As you may know Volunteers' Week is coming up at the beginning of June and we would like to work with all our members to celebrate this year. An astounding number of people in Bristol volunteer and we think that’s worth celebrating!
Volunteer Bristol will be organising a city-wide event but we’d also love to let Bristol know what else is happening using social media and by collating a brochure of events.
In summer 2011 Volunteer Bristol approached Voscur about the potential for working more closely together. In tough economic times we were looking for smarter and more cost effective ways of delivering our services. Building on successful collaborations between our organisations in recent years, we wanted to explore whether we could achieve more together. Bringing staff, trustees and volunteers together over a period of 18 months, we have looked at various models of collaboration. We have decided that merger will offer the best service for our member
Volunteer Bristol is proud to have been awarded the Volunteer Centre Quality Accreditation mark by Volunteering England. The VCQA as it is known, recognises our performance across six main areas of work: brokerage, marketing, good practice development, developing volunteering opportunities, policy response and campaigning, and strategic develop of volunteering. It means that we will remain an 'official' Volunteer Centre for another three years.
Volunteer Bristol hosted ‘Bowled Over’, a 50s themed Bowling social event on Weds 6th June to celebrate national Volunteers' Week (June 1st-7th). The event was to thank our volunteers for their dedication, hard work and passion – we really couldn’t keep our services going without them. We challenged them to show us what they’re made of at The Lanes Bowling Alley, Nelson Street and they really took the opportunity to show off their bowling prowess (or lack thereof!).
New scheme to bring together businesses and voluntary / community sector organisations
Business on Board is a pilot initiative to help bring business skills to VCS Organisations as well as forge better relations between business and the community. The pilot is supported by a variety of business and voluntary sector organisation. So if you are someone with skills to offer, or an organisation looking to involve new people with your management committee or board of trustees then this could be for you!
Green Volunteers Fair, Park Street, Bristol, 24th March 10.00 - 15.00.
Join Green Volunteers Bristol at the Folk House to find out about environmental and sustainable activities going on in the city and who you can help in your spare time.
Find us in the court yard – with stalls, activities and information on how you can give back to Bristol. Live music from local musician Eric Arthur, New Orleans blues piano player, Vicki Burke harp and vocals, and the Silvertortoise.
Would you like the opportunity to reach out to new potential volunteers from City of Bristol College? Then why not book your place at their Volunteer Fair on Wednesday 29 February, 11.00 - 13.30. The event takes place the College Green Centre (BS1 5UA) in the centre of Bristol. Last year 12 organisations attended, ranging from general volunteering agencies such as Volunteer Bristol to agencies offering specific opportunities such as St John’s Ambulance and the Leap gap year company.
The next meeting will be hosted by At-Bristol in the city centre on Tuesday 6th March from 3-5pm. At-Bristol will be discussing how they involve volunteers to help bring science to life. Following lots of useful feedback,we will also be leaving lots of time for structured networking so you can share your issues and experiences of managing volunteers.
Over 100,000 (one in four) people in Bristol regularly give their time, freely, to help the city’s many good causes. This was the message heard by over 70 people who gathered at Volunteer Bristol’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on January 25, to listen to some of the volunteers, and the charities that they help, tell their stories.