News and forthcoming events
Volunteer Christmas lunch
On Friday 8 December we invited more than 50 volunteers and representatives from volunteer-involving organisations to our annual Christmas thank-you lunch in the Council Chamber of Thornbury Town Hall.
This is a lovely festive event which is always well attended with guests treated to a delicious buffet lunch supplied by our volunteers.
Thornbury Mayor Helen Harrison attended; she praised all those present for their dedication and hard work in supporting the Thornbury community and ensuring that it continues to be healthy and vibrant. She then presented the Alan Hudson Award for Volunteering Achievement to this year’s winner, Thornbury Foodbank, and drew the winners of our raffle.
Special thanks go to Sandra Davies and her team at The Swan for their Charity quiz nights which funded this enjoyable event.
Quiz Nights hugely successful!
We were the charity chosen during November to benefit from the entry fees and raffle profit from the Wednesday quiz nights at the Swan Inn. We are slightly gobsmacked to learn that the scheme raised a staggering £665 pounds. This is a big addition to our funds and will help us achieve our aims. Many thanks to Sandra Davies at the Swan for thinking of us and to everybody who took part. Some things really can be both fun and profit!
Bags of help please!
We’ve received a great boost to our finances by being chosen as one of the three finalists in the Tesco Bags of Help initiative in Thornbury.
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to create this community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 awarded to local community projects. The money is raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores. The Bags of Help project has already delivered more than £36 million to almost 8,000 projects up and down the UK.
Each time customers shop in the Thornbury Tesco store throughout November and December, they will be given a token at the checkout. With it they can cast a vote for which of the three causes should be awarded the largest grant.
Because we’re one of the three finalists, we already know we shall receive at least the smallest grant. But — like all voluntary bodies in these straitened times — we know we can do so much more if shoppers choose us for first or second place.
This unexpected but very welcome windfall comes at a significant moment in our history. Next year is our 30th anniversary and we were already planning several initiatives to connect volunteers with local organisations that offer volunteering places. More about this below.
Building on 30 years of championing volunteering
Next year will be our 30th anniversary.
We plan to host a series of events to acknowledge the contribution of existing volunteers to our local communities and to encourage more local people to volunteer. These events are made possible by the generous grant from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme (see above).
Our first event will provide training aimed at supporting and developing new volunteers. We shall follow this up with a series of volunteer taster sessions at local community organisations.
In the summer we will hold a networking event for organisations and volunteers — perhaps in the form of a garden party — in which they will be able to share ideas, experiences, and good practice. The event will also give both organisations and volunteers the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals.
At the end of the year we will host a further networking event combined with an awards ceremony aimed at showing our appreciation to everyone in our community who unselfishly and without thought of reward offer their time and knowledge to help others.
Personal Resilience and Stress Management Training
This training session will provide some tools to help you feel less stressed and more relaxed in all aspects of life. It will identify the causes of stress, explain how to increase your personal resilience, demonstrate a range of strategies and approaches and introduce mindfulness, imagery and positive affirmations. It's suitable for all ages and for anyone experiencing stress.
The session will be held on Wednesday 31 January 2018 between 10am and 12.30pm in the council chamber at Thornbury Town Hall. Please contact Kim Webb for further information or to make a booking.
News & information
Christmas lunch: Our annual Christmas thank-you lunch 2017 draws 50+ local volunteers. More.
Alan Hudson Award 2017: We are proud to present the 2017 award for volunteering achievement to Thornbury Foodbank.
Christmas closing dates announced: Our office will be closed between 18 December and 1 January inclusive, reopening on Tuesday 2 January.
Fun and profit at the Swan! The Wednesday night quiz nights at the Swan during November raised £665 for our funds. More information.
Bags of help please! We have been chosen as a finalist in the Tesco Bags of Help scheme in its Thornbury store. More information.
Newsletter: Our 2017 newsletter has been published. Get it here.
Plans for 2018: Next year is our 30th anniversary. We plan events to bring organisations and volunteers closer together. Details here..
Personal Resilience and Stress Management Training: Tools to help you feel less stressed. 31 January 2018. More information.
Experiences: Michele tells how a local company restored her confidence and helped her back into work.
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