This week’s top five volunteering opportunities

April 22, 2016

1.Cleaner, Greener Volunteers 

Bow ChurchWhere: Bow Church
When: First Saturday of the month from 7th May 10.00-13.00 
Commitment level: Low
Category: Gardening, Conservation

Cleaner Greener Volunteers are looking for people to help them maintain and develop the gardens at Bow Church. The church is set for restoration in 2017, and this is the beginning of a project to make a garden which is equally attractive. There is also a vegetable growing project onsite, to provide crops for the church’s weekly food bank. If you are interested please contact Chris Gennings. Email: christine.gennings@towerhamlets.gov.uk Phone: 020 7364 3757.

2. Imagine Mainstream – Mentors

imagine1Where: Wallington, SM6 0EX
When: Flexible – Monday to Friday, morning or afternoons
Commitment level: Regular Commitment
Category: Mental Health, Employment, Mentoring

Imagine Mainstream supports individuals with mental health problems into paid employment and/or volunteering.
Mentoring Service Mentors will work directly with clients to help them become more independent. Mentors will provide support for clients to achieve practical goals, for example; improving wellbeing, getting into a routine and volunteering. Mentors provide a safe space for clients to talk through difficulties and find their own answers.

For more information and to register your interest, please click this link.

3.Richard House Children’s Hospice – Fundraisers

Richard HouseWhere: Woolwich Ferry
When: 14th and 15th May 
Commitment level: Low
Category: Fundraising, Bucket Collecting

Richard House Children’s Hospice are looking for some volunteers to join them in raising money to go towards important equipment and projects at the Hospice. If you are interested, please contact Rachel Green. Email: RachelG@richardhouse.org.uk Phone: 02075400230

4. Deen City Farm – Farm Support Volunteers

Deen city farmWhere: Deen City Farm, SW19
When: Flexible
Commitment Level: Regular Commitment
Category: Animals, Outdoors, Young People
Deen City Farm is a community farm offering a free family days out. They work with a wide range of farm animals, provide riding lessons, weekend and holiday play schemes, educational tours and visits to local schools.
Deen City Farm is looking for people to support other volunteers, who may have disabilities or mental health issues in their work at the Farm. Volunteers can also assist with Farm Tours for local schoolchildren or evening groups and kids’ activities during school holidays.
To apply, complete an application form and send to the farm’s Volunteer Coordinator at the email below. Get in touch for more information, either by calling 020 8545 2171 or emailing volunteers@deencityfarm.co.uk.

5.Plumstead Make Merry Festival
plumstead make merryWhere: Plumstead Common
When: 11th June 
Commitment Level: Low
Category: Children, sport and outdoor activities

On Saturday June 11th, 5000 people will head to Plumstead Common for a day of music, arts and activities that celebrate the history of the area and its diverse community. The festival is put together solely by volunteers. They are looking for event stewards on the day to help with the smooth running of the event. To find out more and apply for the opportunity, click here.

Spotlight on Tim

April 13, 2016

Tim, a guardian with us in High Wycombe, has always gone above and beyond the 16 hours of volunteering that we ask of everyone that we house. Since October he has jumped into a variety of volunteering opportunities – from heritage preservation to fundraising.

Tim has been involved with RAF Henlow, in particular he has been working towards the Families Day, Flying Display and Youth Engineering event, which is taking place on 2nd July 2016. The aim of the event is to educate and raise money for forces charities, where this year Veterans Aid is the lead charity.

veterans-aid-logo (1)Tim says ‘I am involved in two main aspects of the event. Firstly in organising and formulating the schools engineering competition which has taken up a great deal of time. Secondly I have been contacting many of my colleagues in the air display world to arrange displays as part of the air show.’  

He has previously been involved in fundraising evenings, including the FTSE Forces Charity Boxing Night at Banqueting House, and he is hoping to repeat that success in the first half of 2016 and has been finding organisations and aircraft owners willing to donate exciting and valuable prizes to the event.

Another aspect of property guardianship is based around being good neighbours for the people in the local communities. Tim has also taken this in his stride, bonding with a group of teenagers in order to prevent littering – which has led him to be invited for a chat and a slice of pizza! He also bought a team of boys two football goals, as they were using large stones and bricks to create a goal in the road, which was dangerous for cars and other vehicles.  He has become well known among the residents, and has taken the time to get to know them.

Tim has thrown himself into village life, and also volunteers at Duns Tew Village Hall:

village hall‘I have organised the next Village Hall Coffee Morning to raise funds for a charity close to my heart, Veterans Aid. The organisation helps ex-service personnel who have fallen on hard times, offering accommodation in their hostels and advice and support in finding full time employment. The coffee mornings have all been organised by different individuals for different causes, selling coffee, tea and cakes. I have had to learn to bake all over again, but it now must be said I make a pretty mean flapjack in a variety of flavours and no broken teeth! Many people from the village have also baked cakes. This should be a fun day!’

Altogether the event raised £185 for Veterans Aid and the village hall also gained £99.

Tim is a fantastic guardian, and he enjoys it too. He says, ‘I must admit this is rather fun. There is more I can do locally and I will endeavour to find more opportunities to make a community impact.’

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This week’s top five volunteering opportunities

March 18, 2016

missing people1.Missing People

Where:  South-West London
When: Various
Commitment Level: Various

Missing People is a charity which is dedicated to bringing missing children and adults back together with their families. They have a variety of volunteer opportunities to get involved in – which you can find here. For further information please email volunteer@missingpeople.org.uk or contact them by phone on 0208 392 5548.

2.Trees for Cities

trees for citiesWhere: Greenwich, SE9 2JE
When: 2nd April 10.00-16.00
Commitment Level: One-off

Trees for Cities is working in partnership with the Royal Borough of Greenwich to plant new trees around Eltham Estates in Greenwich. The species have been specially selected to help prevent flooding. They need volunteers to help them plant, stake and mulch the trees and shrubs. For more information, see here.

3.Friends of The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields

smitf-logoWhere: Central London
When: Various
Commitment Level: Various

The Friends of The Connection is a network of people dedicated to preventing street homelessness and reintegrating homeless people into society. The Friends does not offer direct volunteering opportunities with homeless people but they do offer opportunities in fundraising and other areas. They have openings for a communications lead, an honorary treasurer, a membership recruitment lead and a local fundraising support lead. If you are interested in any of these please contact the Chair, Charles Woodd on 07962 213494 or email friends@cstm.org.uk

4.Into University

iu_logo_conWhere: Various
When: Various
Commitment Level: Regular Commitment

Into University provides local learning centres where young people are inspired to achieve. They have a whole variety of volunteering opportunities, which you can find here.

5.Poplar HARCA – Spring Festival Volunteers

cs-poplar-harcaWhere: Chrisp Street
When: 23rd April
Commitment Level: One-off commitment

Chrisp Street is hosting a Spring Festival to celebrate all things green and local on Saturday 23rd April. They are looking for friendly and welcoming volunteers to help with the event. For more information and to register your interest, click here.

Spotlight on Alex

March 9, 2016

Alex has been living with us in High Wycombe since July 2015. In the past 7 months she has given over 100 hours of her time to the Alexander Jansons Foundation, which funds research into the causes, prevention and cures for Myocarditis.

Santa 3 (1)

     Fundraiser: Santa Run

Alex has been key in planning, organising and running a variety of fundraising activities. This has included a Santa Run, live auctions and a comedy night.

In October, she was part of setting up a football club, White Hart FC, who play in support of the foundation. The team consists of friends of the Alexander Jansons, who died at the age of 18 from myocarditis. It was featured in the local Bucks Advertiser.

November brought a quiz night, with 120 people attending to be wined, dined and challenged with difficult quiz questions! They raised around £2000 and have had requests to host another next year.

sky (1)

Fundraiser: Sky Diving

She has also organised and supported charity runs. In October she encouraged another runner for the charity in the Great South Run who arrived at the finish line along with the athletes, not bad for his first time!

This year she will be looking at planning a trip to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in 2017 to raise money for the Alexander Jansons Foundation.

The Alexander Janson Foundation has many more exciting events planned for 2016, including wine tasting, a bingo night and abseiling down the ArcelorMittal Orbit! They have committed to raise at least £1 million by the end of 2016 after a hugely successful 2015.

In her own words ‘there is a lot more organising happening, we have a very busy year ahead!’

Stretcher Race

          Fundraiser: Stretcher Run

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Spotlight on Mila

February 24, 2016

Since becoming a guardian in September, Mila has volunteered around 50 hours for a variety of causes. This has ranged from refurbishing a local community hall to fundraising for a school in Gambia. In January Mila helped to organise and invigilate an exhibition at a local gallery. This is what she has to say about the experience:

Volunteers refurbishing a community hall

Volunteers refurbishing a community hall

‘For the last month, I have been volunteering at The Nunnery Gallery in Bow Church. The Nunnery is a diverse gallery run by Bow Arts that has a particular focus on site-responsive work and works that explore the history and themes of the local area.

My first volunteering duties were to assist in the painting of the gallery walls and to help hang the current show, ’Plastic Vanitas’ by Mariele Neudecker. ‘Plastic Vanitas’ is a series of photographic works exploring the expansive collection of plastic held by the Museum of Design in Plastics (MoDiP). Neudecker has photographed a selection of plastic objects that are stored in boxes and grouped together by material, size, and weight. The groups of objects at first appear quite randomly selected and the odd combinations result in new meanings and relationships created between the plastics.

The photographs are composed in the style of Vanitas still-life painting, in which everyday objects are presented as symbols of life, meaningless and death. The plastic objects in Neudecker’s photographs therefore each appear to be carrying a symbolic meaning that goes beyond their everyday purpose. The ‘Plastic Vanitas’ exhibit has particular relevance in this area of East London because in 1865, the first ever man-made plastic ‘Parkesine’ was trademarked by Alexander Parkes in a factory in Hackney Wick.

'Plastic Vanitas' Exhibit

             ‘Plastic Vanitas’ Exhibit

After helping to hang the exhibit, I had the pleasure of attending a talk by Mariele Neudecker explaining her work, her creative processes and the deeper meanings behind the show relating to the sustainable role of plastic. Whilst invigilating the show, I have had the opportunity to meet a range of people who have come to visit the gallery. It is fascinating to see that people of all ages, from infants to the elderly, visit the gallery regularly. I never realised, until now, how much of an important role an art gallery can play within a community.’

‘Plastic Vanitas’ is showing at The Nunnery until 27th March 2016. To find out more click here.

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The Guardians Half Marathon Team needs YOU!

September 6, 2013

On 6th October 2013, guardians David, Lawrence and I (Jessica) will make the epic 13 mile journey around the Royal Parks of London in an effort to raise money for the Bromley by Bow Centre.

This is a fantastic organisation that supports families, young people and adults of all ages to learn new skills, improve their health and wellbeing, find employment and develop the confidence to achieve their goals and transform their lives across East London, therefore thoroughly worth the blood, sweat and tears that will no doubt be experienced in training for the run.

This blog will provide updates on our progress, and of course is an attempt to drum up some support that we will no doubt both need since 13 miles is an awful long way!

PLUS: Do not miss the opportunity to donate to the runners using the links included in this blog!

As an introduction we thought we’d start with a profile on each of the runners:

 

Jessica Glass 

“Jessica in her Bromley by Bow vest”

Much to my parents’ total shock having done no exercise pretty much since birth, a few years ago I took up running as a way to keep fit, lose weight, and get some me time. And here I am about to take on my second half marathon. I began increasing my distance last year, and that made me think, maybe I could do some good with this running malarkey and get some sponsorship for running a proper distance.

Occupation: Accountant
Furthest run: 13.1 miles
Running Style: Sweaty Betty
Ideal post run snack: Flapjack and smoothie, yum.
Amount raised so far: £110 out of £450 with only 32 days to go so I really do need all the help I can get!

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JessGlassdoeshalfmarathon2

 

 

Jasmine Morris

“Poser”

Jasmine is not running the half marathon at Royal Parks but she will be running the Brighton Marathon next year so hats off to her! She first decided to sign up for a half marathon in 2011 cheering Bromley by bow centre runners finishing the Brighton marathon. Having never run it was a long journey to get ready for a half marathon but I enjoyed every minute of it. 2 half marathons later and it seemed fitting to celebrate my 2yr running anniversary crossing the finish line of the Brighton marathon and raising money for the Bromley by bow centre.

Occupation: Fundraising officer at the Bromley by Bow Centre
Furthest run: 13.1 miles
Running Style: Dee dee from Dexter
Ideal post run snack: Soreen Malt Loaf “The most amazing snack ever made”
Amount raised so far: None so far since the Brighton Marathon is not until next year, but Jasmine has agreed a target of £750 and will be organising lots of fundraising events so watch this space!

 

 

David Joseph 

David “Coach” Joseph

David is running the Royal Parks Half Marathon to try and achieve his own personal best. He has been elected running coach for the fundraising participants. After the Great British 10K, he felt so awesome that he knew he wanted a new challenge and a half marathon was the answer.

Occupation: Graphic Designer
Furthest run: 13.1 miles
Running style: Think “The Hoff” a la Baywatch
Ideal Post running snack: Definitely a banana swiftly washed down with a pint
Amount raised so far: David is not fundraising this time, but he says that if you want to donate you can put it towards Jess’ target (see above)!

 

Lawrence Walker

“Running”

Lawrence was out running at the time of creating this blog therefore could not respond to the introduction questions. He is taking the half marathon very seriously having already raised £290.

For more information please go to his fundraising page:

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/lawrence_gebrselassie

 

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