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

Get a free 30-minute radio profile for your organisation

Milton Keynes Community Radio Station, Secklow Sounds, was granted FM status by Ofcom in March 2015 and one of their promises was to promote the work of the voluntary sector in Milton Keynes. They are now ready to embark on the project and want to hear from local groups that would like to take advantage of this opportunity.
Through their programme ‘Focus’ you will get 30 minutes to inform listeners about the work you do, appeal for volunteers, share some of your successes and generally get a chance to raise awareness.  Reporters will come to your location to record interviews or record a live programme. It will be a good opportunity to invite some of your supporters to be part of the audience if a live programme is agreed.
The finished recording will be made available for on-demand listening and schedule airplay. You will also get the chance to link the programme to your website as well as receiving a copy of the recording for your own use.
If you’d like to take advantage of this, please email: focus@secklowsounds.org
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Volunteers’ Week 2015 – it’s nearly here!

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Monday 1st June sees the start of Volunteers’ Week 2015 and a great chance to celebrate the role volunteers play in your organisation.

NCVO have produced a range of materials and opportunities to help you get involved. Why not start your celebrations by joining the twitter party on 1 June? Taking part is easy! Follow the @NCVOvolunteers twitter account and send your thank you messages to your volunteers using #volunteersweek.

You could also ask your volunteers to share their experiences on social media using #ivolunteer. Getting involved helps to showcase the diversity of volunteering roles and the impact volunteers are having in their communities to inspire others to get involved.

Add your Volunteers’ Week event to the map to ensure people can find an event near them and NCVO can help promote it.

And last but by no means least, get your Volunteers’ Week bunting to add the finishing touch to your celebrations by downloading the digital resource pack. Sign up here to receive your pack.

We hope you have lots of fun next week!


Wolverton Secret Garden Benefits from Home Retail Group Help

Thursday 21st May saw Angela Roberts, and her enthusiastic team from Store Operations, Home Retail Group complete a community project – they rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in clearing ivy from the pathways, weeding, pruning and making bonfires at the Wolverton Secret Garden!

The difference they made was huge and it was very much appreciated by the Secret Garden.

Roger Kitchen, one of a small group of ageing volunteers maintaining the Secret Garden said

‘The group have made such a difference, there is a huge visible impact. They shared some great ideas about creating a seating area so hopefully people will come and enjoy the space. The sun is shining and the place is transformed’

Angela Roberts, Team Leader said

“As a team we wanted to make a difference and have something tangible where we could see at the end of the day the difference we had made. As a team very few of us live in Milton Keynes and this is the first opportunity we have had to spend time getting to know each other outside of the office, it is a real team bonding event’

Angela also explained her family connection with Wolverton as both her Father and Grandfather had links to Wolverton Works so it felt important to give something back where she had family involvement.

Another team member said

‘We definitely have blisters and scratches from today but it’s been worth it! At one point we got a fire going to burn all the ivy that we had cut down and the men in particular enjoyed their cave man like moment’!

This is one example of the incredible difference that businesses can make when they work together with communities. If you are a business and want to know more or 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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Party Time for MK Sailability and their volunteers!

MK Sailability are inviting children from local schools to take part in a fun sailing activity. They have secured 20 volunteers from Home Retail Group to help make the day go with a splash!

The day will consist of teams of children racing through the water helped by skilled members of the group and the volunteers assisting the activities. This has been made possible through our employee volunteering brokerage service.

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Rainbows places available for girls in Woughton Area.

Beanhill Rainbows are currently looking for new girls aged 5-7 for spaces in their group.

As part of the Girlguiding family, Rainbows gives “girls a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities.” Find out more about Girlguiding here.

Register your daughter for Rainbows.

Not aged 5-7? You can also register girls for local Brownies (age 7-10) and Guides (age 10-14) groups at the same link.

Beanhill Rainbows are also seeking a new Volunteer Helper, no previous experience is required and training can be given. If you are interested in volunteering with the group contact Kay Wales – beanhillrainbows@outlook.com.

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Communication skills workshop for Volunteers

The Education and Learning Co-Ordinator for Relate Milton Keynes is currently in the process of surveying local charities and voluntary organisations to get their opinion on a workshop they are hoping to deliver (pending receipt of lottery funding).

The aim of this free one-day workshop would be to help volunteers develop their communication, listening and client support skills, which would then enable them to have more confidence and increased skills when dealing with clients in their community. Relate plan to deliver the workshops in various locations around Milton Keynes.

If you are interested please contact

Julie Maxwell

Clinical Supervisor &

Education & Learning Co-Ordinator

Relate Milton Keynes

47 Aylesbury Street


Milton Keynes

MK12 5HX

Telephone:   01908 310010

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