Community First New Forest

Contact us on: 01425 482773

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The Minstead Trust is urgently seeking volunteers for the following roles:

Wood Turning Enthusiast - Working as part of a small team, supporting adults with learning disabilities, on a one to one basis, providing instruction and support on basic wood-turning skills

Skills support with literacy and numeracy - To work one to one in sessions of half an hour with 3 to 5 students on a Monday morning. You would be helping the students with their reading, writing, money skills, telling the time, numbers etc. according to the individuals need and using age-appropriate materials and resources.

Families Matter: Puppet Stage and Sound Crew
Praisin' Hands Puppets based at Hythe URC is looking for 2 people with strong muscles to load and lift equipment from the van, set up the stage, watch the very entertaining children's puppet show and then dismantle the stage and load up the equipment. Any expertise/experience in sound desk/lighting would be valuable, but not required.

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Volunteer Celebration Event

Representatives from organisations

The Volunteer Centre understands just how vital volunteers are to ensuring local organisations not only run smoothly but also continue to provide vitally important services across the New Forest.

Whilst organisations do a fantastic job of recognising the contributions of their volunteers, the organisations themselves are not often recognised and thanked.

With the help of a local company, South Coast Events, the Volunteer Centre was proud to host a wonderful celebration event specifically for Volunteer Involving Organisations.

Over 25 local charities and organisations, including Councillor Diane Andrews from New Forest District Council, attended the event at Brockenhurst Village Hall on 14 September.

The Volunteer Centre Coordinator, Lorraine Lambert, gave a lively talk on recruiting and retaining volunteers, reducing barriers to volunteering and supporting those with additional needs.

Positive stories of working with volunteers were shared, including the many ways in which they can be supported and thanked.

At the event, the Volunteer Centre’s new online matching system, Volunteer Plus, was launched.

Available through Community First’s website at www.cfnf.org.uk/volunteering, this site supports nearly 200 local charities to advertise over 300 volunteering roles.

It can be accessed by anyone and both organisations and volunteers can create their own personal accounts, applying for or advertising roles online.

The event was rounded off in style with an afternoon tea with some rather special cakes kindly donated by Sadie Smith.

cupcakes from Sadie Smith

cupcakes from Sadie Smith

Yvonne Hobbs, the Stroke Association, said: “A sincere, thank you for arranging the event at Brockenhurst Village Hall.

It was lovely to hear about other services and to be able to speak with many of them.

I found the volunteer recruitment examples and your top tips very helpful, the tea/coffee and cakes were fabulous too”.

For more information about becoming a volunteer or recruiting for your charity contact the Volunteer Centre on 01425 482773 or visit www.cfnf.org.uk/volunteering.

The celebration was sponsored and supported by South Coast Events www.southcoastevents.co.uk  Blu Lake: www.blulake.co.uk and Cakes by Sadie Smith www.cakebysadiesmith.co.uk

For more information about South Coast Events and its motivations for volunteering, visit http://southcoastevents.co.uk/events/charity-event/volunteer-event-giving-back/