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Volunteering helps Goole charity shop meet targets

Volunteering helps Goole charity shop meet targets

 Providing person centred care and support is Goldcrest House and the Goole based charity Cancer Research as they partner to help service user Dawn Field gain a volunteering role within the Boothferry based charity shop.   When not working in her other role Dawn wanted to fill her spare days working elsewhere. She successfully passed […]

April 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Newly qualified nurse wants to inspire others to volunteer to support children with disabilities

Newly qualified nurse wants to inspire others to volunteer to support children with disabilities

Jodie Rogers, a newly qualified nurse from Carmarthen, Wales, who has been praised for her work volunteering on holidays for children with complex disabilities, is now calling on others in her position to volunteer on breaks across England and Wales.   For over 40 years, national disability charity, Sense, has provided a range of holidays […]

February 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Ditch the date and support a person with dementia this Valentine’s Day

Ditch the date and support a person with dementia this Valentine’s Day

  Alzheimer’s Society’s new Side by Side service is urging people across the country to reject romance and seek a different kind of connection this Valentine’s Day, using its new matching service to support a person with dementia.   The UK’s leading dementia charity is launching its innovative new Side by Side service in a […]

February 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Orders of St John Care Trust appoints Head of Volunteering

The Orders of St John Care Trust appoints Head of Volunteering

The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) has appointed Kit Lendon as its new Head of Volunteering.   Ms Lendon takes on the role following six and a half years at veterinary charity PDSA, where she was Volunteering Development Manager.   In her role at OSJCT, she will lead the volunteering team and provide […]

January 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Goole care service users embrace volunteering

Goole care service users embrace volunteering

Goldcrest House service users embrace volunteering at the gardening services charity, The Green Team, to maintain the gardens of the elderly and disabled in Goole who are unable to do so themselves.   One such service user currently volunteering is Jonathan. Jonathan is a garden maintenance volunteer tending to domestic garden maintenance, such as pruning, […]

October 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Chester care home garden transformed by a group of green heroes from Tesco’s

Chester care home garden transformed by a group of green heroes from Tesco’s

A care home in Chester has seen its garden transformed by a group of green heroes from Tesco’s Chester City Centre Community Volunteer Group. Meridian Healthcare’s Lauren Court garden has been brightened up with an array of plants and bulbs ready for the bloom next spring. The green-fingered community champions got stuck in with their […]

October 10, 2016 | By | Reply More
Volunteers at care home receive special recognition for the role they play

Volunteers at care home receive special recognition for the role they play

Volunteers at Meadowside care home in North Finchley enjoyed a celebratory afternoon of tea and cake with chief executive of the The Fremantle Trust, Steve Flanagan, who recognised the valuable contribution they make to day-to-day life at the local charity and care provider.   The Barnet-based care home, which provides high quality, specialist support for […]

October 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
Lincolnshire care home volunteers recognised at annual ceremony

Lincolnshire care home volunteers recognised at annual ceremony

The hard work and achievements of care home volunteers throughout Lincolnshire were recently celebrated by one of the county’s top care home providers – The Orders of St John Care Trust – during a special awards ceremony on 8th September.   The Trust’s annual Volunteers’ Day event, which took place at Petwood Hotel in Woodhall Spa, […]

September 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
Students volunteer to support older people at Gravesend care home

Students volunteer to support older people at Gravesend care home

Working with the National Citizen Service as part of a social action project, a group of 13 school leavers have been busy fundraising and volunteering at Abbeyfield Kent’s two Gravesend care homes.   The four-week project has seen the group of 16-17 year olds, who come from Gravesend, Dartford and beyond, raising money for Dementia […]

September 6, 2016 | By | Reply More
Warrington care home surprises loyal volunteers on 50th wedding anniversary

Warrington care home surprises loyal volunteers on 50th wedding anniversary

A volunteer couple at Holcroft Grange, the CLS-run care home in Warrington, were deeply moved when residents and staff at the home threw a surprise party to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.   Ray and Verner Hopple, who have been volunteering at the residential care home for 11 years, arrived for what they thought would […]

September 6, 2016 | By | Reply More
Young volunteers enjoy a week at South Yorkshire care home

Young volunteers enjoy a week at South Yorkshire care home

TEENAGE volunteers from Barnsley FC’s National Citizenship Service (NCS) spent a week helping the elderly at Deangate Care Home.   The group of nine 16 and 17 year olds gave up their time to treat residents to a pamper day, arts and crafts, bingo, gardening activities and more.   They also raised over £360 through […]

August 11, 2016 | By | Reply More
Widnes Charities Partner to Support People with Learning Disabilities into Employment

Widnes Charities Partner to Support People with Learning Disabilities into Employment

Widnes-based Cathie Stankevitch Foundation has this week launched a partnership with Community Integrated Care, to offer people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and autism, volunteering opportunities – enhancing their work experience and employment skills.   The Cathie Stankevitch Foundation was founded by rugby league legend John Stankevitch in honour of his late mother. The foundation, […]

August 4, 2016 | By | Reply More
Carers UK sets out vision for improving the lives of carers to inform Government’s new Carers Strategy

Carers UK sets out vision for improving the lives of carers to inform Government’s new Carers Strategy

  As the UK approaches the tipping point where the number of older people needing care is predicted to outstrip the number of working age people available to provide it [1], Carers UK has carried out a comprehensive review of how people are supported now, and in the future, to provide care without putting their […]

August 3, 2016 | By | Reply More
St Mellons Community Garden Group is Bloomin’ Marvellous!

St Mellons Community Garden Group is Bloomin’ Marvellous!

Five volunteers who sowed the seeds for a community garden have celebrated their dream flourish into a community hub. St Mellons Community Garden Group was founded four years ago at Blooms Garden Centre with just five volunteers, supported by staff from Wales & West Housing.   The idea was to live off the land to […]

August 2, 2016 | By | Reply More
Exceptional care home workers recognised at annual awards ceremonies

Exceptional care home workers recognised at annual awards ceremonies

For the eighth consecutive year, the Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) – one of the UK’s largest not-for-profit care home providers – celebrated its stand-out care workers throughout the UK during a series of special awards ceremonies.   Over 300 employees were awarded as part of the four ceremonies, which took place in […]

June 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Volunteers help local residents stay healthy

Volunteers help local residents stay healthy

With over 21 million people in the UK volunteering each year to help improve the health and wellbeing of others, Hanover Housing resident 84-year–old Janet Burtt has been doing her bit to ensure residents in Benson, Oxfordshire, are able to attend important NHS appointments.   After retiring from teaching in 1990 Janet decided to trade […]

June 10, 2016 | By | Reply More
Flourishing in Brighton

Flourishing in Brighton

The Flourish Festival took place at the Yellow Wave Café on the sea front in Brighton alongside the Brighton Festival on Friday 20th May, as part of the creative arts projects which are helping residents of the local Jewish Care Hyman Fine House to age positively, living meaningful and creative lives. There was music and […]

June 3, 2016 | By | Reply More
Voluntary sector partnership launch resource to help build volunteer capability and capacity

Voluntary sector partnership launch resource to help build volunteer capability and capacity

Volunteers make a unique contribution to the care and support sector by offering time, expertise and friendship. To mark this year’s volunteer week the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) and National Care Forum (NCF) have produced a toolkit to help social care organisations build volunteer capability and capacity in local services.   The toolkit supports […]

June 3, 2016 | By | Reply More
Hanover joins with RVS to help improve older health and wellbeing during National Volunteers Week

Hanover joins with RVS to help improve older health and wellbeing during National Volunteers Week

As funding for community based activities for older people comes under increased pressure, cases of loneliness and isolation are on the rise. To help combat this, Hanover Housing Association has been exploring different ways of improving the health and wellbeing of its residents.   When Carol Atkinson, a local manager at Fernbank Court in Selby, […]

June 2, 2016 | By | Reply More
Middlesbrough care home volunteer treated to 90th birthday surprise

Middlesbrough care home volunteer treated to 90th birthday surprise

VOLUNTEER Marie Toombs was treated to a surprise 90th birthday party at The Gables Care Home in Middlesbrough.   Marie has been visiting the care home every week for the past 10 years to lend a hand and spend time with the residents.   Marie, who travels to The Gables from her home in Ormesby, […]

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