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Volunteers Week

 

Join Volunteer Cornwall to say a huge ‘Thank You’ to volunteers all around the county during Volunteers Week which runs from 1st until 7th June 2019. We’re highlighting the great work undertaken by our partner organisations and acknowledging the commitment people give to helping others. If you want to say ‘thank you’ to a volunteer, now is your chance!

Please feel free to drop us your good news stories, to help us celebrate all things related to helping others - in whatever form it takes!


For campaign updates, news, or to tell us about your event, please contact Ali Bowser on 01872 266984 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Monday 3rd June

10am – 3pm at Volunteer Cornwall, Acorn House

Cake Campaigning...

Does cake play a large part in how you support your volunteers?

Come and see us on 3rd June to celebrate all things volunteering and volunteers. And take part in some micro volunteering for Volunteers week.

We will have an open day here at Volunteer Cornwall from 10am to 3pm.

  • Do you have a question about using Do it?
  • Bring in your role volunteer descriptions for Lorna to give the “once-over”
  • Share ways to use social media?
  • Hear about our latest Health & Wellbeing Campaign to help find and recruit volunteers
  • What do you need to know about managing volunteers?
  • Are you updated on the latest safeguarding news? – are you a ‘safe‘ organisation?
  • What do volunteers really want?
  • And does cake really work?
PLUS take part in micro volunteering with us…

  • Knit with our Natter - supporting our local hospital – Join us in knitting some Beanie hats which are used as part of a Red/Amber/Green rating system of the support needed feeding and caring for newborn babies. Lorna will show you how – no prior experience necessary.
  • Create a lovely thank you card to take back and give to your volunteers.
  • Create a video thank you to volunteers
  • The ‘You Rock’ campaign starts here – paint your rock and take it back to your workplace and then send us a photo with your volunteers to add to our thank you gallery. #VolunteeringRocks

Book the date in your diary now with Marianne, Andrew, Lorna and the VC Team...

12.30 until 3.30 – The Volunteer Cornwall Magical Bus Tour, Kerrier District

The Volunteer Cornwall mini-bus does a great job of transporting thousands of passengers a year around the county and now is your chance to find out more about the fantastic work done by our volunteer drivers each year. There will also be an opportunity to sign up as a volunteer driver if you want to, as well as discovering the opportunities for volunteering around your area.

The tour might be coming your way on that day – so, look out for our famous minibus!

3.30 Chaos Café Truro

Suzanne Wixey, Service Director, Adult Care & Support at Cornwall Council will be joining volunteers and staff at CHAOS Café to say ‘thank you’ for the support given by volunteers across the health & care system. CHAOS (Community Helping All of Society) works with vulnerable and disadvantaged people, engaging them in meaningful activities and delivering employability opportunities to support them in accessing work in their community.


Tuesday 4th June

10 – 12 Age Uk (Cornwall & IoS) Day Centre, Falmouth

Jonathon Price who is Service Director Transformation & Commissioning, Adult Services at Cornwall Council, will be visiting the centre to thank volunteers for the amazing work that they do across Cornwall supporting elderly and vulnerable people.


Wednesday 5th June

All Day, Newquay Library

Join our Mid Cornwall Community Maker, Bill Davies, in Newquay Library where he will be based all day. He will be joined throughout the day by special guests to speak to Newquay residents about opportunities to volunteer.

12.30-2pm, Volunteer Cornwall, Acorn House, Truro

We are rolling out the red carpet for a visit by Kate Shield, Chief Executive of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust. Kate recognizes the invaluable support volunteers provide to patients and staff of the Trust. She will be joining us for lunch with a few volunteers, here at VC Towers.


Thursday 6th June

11-1pm Liskerrett Centre in Liskeard

Jackie Pendleton, Chief Executive of NHS Kernow, is dropping in to see the great things happening in the Liskerrett Centre, to help celebrate and acknowledge the hard work undertaken by an army of volunteers that help deliver community-based activity across Cornwall day-in and day-out and keep vital centres like this one running.


Friday 7th June

Time to take a breather and say "Wow! You're Amazing!"

Check out www.volunteercornwall.org.uk/ccv and nominate an amazing volunteer for this year's Cornwall Celebrates Volunteering Awards

Social Prescribing Day 14th March 2019

As it is Social Prescribing Day, we celebrate helping our 1,000th person to use this service.

Social Prescribing is a means of enabling GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services.

Simon was helped by his Social Prescriber, after he had suffered a couple of knock backs in his career. As a result his mental health was affected and he could no longer face returning to work. With the help of his Social Prescriber, Simon realised he may have to look at another career path. With support, he was able to look at other training and career options.

He was then referred into a Vocational Workers Project and now feels excited about his future plans. Through the project, Simon grew his confidence gradually and now feels more positive.

He tells us,

"I am looking forward to changing my life for the better for me and my family.
Family life is a lot better, I’ve got a better connection with my kids now. I am learning to deal with family life in a better way. Many factors coming together have allowed me to focus on myself and getting myself better, one of which has been social prescribing."

We all like to hear good news! This demonstrates how medicine isn't always the answer.

Action on Hearing Loss Are Looking For Volunteers

Action on Hearing Loss are looking for volunteers across Cornwall to deliver talks to community groups with the aim of increasing understanding of hearing loss, deafness and tinnitus, raising awareness of our work and encouraging people to get involved.

They are currently looking for volunteers in the following Cornwall communities:

  • Liskeard
  • St Austell
  • Truro
  • Penzance
  • Camborne
  • Wadebridge

“I enjoy meeting people and helping them with their queries. Hearing loss can cause frustration and isolation, leading to loss of confidence. If I’m able to improve someone’s quality of life by sharing information or raising awareness of how others can help, then that’s very satisfying.” RB

If you're interested in finding out more or applying to volunteer with Action on Hearing Loss, more details can be found on Do-It.org.

https://do-it.org/oppo…/d7d85287-8e53-4300-9605-ef6cc7f3485e

Alternatively you can contact Action on Hearing Loss to learn more:

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Call: 01273 840960

Brexit Buddies

We all know that Brexit is looming! However you voted and whatever you think of it now, we need people like YOU to buddy up with those who are less able to cope with the uncertainty and possible disruption that might result from the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

No-one is quite sure what will happen if or when we leave the EU but if there is short-term disruption to food supplies, for example, then it is inevitably going to be the more vulnerable members of society that will be most affected – the elderly, those who are house-bound etc. So we are calling upon people to voluntarily buddy up with people in their streets, villages and communities to support them through this uncertain time.

You might offer to help by getting essential supplies whilst they are doing their own shopping, collecting medicines or simply share a cuppa and talk through what is happening in the news and reassure people that they are not on their own.

The UK is currently set to leave the EU on Thursday 31st October and as things stand, there is no deal in place to cover the exit arrangements which has led some to speculate that a disorderly exit could lead to delays in importing goods including fresh foods and medicines. The truth is no-one can currently tell us what will happen so it makes sense to us to start to prepare for the worst case scenario whilst continuing to hope that a deal can be achieved and we wont need to call upon our contingency plans.

Cornwall’s motto is ‘One and All’ and we hope people will respond positively to this call and show the same community spirit we have seen in recent incidents of severe weather. 

Anyone who is feeling lonely, isolated or vulnerable, and is unsure of where to get help, can call Volunteer Cornwall on 01872 266988 for assistance.