October 15, 2020

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Connected Communities are Making a Difference

COVID brought many communities together – Lightwater is building on the successful COVID response by creating a new community organisation. Three voluntary groups in the village have joined together to create ‘Lightwater Connected’, an umbrella organisation coordinating the activities of Lightwater Care, LIVE and the Lightwater Resilience Plan LRP.

During lockdown 300 volunteers in Lightwater handled over 1000 calls for assistance and this joined up approach to community has resulted in a new, larger organisation, which shares volunteers, funding, modern technology and ideas. Lightwater Care has restarted driving duties again, the LIVE signposting centre has reopened for business. The new service will operate 5 mornings a week, manned by 2 duty officers, and will eventually not just take bookings for drivers, shopping trips and prescription collections, but pull together all the LRP and LIVE volunteers into a village-wide befriending and communication network, taking its lead from the successful operation of LRP during the Covid emergency. It will also eventually make LIVE available 5 days a week, rather than just Saturdays.

Lightwater Connected is a volunteer network ready for any future emergency and really making a difference to their community.

07933 123256 lightwaterhelp@gmail.com  www.lightwaterconnected.org.uk

Our job is to help grow local voluntary organisations so if your North Surrey community group needs support or has a pandemic evolution story you’d like to share – we’d love to hear from you.

info@voluntarysupport.org.uk

 

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Make a Difference with the Kindness Economy

Customers care about how a business treats people, how it gets involved in the community and how the business impacts the planet. 40% of Millennials, the most powerful consumers in the world, stated that the goal of business should be to ‘improve society’.

This is known as the Kindness Economy which is built on the stuff that we care about and runs on the currency of kindness. The more people spend their kindness, the more the community benefits.

Our Kindness Economy in North Surrey is flourishing with local businesses helping their community and making a difference. Alcon employees have written over 100 cards and letters to older residents in Surrey Heath for local charity Surrey Heath Age Concern. Enterprise in Egham have committed to helping 13 local charities at Christmas with 230 gifts for their beneficiaries. London Irish Rugby Club employees cooked meals, shopped and collected hundreds of prescriptions for Spelthorne residents during lockdown.

Your business can join the Kindness Economy in North Surrey and we can help your business make a difference. Contact tj@voluntarysupport.org.uk for more information https://www.kindnesseconomy.com/

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Flu Vaccination Volunteers Make a Difference

Volunteers really do make a difference. This year we’ve been involved in the recruitment and scheduling of over 50 volunteer marshals at the outdoor flu vaccinations in Surrey Heath.
It has been an amazing success so far with happy volunteers:
“You are all such a delight to work for, so very easy to be willing and positive with special NHS staff 😊”
 happy patients:
“We had our flu vaccines at the Blackbushe Airfield drive though today. We booked via the surgery and have nothing but praise for the process. The stewards gave clear instructions and were very cheerful and chatty despite the ghastly weather. I hope this amazing service is available next year.”
 and happy NHS:
“The volunteers are proving to be positively AMAZING! The ones I’ve met so far have all been wonderfully friendly, super willing, and fabulous at supporting the site and delivering their role responsibilities! I really could not be more pleased and impressed.”
 We couldn’t be more proud of the wonderful volunteer marshals and of our own staff who worked hard to recruit and organise them.
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Home Volunteering for Make a Difference Week

‘We can’t help everyone – but everyone can help someone’

Lots of us are working from home and many volunteering opportunities have gone digital too.

Home volunteering options are usually bite-sized activities, often a one-off  with no strings attached, allowing you to give your time in short, meaningful bursts.

In a time when activities outside the home are limited and charities need your support, volunteering from home is important and rewarding.

We want your home volunteering to be accessible, achievable and flexible so here is a selection of ideas to get you started:

Share Social Media get involved and support a local charity by sharing and retweeting their social media posts and help them to reach new audiences and help more people. We can help you connect -contact info@voluntarysupport.org.uk for more information

Telephone Befrienders to a lonely, vulnerable or elderly resident in your local area – contact info@voluntarysupport.org.uk for more information

Write a Card or Letter to a lonely, vulnerable or elderly resident in your local area – contact info@voluntarysupport.org.uk for more information

Shout https://giveusashout.org/ crisis volunteer for free 24/7 text messaging platform for people in a mental health crisis

Zooniverse www.zooniverse.orgis the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research. More than a million volunteers around the world assist professional researchers.

Be my Eyes  www.bemyeyes.com app for sighted individuals to lend their eyes to blind or partially sighted individuals carry out everyday tasks

Adopt a Grandparent https://chdliving.co.uk/adopt-grandparent pairing the lovely residents in CHD care homes with people in the community who want to help combat loneliness.

Citizens Advice Remote Roles https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/support-us/volunteering/about-volunteering-with-citizens-advice/remote-volunteering give advice and information remotely from wherever you are in England and Wales

Brightside www.brightside.org.uk helping young people through digital mentoring

Postpals www.postpals.co.uk  send a card, email or small gift to a sick child

RSPB www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/give-nature-a-home-in-your-garden/ help nature and your local wildlife with six tailored activities.

Forest Research www.forestresearch.gov.uk/research/i-tree-eco/urbancanopycover/ help build an urban canopy cover map for Britain

Missing Maps www.missingmaps.org uses remote volunteers to digitally connect and map the most vulnerable places in the developing world to allow services to better respond to crises

There are lots more options and we’re happy to help you.

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