GLV members win the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
We are proud to extend a well deserved congratulations to two of our members, The Jewish Volunteering Network (JVN) and Volunteer Centre Croydon, who have both been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This award is seen as the equivalent of an MBE for the voluntary sector and represents the highest accolade for any UK charity.
JVN has been connecting potential and existing volunteers to volunteering opportunities with Jewish and non-Jewish charities for the past 10 years. The Award reflects its achievements over the decade and is especially resonant as they celebrate their 10th anniversary this year. Read more about JVN’s award on their website here.
Volunteer Centre Croydon is an accredited Volunteer Centre and is part of Croydon Voluntary Action, the umbrella body for Croydon’s voluntary sector. The Volunteer Centre, based in Centrale Shopping Centre, promotes volunteering across Croydon, supporting various events including local community festivals, as well as running and hosting talks and presentations to various interested groups. Read more about Volunteer Centre Croydon’s award on their website here.
Grenfell Tower Update
Volunteer Centre Kensington & Chelsea have been receiving hundreds of enquiries from people who want to offer their skills and time to help the families affected, as well as working with volunteers on the ground who have been filling all the emergency centres with donations that they can't take anymore as there’s no physical room. The response from the community has been overwhelmingly wonderful. Read the full statement from VC Kensington & Chelsea here.
The Future of Do-it
You may have already seen in the news that the Do-it Trust has announced a change to their structure, with the platform moving into an organisation called Vivo (here are the details from the team and there's also been media coverage).
Some of our members have been in touch to express some concerns about this move, and we're happy to collate any queries or thoughts on behalf of the membership and get in touch with the Do-it team to discuss if this would be helpful - do email James or speak to us at the next network event if you've got any points you'd like us to raise on your behalf.
Havering Volunteer Centre supported by their Mayor
Havering Volunteer Centre are delighted to announce that the new Mayor of Havering Cllr Linda Van Den Hende has announced Havering Volunteer Centre as one of her supported charities alongside First Step and Dementia UK. The volunteer centre sees this as a massive achievement and testimonial to the hard work and dedication the centre has given to volunteer involving organisations, community groups and the community since opening its doors in January 2016. They look forward to working with the Mayor of Havering and her chosen charities throughout 2017/18.
Volunteer Achievement Awards from the Mayor of London
Now’s the time to nominate your volunteers for an award from the Mayor of London as part of the Team London 2017 Achievement Awards – nominations close on 21 July 2017.
Volunteers can be nominated across a broad range of categories that seek to capture the full diversity of London’s volunteering community, with awards for volunteers under 25, volunteers over 25, and people who volunteer in a team. The winners will be presented with their award at the prestigious ceremony at City Hall in the autumn.
The judges will be looking for volunteers who’ve shown outstanding enthusiasm and commitment, who’ve given exceptional service or contributed particular depth of experience, or who have achieved great impact through their volunteering.
If you’ve got volunteers you’d like to recognise then follow this link https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/volunteering/effective-community-engagement/team-london-awards-2017 for the online nomination form and more details about the awards. Good luck!
Volunteers' Week 2017 - Thank you
Thank you to all those who joined Volunteers’ Week to tell volunteers everywhere – ‘you make the difference’. NCVO have collected some of their favourite pictures of the week on their Pinterest board.
At over 700 events across the UK, volunteers were thanked for their contribution to people, organisations and communities.
RESOURCes & OPPORTUNITIES
NCVO have produced their first volunteering podcast. From trends in volunteering data to championing the importance of investing in existing infrastructure the podcast aims to shed light on the changes in how people want to volunteer, and what this mean for us.
Investing in Volunteers Assessor Training
7 September, 10am-5pm, NCVO, N1 9RL
The Investing in Volunteers (IiV) Team at NCVO is organising an Assessor Training. The cost for the training course is £250+VAT. During the course, you will be trained as IiV Assessor as well as IiV Advisor. By the end of the day, you will: be familiar with the stages in the IiV Assessment process; have increased knowledge and understanding in how to implement each stage in the process; have had an opportunity to practice the skills; and know where to go for resources. If you’re interested, please send your CV to the IiV Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.