Help to Make a Difference to Lives of Children with Disabilities in Sefton

Do you have some spare time on your hands during the school holidays or any evenings or weekends free? Would you be interested in helping disabled youngsters have fun in inclusive settings across Sefton?

If so you could really make a difference to peoples’ lives. As part of Sefton Council’s Year of the Volunteer campaign, we are encouraging residents to consider volunteering for Aiming High. This is a very important service which gives support to children and young people with disabilities and their families.

All year round the dedicated team provide specially tailored sessions which young people can access. This includes sport activities, outside play, music, dance and so much more!

As we approach the school summer holidays, Aiming High are looking for more volunteer helpers for their summer programme which is packed full of fun and engaging things to do.

This will be a great experience for anyone who wants to join in and have some fun with  amazing young people and staff.

It’s also an excellent opportunity for school leavers or students who want to work in a similar field such as social care, teaching or as a sports instructor.

Don’t worry about your experience as full training is given. If you’re interested and want further information contact the Aiming High team on 0151 288 6816

Check out our featured video below with the Aiming High team. We caught up with Laura Cunningham who has been one of our amazing volunteers. She helps out twice a week in our after school club for children with severe learning difficulties. She has now gained employment with Aiming High for the summer programme.

Volunteer Opportunity; Treasurer for The Atkinson Development Trust (closing 1pm, Monday 2nd July 2018)

Role: Treasurer
Location: The Atkinson, Southport
Hours: We hold monthly meetings for two hours at 5-7 pm
Accountable to: The Atkinson Development
Closing date: 1pm, Monday 2nd July 2018


The Atkinson Development Trust is a charity run by a small, committed group of skilled volunteers who have a shared love of Sefton and The Atkinson. Established in 2015, we’re still growing and developing.

Our aim, in short, is to raise money. What interests us is what we can do with the funds we raise. We all believe in the transformative power of art. And we believe that communities thrive best when they have civic pride and a sense of place.  So, the Trust was established to work in partnership with The Atkinson to use its collections to make a positive impact on local people’s lives.

The Treasurer’s role is to:

  • Oversee the financial affairs of the organisation, ensuring they are legal and constitutional
  • Ensure that proper records are kept and effective financial procedures are in place
  • Oversee the production and adoption of annual budgets, financial reports/returns, accounts and audits
  • Appraise the financial viability of plans, proposals and feasibility studies
  • Liaise with Trustees making them aware of their financial obligations and ensuring the financial viability of the organisation
  • Lead on appointing and liaising with auditors/an independent examiner
  • Contribute to the pool of expertise and advice i.e. making advice and expertise available to the Board, staff and volunteers
  • Make an active contribution in organising fundraising on behalf of The Atkinson Development Trust
  • Govern i.e directing and controlling the organisation through collective decision-making.  This is a mandatory requirement of every Trustee.

Please see the attached for more information about the role:

Treasurer recruitment -supporting info

Treasurer job description

If you have any questions please email us at: atkinsontrustees@sefton.gov.uk

The Atkinson website is: https://www.theatkinson.co.uk/

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.

Trustee Position; PH Holt Foundation (closing date 9am, Friday 15th June 2018)

Salary: Unpaid voluntary post
Start Date: September 2018
Commitment: Board meetings 4 times a year held in Liverpool during business hours plus participation on one or more of our sub-committees (Grants, Investments, Finance, Risk Management) and occasional visits to Merseyside charities.


Due to the retirement of longstanding trustees, the PH Holt Foundation is looking to recruit three new trustees to its board and welcomes applications from individuals who share our values and commitment to making a positive difference in communities across Merseyside. We are particularly keen to strengthen our board’s expertise and skill base with professionals from the private, public and charity worlds with experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Financial management and accountancy
  • Governance and risk management
  • Legal expertise in relation to the voluntary sector
  • Investment management
  • Marketing and digital communications
  • Experience and knowledge from working in the field of education, the arts or community programmes

If you would like to apply, please send the following information:

  • A brief covering letter outlining why you would like to be a PH Holt Foundation Board Member and the skills you would bring to the role [maximum two sides of A4].
  • A current CV providing details of two referees who could be contacted following interview

Your application should be returned for the attention of Ian Bakewell, Chair and emailed to: chair@phholtfoundation.org.uk

Deadline: 9am on Friday 15th June 2018.

Interviews will be held during weeks commencing 2nd and 9th July 2018 for a start date in September 2018

Downloads:

Role Description and Person Specification
PH Holt Leaflet (PDF)

phholtfoundation.org.uk/

D.ofE. Expeditions: Volunteering / Casual Work Opportunities

The Youth and Community Partnership (YCP) are currently seeking to recruit volunteers and experienced youth workers / D.ofE. workers to support young people through the EXPEDITION section of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Silver level.

Having a D1 Driving License and experience of driving a 17-seater minibus would be an advantage. We offer competitive rates of pay for casual, experienced workers and generous expenses for experienced volunteers.

If interested – email ycp@live.co.uk to arrange an informal meeting prior to applying to join our expedition team.

For more information – www.the-ycp.co.uk/

The Prince’s Trust Programme returns to Southport

The Prince’s Trust Team Programme is coming back to Southport. Team Programme is 12 weeks long with an additional 3-week work placement at the end. It focuses on promoting community engagement, employment skills and teamwork. Team is for those between 16 and 25 years old, who are NEET or working under 16 hours. We have two modules called Community Project and Supporting Others in the Community aimed at engagement and giving back to the local area.

If you know of any young people suitable for team, or a project and you need volunteers for in the Sefton area, please refer them to our phone numbers on the Prince’s Trust Leaflet attached or contact us directly for a chat.

We are based in the building behind Parenting 2000 on Mornington Road, Southport. Feel Free to pop in Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. Our next team start date is 22/01/2018.

For more information contact the Southport team on mobile;
07849 069 574 or 07860 839 294
Or download the informational flyer here;
The Prince’s Trust Team Programme 2018

Volunteering opportunities with Merseyside Offender Mentoring (MOM)

Sefton CVS’s ‘Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project’ has been successful in securing National Lottery funding to work with offenders released from HMP Liverpool (regardless of sentence/ license circumstances), to deliver a mentoring service which will respond to individual offender needs (including employment, addiction, housing, education and training).

This service is further supported by a bank of Volunteer Mentors who will help and stabilize the offenders on release and help them with their action plans to reduce re-offending.

There may also be opportunities to volunteer with young offenders subject to completion of a probationary period.


Organisation Description

To provide one to one support to a newly released offender, through a befriending relationship, enabling the mentee to re-integrate back into their community, support them with identified issues and guide them in a positive way with an overall aim to instigate them into leading a more stable and secure future.

Skills and Qualifications

o Must be able to relate and communicate well to build a rapport with offenders.

o Strong personal and professional boundaries

o Non-judgemental attitude towards Mentee but has ability to judge a situation.

o Experience of dealing positively with challenging situations and people.

o Experience of the criminal justice system preferred but not essential.

o Passionate about supporting the community and the ex-offender in helping to reduce

Additional/Specific Suitability’s

Training; 6 mandatory modules including safeguarding, confidentiality and criminal justice. Plus we ask other agencies to come in and give additional training.

Expenses are covered ( travel and other out of pocket.)

Contact Info

Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project
Burlington House, Suite 3B
3rd Floor, North Wing
Crosby Road North
Waterloo
L22 0LG

Email:  merseyside.mentoring@seftoncvs.org.uk 
Tel:
0151 920 0726 ext. 229

Click here for a Role Description 

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