Runnymede VSNS

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Our Christmas Tree at St Paul's, Egham Hythe

Every year we look forward to taking part in St Paul's Church Christmas tree festival where local groups and businesses decorate a tree which are then donated local families who might otherwise not have one.
This year our Christmas tree is decorated with the names of businesses whose employees have volunteered in projects for local community groups and charities in 2016.
They have chopped trees, painted walls, wrapped and donated gifts, given website and social media guidance and generously shared their other professional skills in many areas.
We are very grateful for their enthusiasm and support. Many of the businesses we have hanging on our tree have helped on more than one project for more than one voluntary organisation.
If you are a voluntary organisation with a project or a local business whose employees would like to help our community please get in touch.

Baby Basics for The Village Centre in Englefield Green

Enterprise Rent-a-Car employees donated two huge bags of baby clothes collected by their staff towards the Village Centre Englefield Green Baby Basics Project. One of their staff who is on the Charity Committee who took the clothes along to the centre commented “I decided to come and help at the Village Centre because I like what they do here and the fact that they are open to all members of the community. I love the Baby Basket idea called Baby Basics. Baby basics runs on the same lines as the Foodbank but provides a moses basket and essential items for a newborn baby 0-3 months to support new mothers to meet the financial and practical burden of looking after a new baby.




Jayne Watson the Centre Manager commented “We are very grateful to Enterprise Rent-a-Car volunteers. It makes such a massive difference to the centre and it’s good to integrate the business community with the local community”

Christmas Volunteers

Each Christmas we are asked by current volunteers and the wider general public for volunteering roles with local organisations. Many appreciate how fortunate they are and prompts them to want to give back to their community.

If your organisation needs individuals or groups to help at a Christmas event please get in touch with us.

We can help - call 01932 571122 Voluntary Support

Volunteers Week 2016

Annually, Volunteers Week is the first week of June. Over 21 million people volunteer in the UK at least once a year and this contributes an estimated £23.9bn to the UK economy. Behind these big numbers is a big contribution.

These 21 million people are a shining example of how we can all make a big difference to individuals and communities every day from improving the environment we live in, spending time with those who may otherwise be lonely and contributing to a range of other essential services and support. Such a big contribution is worth a big celebration!

Events are always a big part of Volunteers’ Week and last year over 750 events were posted on the NCVO events map from recruitment fairs to award ceremonies and tea parties.

This year Voluntary Support North Surrey are planning all three – an awards ceremony in Runnymede, a tea party in Camberley Theatre and a community recruitment event in New Haw Library.

The end of Volunteers’ Week will also coincide with celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s lifetime of service to more than 600 charities and organisations to which The Queen acts as a Patron, on the occasion of her 90th birthday. Communities across the UK have been encouraged to participate by holding their own street party or event.

The week is also a chance to inspire others to get involved. There’s huge choice out there but sometimes people aren’t aware of them or they have a particular perception of what volunteering is about. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer and would like to talk about the roles available in North Surrey please contact us on 01932 571122 or 01276 707565 or have a look at volunteer options on our website

We have short term events for people to give volunteering a try. Event volunteering can be a really great, flexible way for you to get a taste of the volunteering experience.

We are also hoping to pilot some micro volunteering options during Volunteers Week. Microvolunteering is performing tasks in small increments of time usually through the use of technology to benefit voluntary organisations. People are increasingly looking for flexible volunteering that they can fit in around work or other commitments and we hope to get people in Runnymede and Surrey Heath using their skills, time and talents to help others.

If you are already a volunteer then thank you for your service. If you’d like to be a volunteer then we look forward to hearing from you soon.

Runnymede Volunteer Awards - 31st May 2016

It's time to honour and recognise our wonderful volunteers. On 31st May 2016, Voluntary Support North Surrey, Royal Holloway University of London and Runnymede Borough Council will be hosting joint annual awards ceremony at the Royal Holloway, University of London. The awards this year are very generously being sponsored by British Airways.

We would now like you to nominate one or more of your valued volunteers for these awards which will be given in the following categories:

· British Airways Award for Lifetime Achievement in Volunteering

· Inspirational Volunteer Award

· Individual Volunteer Achievement Award

· Voluntary Contribution to Older People’s Services Award

· Voluntary Contribution to Health Services Award

· Environmental Volunteer Award

· Young Volunteer Award (up to the age of 24)

· Leadership in the Community Award

· Best Volunteer Team Award

· Business Contribution to the Community Award

You may notice that this year we have introduced a new category of ‘Best Volunteer Team’ as last year you told us that it would be nice to be able to recognise whole teams of volunteers rather than just individuals.

The panel judging the nominees will include the Mayor of Runnymede, Cllr Alan Alderson, Phil Simcock, Community Action Volunteer Manager at Royal Holloway University of London, Arthur Birkby, Chairman of Voluntary Support North Surrey, a representative from British Airways and possibly one from health in Runnymede.

To make your nominations for each of the award categories please use our online form.

https://voluntarysupportns.wufoo.com/forms/q1rph98q1ocgns5/

On the form please provide details in 300 words or less about the person or team being nominated outlining the reasons why they have been outstanding as volunteers. The closing date for nominations is Wednesday 4th May 2016.

If you need help completing the form, please contact the Voluntary Support North Surrey office on 01932 571122. Please feel free to forward this email to anyone in the Borough that may be interested in nominating a volunteer.

Cleanup at Chertsey Meads

On Sunday 50 volunteers congregated at Chertsey Meads for the annual cleanup.

Peter Winfield of Green Space at Runnymede Borough Council reported that the volunteers collected 80 or more bags of rubbish, a fridge, 3 chairs, a tire, several traffic cones, a child's bike, two Christmas trees (one complete with lights) and other various bits and pieces. It was a great success, good for the local environment, wildlife and addressing the flooding needs by keeping debris out of the waterways.

Business Engagement in Runnymede and Surrey Heath

Employee volunteering, where staff at all levels donate time and skills during work hours to tackle local social issues, is an effective and powerful way for businesses to invest in their people and local communities.

We want to encourage local businesses, charities and community groups to work in partnership by sharing ideas, resources and time to address the needs of the local community.

We have a small team of experienced Business Engagement Managers who will make it very simple for businesses to engage and volunteer with local charities and voluntary groups.  Corporate volunteering is mutually beneficial for businesses and voluntary groups. A 2010 survey by YouGov found that 96% of managers believed that workplace skills can be gained through volunteering and many managers believe that workplace skills can be gained through corporate engagement with charities and community groups.

Our Business Engagement team also assist local voluntary groups to identify potential projects and opportunities  and  then connect them with local businesses who can empower their staff to volunteer in those projects, skill share and fund raise. Volunteers drawn from the business world can bring skills and expertise that would otherwise be beyond the reach of many organisations.

So, if you are a business who would like to find a voluntary project for your staff or you are a local organisation who need help with a project please get in touch with us on  info@voluntarysupport.org.uk or 01932 571122