Southern Brooks Community Partnerships

Volunteering

Volunteer Centre Yate Filton and the Stokes
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Patchway Volunteer Awards 2018

Launched as part of National Volunteers Week on 1st June

Who are the people that make a difference in Patchway? If there is someone you’ve always wanted to thank for the contribution they make, this could be the opportunity.

They might have been volunteering for years or might have just started leading a local group, either way they have made a significant impact on you or the local community.

Nominations for groups are also invited as often it is a team of people working together who make an impact in the community.

Closing Date 15th July

How to nominate?

Paper forms are available from Volunteer Centre in the Patchway Hub on Tuesdays 9:30am – 12pm, Town Council, or Southern Brooks Community Partnerships at Coniston Community Centre.

The judging panel will include local children and young people who’ll select the winning nominations. The winners will be awarded at the Community Lunch on 26th July as part of Patchway Festival.

Volunteer Organiser Forum

Wednesday October 3rd 10:30 - 13:00

at Turnberries, Thornbury

This event is open to anyone who works with or organises volunteers. You might be a volunteer yourself or might be a Volunteer Co-ordinator for a charity.

It is an opportunitiy to meet people doing similiar work with volunteers and share ideas about how to improve what you currently do.

Volunteer Organisers Flyer

Activate Your Community - in Patchway

What do you care about in your community?

  • young people
  • children
  • parks
  • mental health
  • social spaces
  • fresh fruit and veg
  • flowers
  • nature
  • dementia
  • creativity
  • tackling loneliness
  • the list is endless.....

Is there something you'd like to improve? You can access support to turn the idea that's been niggling at the back of your mind into reality.

  • one to one constructive, action focused conversations
  • connect with local expertise
  • meet with others also turning ideas into actions
  • signposted to potential funding and support with applications
  • examples and advice about writing policies, risk assessments as needed
  • together we will keep you on track, encourage you, share your setbacks, find solutions to challenges and help your voice be heard in your community.
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Contact Catherine to have an informal chat about what you'd like to do. We'll start from a conversation and see how we can work together.

Community Activators

What would you like to do...

Maybe you've though about running a street party to meet your neighbours?  https://www.edenprojectcommunities.com/

Do want to represent the voice of your community by becoming a councillor?  https://beacouncillor.co.uk/

Interested in changing a disused phone box into a community asset? https://business.bt.com/campaigns/communities/adopt-a-kiosk/

Reclaim your street for a couple of hours so children have a safe place to play together on their doorstep. http://playingout.net/

Create a community pub?  https://www.pubisthehub.org.uk/community-ownership/

Join your Parent Teacher Association http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/parents/parent_teacher_association/

Setting up a shop for the community and run by the community? https://www.plunkett.co.uk/faqs/setting-up-and-running-a-shop

Why volunteer?

Because you can make a difference in your community.

Volunteers come to Southern Brooks for many reasons from all walks of life, with different experiences. Each person brings something unique to each community project Southern Brooks does.

You will

  • give something back to your local community
  • perhaps return the support you once received from Southern Brooks
  • share a similar experience
  • have better health and well-being
  • improve your personal and skills development
  • gain more self-confidence
  • gain relevant experience to return to work or to progress your career
  • do something meaningful with your spare time

We offer

  • travel expenses
  • training in safeguarding
  • training to become a Dementia Friend
  • support to develop your skills and experiences
  • opportunities to be involved in other projects across Southern Brooks
  • opportunities for accredited NCON qualifications for example community development and volunteering

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Want to find out more?

    • Email volunteering@southernbrooks.org.uk for an application form
    • Phone the Community Volunteer Co-ordinator, Catherine Coleman, 01454868570

Our volunteer's stories

Shwetha registered as a volunteer in February 2015. Her aim was to gain confidence and to help seek future employment in administration.

She became an admin volunteer at the Volunteer Centre and quickly gained confidence in her role. She was supported into employment in an admin role for a local supermarket.

Shwetha was sad to leave but still continues to volunteer for one of events outside of her work hours.

Mariagrazia moved from Italy and came to volunteer at Brooks Café with very little spoken English and a keen love of cookery. During her time volunteering she received sponsorship from Merlin housing to do an apprenticeship through a catering college. Maria is now a full-time paid member of the café staff team.

“I really enjoy being part of a brilliant team working in a nice environment. I’m improving my skills all the time. I love working in the café.”

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