is to bring volunteering into the shopping centre, raise the profile of the Volunteer Centre, highlight local volunteering opportunities available and encourage more people to volunteer. The shop will also raise funds for the Centre, which as a small local charity is always in need of support. It is selling a wide assortment of good quality pre-owned goods from clothing to furniture and bric-a-brac to toys.

The shop will be open between 10am and 4pm every weekday until Saturday 19 May and will also open on the following four Saturdays, 26 May, 2 June, 9 June and 16 June. We may also “pop-up” at other times during those weeks so please keep looking out for us.

Do please call in and see us, help us to raise funds to support volunteering in your community, and possibly even volunteer yourself.

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

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

We’ve popped up again! Our pop-up shop opened on 12 May, and was an immediate success. More here.

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

Volunteer Managers’ Network Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday 20 June. More here.

AGM date announced: It will be on 18 July with guest speaker and refreshments. All welcome! More details.

Big grant permits local projects: We have been granted £2000 from Tesco's Bags of Help scheme. We plan a series of events during 2018 to bring organisations and volunteers closer together. More information.

General Data Protection Regulation: We helped organise two successful workshops to assist local organisations to come to grips with new data protection regulations. Details here.

Quiz nights at the Swan: Our funds benefited by more than £400 from the April quiz nights at the Swan. Details 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.

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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 18 May 2018.