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Engagement & Inclusion E-bulletin February 2022

Our E-bulletin is aimed at organisations who are working with groups and individuals who might benefit from volunteering. Our intention is to keep you up to date with our latest news and developments. If you have anything you would like us to include, please contact emma.mclean@volunteerglasgow.org

(A somewhat belated) Happy New Year! Welcome to the first E-Bulletin of 2022!

“What’s your New Year’s Resolution?”

You may have come across our recent social media campaign which we ran in conjunction with our Organisation Support team. The campaign highlighted the various services we offer including:

  • Virtual Drop-in Service which takes place every Wednesday
  • Referral Agency Networking Sessions for organisations supporting groups & individuals who might benefit from volunteering
  • Volunteering Toolkit for organisations supporting groups & individuals who might benefit from volunteering
  • Boost Your Employability – an online ‘event’ highlighting programmes currently running in the city that can work in conjunction with volunteering
  • Saltire Awards for 12-25 year olds

Click here to view our Get the most from Volunteer Glasgow PDF document – an overview of all volunteering services. Please note we are no longer able to offer group volunteering taster sessions. 

Virtual Drop-in
Our virtual drop-in continues every Wednesday between 11am-1pm and provides a perfect opportunity to speak to an adviser if you are interested in volunteering and would like to find out more about opportunities in the Glasgow area. Click here to join. A reminder that we also offer 1-1 appointments over the phone or via WhatsApp video call or Zoom. Contact engagement@volunteerglasgow.org to arrange a suitable time to meet with an adviser. We aim to begin offering face to face appointments around March so check back here or on socials for updates.

Boost Your Employability

Interested in volunteering? Want to boost your employability? We launched the Boost Your Employability online event just before Christmas. Please note, this is not an online event that you attend but an event for us to promote different programmes that are happening across Glasgow which might help to boost your employability and, combined with volunteering, provide a unique opportunity to learn new skills, build confidence and to gain valuable practical experience. Click on the link above for more information. 

Referral Agency Networking Sessions

Our Engagement & Inclusion team offers regular networking opportunities for ‘referral agencies’ – organisations that work with groups or individuals who might benefit from volunteering. These quarterly sessions enable organisations to come together, to share experiences, to provide service updates, information and resources, and to discuss challenges in terms of supporting clients or service users to access volunteering. Our next round of networking events will take place on: 

Tuesday 1st March, 10.30am-12pm via Microsoft Teams

Thursday 3rd March,1.30-3pm via Zoom 

Click here for the event booking page and choose the session that suits you best. Spaces will remain open until 30 minutes before each event and are limited to two spaces per organisation or group. 

No young person should feel alone…Share an hour

We are proud to highlight MCR Pathways’ #ShareAnHour campaign and encourage you to think about becoming a mentor to support young people in Glasgow. MCR Pathways believes that a young person’s future should be determined by their talents and never their circumstances. When life around us is overwhelming, it’s difficult to think about the future. That’s why MCR is asking for help to ensure no young person should ever feel alone. 

In their new campaign they are asking volunteers to Share an Hour and provide more young people with a mentor who’s there just for them. Can you help?

The award-winning charity carefully matches young people with a mentor to meet for just one hour a week, in school. This one to one relationship makes a profound impact on their confidence and future. No qualifications are needed, just the desire to make a difference.

The programme is supporting 3,500 young people in Scotland and operates across all 30 secondary schools in Glasgow, as well as many surrounding areas.

To get involved, please visit: mcrpathways.org or find out more on their social channels @MCRPathways.

And finally…

Analysis by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme shows that the efforts of the more than 1 billion volunteers around the world are equal to that of 109 million full-time workers. To put this in context, the volunteer workforce is nearly three times the number of those employed globally in financial services, and more than five times of those working in mining and extractive industries.

Source: 2018 State of the World’s Volunteerism Report – Overview & Chapter 1 (https://unv-swvr2018.org/)


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