Author Archive | Christopher Bushby

Volunteer with the British Heart Foundation Stamford Area

Volunteer Role Description Stamford Area

Volunteer Roles

1.Fundraising Group Leader
2.Fundraising Group Member
3.Collection Tin Volunteer

Why does the BHF need me?
Heart and circulatory disease touches us all, it is the UK’s biggest killer and there are around 7 million people in the UK living with cardiovascular disease affecting young and old alike.

The British Heart Foundation [BHF] has a network of over 200 fundraising groups and branches and over 3,000 community fundraising volunteers in all corners of the UK, helping to support our vital work. Together they raise over £2million every year in the fight against heart disease. By becoming a BHF volunteer you are joining an army of dedicated fundraisers who help the BHF to save and improve lives. Quite simply without volunteers like you we couldn’t continue our pioneering work.

BHF Fundraising Groups and Branches are groups of volunteers who come together in the fight for every heartbeat to hold exciting fundraising events within the community and generate vital funds to help beat heart disease.

The BHF is committed to funding half a billion pounds of new research over the next five years which will be central to discovering vital treatments for people living with heart and circulatory conditions.

What will I be doing?
Responsibility of the Fundraising Group Leader:
• Lead and coordinate the group in organising fundraising events
• Build strong relationships with all members and actively recruit new members
• Represent the charity in your community, acting as the face of the BHF
• Ensure group activities comply with relevant law and BHF policy
• Working alongside your local Fundraising Manager

What skills and attributes do I need to have?
• Someone who enjoys working with others and is a good team player
• Enthusiasm to run and support in organising fundraising events
• Confidence and willing to act as the face of the BHF in your local community
• Self-motivation and the ability to motivate others
• A commitment to the BHF’s values

What training and support will I be given?
The BHF is committed to ensure that volunteers have an enjoyable and worthwhile volunteering experience. You will have support from existing volunteers and your local Fundraising Manager, as well as BHF’s Fundraising Support Team. There will be the opportunity to gain and develop skills and to meet other volunteers. All out of pocket expenses incurred during your volunteering will be reimbursed.

Where will I be based?
As Fundraising Group Leader you will be working in your local community with volunteers in your group. Your local Fundraising Manager and BHF’s Fundraising Support Team will be on hand to support you in your role.

What else do I need to know?
This role can work flexibly to suit your availability and other commitments. The time commitment will vary depending on the time of year, increasing during campaign periods or when the branch is organising specific events.
In addition to co-ordinating the branch and their meetings and events, you may also be involved in helping to raise the profile of the group within the community. This is an important role and will require at least 1 days per month on average.

What’s in it for me?
By volunteering with the BHF you will have the opportunity to make new friends, use your skills to support the BHF and also have fun! As well as knowing that you are making a huge difference to the lives of heart patients today, and future generations by raising vital lifesaving funds to power our ground-breaking research.

How do I apply?
For more information or to apply for this role please email:communityvolunteer@bhf.org.uk or call 0300 330 3322

ASDAN short course Awards

Discover Volunteering offers ASDAN’s short course awards which are certificated and candidates aged 13+ can earn up to 6 credits for completing any of the 32 short courses available. Check our presentation on our website and get ready to take the challenge either through work books or on-line. Volunteering, Leadership, Expressive Arts, Football, Activities, Peer Mentoring, Adventure & Residentials are among the most popular titles and we can’t wait to help you achieve your Award

Wrangle Youth Club presents a Family & Friends Fun Quiz

Wrangle Youth Club presents:

A Family and Friends Fun Quiz

WEDNESDAY 15TH OCTOBER 7-30 TILL 9-30

A General Knowledge Quiz for all the family

Wrangle Youth Club Quiz Night

PRIZES FOR THE WINNERS

* SPOT PRIZES

* EVEN BOOBY PRIZES!

TEAMS OF UP TO 4 PEOPLE

 

REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED and FREE ENTRY
Venue: Wrangle Youth Club, Snowden’s bridge, PE22 9DL

 

For more information and to register a team contact Pete Read:

Tel: 07411046113 or 01205 352318

Email: pete.read@discovervolunteering.org

 

 

Discover Volunteering receives a Heritage Lottery grant

Discover Volunteering CIC wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

Today, Discover Volunteering CIC has received £18,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, ‘Wrangle Youth Club in Living History’, in Wrangle, near Boston, Lincolnshire. Led by Pete Read from Discover Volunteering and volunteers from the local community, the project will embark on an oral history project, funded through the HLF’s Young Roots programme, to capture and record people’s memories in living history about everyday life in and around the village of Wrangle. We aim to share and celebrate our findings using social and digital media to capture living memories before they are lost, in order to create an everlasting legacy for the community.

The project will be a hands-on activity at grass roots level designed and run by young people and members of the local community, which will enable an exciting and rewarding look back in time. With training provided the young people in particular, who volunteer, will learn new skills and an incredible amount about how everyday life has changed in their village. Older contributors will realise their story’s importance and the value of recording their memories. We hope to inspire a new generation of active enthusiasts in researching and recording information about their history and heritage.

Discover Volunteering is a not for profit organisation that works with young people to help them improve their opportunities in life and we aim to support a number of young participants from across the village to get involved in this project. Working with heritage professionals from Heritage Lincolnshire, East Midlands Oral History Archive and Lincolnshire Family History Society, volunteers will gain a deeper insight into this previously under-researched part of their history, as well as teaching them valuable new communication skills, and how to interview, research and record local residents’ memories.

Commenting on the award, Pete Read said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and look forward to inspiring a new group of young people in to researching and recording their heritage roots.”

Vanessa Harbar. Head of HLF East Midlands said: “We’re pleased to support this project that will allow young people to find out more about the place that they are from. There’s so much interest that can be uncovered by exploring everyday life from the origins of local traditions to the changing ways that we spend our leisure time. We’ll be interested to hear about what has been uncovered.”

About Discover Volunteering CIC

Discover Volunteering CIC is a nationally accredited centre delivering ASDAN’s Community Volunteering Qualifications and the company runs bespoke community events/projects for a range of organisations. Discover Volunteering CIC is also part of a consortium ‘Young Lincolnshire’, with partners LCVYS and LYA helping young people improve their opportunities in life.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported almost 36,500 projects with more than £6bn across the UK.  www.hlf.org.uk.

 

For further information, images and interviews, please contact Pete Read at Discover Volunteering CIC on 01778 382753 and pete.read@discovervolunteering.org

Young Lincolnshire ‘Awards for All’ grant

We are delighted to announce that ‘Young Lincolnshire’, a partnership of organisations (Discover Volunteering, LCVYS and LYA) have received an awards for all grant, from the Big Lottery, to create a website and run a Conference and series of events to establish how ‘Young Lincolnshire’ can support young people. We are also looking for feedback on what you would like to see on a new website, dedicated to the youth in Lincolnshire. Please drop us a line with your thoughts to info@discovervolunteering.org

We hope to provide information relating to Careers, health, qualifications etc and also a portal for youth workers to share ideas and experiences and where you can sign up to your nearest youht organisation.

We are also running a logo competition right now, so draw up your idea of a logo and you never know it may be the one we choose!

Watch this space to find out how ‘Young Lincolnshire’ develops over the coming months. We hope to launch the new website on October 22nd at our launch event in Waddington.

Wrangle Youth Club presents a step back in time

An evening of talks and memorabilia displays from the 1930s to the 1960s 

Be inspired by Mr & Mrs Jessop of Boston showcasing *Wash day Blues, *Schooldays, *Fashions and many more……….

And come and see a display of Wrangle Youth Clubs very own Darren Avison’s military memorabilia collection

Wrangle Youth Club Nostalgia Day

Bring along your own artefacts and memories

Come along to Wrangle Youth Club, Snowden’s bridge,

PE22 9DL on Wednesday 23rd April 7.30-9.30pm

Free entry and refreshments

For more information or to reserve a place contact Pete Read on 01205 352318 or email pete.read@discovervolunteering.org

Volunteering – learn new skills and have fun!

Volunteering boosts your cv!

Volunteering is a brilliant way to gain work experience, develop new skills and help people in your local area. Employers and universities seriously rate volunteering experience; you can even pick up national qualifications for your efforts along the way.

We had a chat with Chris Bushby from Discover Volunteering to find out more about how to get started in volunteering and how you can work towards a Community Volunteering Qualification (CVQ)

Why should I think about volunteering?

Volunteering can improve your confidence, build your work skills, help you gain knowledge in a new subject, and give you the chance to travel. It can even be fun! You can also make a big difference to the lives of the people you volunteer to help. Even a small commitment can have a lasting effect on an organisation and the people it represents.

When applying for jobs or further education, your applications need to stand out. It’s important to be able to draw on your own experiences in interviews and volunteering will definitely give you lots to talk about!

So, what is a Community Volunteering Qualification?

Community Volunteering Qualifications are national qualifications for volunteers accredited through ASDAN. They are available to anyone aged 14 and up and are ideal for people working towards GCSEs, A Levels, NVQs, apprenticeships, Sports Leaders Awards, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award or Degree Level Studies.

CVQs mix practical volunteer placements with taught modules and assignments. They are a great way to boost your CV, earn credit for your volunteering and make a difference to your local community. A level 3 CVQ will also help you gain extra UCAS points.

What kind of volunteer work can I do?

There are so many different types of work available, from helping in charity shops to exciting adventures at home and abroad. Many volunteers support local charities and volunteer in school, whilst others work across the UK or even travel abroad. We have helped students get involved in projects on cookery, sports coaching, first aid, theatre, conservation and even volunteering at music festivals.

Katie’s blog (a year 13 student on work experience with us) gives a great account of volunteering both at home and abroad.

Do I need experience to apply?

No. Most people volunteer to gain experience and organizations welcome volunteers from all backgrounds. All you will need is plenty of enthusiasm and a willingness to get involved.

How much time do I need to give?

Volunteering opportunities come in all shapes and sizes, from long-term, regular commitments to one-off projects, which might only take a day or two. To get your CVQ, you must put in at least 20 hours volunteering in the community, plus complete a course of guided research and written modules in the classroom or online.

What kinds of skills can I develop?

Where do we start! You can pick up so many new skills – including teamwork, responsibility, initiative, communication, relationship-building, computing skills and, depending on what you do, professional work skills – like radio production with a community radio station or construction skills on a community building project.

Will it help me get a job or get into uni?

In a word ‘YES’! Your application and CV will stand out; it will offer employers or universities something extra and you will certainly be more confident in an interview talking about something practical you have been involved in. Taking a Level 3 CVQ will earn you 30 or 50 UCAS points, which may just help get you to the University of your choice.

How do I find volunteer opportunities?

If you’re local to our organisation (East Midlands) you can start at http://www.discovervolunteering.org Other options include:

Contact your local Volunteer Centre at http//www.voluntarycentreservices.org.uk. Talk to your school or careers advisor to see if they can help you find volunteer placements or enroll you on a CVQ. 

How do I find out more about ASDAN’s Community Volunteering Qualifications?

Check out http//www.discovercvq.org or contact Chris at chris.bushby@discovervolunteering.org

Explore Community Volunteering Qualifications with Discover Volunteering and boost your skills, knowledge and qualifications

We are delighted to announce we have become an accredited centre to deliver the ASDAN CVQ: Visit our website www.discovercvq.org for full details:

What is CVQ?

The Community Volunteering Qualifications are a nationally accredited qualification through ASDAN. They are a great way to boost your CV, earn recognition for your volunteering and make a difference to your local community.

CVQ's:

• are for anyone aged 14 + who chooses to give their time for the benefit of the community
• are portfolio based and externally moderated by the Discover Volunteering team
• are designed to reward volunteering with a national qualification
• are ideal for those who have completed or are working towards GCSEs, A Levels, NVQs, Sports Leaders Awards, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award or Degree Level Studies
• are perfect for a range of settings:

  • Schools, Academies and Colleges
  • Universities
  • Youth and Community Groups
  • National Citizen Service
  • Clubs and Societies
  • Charities
  • Business Volunteering Days
  • Individuals

Why Choose CVQ?

• Encourages candidates to take responsibility for their own learning
• National accreditation for the candidates volunteering experience
• Is relevant for a wide range of settings including individuals, schools, colleges and youth groups
• Promotes good practice in volunteering
• Helps volunteers develop generic transferable skills
• Supports progression opportunities for volunteers
• Suited to all abilities and time frames
• It’s great fun and gives the volunteer a sense of personal achievement

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Pete is on Rod Whitings BBC Radio Lincolnshire breakfast show Monday 21st January at 8.40am

Listen to Pete on BBC Radio Lincolnshire's breakfast show hosted by Rod Whiting on Monday 21st January at 8.40am. Tune in on 94.9FM to find out more about our exciting new project and through recent work with the Big Lottery about 'Blue Monday', which is Monday! Not sure what 'Blue Monday' is?, well you'll have to tune in to find out more!

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Pete becomes a trustee of LCVYS

Congratulations Pete (co-director of Discover Volunteering) for becoming a trustee of LCVYS (Lincolnshire Council for Voluntary Youth Service) last night.

LCVYS makes a huge difference to young people aged 14-19 in Lincolnshire: They are a charity that provides support to community and voluntary youth services throughout Lincolnshire.

LCVYS is a partnership of agencies that work hard to promote the work of the voluntary and community youth sector. Their members are from voluntary and community youth services around Lincolnshire. Our Executive and Trustee Committee includes representatives from member groups and they steer the direction of LCVYS, including Discover Volunteering!

We are here to provide you with support, guidance and useful information.
We are here to help you!
If you work with children and young people in the voluntary and community youth sectors, then we have services that will benefit you.
We work with many groups across Lincolnshire, large and small. Our services include networking and training opportunities open to all.

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