To launch #VolunteersWeek (1-7 June) Survivors Manchester announced the creation of a number of new volunteering opportunities. Over the past 10 years, Survivors Manchester have seen more and more boys and men stepping forward and breaking their silence by asking for support and in response, they have developed a range of services to help.
Nurse. Construction Worker. Accountant. Mum. Business owner. Farmer. Dentist. Student - just some of the lives people led before they were forced to flee their home countries and become refugees. Lives defined by work, education or family. If you live in Manchester, Salford or nearby and have lots of UK work experience - in any sector - you can apply to be a volunteer mentor to make a difference to refugees' employment prospects.
Nurse. Construction Worker. Accountant. Mum. Business owner. Farmer. Dentist. Student - just some of the lives people led before they were forced to flee their home countries and become refugees. Lives defined by work, education or family.
If you live in Manchester, Salford or nearby and have lots of UK work experience - in any sector - you can apply to be a volunteer mentor to make a difference to refugees' employment prospects.
In Greater Manchester unemployment is 4.9%* compared to around 44%* for refugees.
Today our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who died and those whose lives will be forever affected by the horrific events of that night. We want you to know that you are not alone, we stand with you.
Following a number of high profile cases, including the Football Abuse scandal, and with increasing public awareness of male sexual violence thanks to programmes such as Coronation Street and Hollyoaks, Survivors Manchester has seen a huge increase in demand for their much needed therapeutic support services and are delighted to be able to seek to appoint a number of new colleagues to their team.
Henshaws is a well-established registered charity based in the North of England providing expert support, advice and training to people affected by sight loss and other disabilities, including autism and complex needs. The resources include a specialist further education College, an Arts and Crafts Centre and Housing and Community Support services.
I attended some interesting training last week looking at new approaches and perspectives around volunteer retention.
There were seven key things that were identified as being important to do in order to engage with a volunteer (and hopefully retain them):
• Be flexible
Eg: Have more than one volunteering role. Make it easier for people to come back and volunteer again if they have to take some time out.
• Focus on meaning and impact
Respect For All is a registered charity offering counselling and play therapy to people have learning disabilities, Asperger’s, or autistic spectrum conditions, and supporting their parents, families and carers across Greater Manchester.
"Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. It takes place from 1 - 7 June every year."
Make sure you have a unique Manchester Day experience by being part of the show.
There are hundreds of opportunities to be part of the event, and Manchester Day is looking for enthusiastic people to play a key role in helping to bring the streets of Manchester alive with colour, music and performances.