Huddersfield Partnership is recruiting volunteers for the Huddersfield Food & Drink Festival on the 6th – 9th August 2015.
If you’re interested please contact Karen at email@example.com
Alpha Education are looking for volunteers to be ‘Fun Leaders’ in May.
Full details and how to apply here.
I recently wrote a blog for my friends and family while I was living away. The blog was chatty, informative and included stuff I thought they would find interesting. The blog received far more interest and comments than I ever imagined. It reached people I didn’t even realise knew me. Inspired by this I decided to write a blog for volunteer managers, coordinators or people who work with volunteers in any capacity. The blog will be in the “chatty conversation style” Don’t expect perfect grammar!!! Hope you can find something to make you think, inspire you or just remind you to do something about ………….. Don’t forget please comment, reply or send me an email if you enjoyed it or hated it.
This week I’d like to look at how we reward our volunteers. It’s important to get this right as it can help us to retain (and motivate) valuable volunteers. Volunteers may not expect any reward but the unexpected is often appreciated. I have seen some really lovely ideas which I thought I’d share with you.
This what some organisations gave to their volunteers on various months of the year.
JUNE One organisation gave all their volunteers an apple in June. I couldn’t find anything in the article to explain why but it seems like a nice idea.
AUGUST : They made their volunteers a card (gift tag size) which said I’m filing you under A for Awesome
SEPTEMBER. They arranged a vase full of bare branches and tied all the volunteers’ names to the branches. The message said Thank you to and the volunteer’s name.
NOVEMBER . Send a postcard with a snow scene on it and attach a sachet of hot choclate to warm them up.
JANUARY One volunteer coordinator wrote a personal letter to the Chief Executive telling her about individual volunteers and then sent the volunteer a copy.
Of course a simple THANK YOU can help build confidence and pride.
What will you do to reward your volunteers? Please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Alpha Education are urgently looking for volunteers for their holiday fun programme on the 7th & 8th April, you can find out how to apply here.
As a Holiday Fun Leader you will be expected to:
- Arrive at least an hour before the children
- Help with setting up the activities for the session and leave after the activities have been tied up at the end of the session.
- Be a responsible role model for the children
- Support children with their activities
- Work collaboratively with other adult leaders
What is essential?
- Be able to work well with children
- Good communication skills
- Be DBS cleared
Connect Mental Health Services have a new role available to work alongside the Mental Health Support Workers to gain experience and assist in the development, marketing and facilitating of the Connect peer support group for people with mental health issues in Kirklees (Survivors Group).
Carers have a tough job and having someone to talk to can really help.
Can you spare some time? Just phoning someone to chat or meeting them for coffee can make a difference. This is about practical friendly help, we particularly need volunteer Befrienders in Honley, Dewsbury, Batley and Crosland Moor.
To find out more contact ~Elaine Telephone 01484 519053
or email email@example.com
This opportunity is with Carers Count a local community organisation that supports carers.
It’s that time of year when TPT make sure that all their special wild flower areas are cut back properly to give the flowers the best chance; they’ll also be giving the picnic areas and information panels a spring clean so they’re looking they’re best, ready for the sunny season (details of these workdays below). If that wasn’t enough; they’re running a Community Clear Up Day in Penistone (see below) and they’re part way through a major project with BMBC and S and J Logging to remove the old straggly Goat Willows between Bullhouse Bridge and Hazlehead Bridge – details of these days to follow.
Saturday 7th March 2015 9.30am – 4.30pm
Click here for a map of the site and where to meet.
Workday Support: Richard Nutter
Where: On the Trail, east of the access at Shore Hall Lane.
Meet: At the site, as above.
What will we be doing? We’ll be cutting back vegetation; removing old wood and overhead branches, and giving the seating area and information panel a spring clean.
Parking: There is very little parking in Shore Hall Lane itself, so please come on foot or by bike if you can. If you have to come in your car, please park in Leapings Lane (see map) and walk along (five minutes).
You’ll need to wear…warm old clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty or torn, sturdy footwear, and warm gloves – perhaps waterproof -to protect your hands.
Do bring waterproofs (which are waterproof), and a packed lunch – we will provide you with tea, coffee, fruit juice, biscuits and conversation. We do have tools, but you’re welcome to bring your own bow saw or loppers, in good condition, if you prefer.
On Saturday 21st March, they’re holding a Community Clear Up Day in Penistone, between the station and the Skate Park. This is a national event (click on the name for more information), and we hope lots of people will come and help make the Trans Pennine Trail through Penistone look great. More information on how to get involved in this shortly.
Wild Flower Day – Saturday 11th April
If you love the wild flowers on the Trail, make a date in your diary for Saturday 11th April, when they be holding a Wild Flower Day, to see just how many different flowers you can find. Suitable for families, this event will start with coffee and biscuits and an introductory chat from their Biodiversity Officer, Charlotte Gray.
If you have any questions or would like more information you’re welcome to give Kate a ring on 07704333445/01484 865852, or email firstname.lastname@example.org – or have a look at the website www.tptcv.co.uk or their Facebook page www.facebook.com/tptconservationvolunteers
You can also follow them on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPTcv
Will be in your area soon with lots of exciting volunteer roles!
Statistics show that many of us, whatever our age, often feel isolated or disconnected
from people around us. Loneliness can have a devastating impact on older people’s
happiness and physical health.
Can you give some time to help deliver the right information and support to get those at risk of loneliness out and about?
Full details can be found here.