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Time to Talk 2021

Talking about your feelings can help you stay in good mental health. Talking about your feelings isn’t a sign of weakness. Talking about your feelings is part of taking charge of your well being and doing what you can to stay healthy.

At the moment we are all worried. Don’t suffer in silence – talk to someone:

Carers Support

Befriending and Loneliness

Mental Health

Domestic Abuse

If you are in crisis please call the Crisis Mental Health Helpline 0800 915 4644 – open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for mental health advice and support

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Social media – make it easy!

You want to inspire and motivate your audience to get involved with your charity by posting great social media with valuable content. You need engagement, retweets, likes, shares, followers, and all the other good things that comes with a successful social media profile. So the question is, what kind of social media content gets that kind of love and gives you the most value?

Who is your audience?

This is a group of people that you’ve identified that you want to appeal to and who are most likely to be interested in your charity. Your audience can be based on location, age, employment or behavior. Look at other similar charities to yours. What content are they publishing? What kind of voice are they using? Who are they appealing to? What’s their call to action?

What is your goal for the social media post/campaign?

Your social media posts should have a purpose – this is a call to action CTA. Do you need donations? Sign up to an email list?  Volunteers? Publicising an event? Your call to action should encourage readers to engage with you further. Be clear what you want your audience to do.

What should you write?

We write about our successes, our beneficiaries, our volunteers, our community and we share local and national social media from partners and charities. Cause awareness and giving days can also be powerful themes for fundraising and social media awareness campaigns. Get ideas from 2021 Cause Awareness Days Days of the Year  Wikipedia’s List of Commemorative Months and download the handy calendar template from Hootsuite for your office wall.

When should you post?

Different audiences on different platforms read posts and view videos at different times of the day. For example, commuters consume social media on their journey to work. Homeworkers may read posts in the middle of the day. Twitter audiences are consuming in the early morning and engagement drops off later in the day. Use the Sprout Socials guide to experiment with posting at different times on different platforms.

How do you make it visually attractive?

Including images is one of the fastest and easiest ways to increase engagement. Our brain can interpret images much quicker than text making your post much more effective. Top tip – make your images the correct size for the platform! We use a free version of an easy to use graphic design platform called Canva and Hootsuite have a guide to getting the sizes right. Remember to use images that belong to you or those from a royalty free site – we use pixabay or unsplash

Finally … make it easy

Posting diverse, interesting content at the right time on the right platform is made much easier by using a scheduling tool. We use Hootsuite. It allows us to plan our content in advance and schedule appropriately across 3 platforms for free. Read about Hootsuite and other scheduling options here.

January 2021

January 2021 is Mentoring Month

Mentoring can have a significant impact on a young person’s life, prospects and outlook. In addition to better school attendance and a better chance of going on to higher education, mentored young people maintain better attitudes toward school – 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs – 27% less likely to start drinking – 81% more likely to participate regularly in sports or extracurricular activities than those who do not. Being a mentor gives a young person someone to rely on, provide emotional support, educational and career guidance and generally be a guide.

Interested? Here are a few local ideas:

Forward Trust – make a difference to the lives of ex offenders and people with drug and alcohol issues

Surrey Care Trust – work with vulnerable families who need help to cope with life’s challenges or support taking their next steps in life

PACT – Prison Advice and Care Trust volunteers support prisoners resettling back through practical and emotional support

or have a look at some of the many and varied mentor roles on our volunteer website

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Thriving Communities Fund

The Thriving Communities Fund will support local voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise projects that bring together place-based partnerships to improve and increase the range and reach of available social prescribing community activities – especially for those people most impacted by COVID19 and health inequalities.

Voluntary, community and faith sector (VCFS) organisations can apply for between £25,000 and £50,000, but to be eligible all applications must:

  • Include 20% match funding, which could include in-kind contribution
  • Evidence a commitment of three core partner organisations – including at least one partner organisation from the arts and culture sector – at the point the application is made.
  • A statement of support from the relevant social prescribing link worker(s)
  • Commitment to work with partner organisations from all of the following sectors in the course of the funded period: Arts, and culture, including libraries, museums and heritage; Sport, leisure and physical activity organisations; Financial wellbeing, advice, food and practical support; Environment and nature-based organisations;  Non-statutory health and care organisations, working with social prescribing link workers.

To support the VCFS to apply for Thriving Communities, Surrey County Council and Surrey Heartlands are running a matching funding and partnership panel. This panel will provide the eligibility requirements set out above. In addition, any applications made to the panel which are unsuccessful at securing Thriving communities funding, will be considered for full funding from Surrey County Council and Surrey Heartlands.

How it will work:

  • VCFS organisation develop their ideas and application, inline with the Thriving Communities application form.
  • If you would like to apply to the SCC/Surrey Heartlands Panel for match funding or partnership commitment, please send a draft copy of your Thriving Communities application to: Rebecca.Brooker@surreycc.gov.uk by 5pm on 5th January, along with the cover template attached, showing clearly what match funding you require.
  • Applications will be reviewed on 6th January by the panel, which will include a social prescribing link worker and representatives of arts and culture, leisure/physical activity, environment and health sectors.
  • The panel will review the applications and decide which will receive match funding and the partnership commitment.
  • Applicants to the panel will be informed whether they have been allocated any match funding by 5pm on 6th January.
  • Applicants will then need to finalise their Thriving Communities application and submit it online, in line with the Thriving Communities requirements and deadline of 8th January.
  • A second panel date will consider if any applications can be fully funded from SCC/Surrey Heartlands if they are unsuccessful at securing Thriving Communities funding.

 

Additional information:

  • The offer of match funding and partnership commitment does not guarantee the applicants success in the Thriving Communities fund. The applicant must apply to the Thriving Communities Fund independently of applying to the panel.
  • Match funding will only be paid on an applicant’s successful award of Thriving Communities funding. If an applicant is unsuccessful at securing Thriving Communities funding, the match funding will not be paid.
  • Applicants can apply to the panel for match funding, partnership commitment or both. What they require should be clear in their application, using the cover template attached.
  • The panel aims to support VCFS application to the Thriving Communities fund. It does not stop applicants progressing an application to Thriving Communities independently. Applicants who do not wish to apply to the panel for match funding or partnership commitment, may progress their application directly with Thriving Communities if they wish.
  • The panel is open to application which will support Surrey residents within all Surrey NHS areas.
  • We understand that deadlines for Thriving Communities are very short, especially with Christmas holidays. We have tried to accommodate these deadlines as much as possible. Applications that are not sufficiently finalised to apply for Thriving Communities will still be considered for potential full funding by SCC/Surrey Heartlands, but applicants will need to share their idea with the panel by 5th January deadline as above.
  • Projects within the Thriving Communities fund will run for a year including planning and delivery time. They are expected to commence on 15 March 2021, and end on 31 March 2022.

 

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Funders Read Your Charity Website

These days, funders look at your website when you make an application. This is your window to the outside world and it should be current, easy to find, and up to date.

Good website content can:

  • Demonstrate professionalism to funders
  • Show how wisely and economically you spend your budget
  • Demonstrate the impact of your projects and services
  • Showcase your volunteer and community involvement
  • Generate traffic from search engines when your site matches relevant queries
  • Measure what interests your site visitors by using website analytics to be more strategic

Make sure that who you are and what you do is up-to date. Be prepared for funders to check out your website for background information about your projects, beneficiaries and services.

Show the impact of your organisation’s work. Create a space on your website where you feature content that describes work you’re doing, whether in the form of statistics, video, photos, testimonials, stories, or a combination of them all.  A variety of content will create compelling impact pages.

Images get your audiences attention – studies show that people only remember 10% of what they hear once 72 hours have passed. However, if you pair a relevant image with your material, people can remember 65% of the information after three days. Humans process images at an incredible speed which makes them the perfect way to communicate in today’s short-attention world.

Read The Beginners Guide to Nonprofit Website Content for content inspiration

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Christmas Church Services in North Surrey

This year many of us have felt isolated and fearful – in response our local churches and faith groups have broadcast hundreds of online services and events, bringing comfort and hope to our community.

If you’d like to attend a virtual church service this Christmas, we’ve put together a list of some of the places of Christian worship in Runnymede, Surrey Heath and Spelthorne with links to either their website or Facebook pages so that you can find a service locally.

download the list here

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Local Business Generosity in North Surrey this Christmas

Confronted with a global pandemic many local corporates have been responsive, engaged and extremely generous looking into ways to keep their CSR going and making sure they are still engaged and helping the local community.

Local businesses including Enterprise Rent a Car in Egham, ADP Chertsey, Compass Chertsey. Alcon Camberley, Enterprise Aldershot, Spirit Energy, Visa and CHEP Addlestone have donated over 900 Christmas gifts to charities in Surrey Heath, Runnymede and Spelthorne.

Besides the gifts several local corporates have donated over £12,000 to local charities across the boroughs.  Recipients include the Runnymede Foodbank who received £2,500 for Tesco Vouchers and Just a Helping Hand who received £1,450 to help the homeless in Runnymede. Alcon Eye Care Specialists in Camberley bought and filled over 100 rucksacks for The Hope Hub and Spirit Energy in Spelthorne have bought and filled arts and craft bags for children in Foster Care in Surrey.

With many elderly and vulnerable residents being isolated and unable to leave their homes corporates have organised zoom events to write Christmas Cards which will be delivered through the Salvation Army, Age UK Surrey and Purple Angels to lonely individuals in our community.

We want to say a big thank you to all our local businesses who are working hard to ensure that their collective effort can support those most in need this Christmas.

 

 

 

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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