Sandwell Volunteer https://www.volunteercentresandwell.org.uk Volunteer Centre Sandwell has been supporting volunteers and volunteering in Sandwell since 1978. Mon, 24 Sep 2018 12:54:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 NEW WAYS TO VOLUNTEER https://www.volunteercentresandwell.org.uk/news-events/new-ways-to-volunteer/ https://www.volunteercentresandwell.org.uk/news-events/new-ways-to-volunteer/#respond Mon, 24 Sep 2018 12:54:23 +0000 https://www.volunteercentresandwell.org.uk/?p=1507 W Volunteer Centre

NEW WAYS TO VOLUNTEER

Some things never change. Volunteering, as always, is simply giving time for no monetary reward. Not everyone can do everything, as they say, but everyone can do something.

But, over time, we’ve noticed that there’s been a shift in the way people choose to volunteer. Many people used to volunteer to fill their time in a general way, and many still do. But, there’s a definite trend towards volunteers who are passionate about a particular cause they want to serve.

Many people are also volunteering for specific experiences or rewards rather than taking a general approach to volunteering. Volunteers are also tending to use their time differently; some people are more likely to give their time to volunteering in bite sized chunks rather than a longer-term commitment.

As a result, many organisations are now considering promoting activities that reflect these new ways of volunteering. Volunteering doesn’t always mean, for example, joining an organisation or society. Volunteering can be as simple as helping out a friend or neighbour with prescriptions, mowing a lawn, doing the shopping, or simply dropping in for a chat.

However you choose to volunteer, the effects are almost always positive. If just one person does a good thing, others are inspired to follow. It makes a positive difference to the community in which you live.

To find out more about what you could do — and you might surprise yourself — contact The Volunteer Centre Sandwell. After 40 years, we’re still making a difference.

Volunteering in a Digital Age Technology has transformed all our lives. Digital technology and communications — such as the

internet — have had a massive effect. So, it should be no surprise that it’s had an impact on volunteering too.

We see more and more traffic on our social media sites — such as Twitter. But the technology can also help volunteers to work differently. Many people can work from home, volunteering their time to be available on the phone, to befriend people or to provide advice and guidance. If you have new volunteering opportunities, contact the centre on 0121 544 8326 or have at our website, www.volunteercentresandwell.org

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For a chance to win £100, complete this survey – Oldbury Community Hub https://www.volunteercentresandwell.org.uk/news-events/for-a-chance-to-win-100-complete-this-survey-oldbury-community-hub/ https://www.volunteercentresandwell.org.uk/news-events/for-a-chance-to-win-100-complete-this-survey-oldbury-community-hub/#respond Thu, 13 Sep 2018 07:45:53 +0000 https://www.volunteercentresandwell.org.uk/?p=1504 We have recently met (or had telephone or email contact) about proposals for a new community centre at 31 Church Street in Oldbury. We are very grateful for your interest in this project, which is the brainchild of Oldbury New Testament Church of God.

The church has asked AJD Regeneration to lead a feasibility study. As part of this, we are seeking the views of residents and stakeholders and have prepared an online survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NTCGOldbury

The survey aims to determine community needs, service gaps and demand for space, and is estimated to take 9 minutes to complete. It will close on 15th October. We are seeking at least 200 responses from residents, service users, user groups, stakeholders, businesses and agencies – people of any age or background who have a connection with Oldbury. Each respondent providing their contact details will be entered into a draw for a chance to win £100 of high street vouchers. The winner will be announced at an open day at the building at a date to be notified in November or January.

 

Andy Duncan

On behalf of New Testament Church of God, Oldbury

AJD Regeneration

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Getting the most out of volunteering https://www.volunteercentresandwell.org.uk/news-events/getting-the-most-out-of-volunteering/ https://www.volunteercentresandwell.org.uk/news-events/getting-the-most-out-of-volunteering/#respond Thu, 06 Sep 2018 13:20:10 +0000 https://www.volunteercentresandwell.org.uk/?p=1502 Consider your goals and interests

You will have a richer and more enjoyable volunteering experience if you first take some time to identify your goals and interests. Think about why you want to volunteer. What would you enjoy doing? The opportunities that match both your goals and your interests are most likely to be fun and fulfilling.

Tips for getting started

First, ask yourself if there is something specific you want to do.

For example, do I want…
…to make it better around where I live
…to meet people who are different from me
…to try something new
…to do something with my spare time
…to see a different way of life and new places
…to have a go at the type of work I might want to do as a full-time job
…to do more with my interests and hobbies
…to do something I’m good at

The best way to volunteer is to match your personality and interests. Having answers to these questions will help you narrow down your search.

Getting the most out of volunteering

You’re donating your valuable time, so it’s important that you enjoy and benefit from your volunteering. To make sure that your volunteer position is a good fit:

Ask questions. You want to make sure that the experience is right for your skills, your goals, and the time you want to spend. Sample questions to your volunteer coordinator might address your time commitment, if there’s any training involved, who you will be working with, and what to do if you have questions during your experience.

Make sure you know what’s expected. You should be comfortable with the organization and understand the time commitment. Consider starting small so that you don’t over commit yourself at first. Give yourself some flexibility to change your focus if needed.

Don’t be afraid to make a change. Don’t force yourself into a bad fit or feel compelled to stick with a volunteer role you dislike. Talk to the organisation about changing your focus or look for a different organisation that’s a better fit.

Enjoy yourself. The best volunteer experiences benefit both the volunteer and the organisation. If you’re not enjoying yourself, ask yourself why. Is it the tasks you’re performing? The people you’re working with? Or are you uncomfortable simply because the situation is new and familiar? Pinpointing what’s bothering you can help you decide how to proceed. Volunteer Centre Sandwell has over forty years experience of matching individuals into volunteering opportunities. From admin, befriending, creative arts, gardening, hospitality, music, photography, and so much more besides.  Why not contact us on 0121 544 8326 for a one-to- one appointment, or you can visit our website www.volunteercentresandwell.org.uk.  We are located on the corner of Freeth Street in Oldbury (opposite Sandwell Council House) we look forward to seeing and discussing options with you.

 

 

 

 

 

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What people say about volunteering https://www.volunteercentresandwell.org.uk/news-events/what-people-say-about-volunteering/ https://www.volunteercentresandwell.org.uk/news-events/what-people-say-about-volunteering/#respond Thu, 16 Aug 2018 12:17:00 +0000 https://www.volunteercentresandwell.org.uk/?p=1494

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Healthy Minds Peer Support https://www.volunteercentresandwell.org.uk/news-events/healthy-minds-peer-support/ https://www.volunteercentresandwell.org.uk/news-events/healthy-minds-peer-support/#respond Mon, 13 Aug 2018 09:56:17 +0000 https://www.volunteercentresandwell.org.uk/?p=1490

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Civil Society Strategy: building a future that works for everyone https://www.volunteercentresandwell.org.uk/news-events/civil-society-strategy-building-a-future-that-works-for-everyone/ https://www.volunteercentresandwell.org.uk/news-events/civil-society-strategy-building-a-future-that-works-for-everyone/#respond Thu, 09 Aug 2018 09:39:58 +0000 https://www.volunteercentresandwell.org.uk/?p=1488 Today the Office for Civil Society have released their first strategy for 15 years. This strategy will build stronger communities by bringing businesses, charities, and the public sector together, and put communities at the heart of decision making. To view the strategy, click here.

Today the Office for Civil Society are announcing our plans to: 

  • Unlock £20 million from inactive charitable trusts (those which spend less than 30% of their annual income) to support community organisations over the next two years. The work will be carried out alongside the Charity Commission and UK Community Foundations.

 

  • Launch an ‘Innovation in Democracy’ pilot scheme in six regions across the country. This will trial creative ways for people to take a more direct role in decisions that affect their local area. This could include Citizens Juries or mass participation in decision-making on community issues via an online poll or app.

 

  • Fund a new independent organisation that will distribute £90 million from dormant bank accounts to get disadvantaged young people into employment. This new organisation will harness the experience of grassroots youth workers, businesses, and other local services, to help young people achieve their full potential.

 

  • Fund a new independent organisation to use £55 million from dormant accounts to tackle financial exclusion and the problem of access to affordable credit.

 

  • Support charities to make their voices heard on issues that matter to them. We will also ensure that charitable trustees reflect the diversity of the society they serve.

 

Strengthen Britain’s values of corporate responsibility, through the launch of a major new Leadership Group. This will be formed of senior figures from the business, investment and social sectors, to put social and environmental responsibility at the heart of company decisions.

 

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CREATIVE ARTS OPEN DAY 17TH AUGUST https://www.volunteercentresandwell.org.uk/news-events/creative-arts-open-day-17th-august/ https://www.volunteercentresandwell.org.uk/news-events/creative-arts-open-day-17th-august/#respond Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:05:41 +0000 https://www.volunteercentresandwell.org.uk/?p=1483

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Tividale Park Gala 7th July 11am – 5pm https://www.volunteercentresandwell.org.uk/news-events/tividale-park-gala-7th-july-11am-5pm/ https://www.volunteercentresandwell.org.uk/news-events/tividale-park-gala-7th-july-11am-5pm/#respond Tue, 03 Jul 2018 09:04:04 +0000 https://www.volunteercentresandwell.org.uk/?p=1478

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Whose Shoes Maternity Workshop https://www.volunteercentresandwell.org.uk/news-events/whose-shoes-maternity-workshop/ https://www.volunteercentresandwell.org.uk/news-events/whose-shoes-maternity-workshop/#respond Thu, 14 Jun 2018 08:01:24 +0000 https://www.volunteercentresandwell.org.uk/?p=1474

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THANK YOU! https://www.volunteercentresandwell.org.uk/news-events/thank-you-2/ https://www.volunteercentresandwell.org.uk/news-events/thank-you-2/#respond Mon, 04 Jun 2018 13:02:07 +0000 https://www.volunteercentresandwell.org.uk/?p=1470 THANK YOU!

 

We wish to take this opportunity to extend our most sincere thanks to everyone who attended this year’s Sandwell Volunteer Awards & 40th Celebrations.

 

Your presence and participation was warmly received. We have received feedback from the majority of attendees, who have commented on the inspirational messages from individuals, performances also on the venue and hospitality.

 

We look forward to continually serving the citizens of Sandwell by promoting, enhancing also celebrating volunteers and volunteering.

 

Once again, thank you for your support.

 

Jean Taylor

Chief Executive Officer

Volunteer Centre Sandwell

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