News Archive: 2011

Nominate a London Star

Do you know a volunteer who is making London a better place?

The Team London Star scheme is part of the Mayor’s Team London initiative to get more people volunteering to help tackle crime, increase opportunities for young people, build stronger neighbourhoods and improve the environment. If you know someone (must be an individual) who volunteers regularly to make life in London better, someone who makes a real difference through their involvement, an unsung hero, please nominate them to receive a London Star certificate. Please see here for further information and read about previous winners. Their contribution should stand out from others doing similar work - exceptional either in terms of effort or the outcome which has been achieved.

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Website Downtime

On Friday (21st) we experienced some downtime on our e-mail account and website due to the host server migration for these services.

Apologies if you attempted to access either of these services during this time but were unable to do so.

Any e-mails sent to us during this period have been received and we will respond to all of them in due course.

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Wandsworth Gets Active!

Last Saturday (9 July) was Get Active Day in Wandworth. This was the first day in a festival that lasts until 24 July. As the name suggests, it is the start of a two week festival designed to help people get active in sports and the community.

There were a host of different organisations involved representing activities such as: tennis, football and yoga. Of course, Volunteering Wandsworth also had a pitch to help promote the service.

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A Great Way to Spend a Day

The Spots v Stripes Community Games aims to get millions of people across the UK and Ireland playing games by London 2012. Games can act as a catalyst to help bring the community together in the spirit of play. As part of this, Groundwork, is recruiting 2000 volunteers across the country. To date programme has encouraged nearly 36,000 people to play games at over 644 Spots v Stripes community events across the UK and Ireland. We’d like to invite you to be part of it.

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Meet Volunteering Wandsworth

Today (June 3rd) Volunteering Wandsworth welcomed a host of organisations from across the Borough of Wandsworth for a meet & greet session at our Morden office.

The purpose of the event was to gain an insight into the operation of various organisations that they work with in order to improve the service that can be offered.

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Become a volunteer

Find out how to volunteer your time to help others during Volunteer Week from June 1

Volunteering Wandsworth is delivered by Groundwork London on behalf of the council to help bring together volunteers and organisations with volunteer vacancies, and to make it easier for people to make a real difference in the community.

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Ready, set... Go!

Volunteering Wandsworth started its brand new outreach programme with a bang on Friday (13th May 2011) at the Battersea Arts Centre.

Lifetimes (formerly Wandsworth Voluntary Sector Development Agency) held a volunteering, training and employment fair to celebrate the end of the Activate 2 project. It was primarily aimed at clients of the project, and was attended by over 300 people looking to develop their skills and experience.

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Wandsworth Big Society Fund

The Wandsworth Big Society Fund is a new Wandsworth Council small grants fund.

It will fund projects which:

(a) Encourage, promote and support active citizenship, civic action and volunteering.

(b) Support the aims of the borough’s sustainable community strategy, Our Wandsworth 2018, to make Wandsworth safer, healthier, more prosperous and sustainable;

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Volunteer management is gaining momentum

St Mungo's: The big society has put volunteering in the spotlight and increased pressure for more resources

Last summer, the Institute for Volunteering Research revealed that 42 per cent of volunteer managers had received no formal training. But with volunteering firmly on the government agenda, charities are under increasing pressure to meet high expectations, not least from volunteers themselves, and many are starting to think about investing in development for volunteer managers.

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Office for Civil Society gives £1.25m in core funding

Office for Civil Society: Youth volunteering charity says it will seek other income from donations and contracts

The volunteering charity v will receive £1.25m in core funding from the Office for Civil Society in 2011/12.

The charity, which was set up in 2006 with £117m in government funding, was given £37m from the OCS last year. It would not give details yesterday on how much of this was spent on core costs.

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Male volunteering soars at British Heart Foundation

British Heart Foundation volunteers: Tripling of numbers since 2008 driven partly by rising unemployment, says the charity

The number of male volunteers working in shops run by the British Heart Foundation has more than tripled over the past three years, new figures show.

In 2008, the charity had 1,739 male volunteers in its shops: by 2011 this had risen to 5,472, a rise of 215 per cent, according to figures released by the charity.

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