Volunteering Opportunities in the Spotlight for Volunteers Week 2018

Volunteer Centre Sefton will be holding a Volunteer Fair at the Atkinson on Lord Street in the town from 11am until 3pm on Tuesday 6th June, as part of Sefton Council’s 2018 Sefton’s Year of the Volunteer initiative.

Volunteer Centre Sefton – which is part of Sefton CVS – has more than 40 years’ experience of helping local people to find the right volunteering roles, as well as offering advice to organisations who are looking to recruit volunteers.

Information on a wide range of opportunities will be available at the Volunteer Fair, from groups seeking green-fingered residents for gardening projects to organisations looking for people who can support families in crisis or ex-offenders.

Organisations attending the event will include the Friends of Kings Gardens, literacy charity Beanstalk, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Southport FC, the Orrell Trust and Sefton Community Learning Service.

Representatives will also be attending from Citizens Advice Sefton, Parenting 2000, Home-Start Southport and Formby and Merseyside Offender Mentoring.

Mike Howlett, Volunteer Centre Sefton’s Senior Citizenship and Volunteering Officer, said:  “At this event we’ll be looking for people to join our existing volunteers in the borough who do such a fantastic job in terms of helping to improve the lives of thousands of local people.

“As well as being a good way to meet new people, volunteering can be tailored to the lifestyle of each individual – what you do, where you do it and how much time you give is totally up to you.

“We’re hoping for a very good turnout at this Volunteer Fair at the Atkinson. Our message to everyone is that communities across Sefton need your knowledge, skills and commitment.”

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Anyone unable to attend the event who would like information about the opportunities on offer can get in touch with Volunteer Centre Sefton on 0151 920 0726 or email info@volunteeringsefton.org.uk.

Volunteering 4 Good Grants – Donate Now to support Sefton’s Year Of The Volunteer 2018

As part of the Year of the Volunteer 2018 campaign, Sefton Council and Sefton CVS have teamed up with Sefton 4 Good to launch a special grant initiative specifically aimed at groups and organisations who work with volunteers.

Following on from the huge success of the Year of the Coast, the tireless work of Sefton’s thousands of volunteers will be celebrated in a yearlong campaign to raise awareness of how much volunteers do for the borough.

Sefton 4 Good have launched an online crowdfunding appeal to raise funds for a dedicated grants initiative called Volunteering 4 Good. The initiative has been given a kickstart from Sefton 4 Good funds and Sefton MBC’s Transition Fund, and the more money we raise through crowdfunding means that more groups and organisations will benefit for this year-long initiative.

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The Volunteering 4 Good grants will be open to groups later this year with the aim of developing local volunteer-involving projects, and we hope to raise funds to increase the amount of money available to Sefton groups.

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To donate to the Volunteering 4 Good crowdfunding initiative, please visit www.sefton4good.org.uk/donate and for more information please call 0151 920 0726 or email info@sefton4good.org.uk  

Appeal for Volunteers at Merseyside Homelessness Charity

Homelessness charity Emmaus Merseyside is on the hunt for local volunteers to support its community and charity shops in Sefton and Liverpool.

The charity has a number of roles available covering retail, admin, social media, upcycling, furniture repair, gardening and van driving. Emmaus is looking for individuals with suitable skills and experience, as well as a commitment to volunteer at least one day per week.

Emily Oldnall, aged 23 and from Crosby, is a volunteer admin assistant helping at Emmaus Merseyside’s community building and has been giving her time to the charity for the past 18 months. Volunteer Emily Oldnall at Emmaus Merseyside

Emily said: “The Emmaus Merseyside community is only down the road from where I live so I thought I’d get in touch and see what the role was about. I come each week doing research, sourcing products, keeping records updated and any other admin duties I can help with. I like being part of the Emmaus community and feel like I’m giving something back to charity.”

Emmaus Merseyside supports formerly homeless people by providing a stable home and meaningful work for as long as they need it. The charity runs three social enterprises in Merseyside, taking in and selling donated and refurbished furniture, household goods, bric-a-brac and vintage pieces.

Angela Quinn, Business Manager at Emmaus Merseyside, said: “Our local volunteers are a much valued part of the Emmaus Merseyside team. We’re keen to expand the range of roles we offer and hopefully there are opportunities that will appeal to all ages, skills and interests. If you would like to get involved then get in touch or visit us to see first-hand what we’re all about.”

Emmaus Merseyside offers all volunteers an opportunity to develop their skills and gain experience for a worthwhile cause. Training is offered where possible and all volunteers receive dinner and travel expenses on the days that they volunteer.

To find out more about the roles on offer at Emmaus Merseyside visit the ‘Get involved’ section at www.emmaus.org.uk/merseyside. If you would like to apply to become a volunteer, please call 0151 928 1588 or visit the visit the Emmaus Charity Superstore at 38 Sandy Road, Seaforth, Sefton L21 3TW.

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2018 is the ‘Year of the Volunteer’ in Sefton!

Sefton Council, in partnership with the Volunteer Centre Sefton and Sefton CVS, is dedicating 2018 as the Year of the Volunteer!

Following on from the huge success of the Year of the Coast, the tireless work of Sefton’s thousands of volunteers, who give an astonishing 116,000 hours of their time each week, will be celebrated in a yearlong campaign to raise awareness of how much volunteers do for the borough.

Volunteer Centre Sefton Introduce New System “VC Connect”

Sefton residents will have easier access to a wide range of volunteering opportunities following the launch of a new simple online tool.

Volunteer Centre Sefton – part of Sefton CVS – has just launched its new Volunteer Connect system which features positions with organisations throughout Sefton and beyond.

The centre has more than 40 years’ experience of helping local people to find the right volunteering roles, as well as offering advice to organisations who are looking to recruit volunteers.

In the past the centre has used the national Do-It platform to promote volunteering opportunities, but it has now developed the Volunteer Connect database which has been customised to Sefton and neighbouring areas

Would-be volunteers simply need to visit www.volunteeringsefton.org.uk and click on the Volunteer Connect icon.

After specifying their areas of interest (for example, older people or mental health), the type of work they want to do (such as counselling or gardening), and how far they’re willing to travel, the system will immediately display a list of suitable opportunities.

Mike Howlett, Sefton CVS Volunteer & Citizenship Lead, commented: “We’ve launched this new system to make it easier for Sefton residents to find volunteer roles in their local communities on the basis of their interests and location.

“We believe it’s also very timely to be launching the Volunteer Connect system in January because volunteering can help many people achieve their New Year’s resolutions.

“Whether they want to be more active, meet new people or make a difference to their local community, we have volunteer roles to suit them,” added Mr Howlett.

Meanwhile, people who are less confident about using the internet can find out about volunteering opportunities at a face-to-face appointment with Volunteer Centre Sefton.

These meetings can be held in the Sefton CVS offices in either Waterloo or Southport, but need to be booked in advance.

For more information on booking an appointment, or on volunteering in Sefton in general, ring 0151 920 0726 or email info@volunteeringsefton.org.uk

Sefton volunteers gave 148,000 hours of volunteering in the last year

Dedicated volunteers from Southport, Formby, Crosby and across Sefton have been honoured for their outstanding contribution to their local community.

More than 100 volunteers attended a presentation ceremony at Bootle Town Hall which was organised by Volunteer Centre Sefton, part of Sefton CVS, to mark national Volunteers’ Week 2015.

The VIP guests at the event were the High Sheriff of Merseyside, Robert Owen JP DL, and the Mayor of Sefton, Councillor Stephen Kermode.

Volunteer Centre Sefton figures show that the organisation recognised a total of 148,000 hours of volunteering during the last financial year.

Based on the average earnings for Sefton, this equates to an investment of around £1.9 million in the borough by volunteers over the 12-month period.

The Volunteer Centre also used the Bootle Town Hall event to officially launch its new Sefton Volunteer Involving Project of the Year Award (VIP Award).

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Pictured at the presentation ceremony (front left) Vicky Keeley from Sefton Volunteer Centre, High Sheriff of Merseyside Robert Owen and Mayor of Sefton Cllr Stephen Kermode with volunteers from Bootle, Crosby and Maghull.

This new annual honour will recognise organisations who create a range of interesting volunteering opportunities, provide positive experiences for the volunteers who support them and excel in volunteer best practice.

Applications are now being accepted for the inaugural award. The closing date for entries is September 30th.

Vicky Keeley, Manager of Volunteer Centre Sefton, said: “Our annual celebration at the Town Hall is a great way for us to pay tribute to the hard work and commitment of volunteers throughout the borough over the last 12 months.

“I want to thank them all for making a real difference to the lives of a huge number of local people, in particular some of Sefton’s most vulnerable residents.

“I would also like to encourage volunteers to nominate their organisations or groups for the VIP Award which will recognise excellent work in volunteer management,” added Mrs Keeley.

To find out more about volunteering in Sefton and the new award ring 0151-920 0726, email info@volunteeringsefton.org.uk or visit the Volunteer Centre Sefton website – www.volunteeringsefton.org.uk