News Archive: 2014

Season's Greetings from Volunteering Wandsworth

Thank you for all of your volunteering enthusiasm, we hope that 2014 has been a great year for you and we look forward to what next year may bring.

Please note that our service is now closed for the festive period. The service will reopen at 10am on Monday 5th January 2015.

If you contact us and leave a message during this period we will endeavour to respond to you as soon as possible upon our return.

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Active Wandsworth Awards 2014

Nominations are now open to nominate your sports stars and heroes of school and community sport after a very successful year for sport in Wandsworth. This is your opportunity to recognise the hard work, dedication and achievement of local athletes, teams, clubs, volunteers, coaches and organisations within the borough Please nominate at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/active.

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Internation Volunteers Day 2014

Today is International Volunteer Day 2014

On International Volunteer Day (IVD) 2014, the UN not only celebrates volunteerism in all its facets – but also pays special tribute to people’s participation in making a difference locally, nationally and globally. IVD 2014 highlights the contribution of volunteers in engaging people from the grass-roots in decision-making processes, ultimately creating space for participation that leads to: stronger governance, social cohesion, peace and sustainable development.

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Wandsworth Community Wellbeing Day

When: Thursday 9th October, 12pm – 5pm (drop-in)

Where: Civic Suite, Wandsworth Town Hall, Wandsworth High Street, SW18 2PU

Stalls * Information * Demonstrations * Advice * Education * Health and Wellbeing

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Mayor joined by a host of celebrities to celebrate capital’s volunteering legacy 19th September 2014

A host of celebrities showed their support for volunteering in the capital by attending the Team London Awards held at City Hall today, which celebrate the outstanding contribution made by Londoners to the city’s Olympic volunteering legacy.

Actress Barbara Windsor MBE, designer Wayne Hemingway MBE, former England footballer Ledley King and Paralympian Martine Wright presented awards to winners, including pensioner Alan Toogood, who has dedicated over 50 years of his life and 9,000 hours to volunteering with the Samaritans, and 21 year old Connor Russell, who alongside his university studies has supported young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve places at university and fulfil their ambitions.

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'Swim the Channel' for Crossway Pregnancy

The Crossway Pregnancy Crisis Centre are looking for swimmers to take part in a sponsored 'Swim the Channel' event at Hampton Pool. Swim the whole 21 miles or choose to swim a section of it with friends or family and raise money for this crucial service.

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Volunteer Tutors needed!

Action Tutoring are looking for volunteers to tutor during the Autumn and Spring terms for an hour a week for 6-8 weeks. Action Tutoring work with schools across London- in some schools the tuition takes place on Saturday mornings starting at 10am, in other schools the programme runs during the week after school. Action Tutoring can find a school that will best fit your schedule, and will be most convenient for you to travel to.

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The value of giving a little time: Understanding the potential of micro-volunteering

The Institute for Volunteering Research has recently released a report on the value of micro-volunteering. Read below to find out more.

Micro-volunteering – participating in small increments of time, in particular through the use of technology – has recently attracted increasing attention. Despite this, we know very little about its current scope, about its potential value and impact, or about its relationship to other forms of volunteering. With project funding from Nesta, IVR and NCVO undertook research to explore the opportunities and challenges that micro-volunteering presents for individuals and organisations, in order to inform and improve policy and practice. We used a multi-phase methodology, including an evidence review, expert interviews with volunteering infrastructure bodies, policy makers, and volunteering researchers, focus groups with non-volunteers, a workshop to map trends and drivers, and case study research and on-going support with ten organisations.

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Cultivating Kensington and Chelsea Volunteers

Want to help local people grow local food & gain experience in setting up a social enterprise?

Volunteer with Groundwork London on the Cultivating Kensington and Chelsea project. Get involved in setting up a social enterprise, a community run business which will allow local food growers to plough back profits into their community gardens and grow more food.

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Have your say - Third Sector Pathways questionnaire

Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group (WCCG) is improving the access and visibility of charitable and voluntary sector services (also known as Third Sector services) for you. We would really value your help and opinion. It is important to WCCG that health professionals and the public are aware of, and have good access to, these services and organisations that are available to Wandsworth residents.

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Gateway into Streatham Cemetery re-opened after 20 years

On Sunday 6th July, Groundwork London, in partnership with the Friends of Streatham Cemetery, Lambeth Council was joined by local residents to celebrate the tre-opening of an entrance into Streatham Cemetery that has been closed to the public for 20 years.

Tooting residents gathered outside the gates that had been beautifully decorated in foral garlands, to hear Lucy Neal of Friends of Streatham Cemetery talk about the significance of the re-opening of the gate, making the wildlife rich green space on the other side accessible to local people. (Hear Lucy talk at the event in the film clip below) Some of the local residents shared their personal memories of the cemetery and the new gates were then unlocked for partners and local residents to explore the newly improved green space within.

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Community Cookery Programme

Would you like to get cooking with people from your local group, community centre, church, school or nursery? Wandsworth Council are offering professional training for those interested in running groups, as well as providing new equipment.

Wandsworth Council will be giving 10 community groups an opportunity to get trained and set up cookery clubs across the borough. Each group will be able to select two leaders to attend the training and subsequently deliver sessions for their club. The training is accredited with the Open College Network (OCN) and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH). Participants will be awarded with a 6 credit, Level 2 qualification in ‘Healthy Eating and Running a Cookery Club’ through the OCN, and a Level 1 Food Safety certificate through the CIEH.

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Make a Change: Host an International Student

HOST UK promotes international friendship and understanding by arranging for international students studying in the UK to spend a day, weekend or Christmas in a British home with volunteer hosts.

See the world without leaving home; challenges charity HOST UK. Why not do something very different this weekend? Our volunteer hosts invite adult international students who are studying in the UK to stay in their homes for a day, weekend, or three days at Christmas, thereby promoting international friendship and cultural exchange. Make a student feel welcome in the country, meet new friends and make the world a little friendlier!

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Small Charities Week

Small Charity Week will be taking place from the 16th- 21st June. It is the biggest event in the small charity calendar providing free initiatives, competitions and support over six days for any charity with an annual turnover under £1.5 million. Events include:

I Love Small Charities Day

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Online Essentials for Self Help Groups

Set up a Facebook page and website for your group

Dates: Thursday 19th and Thursday 26th June 2014 Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm Venue: Mercy Foundation Centre, 64 Falcon Road, Battersea, SW11 2LR (entrance just off Falcon Road, opposite Afghan Road – see map: https://goo.gl/maps/EMI69)

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Silverfit launches in Southwark

On Saturday 26th April SilverFit will be launching in Burgess Park, Southwark and would like to invite you to come along, show your support and to get involved!

Silverfit is a charity aiming to get those over 45 exercising to ensure they stay fit, happy and healthy well into older age. The charity has been running successful Silver Tuesday’s in Hyde Park for almost a year and has now secured funding and support to bring the sessions to Burgess Park.

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Reflecting the Wandle Film Project

This summer Groundwork London is producing a film to tell the enchanting story of the river Wandle. We are looking for help from the local community to design, create and participate in the film. Participants don’t need experience, just creativity and enthusiasm!

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Britain's Best Garden: Could it be Yours?

To mark the 50th year of his horticultural career, Alan Titchmarsh is launching a nationwide search to find Britain's 30 best private gardens.  These gardens will represent what gardening means to our nation.  We love our grand, professionally run gardens in this country but this search is about celebrating our gardens – the people’s gardens. We are looking for gardens that say as much about us and who we really are as they do about the blooms, lawns and fragrant borders that decorate them. The search will honour and celebrate the nation’s most dedicated horticultural enthusiasts. The final 30 selected gardens will be revealed in three primetime, hour long shows, to air on ITV in 2015.   We will film those gardens and a long-list of others throughout the summer months of 2014. Read More

Budget 2014: No surprises for the Voluntary sector as Chancellor plays it safe

Today the Chancellor announced that his budget would be for makers, doers and savers. Given the voluntary sector contains all three you would presume that there would be something for everyone. Is this how it turned out?

The budget story continued to be dominated by the Chancellor’s efforts to cut public spending in order to reduce the deficit. As these slides from the Institute for Fiscal Studies show, the Chancellor is only 46% of the way through his planned public spending cuts. So it is important not to get distracted by the tweaks and give-aways that were announced in the Budget. Read More

Scouts Volunteer Taster Day

Saturday 22nd March 2014 10am till 2pm

Scouts would like to invite you to join us on the 22nd, where you will able to meet with some of the area's current volunteers, try some activities, as well as find out a little bit more about the volunteer roles we have within Scouting. There will also be an opportunity to have a go at archery and rifle shooting as well as pick up some programme ideas and skills.

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Capital Clean-up funding now available!

Now in its seventh year, the Mayor's Capital Clean-up campaign has already helped thousands of Londoners to get together and spruce up their neighbourhood. This year's campaign, in partnership with McDonald's, is expected to support around 200 events, more than ever before.

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Flood Volunteers Response to UK Flooding Crisis

This post is on behalf of Taskhub

Yesterday, Taskhub built and launched a new website, Flood Volunteers, that allows volunteers to post the time, skills or equipment they can lend to those affected by flooding in the UK. If you, or anyone you know, need assistance they can find it on floodvolunteers.co.uk.

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FoodCycle Wandsworth Official Launch

On Saturday February 22nd, FoodCycle Wandsworth celebrates its official launch – and the whole community is invited. A three-course meal will be cooked out of surplus ingredients from 1:30pm at Mushkill Aassaan, a community centre on Upper Tooting Road. The project in Wandsworth is the newest of 18 FoodCycle projects – tackling food waste and food poverty in communities across the UK.

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Opportunity of the Week @ Quadron Services

This week's featured volunteer opportunity is:

Battersea Park - Winter Volunteering, Quadron Services

Opportunity Description

WHAT:

Come join our volunteering opportunities in the amazing gardens of Battersea Park! The park is about 200 acres in size and includes a Local Nature Reserve. Our current winter activities concentrate on winter pruning in order to prepare the site for the onset of Spring.This is important to ensure park sight lines are maintained on site and encourage new healthy growth in the mature planting beds . We began this work in early winter and we are already seeing the benefit of this work. The variety of volunteering tasks include: Pruning / Clearance / Planting / Hedging / Edging/ Leafing / Mulching.

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Problems with Do-it Search

Please note that applying for roles via the Do-it search widget is currently not working correctly. Clcking on 'Register your interest' on an opportunity page gives a 'Page not found' error.

We have reported this error to Do-it who are working on the problem and hope to have the issue resolved before the end of the week.

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Opportunity of the Week @ Beanstalk

This week's featured volunteer opportunity is:

Reading Helper For Children, Beanstalk

Opportunity Description

One out of five children in this country don't reach the expected reading age of an 11yr old, if you volunteer with us you will have the chance to give the gift of reading to a child. We will train and fully support you throughout your time with us. After initial training you would be placed in a local primary school where you would see three children on an individual basis twice weekly for 1.5 hrs each time. Through listening to the children reading and playing games we have found that our volunteers can make a huge difference to the children they are supporting. The sessions are always fun for both the children and the volunteers and help to inspire a love of books and reading.

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And the winner is...!

Recently we offered a prize draw, with the prize being £30 of Waitrose vouchers, for anyone who took part in our volunteering satisfaction surveys or submitted a story about their volunteering experiences.

Our winner of the prize was Vanessa Pannuti who has previously volunteered with Age UK.

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Opportunity of the Week @ Volunteering Wandsworth

This week's featured volunteer opportunity is:

Customer Relations Volunteer, Volunteering Wandsworth

Opportunity Description

Volunteering Wandsworth works to promote volunteering throughout the borough and enables people to access volunteering opportunities. An important aspect of this work is to find out the outcome of a referral to an organisation and whether a person has been successfully placed.

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Opportunity of the Week @ Wandsworth Council

This week's featured volunteer opportunity is:

Event Volunteer, Wandsworth Council

Opportunity Description

Wandsworth Enterprise Week is a borough-wide initiative which runs from 3-8th Feb. The objective of the event is to foster and celebrate enterprise within Wandsworth. The event will focus on Social, Youth, Women's Food and Creative enterprise and in addition to key events, workshops will run throughout the week. Key events include the Wandsworth Business Forum, Womens' Enterprise Day and the Youth Enterprise day.

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Opportunity of the Week @ National Army Museum

This week's featured volunteer opportunity is:

Museum Collections Care Volunteer, National Army Museum

Opportunity Description

The National Army Museum is completely redeveloping its main Chelsea site for the first time since opening in 1971. A unique opportunity now exists to assist the movement of the Museum's stores and displays at Chelsea comprising over 500,000 items.

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Featured organisation: A2ndvoice

A2ndvoice is a parent-led non-for-profit organisation and recognised charity, which was, formed on 18 May 2012 by Venessa Bobb, a mother of 3, her middle son, Nathaniel was diagnosed with Autism and ADHD in April 2008. He is now 11 years old. Support was received from the Church she attends God Is Gracious Ministries in Tooting, South London.

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Wandsworth Young Person of the Year Award

The Young Person of the Year Award honours young people in Wandsworth who deserve recognition for their achievement, courage, generous attitude or ability to overcome difficult personal circumstances.

The award happens every spring with certificates, trophies and prizes presented by the Mayor of Wandsworth at a special dinner in the Civic Suite.

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Opportunity of the Week @ SOVA

This week's featured volunteer opportunity is:

Volunteer Mentor, SOVA (SOVA Support Link)

Opportunity Description

Sova Support Link are recruiting adult volunteers to support adult ex-offenders with lifelong psychological needs reintegrate successfully into the community across London.

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New Year Funding Opportunities

Groundwork London is working in partnership with the Mayor of London to deliver two amazing environmental initiatives, Transform Pocket Parks and Capital Clean-up. Both of these programmes provide opportunities for community groups within London to apply for funding to support projects to clean, green and Transform spaces in need of improvements.

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Happy New Year!

Welcome back. We hope you had an enjoyable festive period.

The Volunteering Wandsworth service has now reopened and will operate as per standard opening hours, i.e. Monday to Friday, 10am - 4pm (excluding public holidays).

Whether one of your "New Year's Resolutions" was to get fit, be more active in community or to gain some new skills, volunteering can be a great way to help to get involved in a variety of projects to help fulfil them.

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