Volunteering: The Real Social Network

Volunteering: The Real Social Network

It’s day 3 of Volunteers’ Week 2015 and all week we’ll be sharing case studies with you to highlight the many reasons people have for volunteering. We’d love you to join in too – head over to the Volunteers’ Week website to download your digital resource pack and use the hashtag #ivolunteer to share your story.

Rachael started volunteering in her local community through connecting with her community mobiliser from Community Action:MK. She also helped at her local youth club each week. Since the beginning of 2015, she has been helping with reception and administration, and welcoming visitors and clients at Citizen’s Advice.

Through her volunteering, Rachael felt a real sense of contributing towards the wellbeing of the community, helping organise events and craft workshops that otherwise may not have happened. She met some wonderful people – some who have become lifelong friends. Rachael says, “It opened up a social network for myself and my children as we were fairly new to the area and kept us informed of all the great things we could be part of.”

Volunteering has really had a profound impact on Rachael, she continues “Back in 2006 volunteering changed me from being quiet and not knowing anyone in my community, to being a confident member of the community. Most recently it has changed my lifestyle and that of my children. I’m very proud of myself and hope this continues to have a positive effect.”

If you’d like to find out more about volunteering, give Community Action: MK a call on 01908 661623 or come along to our drop in and speak to one of our friendly, trained advisors every Thursday morning from 10am-12noon in the reception at Acorn House, 351 Midsummer Boulevard, CMK, MK9 3HP.

Alternatively, you can search for local opportunities via www.do-it.org

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Volunteering just a small amount of time can have a huge impact

It’s day 2 of Volunteers’ Week 2015 and all week we’ll be sharing case studies with you to highlight the many reasons people have for volunteering. We’d love you to join in too – head over to http://volunteersweek.org/ to download your digital resource pack and use the hashtag #ivolunteer to share your story.

Volunteering just a small amount of time can have a huge impact
Josan volunteers as an independent visitor for children and young people in the care of the local authority. She has volunteered for years within her community, but as her children are now grown up, she wanted to do something specific and something that would use the skills and gifts she has.
Committing just a few hours a month can make a huge impact on a young person’s life. The volunteer role that she now has can give a child a little bit of happiness while their circumstances aren’t ideal. It can give them someone to talk to, someone to build trust with, and someone they know has their best interests at heart.
As well as the benefit to the child, as a part of her volunteering, Josan will gain an NVQ 3 qualification – which really adds to her CV and gives her a solid foundation from which to potentially look at others areas of working with children within the care system.
When asked about how her volunteering has impacted on her, Josan says “I feel good in myself, I had a tough childhood and this would have been great for me when I was younger.”
If you’d like to find out more about volunteering, give Community Action: MK a call on 01908 661623 or come along to our drop in and speak to one of our friendly, trained advisors every Thursday morning from 10am-12noon in the reception at Acorn House, 351 Midsummer Boulevard, CMK, MK9 3HP.
Alternatively, you can search for local opportunities via www.do-it.org
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Stately Home Retail Group Helps Stowe for the Day

On 20th May a volunteer army of 13 employees from Home Retail Group spent the day at Stowe painting a bridge. As a team they were able to make the bridge look its best.

Patrick Green from Stowe commented

‘The wooden bridge had not been painted for 5 years, it’s a really significant landmark, as it can been seen from many points in the gardens. Ideally it needs to be painted every year, so without the support of this team this probably would not have happened this year as we have many priorities to deal with at Stowe. The bridge now looks fantastic, which visitors will be able to enjoy. We would definitely like more volunteers in the future and have many restoration projects on the go and would love more teams to come out to help us’.

Pete Wilks, Team Leader said

‘Overall we had a fantastic day as a team. It was a great opportunity to give something back as well as an opportunity to bond together as a team. I would recommend others coming here for a team building day’

Another employee volunteer said

‘We had a great day and the staff at Stowe have been really helpful and friendly, which adds to the enjoyment of the day. Having the chance to paint the bridge showed off different people’s ability with a paint brush. Everyone got stuck in and worked hard!’

This is one example of the incredible difference that businesses can make when they work together with communities.

If you know of a group that could benefit from a range of skills and support from volunteers please get in touch with Community Action: MK.

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Job Advert: Director of Finance & Risk at World Vision

Salary: negotiable depending upon experience

Terms: Permanent

Closing Date: 9am 13 July 2015

Location: Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire & South East

Are you motivated by your Christian faith to bring real hope to millions of children in the world’s hardest places? Are you passionate about inspiring the UK to take action in order to transform children’s lives?

World Vision is the world’s largest international children’s charity. Every day they bring real hope to millions of children in the world’s hardest places as a sign of God’s unconditional love. A core member of the International Partnership, World Vision UK is one of the major resource-raising offices and has a significant commitment to advocacy and policy work as well as fundraising to support overseas programming. Their mission is to inspire the UK to take action that transforms the lives of the world’s poorest children.

With a newly appointed Chief Executive and Chair they are on the cusp of launching a strategic review which will set the direction for the organisation for the next five years. In this context they are currently seeking an outstanding and distinctive individual to join the Executive Leadership Team and play a key role in leading the organisation forward internally while shaping a strategy that will lift millions more children out of poverty and fear.

Director of Finance & Risk

The Director of Finance & Risk will provide wise financial stewardship in order to help manage organisational priorities dynamically, to create efficiencies, release energy and resources into the best channels for innovation, impact and growth. She/he will bring creative drive to pursue their aspirations for growth in a tough UK fundraising environment where continued investment and innovation are needed, along with ever more efficient systems and cost management.

World Vision UK is seeking a leader of integrity, wisdom and organisational insight, who holds their Christian faith at the heart of all they do. She/he will have demonstrable strategic and creative leadership, management skills, and the ability to build strong relationships across a dispersed global organisation. Excellent communication skills, a heart for the poor and a commitment to the mission of World Vision are essential.

To download the appointment details for this role, including the job description, person specification and information on how to apply please visit Perrett Laver’s website using the link provided and quote reference 2065. The deadline for applications is 9am (BST) on Monday 13th July 2015.

The salary will be competitive with market rates and negotiable depending upon experience. World Vision UK is open to a variety of flexible working options and will welcome applications from everyone irrespective of gender or ethnic group but, as women and ethnic groups are under-represented at this senior level, they would encourage applications from members of these groups.

To Apply: Click Here

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Job Advert: Director of Policy & Programmes at World Vision

Salary: negotiable depending upon experience

Terms: Permanent

Closing Date: 9am 13 July 2015

Location: Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire & South East

Are you motivated by your Christian faith to bring real hope to millions of children in the world’s hardest places? Are you passionate about inspiring the UK to take action in order to transform children’s lives?

World Vision is the world’s largest international children’s charity. Every day they bring real hope to millions of children in the world’s hardest places as a sign of God’s unconditional love. A core member of the International Partnership, World Vision UK is one of the major resource-raising offices and has a significant commitment to advocacy and policy work as well as fundraising to support overseas programming. Their mission is to inspire the UK to take action that transforms the lives of the world’s poorest children.

With a newly appointed Chief Executive and Chair they are on the cusp of launching a strategic review which will set the direction for the organisation for the next five years. In this context they are currently seeking an outstanding and distinctive individual to join the Executive Leadership Team and play a key role in leading the organisation forward internally while shaping a strategy that will lift millions more children out of poverty and fear.

Director of Policy & Programmes

The Director of Policy & Programmes will be responsible for a team that secures and stewards multi-million pound grants, designs and monitors programmes in conjunction with field offices and robustly demonstrates transformational change in the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children. In addition, she/he will be responsible for coordinating the framework for influencing across UK audiences, including civil society and government, to improve policy and practice on the rights and wellbeing of children.

World Vision UK is seeking a leader of integrity, wisdom and organisational insight, who hold their Christian faith at the heart of all they do. She/he will have demonstrable strategic and creative leadership, management skills, and the ability to build strong relationships across a dispersed global organisation. Excellent communication skills, a heart for the poor and a commitment to the mission of World Vision are essential.

To download the appointment details for this role, including the job description, person specification and information on how to apply, please visit the Perrett Laver website using the link provided, and quote reference 2064. The deadline for applications is 9am (BST) on Monday 13th July 2015.

The salary will be competitive with market rates and negotiable depending upon experience. World Vision UK is open to a variety of flexible working options and will welcome applications from everyone irrespective of gender or ethnic group but, as women and ethnic groups are under-represented at this senior level, they would encourage applications from members of these groups.

To Apply: Click Here

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Volunteering & Wellbeing

During Spring 2015, Community Action: MK held an Inquiry into the Impact of Volunteering on Community Wellbeing.

We heard from a number of local groups about how volunteering plays a part in personal and community wellbeing.

The Inquiry identified a number of key wishes for the future that build on our 2013 Volunteering Strategy:

  • That volunteering moves higher up everyone’s agendas for positive reasons; the strengthening of the social fabric of our communities rather than the disintegration of public services.
  • That volunteering gives people the connections, skills and confidence to participate in the economy.
  • That all forms of volunteering are well funded because of their roles in improving health and wellbeing and reducing inequalities in health.
  • That volunteering is supported as a vital opportunity for increasing the wellbeing of young people.
  • That everyone has the opportunity to volunteer.
  • That best practice in volunteer management is boosted whilst encouraging all forms of informal and unmanaged volunteering.

“We will use the report of the Volunteer Commission as a springboard for improving our services, with an expectation that we, in Milton Keynes, can achieve the aspirations captured in the strategic recommendations. Community Action: MK cannot do it alone through, and we look forward to continuing old, and making new, partnerships along the way. Thank you to all those groups and individuals who have contributed to the work of the Commission; your time and effort has created the foundation for the next phase of robust action planning and delivery.”

Sheila Thornton, Chair, Community Action: MK

Download the Inquiry report here.

Please email volunteering@communityactionmk.org for more information.

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Volunteers’ Week – Volunteering helps people stay involved in their communities

Today is the start of Volunteers’ Week 2015 and all week we’ll be sharing case studies with you to highlight the many reasons people have for volunteering. We’d love you to join in too – head over to the Volunteers’ Week website to download your digital resource pack and use the hashtag #ivolunteer to share your story.
Volunteering helps people stay involved in their communities
 
Lynda has palindromic Rheumatoid Arthritis and sometimes when she has a flare up she can’t move and therefore is unable to work. This caused her to feel housebound and as she is an outgoing, organised person she felt wasted sat at home. She knew she could be of use to others and wanted to put something back into the community. Lynda needed something to do and as she had been a carer in her working life, knew that she wanted to support the elderly.
Lynda volunteers on behalf of Age UK Milton Keynes and helps out at Pear Tree Centre Lunch club on Wednesdays, she also lends a hand on Thursdays doing admin for handyman services. As well as that, Lynda helps at Hinton Lodge lunch club on Fridays, the Hungerford House lunch club, and at many fundraising events.
She says that she feels happier in herself and feels she is really giving something back. Lynda now says that she has “something to get up for in the mornings and now knows that she is appreciated.”
If you’d like to find out more about volunteering, give Community Action: MK a call on 01908 661623 or come along to our drop in and speak to one of our friendly, trained advisors every Thursday morning from 10am-12noon in the reception at Acorn House, 351 Midsummer Boulevard, CMK, MK9 3HP.
Alternatively, you can search for local opportunities via www.do-it.org
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