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Volunteering and sector news

Volunteer Achievement Awards from the Mayor of London

Now’s the time to nominate your volunteers for an award from the Mayor of London as part of the Team London 2015 Achievement Awards – nominations close on Friday 12th June 2015.

Volunteers can be nominated in one of five categories, with awards for volunteers under 25, volunteers over 25, and people who volunteer in a team.  The winners will be presented with their award at the prestigious ceremony at City Hall in September.

The judges will be looking for volunteers who’ve shown outstanding enthusiasm and commitment, who’ve given exceptional service or contributed particular depth of experience, or who have achieved great impact through their volunteering.

If you’ve got volunteers you’d like to recognise then follow this link http://volunteerteam.london.gov.uk/pages/pages/106 for the online nomination form and more details about the awards.  Good luck!

Note: if you have any problems with the online nomination form you can also download a Word version here (Team London Awards 2015 – Nomination Form), or email us at awards@glv.org.uk for help.



GLV network event and AGM 2015

Thursday 19 March 2015, Lift Islington, N1 9PW

We are inviting all our members to our Spring 2015 network event, incorporating our AGM. The day will also include workshops on volunteer recognition (with Value You), a networking lunch, a workshop on the Keep Volunteering Voluntary campaign (with partners from the wider voluntary sector), and an update meeting for Volunteer Centre leaders on developments in relation to promoting volunteering online.

More details and a registration page will follow later this week.

Volunteer Centre Hounslow closure notice

The Trustees of Volunteer Centre Hounslow regret to announce that the Volunteer Centre will close on 16th March 2015 following the loss of the contract to provide volunteering services in the borough to a national organisation with greater resources.

The Volunteer Centre will continue to provide services to individuals who wish to volunteer, however no new opportunities or organisations will be registered until the new organisation takes up the contract on 1st April 2015.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our supporters, staff, funders and Trustees past and present for their efforts since the organisation was established in 1977.

Lizzie Saunders
Chair of Trustees – Volunteer Centre Hounslow

Measuring Impact

A seminar that will show you a new way of demonstrating the value of your volunteers
Wednesday 4 February, 10am-1pm
Cost £20 per person

We all know that volunteering makes a huge difference to the impact to what we make as organisations. Many of us measure the value of our volunteers by the number of volunteer hours and what these might have cost if we had paid for them, or in terms of services that would not have been delivered without volunteers. Many Volunteer Managers also place high importance on the benefits gained by the volunteers themselves, such as increased employability, confidence, well-being, or community cohesion.

Volunteer Centre Tower Hamlets is pleased to host a seminar by internationally renowned volunteer impact assessment expert, Tony Goodrow. This 3-hour seminar will present a different model that includes cash costs and the consumption of volunteer hours as inputs, and their accomplishments as outputs. It will identify how common methods of reporting may contribute to us devaluing volunteers, and how you can monitor your management of volunteers in order to use volunteers’ time to best effect. This seminar will be informative and will challenge some common beliefs and ways of working. It will help you to explore how you justify or present your volunteer programme more concretely and effectively in funding bids and to senior management. The seminar is suitable for Managers of Volunteers, fundraisers, Chief Executives and funders.

About the Speaker
Tony Goodrow is the president of Better Impact Inc. (www.BetterImpact.co.uk), the publisher of OurSharedResources.com (a free resource sharing site for leaders of volunteers), the founding chair of a residential hospice in his hometown, and the pioneer of the Relative Impact (ROI) volunteer model. He has spoken at volunteer management conferences on five continents. Venue in Central London/Tower Hamlets to be confirmed.

For further information and to book, please see here.

New year, New you!

Becoming involved in volunteering is a fantastic way to get the New Year off to a good start. The benefits of volunteering include learning new skills, making new friends and helping your community. To find out more please get in touch with your local Volunteer Centre through the links on this page.

Volunteering roles at Crisis at Christmas 2014

From 22nd December until 30th December, at centres all across London

Crisis at Christmas is a lifeline for thousands of homeless people, offering support and companionship during the holiday period. For guests, it can also be a first step into Crisis’ education, employment, housing and health & wellbeing services. From haircuts, to housing advice, to healthcare appointments, Crisis at Christmas is made possible through the generosity of thousands of people who donate time, skills, goods and services. The experience for guests can be life-changing and Crisis are looking for volunteers to support delivery of the project which starts from 22nd December and runs till 30th December. Crisis are in particular need for volunteers at their residential centres as well as on the night shifts.

If you would like to find out more and register please visit the Crisis website.

Governance for Good in London’s Voluntary and Community Sectors

Friday 14 November 2014, 9.30am-1pm – City Hall, SE1 2AA

Good Governance is our free event for Trustees of London’s voluntary and community sector. It will give you the chance to find out about developments in the law in relation to charity governance, the funding landscape for charities in the capital, and how to recruit new members to your Boards. To find out more and to book your place please click here.

GLV conference re:defines volunteering

re:defining volunteering, our major conference for everyone involved in volunteering, took place on 25 September 2014.

You can find out more about the event, and download copies of the workshop slides from the day, by going to our conference page.

You’ll also find out more about what delegates thought from checking out our twitter feed (@GLVolunteering) or searching for our conference hashtag #redefine.

Congratulations to the Team London Awards winners!

Last night (17 September 2014) the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, and celebrity guests presented awards to the volunteers nominated by you for making an outstanding contribution to our communities.

We’d like to congratulate everyone who was nominated, and the winners.

Particular congratulations to Nicky Gee from GLV member organisation Barking and Dagenham Volunteer Centre, pictured below collecting her award:

Team London Awards, City Hall - 17Sep14

More details and photos of the event are on the Team London website.


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