News and forthcoming events

In the run up to National Volunteers’ Week, Thornbury Volunteer Centre will once again be running a pop-up shop at 11 St Mary Street, next door to TSB in the St Mary Centre. It will open at 10am on Saturday 12 May and will continue all week until Saturday 19 May. Its aim is to bring volunteering into the shopping centre, raise the profile of the Volunteer Centre, highlight the hundreds of local volunteering opportunities available and encourage more people to volunteer.

Last year this proved to be very successful with at least 15 potential new volunteers registering and many more taking information.

The shop will also act as a way to raise funds for the Centre, which as a small local charity is always in need of support. It will sell a wide assortment of good quality pre-owned goods from clothing to furniture and bric-a-brac to toys. We would welcome any donations, please contact Kim Webb at our office to arrange delivery. Any items not sold at the end of our time will be donated among the other Thornbury charity shops.

The shop will be open between 10am and 4pm daily and also on the following four Saturdays, 26 May, 2 June, 9 June and 16 June. We may also “pop-up” at other times during those weeks so please keep looking out for us.

Do please call in and see us, help us to raise valuable funds to support volunteering in your community, and possibly even volunteer yourself.

Grateful thanks to the Management team of the St Mary Centre for giving us this opportunity.

Our 2018 AGM

Thornbury Volunteer Centre is holding its annual general meeting on Wednesday 18 July. It will be in the hall and gardens of Christ the King RC Church Thornbury at 2.30pm. The guest speaker will be Jerry Dicker, who will be talking about his involvement and experience as a volunteer with Friends of Filnore Woods. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please join us for delicious home-made cakes and refreshments.

Volunteer Manager’s Network Meetings

We had a second successful meeting — we discussed everything from safeguarding and DBS checks, volunteer monitoring, corporate volunteering, volunteer recognition events and the forthcoming changes to data protection regulations. Our next meeting will be held on Thursday 12 April at 10am at the offices of Brain Tumour Support, 29 High Street, Thornbury. BS35 2AR.

It has been agreed that attendees will bring along to this meeting any customer and client satisfaction surveys, together with evaluations, for sharing and discussion.

This meeting is open to all Volunteer managers working in South Gloucestershire. They are friendly and informal gatherings where managers can share ideas and expertise and discuss any issues or concerns.

Please contact Kim Webb using our contact form if you wish to attend.

£2000 from Tesco’s community grant scheme funds local projects

We’re delighted to announce that we have been awarded £2000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.

Tesco Bags of Help logo.

Bags of Help is run in partnership with the environmental charity Groundwork. Grants raised from the sale of carrier bags are awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, the scheme has provided over £43 million to more than 10,000 local community projects.

To recognise our 30th anniversary this year we will be hosting four events aimed at encouraging new people to volunteer, whilst acknowledging the valuable contribution made to the local community by our existing volunteers.

We shall organise and host:

  • A “Building confidence” workshop to support potential new volunteers.
  • A series of taster sessions at local voluntary and community organisations, designed to give potential volunteers a flavour of the type of volunteering opportunities available in their local area.
  • A networking event for volunteer-involving organisations and volunteers.
  • An Award ceremony and networking event at the end of the year aimed at showcasing the work of our community’s unsung heroes.

Kim Webb, our development co-ordinator, is naturally delighted with the result. “This is such good news for us and the community. As a very small local charity dedicated to promoting the benefits of volunteering to a wider audience we are always looking for ways to raise awareness in the local community and this grant will help us enormously.”

Kim Webb with James Fawbert.
Kim Webb with James Fawbert, the Manager of the Tesco Thornbury store.

Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

Personal Resilience and Stress Management Workshop

On Wednesday 31 January 2018 we hosted a workshop on Personal Resilience and Stress Management. It was delivered by trainer Claire Greenwood of Broadleaf Training & Development.

Attendees at the workshop.
Claire Greenwood talking to the workshop participants.

The session looked at what personal resilience means, identified factors which support or weaken resilience and then demonstrated some techniques to help manage stress and support resilience.

The session was a good mix of discussion, dialogue and activities, looking at why some people appear more resilient than others, what causes stress, cognitive behavioural therapy, using the resilience prescription and ending with a session on mindfulness.

The session was well attended and everyone left feeling better able to cope with everyday challenges.

Magnox group logos.
The training is supported by a grant from the Magnox Socio-economic Scheme

General Data Protection Regulation

Thornbury Town Mayor Helen Harrison and Thornbury Volunteer Centre hosted two workshops in February to tell local voluntary and community groups about the changes in the laws surrounding data protection which come in to force in May this year.

Ian Macintosh
Iain Mackintosh, Director, Brightman Business Solutions, introducing the workshop.

Thanks to a very generous offer from Brightman UK they secured free information sessions that explained in more detail just what organisations needed to do to comply with the new laws.

Both sessions were very well attended with representatives from more than 30 organisations. Follow up one-to-one sessions are being planned for March and April.

Our thanks to the Ship Inn, Alveston, for their generous use of the room and the refreshments.

Swan Quiz Nights

The Swan Inn.

The Swan Inn has once again chosen us as their quiz charity of the month. We will benefit from the entry fees and raffle profit collected each Wednesday quiz night during April. Please come along and support us by entering a team or two. It’s good fun!

News & information

We’re popping up again! We shall be running our pop-up shop during May and June. More here.

Volunteer Manager’s Network: The next meeting is announced. More here.

AGM date announced: It will be on 18 July with guest speaker and refreshments. All welcome! More details.

Big grant permits local projects: We have been granted £2000 from Tesco's Bags of Help scheme. We plan a series of events during 2018 to bring organisations and volunteers closer together. More information.

General Data Protection Regulation: Two successful workshops help local organisations come to grips with new data protection regulations. Details here.

Quiz nights at the Swan: More opportunities for fun and funds in April. Details here.

Volunteering opportunities: Most of our many volunteering opportunities are advertised nationally and can be searched online here. Some are advertised locally only and are listed here.

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Thornbury Volunteer Centre is a registered charity, number 1004285. This site © Thornbury Volunteer Centre. Site design by Michael Quinion. Last updated 5 April 2018.