News Archive: 2015

Green Grants for London

This is your chance to apply for a grant of up to £12,000 to create greener, healthier spaces in neighbourhoods across London.

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Trsutees urgently needed!

Charity trustees are required for Our support Care, based in Balham, a small charity organisation who are looking for volunteers who can work as a team.

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Treasurer for Relate

Relate London South West is seeking to recruit a voluntary treasurer to join the board of this well-known relationship counselling charity, part of a national federation.  

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Language Buddy / Teaching Assistant at Burntwood School

We have some lovely students who are new to English, and new to education, some of whom arrive in years 8 and 9.They have a huge mountain to climb to quickly improve their English  to be able to get as much as possible from their lessons. Their teachers try hard to make the work accessible for them, but they need lots of extra support to become effective learners and confident young people.

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Volunteer opportunity - Kith & Kids

Day trips to seaside, camp fires, barbecues, forest walk, disco night and swimming etc, if those exciting activities are what you want for REAL summer, volunteer with us in action packed residential camp!

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Volunteer opportunity - Activity Volunteer

Balham Gateway is a social club for adults with learning disabilities. We meet Monday evenings 7:15 to 9:15 pm. Volunteers socialise with club members and can be involved in any of the activities taking place that night.


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Volunteering Opportunity - Lanuage Buddy/ Teaching Assistant

Burntwood School have some lovely students who are new to English, and new to education, some of
whom arrive in years 8 and 9.They have a huge mountain to climb to quickly improve their English to be able to get as much as possible from their lessons. Could you help them?

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#InspireVolunteer: Volunteering and making new friends

#InspireVolunteer case study from a volunteer at Groundwork London, Morley Street

While I was on sick leave from my previous job, a friend forwarded me an email about an outreach session due to take place at Richmond library, near where I live. Having too much free time on my hands I went along to see if there were any interesting volunteer opportunities available. There I met Annette, who was immediately very warm, friendly and approachable, and took time to listen to my particular circumstances that brought me to volunteering, and the type of role I was looking for. After filling in a registration form, I went away with the information that a few potential volunteer opportunities would be emailed to me based on the interests I had expressed, and my availability.

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Business Administration Apprentice Level 2 (16-24 year olds only) at Katherine Low Settlement

£4.60/hour = £161/week; 35 hours per week (including training); 12 month fixed-term contract; Battersea/Wandsworth

This is an exciting position for a young person to join us as our apprentice business and reception administrator. We’re looking for someone who’s a strong ‘people’s person’ and able to do administrative work (full training will be given). Most importantly we’re looking for someone who has a willingness and hunger to learn new things in a busy yet supportive environment. More information can be found:

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Open Day at Thrive

Would you like to volunteer for a great charity? Thrive is the leading charity in the UK that uses gardening to bring about positive changes in the lives of people living with disabilities or ill health, or who are isolated, disadvantaged or vulnerable.

Some of the opportunities with Thrive include:

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Mental Health Awareness Week

Three stress-free days of health and wellbeing at the University of Roehampton. Watch demonstartions, play sports, de-stress whilst making a salad from the hive. All welcome, from 12th to the 14th of May from 11ma to 4pm each day. 

Click on the flyer on the right for more information or email

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Wandsworth Heritage Festival Open Day

Saturday 23rd May from 11am-4.30pm at the Wandsworth Town Library

Come and meet your local societies, find out about current heritage projects and listen to talks on a range of subjects. All events are FREE - no need to book.

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Volunteer Achievement Awards from the Mayor of London

Now’s the time to nominate your volunteers for an award from the Mayor of London as part of the Team London 2015 Achievement Awards – nominations close on Friday 12th June 2015.

Volunteers can be nominated in one of five categories, with awards for volunteers under 25, volunteers over 25, and people who volunteer in a team. The winners will be presented with their award at the prestigious ceremony at City Hall in September.

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Spring – Summer at the Wandsworth Common Nature Centre

Wandsworth Common’s Nature Centre is located within 73 hectares of green space in Wandsworth Common. The Centre is run by NatureScope, a consortium of organisations which includes Groundwork, All Star Tennis, Thrive and Wandsworth Council.

Wandsworth Common has a variety of habitats including woodland, meadow, ponds,

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Mentoring Marathon

It’s spring time! New Year, new start! Traditionally the time to get your running shoes on, whether that be for a sudden sporty urge or pounding the pavement in search of an exciting new job.

With that in mind Theatre503’s very own Associate Artistic Director Lisa is embarking on her own Mentoring Marathon in support of our upcoming show Animals.

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Celebrating the launch of Energy Gardens

Join us this May Day to celebrate the launch of this exciting new project and to find out how you or your organisation can get involved!

Over the next 2 years the Energy Garden team will be supporting communities across London to transform many of the grey, uninspiring London Overground platforms and stations into thriving community gardens that will incorporate food growing plots and solar energy providing on-site renewable energy for lighting, water pumps and other small scale amenities.

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Pension Auto enrolment New legislation that affects your organisation

Lifetimes, in partnership with Leading independent pension advisor Chase De Vere, are holding a workshop to inform and assist you with the Government’s new pension plan called Auto Enrolment. This workshop is for senior managers and finance officers of organisations who will be responsible for overseeing and guiding their organisation to ensure implementation of the new systems.

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Volunteer with people with Learning Disabilities this Summer!

Kith Kids (a charity that support children and their families with learning disabilities) are currently looking for lots of energetic and enthusiastic volunteers, to join them on their fantastic fun filled Summer Social Development Project.

On the project you and an additional volunteer will be paired with one of our members with a learning disability, where you will support and encourage them in talking part in a wide range of activities such as our Arts and Crafts, video, massage and music workshops. Not only is it a week full of fun and games, for you and our members. You will be a vital part in supporting them to develop their social skills in a day to day environment.

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Battersea Park's 10th Annual Barbecue

Head down to the Battersea Park Children’s Zoo on Monday the 8th of June from 6pm to 9pm to enjoy the zoo after hours and see the monkeys, meerkats, emus and otters off duty!

There will also be a host of children’s activities, tombola, raffle and silent auction as well as live music and a bar for the adults.

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District Secretary for Scouting in the borough of Wandsworth!

Do you have good administration skills? Then the role of District Secretary (for Scouting in the borough of Wandsworth) could be perfect for you.

The District Secretary assists the District Commissioner and District Chair in the effective running of local Scouting by providing

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Job Vacancy - The Baked Bean Company


The post is for 27 hours per week worked as follows: MONDAY & WEDNESDAY – 10.30am – 3.30pm – Assisting and leading drama workshops TUESDAY & THURSDAY – 12.15pm – 4.45pm – Assisting and leading dance workshops

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March for the Veterans of the Polish Home Army Fund

Poland Street, London's leading Polish volunteering organisation in London, is inviting volunteers to help raise money for the Veterans of the Polish Home Army (or AK) Fund throughout the month of March. The Fund was set up in 1947 in London with the aim to support the poorest WWII veterans living in Poland, and has so far provided vital funds to thousands of veterans and also widows of those who fought in the War.

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Spruce up your neighbourhood!

Capital Clean Up are offering grants of up to £1,500 and free starter kits to community groups and businesses who want to run Capital Clean-up events in London. Applications close on 16 March 2015.

Whether you want to create a new community garden, smarten up your high street or clear up a local canal or river, we want to hear from you.

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Bishop’s Park Community Gardening & Conservation Club

Help Bishop’s Park get ready for Spring! Join our gardening & conservation group to:

Get active and outdoors this winter Learn practical horticultural and conservation skill Help restore the Moat Garden Gain volunteering experience for your CV Meet new people

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Do you have a say in your future?

The general election takes place on Thursday 7 May 2015. There are fewer than 100 days until voters go to the polls to elect a Member of Parliament. Only people who are on the electoral register will be able to vote at this election.

It’s not too late to register. Anyone who has not registered to vote should visit immediately to apply. You should do this straightaway as the process can take several weeks.

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Junior and Safer Citizen schemes: keeping children safe

The schemes are aimed at giving young people the skills to deal with a wide range of emergency situations.

There are two schemes:

The Junior Citizen Scheme (for Year 5) The Safer Citizen (for young disabled people)

We run the programme with the Police, Health Authority and Fire Service staff. The scheme is accredited by The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

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Councillor Jim Maddan awarded an OBE

Councillor Jim Maddan has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honour List in recognition for his services to the community

Cllr Maddan is chair for the Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network of England & Wales and has been actively involved with the charity since 1992.

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