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Celebrating youth volunteering event

Why not come along to our celebration best practise event on Feb 24 at the Multi Faith Centre, it runs from 10:00 - 13:30 and lunch is provided.

The session will:

• Help organisations to recognise and celebrate the impact of youth volunteering

• Help organisations to consider using new media in their recruitment and support of volunteers young and old

• Provide an update on youth and non-youth volunteering developments including the new National Citizen Service (NCS)

• Facilitate positive networking

Booking is essential:

To book your place call

Simon Hancox on 01332 342272 or email simon.hancox@communityactionderby.org.uk

vinspired i-phone app available!

We thought you might all like to take a look at these slides showing the newly launched vinspired.com i-phone app. We think it's a great idea and it looks great, let's hope young people feel the same and start using it! Click on the link below and press play in the walkthrough http://vinspired.com/about-us/iphone

Bit of FAQ here too:

If a volunteer records some hours on the app, will this show on their vinspired.com web profile?

Yes, it's the same account, so anything that happens on the app will show on the website and vice versa.

Why is it only available on Apple products? Isn't that unfair?

Unfortunately different phones use different operating systems... and we had to start somewhere! If the app is successful, and if there is demand, we will roll it out across other mobile platforms. At least this way we can test the concept.

Is the app free to use?

The app needs to access the internet in order to work. Whether or not this is free will depend on a young person's phone contract - if they don't have a data allowance (or exceed it) they could incur charges - not from us but from their mobile provider.

Youth Volunteering in Derby survey

Through their promotional and brokerage work the staff team and Youth Action Team (YAT) find that some young people already clearly understand the benefits of youth volunteering whereas others don't. It is important for us, as a service provider, to understand local young people's experiences and opinions on volunteering in order to encourage more young people to consider getting involved. Discussions between the staff team and YAT resulted in the survey.

324 young people took part in the survey, the resulting report can be found by clicking here

The bigvbus came to the Derby University Volunteering Fair!

On Wednesday 3 November 2010 a volunteer fair was held at the University of Derby. In partnership with the Career Development Centre at the University the vinvolved team and the YAT were able to get the big vbus to the University for the fair. There were different stands for us to talk about all the different volunteering opportunities that are available. The Volunteer Centre team were there along with the v team who also had the big vbus from V,which tours around the country to help promote youth volunteering at different venues. Some of the YAT team were there working alongside the guys from V on the bus. The bus gives young people aged from 16 to 25 a chance to learn about volunteering and learn how to set up their own projects. Computers were available in the bus for people to search for volunteering opportunities and there were also 45 minute workshops for people wanting to set up their own projects. There was also a photo stall alongside the bus which gave us the opportunity to speak to young people about volunteering and try to get them to join in - they were able to pick any piece of clothing from wigs to Abba costumes and we took photos of them dressed up and gave them the photos to take home with them. This went down great as we got lots of young people talking to us about volunteering while having their photographs taken and having a great time! Some of the YAT team went around the university talking to people about volunteering, telling them of their experience of volunteering and trying to get them involved.

The day was a great success with lots of students and young people getting on the bus and searching for volunteer opportunities they were interested in. We even got Nigel Clough, the DCFC manager, to come along to the bus and have his photo taken with the team.

UKYP Free For All Campaign

The UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) enables young people to use their energy and passion to change the world for the better. Run by young people for young people, UKYP gives the young people of the UK, between the age of 11 and 18 a voice, which is heard and listened to by local and national government, providers of services for young people and other agencies that have an interest in the views and needs of young people.

The UK Youth Parliament believes that all young people across the UK should have access to university education, regardless of their wealth or socio-economic class. Higher Education should be a right of every citizen in the UK, the Government should realise this right by removing financial barriers which are currently stopping young people from meeting their aspirations.

Here in Derby a group called Voices In Action group have taken on the job of getting as many young people to sign up to the campaign by petitioning all over Derby to make sure young peoples views and voices are heard!! The group has been visiting schools, college, youth groups and clubs and basically anyone who will listen to get them signed up.

For more information about the UK Youth Parliament campaign please go to the UKYP website at http://www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk/freeforall

Volunteers Week

It was National Volunteers Week 1st-7th June 2010 this year and the vinvolved team and YAT supported the Volunteer Centre Derby's Speed Volunteering and Volunteers Fair at The Spot Conference Centre in the city centre. The event also included talking books from current Volunteer Centre volunteers about how they got involved with volunteering and what the benefits have been for them and an outreach brokerage service. There were 30 organisations at the Volunteer Fair and 22 organisations took part in the Speed Volunteering Event. The event was open to the public to wander round the stalls and also have a go at the Speed Volunteering. The YAT supported the event by helping run the Speed Volunteering Event and supporting the organisations in the Volunteers Fair.

Speed Volunteering during National Student Volunteering week 2010!

vinvolved Derby city partnered up with Derby university and the Students Union to put on a Speed Volunteering event as part of National Student Volunteering Week. It was run on Thursday 25 February 2010 in the main atrium at the Kedleston Road site. The event was attended by 14 organisations who were there to promote their opportunities directly to the potential volunteers. The Youth Action Team were also on hand to sign people up, support people round the different organisations and to collect the score sheets at the end of the sessions.

The event was run in two separate sessions of 45 minutes. The students got 3 minutes to speak to each organisation and then score them to say if they wanted a second date or not!! Thom and Simon from the team then brought all the information back to the Volunteer Centre and made 174 referrals to the various organisations. We would like to say a big thank you to Enthusiasm, Derbyshire Association for the Blind, Playing for Success, Derbyshire Autism Services Group, Derby Kids' Camp, Umbrella, Lattitude Global Volunteering, Derby Live at Home, SOVA, Sporting Futures, Derbyshire Link, British Heart Foundation, Derby City Council Excellence Partnership, Schools Out and the University. We would also like to thank Inderjeet, Amanda and Jaz of the Youth Action Team.

The feedback from the organisations and the volunteers has been positive so we now hope that as many volunteers as possible set up a second date and start volunteering with the organisations they chose.

Thom has plenty of ENERGY at the vinspired national awards.

vinvolved Derby city's Thom Kellogg made his way to London for the vinspired national awards on Thursday 26th November 2009. After a smooth trip down and check in to the hotel it was off to the 02 arena for the awards. Simon Hancox the programme manager, Tom Corrigan and Inderjeet Chera members of the Youth Action Team also came along to experience a fantastic night. It started with a drinks reception followed by a 10 course meal before the awards presentations kicked off. The awards ceremony can only described as a mix of the BAFTAS and an MTV awards night. It was glitz and glam from start to finish with famous names presenting all the national winners with their prizes. James Caan, Max and OB from Hollyoaks and Joe Thomas and Emily Head from the Inbetweeners to name just a few!! The after show party followed with performances from Tinchy Stryder, Bashy, Lady Sovereign, Gabriella Climi and this had everyone (including Simon) on the dance floor!! It was a great night had by all!!

Thom said "It was an amazing night and experience that I won't forget for a long time even though I didn't win the national award. I have since received my certificate for winning the East Midlands award in the Energy category and that will be sitting proud on my wall in the office!!"

vinvolved Derby city mid term report

This report highlights the key pieces of work done by the team for the period April 08 - September 09 (the halfway stage of the 3 year project). The report gives an assessment of the project and includes feedback about the team's work from partner organisations, volunteers and volunteer-involving organisations.

To view the mini report click here

To view the full report click here

REACH success

Community Action Derby is very pleased and proud to announce that we have achieved REACH status. For those of you who don't know, REACH is the only quality standard in the UK focusing on Youth Volunteering.

We worked on completing a range of practices and indicators including safety, induction, support, networking and partnership working. We built REACH into our team work plan, assessed our current policies and procedures, made necessary changes and successfully submitted evidence to the REACH team at Youth Action Network on a regular basis.

We feel that this achievement shows our commitment to involving volunteers in a well planned and structured way here at Community Action Derby. We have policies and procedures in place to plan, recruit, place and support volunteers in and outside of the organisation in an appropriate way.

For more details about REACH contact Simon Hancox, Youth Volunteer Development Manager at Community Action Derby on 01332 227718 or email simon.hancox@communityactionderby.org.uk

VC impact report

A piece of research work about what we do well and how we can improve
July 2008 - The team designed a survey to assess the impact of its work as a Volunteer Centre. The following report tells us what we found and it also gives clarity on the six core areas of a Volunteer Centre.

Main report with qualitative feedback click here

Appendix with quantitive feedback click here

Community newsletter (to view click here)

We always have a wide range of voluntary opportunities available for people in Derby to get involved in. Whether it be working with animals, the environment, business management or sport we are confident that we have something suitable for you.

The following newsletter is a snapshot of some of the local volunteering opportunities active in Derby. It will give you an idea of what's currently available and it will also give you a chance to focus on different work areas and tasks. If you see anything you like, then give us a call, nip in to see us or drop us an email.

You can come and see us on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10.00 am and 5.00 pm at our office at 31 Charnwood Street in Derby or you can call us on 01332 342272.

You can search for all of our local volunteering opportunities that suit you at www.do-it.org.uk