As you can see from the above we were successful in getting The People’s Projects money from the Big Lottery and ITV.
Getting to the final five was a massive achievement so actually making one of the top three that receive the funding is absolutely huge; it is also down to you. We really couldn’t have done this without the help and support of everyone who voted for us. We appreciate we may have been a pain over the last fortnight, bombarding your inboxes with emails reminding you to vote, but ultimately it was worth it. Thanks once again to everyone who voted online, shared the link with others so that they might vote, and thanks also to everyone who filled out a card and voted by post.
In the top three along with ourselves were Hull Kingston Rovers Community Trust and Sheffield City Sanctuary, how many votes separated us or how many we received, well I have no idea, I’m sure those figures will be available at some point. To be honest though, they are irrelevant – we got the funding, that’s the most important part, but to fight toe to toe with three big city projects and more than equal them, is a testament to the work we put in and the support you gave us.
Over the last two weeks we have worked incredibly hard to try and give ourselves the best possible chance of winning this money and it has been quite humbling to see that people have not only been eager to help us achieve that, but have also been so generous in their enthusiasm for our cause. It has been wonderful to see the people and organisations of Chesterfield and surrounding areas all pulling together for us, and for that we really are tremendously grateful.
While this money is for a Volunteer Centre project it is worth remembering that it will be used across the district to help as many people as possible.
As I have said before and will continue to say for a long time to come, thank you all so very, very much!
The Volunteer Centre Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire – is a local volunteering development agency working independently to support organisations from the voluntary, community and public sectors.
In our core work we promote, support and develop volunteering and aim to make a positive impact on the quality of the volunteering experience for individual volunteers and organisations that work with them.
The Volunteer Centre is part of a national network of agencies concerned with volunteers and volunteering – NCVO. We embrace these NCVO beliefs:
“We believe that volunteering is integral to delivering and supporting a diverse range of services and activities that enrich communities. Volunteering builds community capacity and helps to create cohesive, resilient communities that are better able to meet the social and economic challenges they face.”
We are committed to supporting, enabling and celebrating volunteering in all its diversity.
We do this by:
– Collating and publicising volunteering opportunities
– Supporting volunteers to make informed choices
– Providing training and support for voluntary organisations
– Promoting good practice and other quality issues
– Developing new volunteering initiatives
Publicity and outreach work is carried out at venues in the Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire area as we make our service accessible to everyone. We provide extra support to those volunteers who need it for whatever reason and ensure our service is accessible for people with disabilities. We are working to recognised quality standards and an equal opportunities policy underpins all our work.
Safe & Sound is our ‘volunteering on demand’ service, giving assistance for one-off support. By providing a team of ‘rapid response’ volunteers we are be able to react immediately to the needs of the elderly and vulnerable instead of waiting for them to reach crisis point.
Elderfriends is our befriending service, managed by the Volunteer Centre, and aimed at lonely and socially isolated people who are over 50 years old and live in Chesterfield and NE Derbyshire.
Working in partnership with Macmillan the ‘Macmillan Safe & Sound’ project recruits volunteers within the community to befriend people who have a diagnosis of cancer. We also help in practical ways.
If you would like to know more about volunteering opportunities in your area then you can contact us by phone, post, email or best of all popping into the centre for a face to face interview.
The Volunteer Centre Opening Times:
Monday: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Tuesday: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Wednesday: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Thursday: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Friday: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Public holidays: CLOSED
Some 250 volunteer-involving organisations are registered with us. If you would like to know more about volunteering opportunities or any aspect of our work you can contact us using the form here >>
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