News Archive: July 2014

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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