This year is the 30th anniversary of Volunteers Week and we are asking organisations across Blackburn with Darwen to help celebrate volunteer week by marking it in some way to recognise the committed efforts of all the borough volunteers and encourage more people to benefit from volunteering.
The NCVO have a dedicated webpage http://volunteersweek.org/ with various resources (as attached) to help fly the flag for volunteering but we hope that however you do it you will participate in making a volunteering across Blackburn with Darwen
I do hope you can help and please let us know about your events
Blackburn with Darwen CVS
Are you feeling generous? Are you feeling fit? …..
Then come along to Witton Park at 10am on May 2nd 2015
We are organising an event called “Mile for a smile”. Everyone is invited to complete one mile around Witton Park in any fashion they see fit…you can walk…dance….skip…and all monies collected will go to VOICE.
Anyone can sign up for it by paying £5 entry fee per person. A sponsorship form is available were all entrants can get friends, family and colleagues to support them.
You can pay on the day or please find an online registration form for Mile for a Smile here – http://form.jotformeu.com/form/50342391693355
VOICE runs a weekly breakfast club which feeds around 3000 people per year, an average of 60 people every Saturday. The breakfast club isn’t just a place to get a hot breakfast, it’s a place where people can meet up and connect with others and feel less isolated, it’s also an opportunity for them to gain help from our onsite support team.
Many of the people who have attended the breakfast club over the past few years, many have gone onto do training courses and gained volunteering roles within the community, some have also found paid employment, it has proven itself to be a beneficial asset to the community.
- So please give an hour and make someone smile…………….
Please feel free to pass on this e mail to any other organisation whom you feel would be interested in joining this event.
For any further information about this event or about VOICE please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Phone number – 01254 583957
e-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org
The Big Lottery Fund are keen to hear from groups in Blackburn with Darwen who are seeking small grants.
Through their Awards for All programme, groups can access funding of between £300 and £10,000 to fund projects which address the issues, needs and aspirations of local communities and people. We will fund a wide range of community projects aimed at developing skills, improving health, revitalising the local environment and enabling people to become more active citizens.
You can apply to Awards for All England if you are a community group, not for profit group, parish or town council, health body, or school. You do not need to be a registered charity to apply.
You can download the paperwork by right clicking the links below & selecting “save as…”: –
► key questions – a condensed version of the application form developed by Rob Walsh – http://www.bwdcvs.org.uk/bwdcvs/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/A4A-key-qs-short-version.docx;
► full application form – http://www.bwdcvs.org.uk/bwdcvs/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/A4A_app_england-Nov-2014.pdf;
► guidance notes – http://www.bwdcvs.org.uk/bwdcvs/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/A4A_guide_england.pdf; and
► “Q&A” – information about Awards for All – http://www.bwdcvs.org.uk/bwdcvs/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/A4A_qa-Nov-2014.pdf.
For any advice about filling in an application, please contact Rob on 01254 583957 or drop an e-mail to email@example.com.
The first round of this year’s Shadsworth with Whitebirk Big Local grants scheme is now open. You can download the application form from here – http://www.bwdcvs.org.uk/bwdcvs/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Big-Local-Jan-2015-blank-Grant-form.doc.
The fund is a part of the £1million Big Local Ten Year Programme for Shadsworth with Whitebirk.
- The fund is open to ward residents and local charities, social enterprises, voluntary or community groups (i.e. not for profit organisations).
- The group must not directly employ any paid members of staff.
- The group must be run by volunteers and use volunteers to deliver its activities.
If residents have a good idea for a project but are not part of a community group, you can still submit an application. The board will ask a local community group to hold the grant on your behalf and the community group will be responsible for ensuring the money is accounted for appropriately and project reports are submitted to the Board.
Groups may apply for funding to:
- do a volunteer led activity that makes a difference within your community (e.g. community clean up).
- organise a fundraising event, run a youth club, arts/sports activity, social activity for older people, etc.
- to use volunteers to deliver a community event that brings your community together and builds a better community spirit.
- to set up a new community group that meets an identified local need.
- to support the group’s activities to support residents in Shadsworth with Whitebirk
This list is not exhaustive or exclusive – it is just to try and get you thinking about what you may want to apply for. If you have any questions or queries regarding completing this form please contact Mohammed Kathrada from Blackburn with Darwen CVS on 01254 583957 / 07506 374407 or email Mohammed.Kathrada@bwdcvs.org.uk.
Alternatively you can contact Alison Critchley (Resident Chairperson, Big Local Partnership) on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07796 155813.
The deadline for submitting completed applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 30th January 2015 and they must be e-mailed to Mohammed.Kathrada@bwdcvs.org.uk or handed in to BwD CVS, Boulevard Centre, 45 Railway Road, BLACKBURN BB1 1EZ (next to the train station).
Groups applying will receive feedback on the grant panel decision by Friday 6th February 2015.
Free training to prepare people who wish to become volunteers
Open to anyone that would like to become a volunteer in Blackburn with Darwen Borough. Particularly suitable for those wanting to volunteer in roles where you would be working on a one-to-one basis with members of the community (e.g. volunteer roles around older people, children, families, health, social care, vulnerable adults).
By taking part you will gain, skills, confidence and feel prepared for volunteering.
There are 8 half day sessions, delivered over a period of 8 weeks. To achieve the passport you will need to attend at least 6 sessions and complete an additional on-line Safeguarding module.
► Introduction to Volunteering;
► Confidentiality & Boundaries;
► Communication & Listening Skills;
► Mentoring & Befriending;
► Equality & Diversity;
► Dealing with Difficult Behaviour;
► Working Safely; and
Limited places available on a first come first served basis.
The next passport programme starts on Wednesday 4th February. Details provided on booking.
The scheme is delivered by CVS, and recognised/ supported by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Job Centre Plus, Blackburn College, Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group, and Bootstrap Enterprises.
(If you are a group or charity and you would like your existing volunteer team to achieve the passport training, CVS will be able to arrange additional training sessions for your group, at a time and location to suit you, but these would not be free. Contact Kate Lee via email@example.com to discuss your requirements.)
There will be 4 full passport training programmes in 2015 at a variety of locations in Blackburn and Darwen.
Contact Marselle to book via 01254 583957 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PUBLIC HEALTH – IRON DEFICIENCY AND VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY WORKSHOP
When: Thursday 15th January 2015 2pm to 4pm
Where: CONFERENCE ROOM
BOULEVARD CENTRE, 45 RAILWAY ROAD, BLACKBURN BB1 1EZ
Jointly Blackburn with Darwen CVS and the FHWB Consortium
Do you work with any of the following groups of people?
|Iron Deficiency||Vitamin D Deficiency|
|✓ Parents and carers of 1-5 year olds
✓ 15-18 year old girls
✓ 19-49 year old women
|✓ 12-18 year old
✓ 19-40 year olds
✓ 41-54 year old
If so, we would like your help to improve awareness and understanding of the importance of iron status and vitamin D to these population groups and ways that you can encourage them to self-care.
Young children, teenage girls and women of reproductive age tend to present with Iron Deficiency and Iron Deficiency Anaemia (IDA). A report published by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) 2010; ‘Iron and Health’, reports that the highest prevalence of IDA is evident in children aged 1½–2½ years, girls aged 15–18 years and women aged 35–49 years. In low income groups, the prevalence of iron deficiency anaemia is highest for women aged 19–39 years.
Vitamin D deficiency is recognised as a public health issue both locally and nationally and has been subjected to increased research due to its potential health benefits. Its longstanding association with positive bone health is well founded but recent research has linked deficiency with increased risk of certain cancers, respiratory diseases such as asthma, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and other chronic conditions. However, findings are not conclusive. But, more and more research is emerging that suggests that the general population is also at risk.
Who is the workshop is for?
Staff and volunteers
✓ who work with the target groups & want to find out more iron/vitamin D deficiency
✓ who work with the target groups & want to get involved in some insight work to improve our understanding of the issues these target groups face around iron/vitamin D deficiency
What will the workshop cover?
✓ The sources of Iron and Vitamin D
✓ Why Iron and Vitamin D is important for optimal health
✓ What are the symptoms of deficiency and insufficiency
✓ What factors contribute to deficiency and insufficiency
✓ How can staff and volunteers support people with self-care
✓ How staff and volunteers can get involved with the insight work and engage with these groups to improve our understanding