Volunteers’ Week is an annual campaign that takes place between 1st and 7th June to celebrate and recognise the contribution millions of volunteers throughout the UK make to their communities.
To tie in with this year’s Volunteers’ Week theme of saying ‘Thank You’ to volunteers, Volunteer Centre Sefton will hold its annual Volunteer Celebration Event on Thursday 6th June.
Voluntary, Community & Faith Sector orgainsations are invited to recognise and award certificates to their volunteers. The event is free and is an excellent opportunity to thank those important people within your organisation: your volunteers. The ceremony will be followed by a light buffet with tea and coffee.
Therefore, Sefton CVS and Sefton Council, are appealing to local organisations in voluntary, community and faith (VCF) organisations, public and private sectors to set up collection points in your organisations in the upcoming months, to generate and store as much stock as possible so they can get started. This can be assisted by encouraging staff and volunteers to bring in non-perishable food items from the list below. The Foodbank Network will then be in contact with you to organise collection or where food items can be dropped off.
Sefton Foodbank Network would like to thank the Asda stores in Bootle and Southport for hosting the first collections, on 7th and 10th December respectively. As of writing, Asda, in Southport alone, had amassed ½ tonne of food for the banks. The Network would like to thank the generosity of Sefton’s residents and hope that the people of Sefton can keep up the fantastic work by continuing the spirit of giving in the New Year.
Throughout the New Year there will be collections of non-perishable food items at some of the local supermarkets.
Sefton Foodbank Network is looking for volunteers to distribute information flyers (Sefton Foodbank Network Flyer) and collect donations outside stores. If you are able and willing to spend a couple of hours volunteering, please contact Vicky Keeley at the Volunteer Centre Sefton whose contact information can be found below. At this point in time, they are simply collecting food to reach the minimum amount required to commence distribution.
Buddy Up is a mentoring and befriending programme for young people with learning disabilities aged between 13 and 16 particularly those attending special education, in the Sefton area. The programme aims to provide support which enables these young people to attend social activities within the local community by pairing them up with mentors.
Mentors aged between 13 and 18 are recruited from mainstream schools and trained to provide support and encouragement to their ‘Buddy’ simply by being friendly and having fun.
We need your help!
We would like to link into other services to provide participants and mentors with new opportunities once they exceed the age criteria for Buddy Up. The participants are enthusiastic and wish to continue their personal development.
Can your service offer volunteering, mentoring or befriending opportunities to the mentors or mentees coming to the end of Buddy up age 16 and over?
Merseyside’s leading volunteer mentors and befrienders have been honoured for the positive difference their work has made to the lives of others
Five volunteers were recognised at the 2012 Greater Merseyside Mentor of the Year Awards presentation ceremony at Bootle Town Hall by VIP guest the High Sheriff of Merseyside, Colonel Martin Amlôt OBE DL.
Mentor of the Year was Lesa Davies from Liverpool for her work with Liverpool organisation Pinehirst which helps vulnerable adults and young people.
The Young Mentor of the Year Award went to Kieran Maher from Bootle for his efforts in support of Sefton’s Buddy Up project which helps to develop the confidence of young people with extra support needs.
The Befriender of the Year honour was presented to Tony Kelly from Netherton for his voluntary work with Sefton Council’s Safeguarding Unit in Bootle.
And the Young Befriender of the Year was Neil Parrington from Heswall (Wirral) who volunteers with Mencap Liverpool, the leading charity for people with learning disabilities
A special Outstanding Contribution to Befriending Award Sponsored by Sefton Pensioners Advocacy Centre was given to Ken Poulton from Ainsdale, Southport who volunteers with the Nugent Care Hear Here Project for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing in the resort.
The Greater Merseyside Mentor of the Year Awards are organised annually by Volunteer Centre Sefton and are supported by similar Volunteer Centres in Liverpool, Knowsley, St Helens, Wirral and Halton.
They are designed to raise the profile of mentoring and befriending in the area, and to recognise volunteers who give up their time to provide practical help and support to other people.
Angela Lucas of Volunteer Centre Sefton commented: “Mentors and befrienders do a huge amount of valuable work by developing relationships with people that help to foster self-belief and boost confidence. These awards are a great way of recognising the difference they make to the lives of the people they help.”
“Local projects are always on the lookout to recruit new mentors. Anyone interested in offering this type of support in their local community should contact their nearest Volunteer Centre to find out about the opportunities available,” added Angela.