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Volunteer Centre Manchester - Volunteers' Week 2016 Network Update: 26/05/2016

26 May 2016 - 13:22 by jack.puller

Volunteers' Week 2016 Network Update: 26/05/2016

Volunteers' Week is just around the corner...

...Come and celebrate with Volunteer Centre Manchester

Volunteers’ Week will soon be upon us and Volunteer Centre Manchester is reaching out to you; can you get involved in one of our events and activities? Could you share this with people you know or work with?

With an extra five days to celebrate, we've more than ever in store for 2016!...

1. Reward and Recognition Certificates for Volunteers from Volunteer Centre Manchester

Login and nominate now!

Take some time this Volunteers’ Week to reward and recognise the contribution that volunteers make to your organisation by nominating them to receive a certificate of recognition from Volunteer Centre Manchester.

Receive your certificates before or during Volunteers' Week 2016 (1st - 12th June)

Simply login to the Volunteer Centre Manchester website by clicking HERE and complete the form located at the Reward and Recognition for Volunteers option from the Dashboard or Organisation Menu.

You can nominate individual volunteers or volunteering teams...

...you can even provide a personal thank you message!

A sample certificate is available to view at: http://bit.ly/1WVUfD3.

In order to access this resource, you will need to be registered with Volunteer Centre Manchester, further information about how to register can be found at: http://bit.ly/1wMr58D.

2. Thank You Manchester Volunteers Thunderclap on Social Media

Join the noise on social media...

What is Thunderclap?

"Social media is an easy way to say something, but it’s a difficult way to be heard. Thunderclap is the first-ever crowdspeaking platform that helps people be heard by saying something together. It allows a single message to be mass-shared, flash mob-style, so it rises above the noise of your social networks. By boosting the signal at the same time, Thunderclap helps a single person create action and change like never before".

Volunteer Centre Manchester will be launching a Thunderclap thank you message to Manchester Volunteers to coincide with the end of Volunteers' Week 2016.

You can help us say it best!

We'd like to tweet something like this:

“Thank You #MCR #Volunteers! - It's hard to put into words: *"INSERT QUOTE HERE".”.

*We need your help to choose a suitable quote to include from the following:

  • I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks
  • Volunteers don't get paid, not because they're worthless, but because they're priceless
  • It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice
  • Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something

Voting is now OPEN!

Please take some time to vote for your favourite quote(s) - you can vote for more than one!

Vote now via the Doodle Poll website at: http://doodle.com/poll/ftdhscbihmd5t7qz.

Doodle Poll closes on Friday 3rd June, the Thunderclap campaign will launch during the second week of Volunteers' Week 2016.

3. Volunteering Fayre at Manchester Central Library, Thursday 9th June 2016, 10 am - 2 pm

Join Volunteer Centre Manchester and a host of Volunteer-Involving Organisations this Volunteers' Week for a Volunteering Fayre; explore a wide range of volunteering opportunities, access advice, guidance and information about volunteering and get involved!

We look forward to meeting you - or catching up:

Thursday 9th June 2016, 10 am – 2 pm
Media Lounge, Central Library Manchester City Centre, M2 5PD

If you or your organisation would like to host a stall at this event, please visit: http://bit.ly/1TgMV3D for further information and booking.

A flyer for this event is available to view, download and print at: http://bit.ly/1Tp330b.

4. Volunteering Surgery at Volunteer Centre Manchester, Wednesday 8th June 2016, 1 pm - 4 pm

Thinking about Volunteering? Not sure where to start or eager to know more? Join Volunteer Centre Manchester during Volunteers' Week to meet active Volunteers in Manchester! Hear their motivations and stories and get inspired!

What is a Volunteering Surgery?

A Volunteering Surgery is an informal drop-in session for anybody wanting to know more about volunteering or social action - come and speak with active volunteers (surgeons) to hear their motivations and stories of volunteering.

If you feel inspired, members of the Volunteer Centre Manchester team will also be on hand to provide information about volunteering opportunities and how you can get involved.

This is a FREE drop-in event (from 1 pm to 4 pm), light refreshments and a (late) buffet lunch will be provided - booking is NOT required.

I’m an active Volunteer - or I know one, how can I/they help the surgery?

We need surgeons to make our surgery work!

If you’re an active volunteer – or work with volunteers and would like to support the volunteering surgery please book onto this event by clicking here.

All volunteers will be provided with lunch and a certificate of thanks in recognition of your contribution.

5. Volunteer Voices - Powered by Community Reporting Training from Volunteer Centre Manchester

Date & Time: 3 June, 2016 - 10:00 to 16:00

Venue: Manchester

This course takes place during Volunteers' Week 2016.

Volunteers’ Week is an annual event which takes place at the start of June. It celebrates the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK and is an opportunity to raise the profile of volunteering nationally.

The Institute of Community Reporters is a storytelling movement that uses stories and realities to raise the profile of voluntary and community organisations. It has also been used to showcase work and highlight issues in communities as a means of consultation and influencing change.

We hope you'll join us during Volunteers' Week 2016 to learn community reporting concepts and to join the Manchester-based community reporters team; where you can continue to produce and share content as part of a peer network.

This training is suited to people who already volunteer for an organisation - who would like to use the training to share stories about volunteering and for anybody who would like to get involved in community reporting - by being matched with an organisation to help them tell their stories as part of the programme.


As part of the course content, participants will be asked to produce a video that feeds into the 'Volunteer Voices' in Manchester message that reflects:

  • How and why people start volunteering
  • The varierty of opportunities that people are involved in as volunteers
  • What people enjoy most about volunteering
  • The impact of volunteering
  • Advice and information for people wanting to get involved in volunteering

There are 12 places available.

Further information and booking for this training opportunity is available via the Volunteer Centre Manchester website at: http://bit.ly/1WuF2rW.

For further information about anything in this update contact Volunteer Centre Manchester on [email protected] or 0161 830 4770.

You can read more about Volunteers' Week 2016 and events that are taking place during the celebration at: http://bit.ly/1K3LxL1.

A Resource Pack for organisations for Volunteers' Week is available to view, download and print at: http://bit.ly/1WDVvL6.

Stay in touch with updates on social media at: #volunteersweek and tell us what you're up to with #HeyVCM.

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