Volunteering & Fundraising Toolkit for Schools & Young People NOW AVAILABLE

Volunteer Centre Sefton and Sefton 4 Good have teamed up to produce a brand new Volunteering & Fundraising Toolkit for Schools & Young People – packed with information about local volunteer opportunities and creative ideas for fundraising events and activities!  

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/

Call to Support Local Fundraising for Life-Saving Cancer Research

A group of fundraisers led by a Formby cancer hero are looking for local people to pledge their support and help them raise money for life-saving cancer research.

Each year around 148 people in the Sefton region will be diagnosed with cancer and one in three of those will die from cancer or cancer related diseases.

The Sefton-based fundraising group for the charity North West Cancer Research is now looking for volunteers to act as regional cancer heroes and raise money for cancer research.

Jim Brown, 72, from Formby,  set up the group earlier this year after working with local cancer support group The Daisy Chain. Wanting to widen his support for cancer-based charities, he set up the fundraising group with his two friends Kevin Dunne and Hilda Boyd.

Jim who has lived in Formby all his life, was first inspired to work with local cancer charities after his wife Joan was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago.

He said: “When we got Joan’s cancer diagnosis, it was a shock for us all. But thanks to treatment, which included surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, she’s now doing much better.

“Watching her go through her treatment was hard, but she has been so brave throughout it all. It was then that I knew I wanted to do something to help others and offer support for them and their loved ones.

“Research is an incredibly important part of the cancer journey. It’s more than just finding a cure for cancer, but it’s also about developing treatments which not only kill cancer but are easier for patients to cope with and do not have the horrendous side-effects that many treatments do today.

“I’ve been to the research labs at the North West Cancer Research Centre in Liverpool and spoken with the researchers the charity supports. It was great to see what the money we raise will be spent on and encouraging to hear some of the advances that their researchers are already making.”

The group is inviting volunteers to join them as they help raise money for this life-saving cancer research. They are looking for people to help organise fundraising events in the local community.

Jim added: “You can give as much or as little of your time as you like and any contribution no matter how big or small goes a long way in helping the fight against cancer.”

To find out more contact Jim on brownchest@yahoo.co.uk or call 01704 574787.

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/

‘Volunteering 4 Good’ Grant Funding – DEADLINE EXTENDED! (closing 5pm, 1st June 2018)

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Sefton 4 Good  is pleased to announce that our latest round of grant funding, ‘Volunteering 4 Good’, is still open!

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

NOMINATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR THIRD ROUND OF CITIZENS 4 GOOD SCHEME!

Nominations are now being accepted for the third round of a major scheme that recognises Sefton residents who make a difference to life in their local communities.

Citizens 4 Good was successfully launched last summer as a joint initiative by Sefton CVS and the Mayor of Sefton’s office.

The scheme aims to highlight the good deeds, support and kindness that local people show to other members of their community.

Nominations can be made by anyone who thinks a particular person deserves to be recognised, including friends, neighbours, work colleagues, schools, community organisations and local councillors.

The process is quick and simple, using a short nomination form available via the Sefton 4 Good website.

Mike Howlett, Sefton CVS Volunteer and Citizenship Lead, commented: “Since last August we celebrated 27 Citizens 4 Good in Sefton, and the programme has proven very popular.

“However, we know there are plenty more people out there who deserve recognition. We want to encourage people to nominate any Sefton residents they know who have made a difference to their community.”

Shortlisted nominees will be invited to a special celebration event where they will be presented with a certificate recognising their good works by the Mayor of Sefton, Councillor Dave Robinson.

Councillor Robinson said: “We have been delighted with the response to Citizens 4 Good so far and look forward to hearing about even more Sefton residents having a positive impact in their neighbourhoods.”

The deadline for nominations is Wednesday 14th March with the celebration event taking place on Wednesday 28th March in Bootle.

For further information about Citizens 4 Good ring Sefton CVS on 0151 920 0726 or email info@sefton4good.org.uk.

To make a nomination online visit www.sefton4good.org.uk/citizens or alternatively you can to download the appropriate form here.

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  

Help Sefton Stay Clean and Green!

The green fingered and community conscious are invited to take part in litter picks and gardening at Killen Green Park in Netherton, March 2, 10am and The Pinfold woodland in Crosby, March 9, 10am.

The litter pick at Killen Green Park will be followed by refreshments and a talk about the park at the L30 Community Centre in Netherton.

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.

Emmaus Merseyside's Charity Superstore and workshops

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.

New Year, New Challenge? Become a Volunteer!

Merseyside’s Deputy Police Commissioner is inviting anyone looking for a new challenge for 2018 to consider becoming an independent custody visitor.

Cllr Emily Spurrell is looking to recruit more volunteers to be part of an important scheme which sees members of the community check on the welfare of people detained in police custody.

The Independent Custody Visiting programme was established following the investigation into the Brixton riots in 1981 and is now the responsibility of Police and Crime Commissioners to operate in their respective areas across the country.

The scheme sees volunteers undertake random, unannounced visits of police cells to check on the conditions and make sure those being held are being cared for appropriately.

There is currently a committed team of 23 volunteers who dedicate their time to the scheme, but the Deputy Commissioner is now looking to get up to 10 more people involved.

The volunteers visit the region’s custody suites in pairs, at varied times of the night and day, throughout the year. Once on site, they check on the welfare of those detained and the conditions within the suite and produce a report for the Police Commissioner, Jane Kennedy, and her Deputy. They can then raise any issues directly with Merseyside Police.

Emily said: “Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs) carry out an important public duty which provides reassurance to the public, the police and to me that we are detaining men and women here on Merseyside properly and caring for them appropriately.

“Detainees are potentially vulnerable and visits by our ICV volunteers are a key protection for them and a vital part of our criminal justice system, ensuring their legal entitlements and rights are respected.

“This is an interesting and rewarding role where volunteers can make a real difference within their community and get an insight into how our police system operates. By volunteering for this scheme, people can play their part in promoting the highest standards of policing. This is a fantastic opportunity for people who are looking for a new challenge for the New Year.”

The ICV scheme in Merseyside has been in operation since April 1984, when 20 members of the public were trained as visitors.

Last year, Merseyside’s ICV volunteers made a total of 265 impromptu trips to custody suites in the region, offering to see more than 2,300 detainees.

ICVs must have good observational and thinking skills, strong ethical principles and be able to maintain confidentiality. They should also be comfortable challenging authority if required. Ideally the volunteers will also come from a range of backgrounds, ages and experience.

Volunteers must be over 18 years old and live or work in the Merseyside area. Full training will be given. It is expected that volunteers make one visit a month.

How can I apply?

If you would like to apply to be an ICV, please complete the application form and equality and diversity monitoring form below and forward to the OPCC via email or post at the contact details below by Friday 2nd February 2018:

Application Form

Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside,
Allerton Police Station,
Rose Lane,
Liverpool,
L18 6JE

Tel: 0151 777 5155

Email: OPCC.ICV@merseyside.pnn.police.uk

For more information, please refer to the recruitment pack below:

Recruitment Pack

You can also find out more about the ICV scheme here. If you any have any other queries, do not hesitate to get in contact with the OPCC on the email address or telephone number provided.

NEW CITIZENS 4 GOOD SCHEME HONOURS FIRST COMMUNITY HEROES AT TOWN HALL CEREMONY

 


A major new scheme to recognise Sefton residents who make a difference to life in their local communities has honoured its first recipients.

Citizens 4 Good has been launched as a joint initiative by Sefton CVS and the Mayor of Sefton’s office, and current Mayor of Sefton Cllr Dave Robinson was the VIP guest at this week’s inaugural presentation ceremony at Bootle Town Hall.

Citizens 4 Good aims to pay tribute to local people whose kindness, support and good deeds improve the lives of their fellow borough residents.

Nominations can be made by anyone who thinks a particular person deserves to be recognised, including friends, neighbours, work colleagues, schools, community organisations and local Councillors.

The 14 residents honoured at the Town Hall event ranged from a man who continues to volunteer for a local charity at the age of 92, to a woman who has helped to establish one of the Southport foodbanks.

Councillor Robinson said he was delighted to attend the event and to hear the man examples of the excellent work that people are doing in their local communities.
He commented: “So much good takes place in Sefton and we want Citizens 4 Good to shine a spotlight on those people making a difference to life in their area.”

Mike Howlett, Sefton CVS Volunteer and Citizenship Lead, said: “Everyone who has been recognised here tonight has made a really positive impact on their local community, and inspired someone enough to nominate them.
“We’re really delighted at the encouraging response to the inaugural call for nominations, and now plan to make the scheme a regular event,” he added.

The full list of recipients is:

*  John Simpson who retired recently after leading the 58th Southport Cubs for more than 40 years.

*  Julie Woods who helped to establish the foodbank at the Shoreline Church in Southport.

*  Pastor Peter Cunningham who founded the Green Pastures social enterprise in Southport to help the homeless.

*  Sara Lace who organises Christmas Day meals for older people at Southport Fire Station.

*  Anne Long from Formby for her tireless work as an ambassador for several cancer charities.

*  Frankie Meadows who has been the driving force behind Crosby Stuart Junior Football Club for more than 25 years.

*  Gillian Cuthbertson from Crosby for helping to establish the Veterans in Sefton armed forces charity.

*  Jan Mullin for helping to establish Crosby Parkrun, a weekly 5K run along Crosby beach.

*  The late Neville Hymus for his work as a volunteer in Crosby’s community gardens, and creating a World War One memorial garden in Moor Lane.

*  George Higgins who is still volunteering with Bootle-based charity Sefton Opera at the age of 92.

*  Nandy Allen who helped to establish the community Art By Me project in Bootle.

*  Phil Brown who has helped to tackle litter in Bootle for seven years via the Bootle Action  Group.

*  Vicky Hanagan who runs the foodbank at Bootle’s Christchurch Youth and Community Centre.

*  Rita Addison for helping residents in Maghull and Lydiate by setting up a luncheon club and home library scheme.

For more information about future opportunities to nominate people for Citizens 4 Good recognition ring 0151 920 0726 or email info@sefton4good.org.uk.

Include IT Mersey: Volunteers needed to help improve local people’s computer skills

New Liverpool City Region project Include-IT Mersey seeks volunteer digital champions to work in local communities.

Include-IT Mersey is looking for volunteers to encourage local people to improve their digital skills by accessing free training across Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and the Wirral.

Volunteers will support participants to access digital training and raise awareness of the benefits of getting online in a variety of community centres and locations across the region. 

“Digital Champions don’t need to be experts in IT and computing, but will need to be friendly and comfortable in working with the public” said Lauren Jones, Volunteer Coordinator for Sefton, Liverpool and Knowsley.

“The project aims to help 750 participants to renew their motivation to learn and progress in life and gain, what will in many cases, be their first qualification”.

Include-IT Mersey volunteers will not be directly involved in delivering the training programme, but will have the opportunity to help project organisers at Digital Surgeries across the region and will provide hands-on support to learners.

“By volunteering with the Include-IT Mersey project, Digital Champions can build their own confidence and self esteem whilst helping participants to build theirs too!”said Sally Dobbing, Volunteer Coordinator for Halton, St Helens and the Wirral.

This opportunity is a chance for volunteers to help members of their local community, and the role is flexible around your own availability”.

The Include-IT Mersey project is funded by The Big Lottery and European Social Fund, and is lead by Sefton CVS in partnership with VOLA consortium and partner organisations throughout the Liverpool City Region.

For more information on this role, or to find out where your nearest training venue is, please contact Sefton CVS on 0151 920 0726 or for those online, email includeitmersey@seftoncvs.org.uk. Full details are also available online at www.includeitmersey.org.uk.

Stunning Stained Glass Window Unveiled at Maghull Train Station

A stained glass window has been unveiled at Maghull Train Station in memory of two remarkable local men.

Nigel Winchester and Alan Pritchard were both chairmen of the award-winning Maghull Station Volunteers group.

The pair were committed rail enthusiasts and passionate about the station, which has won numerous awards under their stewardship, including the National Train Award for Best Small Station in 2013.

In honour of their service a stained glass window, which signifies the railway as the gateway to the world, has been installed in the Liverpool-bound waiting room.

The window, which was created by local organisations, Maghull & Lydiate U3A Glass Group and Maghull Double Glazing, celebrates both the old and the new, showing a steam train and a modern train with the railway lines crossing to various world landmarks.

Nigel’s widow, Ena, said: “I am delighted that Nigel’s voluntary work at Maghull Station, and many other projects in the Maghull area have been recognised.”

Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde, managing director of Merseyrail which funded the project, said: “Nigel Winchester will always be remembered at Merseyrail for his unstinting dedication to the station and his community.

“When Nigel died Alan Pritchard took over the mantle of chairman. The station continued to blossom under his chairmanship and guidance.

“The local commuters frequently stop to admire the wonderful display of plants and congratulate the volunteers on the good work that is done, and what a pleasure it is to travel from the station.

“This window will act as a permanent tribute to the two men who have made such an impact to their community with love and commitment to their surroundings and their neighbours.”

Maghull Station Volunteers have previously won the Spirit of Merseyside Grassroots Award and Sefton In Bloom’s Best Community Garden Award. They were also runners up in the Best Station Adoption Group, from The Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRPS).

The Maghull & Lydiate U3A glass group, led by John Jackson, designed the stunning stained glass window and local business, Maghull Double Glazing, provided the window.

At an emotional ceremony last week, the window was unveiled by Nigel and Alan’s widows’ Ena and Eileen, alongside the Mayor of Maghull Councillor Byrne. It was then officially dedicated by the Reverend George Perera.

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 

St Joseph’s Hospice appeals for charity shop volunteers across Sefton

The hospice has a number of stores across Sefton, and are particularly keen to find workers for their Southport and Formby branches.

Volunteering is one of the most valuable ways of supporting the hospice as its shops are a crucial source of income, raising over £100,000 each year.

This money goes directly towards caring for patients at the hospice in Thornton.

Gill Jones, 59, from Maghull, started working at the St Joseph’s Hospice shop, on Westway in Maghull, just four weeks ago.

Gill spent her career working for the family flooring business but, as the business grew, her son took over and she found herself with more time on her hands.

She said: “I still work at our flooring business a few days a week but I was so proud to step back and hand the business over to my son. However, after such a busy career, I found myself bored at home and so I decided to see it as an opportunity to do something else, something rewarding.

“As I had retail experience, I decided to visit the local hospice shop and they were so welcoming from the moment I walked through the door. I just help out one morning a week so it’s not a huge commitment but it is great fun. There’s a real family atmosphere between the volunteers in the shop and with the shop manager Susan.

“I’m very proud to support my local hospice and it keeps me entertained. I have made some lovely new friends too.”

Maggie Linge, 69, from Maghull, and Dorothy Reynolds, 73, from Lydiate, have volunteered at the hospice shop in Maghull since it opened at its previous location on Central Square.

In fact, they have both worked there since it was an Oxfam shop over 30 years ago!

Maggie said: “We both do the same morning shift we always have done. It’s great company when you’re retired. It gets you out and about and doing some good for an important local charity.

“My husband, Keith, passed away seven years ago and working in the shop helped me a lot. It gave me a real purpose to get up and do something positive. The support network was wonderful too.”

Dorothy added: “We have a really close-knit community at the shop which offers friendship and companionship. As shop volunteers, we really feel like we’re contributing to an important local charity.”

If you can spare a little time each week to help, call 0151 932 6046 or email siobhan.clinton@jospice.org.uk.

Volunteers needed to reach for the stars for Queenscourt Hospice!

VOLUNTEERS are needed for the upcoming 2017 Queenscourt Hospice Star Trekk walk.

Every year hundreds of people join in the Star Trekk and take to the streets of Southport to raise much needed funds for Queenscourt Hospice.

This is only possible thanks to a team of volunteers.

For this year’s event, on Friday, May 19, the hospice are in need of volunteer stewards who can help them marshal the seven mile route throughout the night.

A spokesperson for Queenscourt Hospice said: “Our stewards play a really important role at Star Trekk.

“As well as ensuring our walkers stay safe and well, they also help to create the great atmosphere and provide much needed encouragement along the route.

“They are also on hand to offer important information for walkers about facilities etc, which will all be provided.

“If this is something you think you’d like to help with then we’d love to hear from you!

“The walk starts and finishes at Southport Pleasureland, at the slightly earlier time this year of 8.30pm.

“The route travels along the old Coastal Road, where it turns left on to Weld Road and continues through to Birkdale Village.

“Birkdale Village Traders are kindly supporting Star Trekk, with many traders opening up late and the village will be decorated with balloons and bows, making it look even more wonderful and helping to encourage our walkers along the way!

“After the village we will continue along Liverpool Road before turning left up Clifford Road and Lyndurst Road.

“We take a left on to Guildford Road, along to Town Lane and head past Christ the King School, Dobbies, Southport Hospital and Queenscourt Hospice.

“At Queenscourt Hospice the Lights of Love in our beautiful trees will be turned on for this special night, shining out to welcome all our participants and spur them on for the second half of the walk.

“At the main Kew roundabout, we will turn left onto Scarisbrick New Road and continue straight on up to Lord Street.  Here we will head left and take a right hand turn up Coronation Walk before heading to the finish line at Pleasureland.

“There is a great party atmosphere with our walkers dressing up, wearing tiaras, sparkly cowboy hats and flashing bunny ears etc… our stewards are key to making it as fun as possible and cheering the walkers along the way, so they are of course welcome to join in with the dressing up!

“We would also love it if any residents or businesses along the route would be kind enough to step out and give our walkers a cheer as they go past!

“Last year the 1139 people who joined in with Star Trekk managed to raise an incredible £87,000 which all went to benefit the local people being cared for by Queenscourt Hospice.”

If you are interested in volunteering as a marshal, contact the fundraising office on 01704 517420 or e-mail fundraising@queenscourt.org.uk.

Green-Fingered Friends of Duke Street Park

A number of garden enthusiasts have been making their mark on the local area.

Eight volunteers have joined forces to create a new Friends of Duke Street Park group in Formby.

 Working together with Sefton Council’s parks and greenspaces service, the group are helping to make improvements to the park and continue the work that was started by the garden volunteers at the park.

In the last 12 months, the popular attraction in Formby has had new trees planted, a multi-use games area installed courtesy of local funding, and a unique wooden carving created on-site. The park has now been nominated for a national Green Flag award which recognises the high-standards of outdoor spaces.

Regular events take place throughout the year, including the Formby Festival in July – a three-day extravaganza of food, music and drink as well things for all the family.

The Friends of Duke Street Park meet monthly at Formby Library and new members are always welcome. In addition, the garden volunteers continue to meet on the first Thursday of each month to look after the rose garden and new volunteers will be given information and support.

For more information on how to get involved please contact parks@sefton.gov.uk or 0151 934 2421.

Retired friends Don & Charles raise £400k for St Joseph’s Hospice

TWO BUCKET collectors have raised a staggering £400,000 for St. Joseph’s Hospice over the last 17 years.

Don Franks and Charles Callaghan, retired friends, have faced all weathers and have spent, in total, 800 days standing outside train stations, sports grounds and shopping centres, wearing their yellow hospice vests and greeting passers by. They have collected on average £25,000 per year in aid of the Thornton-based hospice, which cares for local people living with life-limiting conditions.

Don, 85, from Formby, and Charles, 79, from Ainsdale, are well-known characters around Merseyside.

The duo started collecting in 2001 when Don’s wife, Francis, heard that the hospice was trying to raise money for a new bed.

Their determination and passion for the hospice led them to completely smash their target of £1,000 in the first year, by raising £14,000 in the first four months!

Fourteen years later, they hit £300,000 enabling many terminally ill patients to die peacefully in the beautiful surroundings at St. Jospice’s Hospice.

Don said: “We collect for the hospice for around three days every month and raise on average £500 each day between us. Our best day ever was in 2003 when we collected at Woolworths just before Christmas and took £1,350. Everyone was incredibly generous.

Charles added: “We enjoy it so much and we’re always bowled over by how generous people are. We are very grateful to the people of Sefton and Merseyside for their magnificent generosity as without them, this huge figure would never be possible.”

“We have met some wonderful people over the years, including celebrities and VIP’s but also so many generous, kind and supportive people from our local community.”

Mike Parr, Chief Executive of St. Joseph’s Hospice, said: “There simply aren’t words to describe the contribution that Don and Charles have made.”

The House of Lords Report on Charities: What You Need To Know!

The House of Lords select committee on charities has now published its report, entitled Stronger Charities for a Stronger Society (PDF, 1.7 MB). This is a substantial, wide-ranging and important piece of work that should and will shape our sector going forward. The analysis and recommendations of this cross-party committee’s report recognise that Britain benefits greatly from our sector. But that for that to continue, charities, and those who support them, need to adapt so that they can better make an impact in the changing world around them.

You can read more here: http://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2017/03/26/the-house-of-lords-report-on-charities-what-you-need-to-know/

Sahir House and Trans Health Merseyside are Recruiting New Volunteers

Below is information from Sahir House about their volunteer vacancies & recruitment process


Sahir House is the HIV support, information & training service in Merseyside.

We need your help with buddy support, raising HIV awareness across the public, World AIDS Day campaigns, reception and front of house as well as general support for the charity.

Trans Health Merseyside is the trans peer led wellbeing project.

We need Trans volunteer peer mentors to provide health information and peer mentoring by those, for those who identify as transsexual and transgender and gender non-conforming people to help alleviate isolation and related stress and promote empowerment.

To find out more about both projects:

New Volunteer Open Evening to find out more about all opportunities to volunteer: Thursday 22nd September, 6pm start at Sahir House

Informal interviews: week of 26th September, call 237 3989 for an appointment and ask for Cath Turner (appointments are about 20 mins)

Induction training course: Friday 7th Oct (eve) and day time of Sat 8th Oct, Sun 9th Oct, Sat 15th Oct and Sun 16th Oct. (mandatory training for both projects, required to attend all dates)

Volunteer training, induction, support and travel expenses provided. Induction training will be held in the city centre location.

Sahir House continually aims to address its skills shortage and under representation and welcomes interest from all sections of the community, especially people with some day time availability, those living with HIV, local BME communities, LGB and Trans people.

Trans Health Merseyside welcomes interest from trans people who ideally have some evening availability (Tuesdays) for when wellbeing sessions and support group activities take place.

For a Volunteer Info Pack & enquiries visit www.sahir.org.uk/volunteer or call 237 3989 and ask for:

Cath Turner, Development Manager or Kathy Charters, THM Project Worker

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

The Diocese of Liverpool Josephine Butler Awards 2016

The Josephine Butler Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Helen Clarey who received a £500 cheque to be given to a charity of her choice which is Willowbrook Hospice and secondly £200 of John Lewis vouchers. Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Church – Mothers Union, the Union of Catholic Mothers, members of Church Councils, non-stipendiary clergy, musicians, volunteers at luncheon clubs, collecting for Christian Aid and so much more.

Helen has served many years as a churchwarden with the headaches of a Grade Two Star Listed Building namely St Mary’s Knowsley, exhausting herself with a large Christmnas Tree Festival and running an ecumenical Messy Church, has been a committee member and stalwart supporter of the St Helens Youth Brass Band, has been a member for decades of a group of singers called the Lyndales who have been committed to singing for churches and charities and an active trustee of the Diocesan Council for Social Aid whose key role is running Adelaide House our Approved Premises for Women which also focuses on gender equality and penal affairs.

Helen also has a unique role in the Church of England which due to the Diocese’s commitment has received national recognition, serving as Adviser on Domestic Abuse Issues. The prevention of Domestic Abuse is intrinsic to the Diocesan Safeguarding Policies and she has promoted this with passion, sensitivity and hard work.  She has addressed Deanery Synods, the Mothers Union, worked with our committed and efficient Child Protection and Vulnerable Adults Adviser and much more!

The second award which of £5,000 given to a Christian charity with a proven track record in areas that we think Josephine Butler would be pioneering today. This went to Wigan Churches Association for Family Welfare normally known as Wigan Family Welfare.

When the Trust was established there were two outstanding women trustees namely Marguerite (Sally) White who was the Director of Moral Welfare in the Diocese and those responsible for overseeing this organisation in a Diocesan context and Professor Kathleen Heasman who in her book The Church & Social Work highlighted the work of this organisation which started in the late fifties partly on money from the closure of a Children’s Home. From its inception it involved Anglican, Roman Catholic & Free Church members many years before the Bishop, the Archbishop and the Free Church Moderator her became the Merseyside Miracle. So this Wigan Miracle was years ahead!

Counselling children and adults, being a leading light in Wigan’s third sector, having strong support from local churches since its foundation, working with Sure Start, bereavement support, anger management, advocacy, and so much more. These have been hallmarks of this organisation which despite swingeing cuts in local authority support and ever shrinking resources has grown always in stature and normally in size.

Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust seek Dining Companion Volunteers!

What is a Dining Companion?

A dining companion is a volunteer who sits with a patient on a one to one basis and provides assistance to help them eat.  As well as helping the patient with eating, the dining companion can chat to the patient and encourage them to eat.  They keep nursing staff informed about what the patient has eaten and whether the patient has enjoyed their food.

 The Problem

In 2006, AGE UK produced a document called Hungry to be Heard as part of a national campaign to increase standards within all hospitals.  Hungry to be Heard provided a seven step improvement plan for hospitals to ensure elderly patients received better care and attention during mealtimes. 

Often elderly patients need some assistance with cutting up their food, holding utensils etc., and there is a risk they may become malnourished if they don’t have the support they need.  Malnourishment increases the risk of infection and can significantly increase recovery time. 

The Solution

The Trust operates a ‘Red Tray Scheme’ and volunteers are placed on wards to assist with menus, mealtimes, drinks and other social duties such as chatting to patients to alleviate the boredom and loneliness that can be experienced whilst staying in hospital.  Patients who are identified by staff as requiring additional support at mealtimes will have their food served on a ‘Red Tray’.  Ward staff and volunteers then ensure help is given with the meal.  This is vital to some patients who do not receive any visitors and could be lonely or anxious or may be suffering from a form of dementia or Alzheimer’s. 

Becoming a Volunteer

Volunteers go through an application process including a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check and Health Assessment Check.  They will be invited for an interview and if they are successful, will be recruited as a volunteer at Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust. 

The process is kept as informal as possible as good communication skills are vital in the volunteer role and it’s important for the applicants to feel comfortable. 

If you would like any further information, please contact Chris Pilkington on 01704 704955 or email chris.pilkington@nhs.net

NYAS advocacy and Independent Visiting Service are currently looking to recruit volunteers in Southport!

NYAS advocacy and Independent Visiting Service are currently looking to recruit volunteers to befriend children and young people who are looked after (in care) with Cardiff Local Authority in the Southport area. These are often children and young people who have little or no contact with their own family and who would really benefit from a long term relationship with a trusted adult.

We ask our volunteers to spare 2-4 hours once a month to visit the young person they are matched up with to undertake a joint activity together. Independent Visitors may become a significant person to a child. NYAS Independent Visitors help them to have fun, feel valued, feel listened to and help to increase their self-esteem. NYAS Independent Visitors can make a real difference in a child’s life by acting as role models and helping them to make the most of themselves, from simply listening , to helping with school work or getting them involved in activities in their communities they would never had experienced otherwise.

We ask for a minimum commitment of 2 years and that you are age 18 +. We do not ask for any specific qualifications or experience, just an ability to relate well to children and young people. NYAS provide comprehensive training, great support from experienced staff and the opportunity to meet up with other volunteers at regular intervals.

The role is hugely rewarding and really is a fantastic opportunity to make a difference to a child or young person’s life. Here’s what one of our volunteers has said about the role:

I love seeing the world through the eyes of the little girl with whom I’m matched, talking to her, sharing my insight and experiences and doing activities together. Just by being there for her every month I hope that she’s starting to know that in the chaos of her life I’m a quieter, calmer little oasis for her! The hug she gives me when I drop her off after we’ve been out on a visit makes me realise that she’s starting to see that I’m someone that she can trust. She can and that feels good!”

 

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for us, then please get in touch with Elly Jones or Sylvia Lucano at our local office in Cathays, Cardiff on 02920668956, or email elly.jones@nyas.net , sylvia.lucano@nyas.net

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