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