Runnymede

Community Training

Voluntary Sector Training in Surrey

The Communities and Prevention Team at Surrey County Council are working to create an online training resource platform to support community volunteers. The platform will provide links to training covering a wide variety of subjects, share challenges and problems, and then provide a space for people to share practice.

In the meantime they have put together a list of training opportunities to investigate further:

Interim Community Training Bulletin

In addition you may be interested in:

NCVO online training courses 

Loneliness Digital Classroom with the British Red Cross, which aims to help people learn new skills to help them support people experiencing isolation/loneliness. There are 2 sessions are available. One for 10-19-year-olds and the other one for adults aged 19+. Email: RedCrossEducation@redcross.org.uk or call: 0344 412 2734 to book a place.

Financial Essentials for Charities – an online course to support finance professionals and charity leaders  and help drive sustainable finance strategies and decision-making (cost £155.99)

Selection of options for Digital Skills from Charity Digital

Please remember that we offer volunteer recruitment and management training and fundraising training throughout the year at no cost – for more information get in touch via info@voluntarysupport.org.uk

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Micro Volunteering

Do you want to volunteer but the same old reasons of not enough time or unable to commit to a long term role keep holding you back?

Micro Volunteering is the answer – bite-size tasks with no commitment to repeat and with minimum formality, involving short and specific actions that are quick to start and finish. It’s a perfect way for you to do something good or give back, mostly from home, because 80% of micro volunteering takes places online.

We’ve put together a variety of microvolunteering ideas and if you try one and live in North Surrey please email alison@voluntarysupport.org.uk with your name and details of the volunteering role and we’ll enter your name in a draw for a £50 Marks and Spencer voucher.

Positivity by post volunteers send positive cards or packages to anyone who has a chronic illness/disability or mental ill health in the UK.

Post Pals volunteers send cards, letters, emails and small gifts to seriously ill children and their siblings in the UK.

Loving Hands volunteer crafters knit, crochet and sew for charities and groups all over the world.

Be My Eyes is a free app that connects blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers who lend their eyes to solve tasks big and small to help blind and low-vision people lead more independent lives.

FCancer volunteers donate their skills by the hour to support cancer charities (eg. photography, coding, writing and design) and help beat cancer.

Campaign to End Loneliness has ways for you to get involved locally or nationally with campaigns and ideas.

Dementia Friends volunteers learn about dementia so they can help their community by raising awareness and understanding.

Give Nature a Home volunteers build homes for nature where they live.

Hedgehog Homes volunteers help hedgehogs when they go into hibernation by creating permanent structures in their gardens.

United Nations Online Volunteers (UNV) allows volunteers to team up to address sustainable development challenges – anywhere in the world. Some of their projects do require a little more time and commitment.

Zooniverse enables volunteers to take part in real cutting edge research of all kinds, from classifying galaxies to counting penguins to transcribing manuscripts, there’s a project for everyone.

Missing Maps volunteers help to map areas where humanitarian organisations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable people. Many of the places where disasters occur are ‘missing’ from any map and first responders lack the information to make decisions regarding relief efforts.

Furlonteer connects skilled professionals with remote volunteer opportunities. If you’ve been furloughed, are taking time out, searching for your next role, or employed with time to spare they have opportunities for everyone.

Remember – many people doing small actions can make a big impact!

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Compass in Runnymede donate to Just a Helping Hand

Staff at Compass in Chertsey donated to Just a Helping Hand who provide support to the homeless.  Just A Helping Hand rucksacks are given to local homeless people providing them with essential items. The rucksacks are especially important at this time of year showing people care.
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Befriending is Not Just a Cup of Tea

There are an estimated 9 million people in the UK who say they are lonely.

These past months have been tough for everyone, but for those living on their own it can be unbearable at times. Doesn’t everyone like a chat?

Befriending up and down the UK has created thousands of new friendships, and many people say their calls are the highlight of their week.

If you or someone you know could do with more conversation in their lives, there are number of organisations with befrienders that you can access because a good chat means the world:

SH Age Concern               https://www.sh-ac.org.uk/services/

Independent Age              https://www.independentage.org/get-support/receive-regular-phone-calls

Re-engage                          https://www.reengage.org.uk/join-a-group/

Crossroads                         https://crossroadscaresurrey.org.uk/company-and-companionship/

Age UK Surrey                  https://www.ageuk.org.uk/surrey/our-services/befriending-service/

Time2Talk                         https://voluntarysupport.org.uk/volunteering/time-to-talk/

The Silverline                    https://www.thesilverline.org.uk/what-we-do/telephone-friendship-service/

You may want to volunteer as a befriender and we can help you do that too – email alison@voluntarysupport.org.uk

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Open for Business

Many of our local charities have a new ‘normal’ – adapting their existing services so they can be accessed virtually and creating new online services for their users.

It may look different, but they are still there to help and still able to offer support to our community.

We’ve been talking to local charities who are ‘open for business’ and finding out how they have changed and adapted. Take a look at what the Runnymede, Spelthorne and Surrey Heath groups are doing.

Self Help

Mental Health Self Help Interactive Services Guide

Saturday 10/10/20 is World Mental Health Day with the theme of ‘mental health for all’.

Earlier this year we produced a guide highlighting the range of free online services that can be used to relieve stress or anxiety, which you can download here

Why not use this guide to explore and take part in some of the online activities to help you manage your own mental health.

 

 

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