Latest CS news Christmas volunteering opportunities Published 29 Nov As we come ever closer to the end of 2021, the volunteering team want to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to everyone for seeking a volunteering opportunity across the borough of Southwark.For those of you who are volunteering, your commitment helps bring communities together across the borough and we are grateful to the time you give to your volunteering roles! We also wanted to tell you about some exciting volunteering opportunities that we are currently recruiting for and that local groups are offering. Some Christmas volunteer roles If you are at the start of your volunteering journey, or someone who is seeking a Christmas related volunteering role, then you might be interested in these Christmas volunteer roles: Spring Community Hub - Christmas Volunteers Spring Community Hub aims to tackle food poverty by addressing the underlying causes of food inequality. They are seeking volunteers in the run up to Christmas. Bucket Collector Volunteers: to take part in their Bucket collection at Morrison in Camberwell, SE5 8RR. From the 10th, 11 and 12 of December and to be available for a shift from 10.00am-13.00pm and 13.00pm-16.00pm Hamper Packing Volunteers: to help pack the Christmas hampers on the 18 December. Shift availability from 10.00am-13.00pm and 13.00pm -16.00pm. Hamper Handout Volunteers: giving our hampers to Families on the 21 December. Shift availability from 10.00-13.00 and 13.00-16.00. If you would like to help Spring Community Hub with their Christmas activities, please contact Lina on 07901 617189, or email her: [email protected] Kingswood Estate TRA (KETRA) - Senior Xmas Lunch Volunteers (16th Dec) KETRA is holding a Christmas Dinner event for Elderly residents on the Kingswood Estate on Thursday 16th December 2021 during the afternoon. They are seeking ten volunteers that can help with putting up hall decorations, help as a steward, ensure our guests have a great time and tidy up the hall after the event. If you are interested in helping, please get in touch with Lara on 07958064597 or email her at [email protected] Our Volunteer & Social Action Team are recruiting volunteers for the following roles: Advice Volunteer: to help speak to local people who are interested in volunteering, and to carry out a 30-minute appointment with clients to support them to find a volunteering opportunity that matches their interests and availability. Southwark is home to over 1500 registered charities and over 2000 Community Groups, many of whom are looking for volunteers to support, enhance and help provide their services. If you are interested, please look at our current advert: Advice Volunteer Role Advert Outreach & Promotional Volunteer: to help spread the word about the diverse range of volunteer opportunities in the borough and let them know about the service we provide that can help them to find the ideal role. We are seeking someone you can help us with flyering/ postering in the local area, attending occasional stalls in the community, promoting the volunteer advice service via email, telephone or online platforms. If you are interested, please look at our current advert: Outreach & Promotional Volunteer Role Advert To see other Community Southwark volunteering roles head to our CS volunteer opportunities page. Build Your Experience in Digital Communications We're looking for a Communications & Digital Support Volunteer to join the communications team and help us with the growth of our online presence and our membership. This role will be a valuable part of our team, helping us to share the invaluable support given to the sector by so many charities, groups and volunteers. You'll also help us to communicate what support we can give the sector and the impact that this has. Main activities will be: Website - adding content sent via the comms team to the CS website Research – researching new content, i.e. sector events, training, news and updates Social media (via Hootsuite) - Write and schedule social media posts for Twitter, Instagram and Facebook Ebulletins (Mailchimp platform) - Upload content provided by the comms team to the WordPress template Help keep the Mailchimp lists up to date If you are interested, please look at our current advert: Communications & Digital Support Volunteer Role Advert Our new Southwark Volunteering Strategy Also at Community Southwark, we in the Volunteering Team have been busy putting together our new strategy and we are very pleased that we can FINALLY share it with you all! OUR VISION “We want Southwark to be a place where everyone feels confident to help and support their neighbours and local groups by getting involved in their communities. We want to build a Southwark where everyone has access to volunteering, so individuals and the places where we live, work, worship and visit can thrive” We think we will achieve this by focusing on the following three objectives: Increase awareness and knowledge of volunteering Provide appropriate support to organisations that host volunteers Make volunteering inclusive, accessible meaningful and valued You can view the new strategy here. Hopefully this strategy will empower you to get involved in your community, either as a group or as a volunteer! If you are seeking to volunteer, why not take a look at our current borough wide website listings which feature up-to-date volunteer opportunities taking place across the borough! To see other Community Southwark volunteering roles head to our CS volunteer opportunities page. Support for Seniors and Carers Please direct to the Ageing Well Southwark central hub number: 0207 525 3324. This number will take callers to the Council’s contact centre at the Southwark Resource Centre and gives people options to reach the Ageing Well Southwark service provided by Age UK L&S Facilitators and Council Customer Service Officers. Details of the service can also be found at: https://ageingwellsouthwark.org/ where you can also find a directory of services.