Civil Service supports vulnerable adults with interview skills standard

A team of volunteers from Civil Service have used the Involve Gloucestershire service to arrange for their Employer Supported Volunteering entitlement to be spent supporting adults with learning disabilities prepare for the world of work. The Brandon Trust, who run regular support sessions with their service users on increasing their independence and life-skills, were delighted to host the volunteers for the day and put their expertise to good use. The volunteers spent an afternoon guiding the learner group through basic interview techniques and scenarios; a vital and much needed skill in preparing service users for independence. The learners were able to pick up useful tips from a group of people who were also able to broaden their horizons. June Shearing, ...

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Trustees’ Week – how Employer Supported Volunteering can support effective charity governance standard

As part of Trustee’s Week 2016, Involve Gloucestershire is calling on employers to help fill the gap created by a lack of trustees for local charities. Trustees are individuals that take on a leadership role and help to steer a charity as part of its board and help ensure that it delivers the best possible service to the people it supports. Due to their need to be independent, trustees must be volunteers and can’t be paid for their role, which can present a challenge for charities to recruit individuals with the necessary skills and experience. Involve Gloucestershire believes that the County’s employers can play a pivotal role in creating a pipeline between their staff and charity’s seeking new trustees. About 25% of ...

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Involve Gloucestershire is a winner at Gloucestershire Business Awards 2016! standard

  Involve Gloucestershire is the proud winner of the Corporate Social Responsibility Award from the Gloucestershire Business Awards 2016. A panel of 18 judges decided that Involve Gloucestershire, with joint winners The Priory Inn from Tetbury, had demonstrated best responsible business practice across the County across the four areas of local community, the environment, their people and the supply chain. Project Manager Daniel Chun and the team behind Involve Gloucestershire were treated to a night of glitz at Cheltenham Racecourse, which had been transformed for the occasion into 1920s era, resplendent with authentic music, dancers, decorations and dress code.  A full write up and list of winners can be found at http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/gloucestershire-business-awards-2016-winners-revealed/story-29784919-detail/story.html   Daniel was ecstatic to be taking home ...

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Ecclesiastical volunteers have aviary good time at bird centre! standard

A team of 5 volunteers from Ecclesiatical Insurance have embraced their entitlement to volunteer by spending a day at a Gloucestershire bird centre that specialises in birds of prey and nature conservation.  The team, headed up by Claire, were delighted to make good use of their ESV time and had an enjoyable and rewarding day all round. Claire said, ‘We were very well supported by Helen at the centre. She communicated very well before the day and on the actual challenge she came in on her day off to help us with the activities, so was with us all of the day for support. She gave us a tour of the centre, provided all the equipment we needed and was ...

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Involve Gloucestershire helps conservation group win award standard

The team at Involve Gloucestershire are delighted to have received some excellent feedback from one of the community projects we support with teams of volunteers. Graham, a Community Ranger who looks after Cheltenham’s Winston Churchill Memorial Garden and other green spaces, wrote: “Please give yourselves a pat on the back. Due in part to your recruitment of volunteers and corporate challenge volunteers, we have won the Silver Rose Bowl Award for “Outstanding Community Involvement” at the annual Cheltenham in Bloom Awards. The new Mayor, Cllr Chris Ryder presented us with the award last Friday. Thank you for your involvement with us. Keep ’em coming please!…….volunteers that is, not necessarily awards.” Well done Graham and the team – thoroughly deserved for your dedication to preserving Cheltenham’s parks ...

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TSB experience the value of volunteering standard

A team of 8 staff members from TSB Barnwood have used their Employer Supported Volunteering entitlement to get involved with  a Gloucestershire organic farm that supports adults with physical and learning disabilities. Not shy about rolling up their sleeves and getting stuck in, the team were able to tackle 8 raised beds, weeding, tilling and prepping them for garlic, onions and broad beans ready for Spring 2017. For one of the volunteers, the experience went beyond the practical support they were able to offer, and allowed an insight into what the charity is about.  Amber shared: ‘”We had an opportunity to meet and speak with the residents living at the Farm that have physical and mental disabilities, it was a great chance ...

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Involve Gloucestershire is a finalist at the Gloucestershire Business Awards 2016! standard

The team at Involve Gloucestershire are delighted and proud to have been selected as a finalist at the Gloucestershire Business Awards 2016 for the Corporate Social Responsibility Award. This award will recognise the business who has demonstrated evidence of a contribution to the overall well-being of the community, its environment and general quality of life. The awards will be taking place on 6th October and the team will be having their fingers crossed that they bring home the award to cap a wonderful 18 months since first offering a service to bring the VCS and employers together through volunteering. In that time, it has brokered over 70 teams into community volunteering opportunities, engaging over 600 employees who have contributed over ...

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EDF ‘race’ to the rescue! standard

Thanks to Involve Gloucestershire and EDF Energy, Tom Roberts Adventure Centre are now ‘on track’ to open a new activity for the young people they support. Involve Gloucestershire were approached by EDF to support them in finding an opportunity for them to get involved in the community. Having had conversations with staff from Tom Roberts, Involve was happy to make the connection between them knowing that EDF and the Centre would benefit greatly from the partnership. Des Jackson (Vice chairmen of trustees) gave a few words from him and the team: ‘It was very exciting when we received an email from Daniel and the team from Involve Gloucestershire to say that they had a group of about 20 to 25 volunteers from EDF who ...

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Team Paish Tooth tidies up Cheltenham’s secret garden standard

A team of seven staff from Paish Tooth were out in force yesterday, volunteering their time to help tidy up one of Cheltenham’s little known hidden gems – the Winston Churchill Memorial Gardens. These attractive Gardens were created in 1966, one year after Churchill’s death, and this year sees the 50th anniversary of their opening. They started life as one of the town’s burial grounds, and the chapel which served it is still intact today as St Mary’s Mission – an imposing Grade II listed building which is still on the site, and which is now used by Cheltenham Martial Arts. The surprisingly large walled Gardens are tucked away behind Cheltenham’s Lower High Street, and are now managed by Graham ...

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Pocket parks to help regenerate areas along Tewkesbury Road in Cheltenham standard

Two areas along Tewkesbury Road in Cheltenham will be regenerated into ‘pocket parks’. Parts of St Peter’s and the Moors will be transformed into play areas using money from The Big Local. One will be located where the old underpass below the Tewkesbury Road Railway Bridge is, near to the retail units by the Range. The other pocket park is located on an old BMX track at the Moors. The aim for these pocket parks is to create play areas using natural materials, seating, bio-diversity areas with insect hotels, bird boxes, plants, trees, flower beds and art works. The money has come via Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to help regenerate two areas in St Peter’s and the ...

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