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!
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.
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.
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.
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 – email@example.com.
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
Clinical Supervisor &
Education & Learning Co-Ordinator
Relate Milton Keynes
47 Aylesbury Street
Telephone: 01908 310010