Good Evening Comrades!Posted on 10th November 2008 by anjamster
Had a very cultured Saturday evening thanks to Janine Howlett – the marketing manager of The London Philharmonic Orchestra. If you were not aware Janine sent a special discount offer out to (ASpire) staff and volunteers to listen to the LPO perform Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto 2 and Tchaikovsky Suite 3 at The Brighton Dome this weekend.
Naomi – Volunteer Co-ordinator Neighbourhood Care SchemePosted on 7th November 2008 by naomincs
Hello, I am Naomi, one of the Volunteer Co-ordinators for the Neighbourhood Care Scheme (NCS) and have been with the scheme since April 2005. NCS is a good neighbour scheme which supports older people, carers (in Hangleton and Queens Park) , and people with physical or sensory disabilities in their own homes by providing volunteer support.
An introduction from a volunteerPosted on 5th November 2008 by anjamster
Hi there, my name is Andrew. I thought I would write a quick post about who I am and what I do for the Impetus blog and introduce myself to those who don’t yet know me. I have been a volunteer mentor for the ASpire project befriending and assisting adults with Asperger Syndrome for the last year or so.
People’s Millions – Big Lottery FundPosted on 4th November 2008 by stevelawless
Filming took place this morning. Gareth Evans will be the presenter. Several volunteers took part in the filming including a volunteer from St John’s Day Centre so thanks to them and Kim. The final part was filmed at St John’s which is an older people’s project. So vote for us on the 27th. You can vote between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. Calls from landlines cost 10p. You can make up to 10 calls from one number. The number will be available from our website on the day or from the Meridian News programme which goes out 6 p.m. More details are available on the Big Lottery Fund website.
We’ve been selected as a finalist in the People’s Millions!Posted on 30th October 2008 by stevelawless
Great news – we have been selected by the Big Lottery Fund as a finalist in the People’s Millions. We are bidding to run a volunteering project for people with mental health issues.
The Impetus Strategy Day, 2008Posted on 24th October 2008 by stevelawless
I’m always anxious before strategy days. They are an important part of the life of our organisation and a lot of time and preparation goes into them. This year there was almost 30 people there. The theme was on promoting and sustaining volunteering and we looked both at what we are doing internally and what we want to do for the sector as a whole.
LAA – so that’s what it’s all about…Posted on 23rd October 2008 by hendrickx1
Impetus Strategy Day yesterday – I’m sure that Steve will have more to say about the content and usefulness. For me, the most inspiring part of the day was actually understanding what the Local Area Agreement (LAA) is after many months of being supposed to know what it’s all about but never understanding the jargon, fluffy language and sector speak.
Life in the sector = fundraising?Posted on 17th October 2008 by stevelawless
So much development time goes into fund-raising when you are a part of the voluntary sector. We get ecstatic when someone recognises the benefits of our work and give us a grant to continue or extend it. But the reality is that a large proportion of time has to go in to fund-raising just to keep the same levels of service. We always have to plan for the next funding cliff edge.
PQASSO Peer ReviewerPosted on 6th October 2008 by blogsbug
I recently attended the PQASSO ( Practical Quality Assurance System for Small Organisations) Peer Reviewer 3-day Training Course held at the Charities Evaluation Services in London. A very challenging and stimulating course! The result is that I am now a Registered Peer Reviewer.
Interact New Volunteer Advocate – Pauline AhernePosted on 6th October 2008 by hendrickx1
Welcome to Pauline, Interact’s new Volunteer Advocate! Pauline starts her training on her return from holiday and is looking forward to meeting local people with learning difficulties. Pauline will be working with groups initially promoting their self-advocacy skills. She has considerable experience as a trainer and is currently a trustee of Sussex Oakleaf.
We looking forward to working with Pauline.