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Volunteering and sector news

Volunteer for Crisis at Christmas 2015

Crisis at Christmas is the largest operation of its kind in Europe, with the number of people helping over Christmas growing each year and reaching an unprecedented height of almost 13,000 volunteers involved during Crisis at Christmas 2014. Homelessness in England has risen markedly recently with rough sleeping increasing by 55% over the same period and by 14% in the last year alone, so Crisis have some way to go before their services cater for the number of homeless people in need. This year Crisis are preparing to support over 4,000 homeless people and looking to recruit over 11,000 people in eleven centres in London – the dedication and passion of volunteers at Crisis at Christmas is needed now more than ever!

Crisis have a large selection of volunteering roles available, from general volunteers to logistic support, activities and entertainment as well as specialist services like healthcare, advice and catering volunteers needed, but they are particularly in need for more support at their residential centres in London (Outreach, Winters, Link, the Gate and Women’s centre) and are desperately seeking night volunteers (see the story of a night volunteer here).  For more information about Crisis at Christmas and to sign up for volunteering with them this year click here.

Inspiring Trusteeship

Monday 16 November 2015, 9.30am-4pm
City Hall SE1 2AA

Inspiring Trusteeship was our free event for everyone interested in the governance of London’s voluntary and community sector.

Over 200 other delegates were there for: plenary sessions with Dr Alice Maynard, the Association of Chairs and other speakers who looked at new perspectives on governance, and looked at what makes an effective Chair/CEO relationship; workshops on legal issues affecting Trustees, and tips on recruiting Trustees; and a networking lunch where delegates met with people involved in charity governance from across London.

For more information about the day and the workshop resources please see here.


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