Discover Volunteering gets families cooking together

Last week, Lincolnshire-based Discover Volunteering Community Interest Company (CIC) hosted a cooking competition for young people from Boston High School and St Mary’s Primary School and their parents, as part of an inter-generational project funded by People’s Health Trust, using money raised by HealthComplete through The Health Lottery.

The challenge was to cook a nutritious, low-cost and tasty main meal for a family or group of four people. Teams– consisting of a child or children and a parent – competed against one another to produce the best meal in just one hour. Competitors were judged on presentation, taste, nutritional value and value for money by a panel comprising Natasha Maynard from Bakkavor, Sonia Manson Head of Food Technology at Boston High School and Jane Brierley a volunteer supporting the project. 

Recipes from the competition will appear in a special ‘Food for Thought’ healthy eating booklet that will be printed and distributed by Discover Volunteering CIC to everyone that has taken part in the project. The booklet will also be available for purchase from St. Mary's Primary School, with proceeds being used to sustain this incredible local project. 

The winners of the competition were mother and daughter team, Ellie (pictured left,9) and Tracey Goodfellow with their Spicy Chicken Dish.

Pete Read, Director – Discover Volunteering CIC, said:  “The competition was a great success and the judges commented on the outstanding standard of meals cooked. One of the meals cost just £5 to feed a family of four!”

So far, over £665,000 has been raised for health good causes in Lincolnshire by HealthComplete through The Health Lottery. Other organisations that have already been awarded funding from People’s Health Trust in the county include:  Dementia UK, Sustrans, Alzheimer's Society, Sing South Holland Community Choir and the Team Parish of Louth – Trinity Centre.

Chris Lunn, Director – HealthComplete, said: “It’s great that money raised by HealthComplete is being used to support organisations like Discover Volunteering.”



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!

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Discover Volunteering’s first annual charity event was a great success!

What a launch weekend for Discover Volunteering! National coverage in the Daily Express and then Channel 5 on Saturday followed by a fantastic charity event on Sunday held at Eventus in Market Deeping. A huge thank you to everyone involved in planning the 5 mile sponsored walk around Market Deeping (Adam, Chris and Leoncia – our graduates and volunteers). 14 local charities and businesses took part including Exotic Pet Refuge, Grantham Rotary Club, Scouts, Women's Aid, Oxfam, Teenzone, Royal British Legion, Action on Hearing Loss, YMCA, Park Air Systems, Sense, Brownies and Not all Bad, raising funds for their own charities and projects. You will see from our gallery page we had a great attendance and everyone enjoyed the walk and quiz (won by RBL Stamford!!). We are also grateful to Sonia who runs Oasis Cafe at the business centre for providing a delicious buffet and to Sharon from Vale Creations for the printing of our t-shirts for the event. Will update final amount raised on the day later this week. See you next year!! Chris and Pete


Discover Volunteering is featured on Channel 5 during the live Health Lottery draw presented by Natalie Cassidy

Further recognition this evening from the Health Lottery on our community projects. During the live lottery draw presented by Natalie Cassidy on Channel 5 Discover Volunteering was the organisation showcased as making a real difference to supporting local communities. It is our ethos to be a local, friendy and grassroots organisation that supports charities, volunteers and local businesses and to receive such recognition in our first year is a remarkable achievement. We are very grateful to the Health Lottery and the People's Health Trust for making this possible and if you would like to find out how we can support the community and local companies CSR then please contact us.

We are mentioned at around 1 minute 10 seconds into the clip and you are able to view it here:


Discover Volunteering is featured in the Daily Express

We are very proud to announce that we had a full page feature on Pete's 'Food for Thought' project in Boston on page 35 of the Daily Express today. It is wonderful to receive national recognition for our grassroots community projects within the first year of the company being formed. The project is a healthy eating project raising awareness to primary school children and teenage volunteers of the benefits of growing and cooking fresh fruit and vegetables. The project runs until December and we are very grateful to the People's Health Trust and the Health Lottery for supporting our project. For full details you can read the article here:


Health Lottery awards Discover Volunteering a “Health Complete” grant

More good news for our not for profit community organisation. We can now confirm that the Health Lottery have awarded us a grant to run an Intergenerational project in Boston. Called "Food for Thought" Pete will be running this project with St Mary's RC Primary School, volunteers from Boston High School and some over 50's from the local area, to run an allotment style project over the next 7 months. Not only will the group decide on what to grow and harvest but they will be producing recipe books to encourage Healthy Eating. Look out for more information on the project coming soon with updates, photos, blogs and more! Pete can't wait to get digging and is very excited about running a wonderful community project. Thanks to the Health Lottery and to all the volunteers and Primary School for their support in helping shape our application and project


Young Entrepreneur Launches New Website For Performers

A local student from Rutland College has come up with a brand new idea for performers local and nationally to communicate with each other and share information.

William Wills, Age 17 from Stamford has launched 'So-Act!' a free social networking site for actors and performers. The site provides a platform for them to be able to communicate with others involved in theatre, film and television. William came up with the idea having worked with a local film production company, where he noticed that actors and performers needed a place to express their talent using the internet. He felt that current social networking sites did not address the needs of performers, and that many of those would prefer a separate professional place to network with likeminded individuals.

So-Act! is completely free, and members can upload videos and showreels, 'follow' different performers or even audition for upcoming shows or events. It also has instant chat messaging and is linked to social networking sites including Facebook and twitter.

William and a group of likeminded friends are now ready to film a promotional video for the site, with support from Wildcats Theatre School and local media professional Giles McMullen who runs 'Spotlight Media'. Giles brings over 15 years experience of broadcasting experience to Spotlight Media, during that time he has hosted and produced programmes for TV and radio. He has also advised some of the UK’s larges companies on how to use online video to promote their business. As part of a short course offered in partnership with New College Stamford, Will and around 15 other students aged 16-19 will be producing the film whilst working towards a nationally recognised Arts Award.

Will said " I started this website because I saw an opportunity to harness the internet to help actors to network and express their talent using this wonderful technology. I originally had an idea about providing some method for people to upload their own music online for others to listen to. Unfortunately, I was a bit slow as it already existed! However, I realised that I was surrounded by actors. So after some research and sitting in a dark room thinking about it, So. Act! was created. Only recently So Act! upgraded to a really powerful socially integrated website allowing members to distribute their talent not only to other members on So Act but on Facebook, Google + and Twitter! I would love So. Act! to become “The Home for Actors”.

Caz Dolby of Wildcats said 'Having spoken to Will through email and his site on a number of occasions I was impressed with what he was trying to achieve and the work he had put into the site. We have now met to discuss how we can support the site further, and are working with him on the creation of his new promotional video as part of the Arts Award Programme'

Giles McMullen, of Spotlight Media said "Will has achieved so much with So-act in a very short space of time. It’s great to see a young person taking the initiative to create something that’s really groundbreaking. I’m delighted to be part of the project and hope that the promotional film we produce will help to push So-act onto even greater success."

Will is also now looking for sponsorship from local businesses including adverts on the site as well as promoting up coming events and shows. He has been investing his own funds into the site so far and is now ready to look at those interested at being involved further.

You can join So-Act! by visiting or contact Will at


Transforming Local Infrastructure Fund – Lincolnshire

More exciting news today.  Discover Volunteering is a core member of a local Lincolnshire infrastructure group called 'Involving Lincs'.  Today we received the great news that the consortium has been successful in securing funding from the Big Fund to improve the way its members work together to provide frontline services to local communities.  It is an 18 month development project to streamline the way they deliver services, by developing more efficient and effective forms of support to local charities, social enterprises and community groups.  We look forward to working in partnership with all members of 'Involving Lincs' and the wider community to deliver this project.


UnLtd Award

We heard yesterday that we had been successful in achieving an UnLtd Level 1 Award. We are very grateful to UnLtd for their decision and look forward to working with them and other award winners over the forthcoming year. For more information on UnLtd and how they support Social Entrepreneurs, please visit our sponsors page, which can be found by clicking on their logo at the bottom of our homepage


New Website Launched for Discover Volunteering

Hope you like our new website passed out to approx 50 people for testing Thursday 19th January – Monday 6th February.  Feel free to give us feedback via the contact us page, or the Blog above or email us  

Anyone invited to play with our site, don't be shy, please create a profile, group, upload images/links etc.  We can delete anything prior to our live launch in March

Aiming for a Mach 1st Launch!!


Big Lottery Award – December 2011

We received the great news from the Big Lottery that our Awards for All grant had been accepted to set up our company and website. If you would like to find out more about the Big Lottery, then click on their logo at the bottom of our homepage, which will take you to our sponsors information.


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