Engagement & Inclusion E-bulletin 1st October
Welcome to our brand new E-bulletin for organisations working with groups and individuals who might benefit from volunteering, keeping you informed with our latest news and developments. If you have anything you would like us to include, please contact email@example.com
Latest service developments
Last month we began offering a brand new virtual drop-in for individuals who are interested in volunteering. In lieu of our face-to-face drop-in service which was suspended indefinitely last March due to the pandemic, we are hoping this new service will provide an opportunity for people to find out more about volunteering and to receive guidance and support from our team of advisers. The virtual drop-in takes place every Wednesday between 11am-1pm – simply click on the link to join.
We are still offering 1-1 appointments via phone, WhatsApp video call or Zoom. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you or one of your service users would like to make an appointment to speak with one of our advisers.
Referral Agency Networking Sessions
We recently completed the second round of networking events for organisations working with groups or individuals who might benefit from volunteering. If you would like to receive feedback from these sessions, please contact email@example.com and we will send this on.
We will be scheduling further sessions for some time in November. Like last time, we will be offering two sessions and can offer these via Teams or Zoom depending on take-up. In future, we intend to use Eventbrite for taking bookings for these events and we will send out more information – including dates – in the next few weeks.
Black History Month
Some of you may have spotted our posts on social media heralding the start of Black History Month. This year’s theme is, “I am proud to be”, and we are celebrating “small wins” – those every day achievements that are unique and personal to each of us. It is well documented how volunteering can help people overcome difficulties they are facing and can improve overall wellbeing. With all of this in mind, we are inviting Black and Brown people of all ages to share their experiences of volunteering and what they are “proud to be”. If you know anybody who would like to contribute, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note, while Black History Month is a month-long event, we may only be able share stories during the first couple of weeks due to other scheduling commitments.
Team Volunteering offers
We are delighted to see more Teams coming forward, offering to support local organisations, community groups and causes. You can view existing opportunities here.
If you are interested in volunteering as part of a team to support a local community group or cause and you are unable to find anything of interest, you can email us with your offer of support: this doesn’t have to be painting a hall or digging a garden – you may have professional skills you are able to offer. If you have something in mind that your team would like to be involved in, please contact email@example.com
We have already received requests from individuals wanting to volunteer at Christmas and interest will continue to grow in the run up to December. Volunteer Glasgow’s Organisation Support team is actively encouraging volunteer-involving organisations to consider how they can involve volunteers during the festive period. The reality is that there is often greater demand for volunteering roles at this time of year compared with what organisations across the city can realistically provide. However, we are hoping that by pre-empting this demand, we can help support organisations to create ways to involve more people at Christmas. If you are an organisation with festive volunteering opportunities, please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Volunteering should not affect anyone’s ability to claim benefits and is, in fact, actively encouraged by DWP as an activity that can improve general wellbeing as well as enhancing a person’s employability. Further information can be found here
- Volunteer Glasgow has recently produced a leaflet regarding volunteering and benefits. If you would like to receive a hard copy or copies, please contact email@example.com or we can send over a PDF copy.
- DWP has issued a statement regarding volunteering and Work Capability Assessments. Although we are able to provide copies of this statement, according to DWP guidance, this document is only for the distribution to clients and should not be posted on the internet
Pen Pals project
Volunteer Glasgow has a long list of Glasgow residents who are willing and very keen to start a pen pal relationship with people who are living in care homes, vulnerable, isolated, living alone or experiencing mental health issues.
If you know someone who may benefit from this type of relationship, please don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What you didn’t know about volunteering
Volunteering delivers huge benefits for virtually aspect of Scottish society: tens of thousands of people in Glasgow choose to do something without remuneration, to run sport and the arts, support other people when they’re vulnerable, provide programmes and activities for our children and young people, govern charities and community groups, raise funds for charity, protect and enhance the environment, develop other people’s skills, provide mutual support, health and social care services, and campaign for change. The economic value of these volunteering contributions has been estimated by the Bank of England to be between £50bn and £100bn across the UK – that’s the same size as the UK education or NHS budgets.