Inspiration

Welcome to our blog! Here you'll find a whole range of stories, ideas and resources all about volunteering.

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The Big Give 2019 6 x 4 image

We are fundraising to give care leavers in Sutton a Christmas to remember

Caroline at Buckingham Palace in 2014

One of our long-standing MAPS mentors shares her experiences

Derek Terrell 6 x 4 Outstanding Volunteer Sutton Community Awards

Congratulations to one of our longest standing MAPS Mentors, Derek Terrell, who was awarded Outstanding Volunteer at the 2019 Sutton Community Awards

Impact Event 2018-2019

We celebrated the impact of volunteering in Sutton with a public event at the Sutton Central Library

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Find out who was shortlisted for this year's Sutton Community Awards

Edina Kasca

Read Edina's story about her volunteering journey into full time employment

The 2019 Sutton Community Awards

Do you know an individual or group that deserves special recognition? Nominate now for Sutton's Community Awards

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Pat Stanley, Volunteering Development Manager, shares the key take-aways from our July Volunteering Forum

Marta at Refugee Camp in Kenya

For Refugee Week 2019, our Community Engagement Coordinator, Marta Rocco, reflects on her own volunteering experiences supporting refugees

Sue Elson

Throughout Volunteers' Week we're sharing 'thank you' messages to volunteers from organisations in Sutton. Home-Start Sutton would like to thank Sue Elson

Keith Donoghue

Throughout Volunteers' Week we're sharing 'thank you messages to volunteers from organisations in Sutton, starting with a thank you to one of our own volunteers

Jean Sutton Carers Centre

Throughout Volunteers' Week we're sharing 'thank you' messages to volunteers from organisations in Sutton. Sutton Carers Centre would like to thank Jean Sharpington. 

Denise Royal Marsden

Throughout Volunteers' Week we're sharing 'thank you' messages to volunteers from organisations in Sutton. The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity would like to thank Denise Clarke.

Valerie Royal Marsden

Throughout Volunteers' Week we're sharing 'thank you' messages to volunteers from organisations in Sutton. The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity would like to thank Valerie Allsopp.

VW19 Bambina Dreaming Tree Project

Throughout Volunteers' Week we're sharing 'thank you' messages to volunteers from organisations in Sutton. The Dreaming Tree Project would like to thank Bambina.

Vicki Sutton Foodbank

Throughout Volunteers' Week we're sharing 'thank you' messages to volunteers from organisations in Sutton. Sutton Community Works would like to thank Vicki. 

Diana Broad Homestart Sutton

Throughout Volunteers' Week we're sharing 'thank you' messages to volunteers from organisations in Sutton. Home-Start Sutton would like to thank Diana Broad.

Jacqui O'Connor Jigsaw

Throughout Volunteers' Week we're sharing 'thank you' messages to volunteers from organisations in Sutton and beyond. Jigsaw4u would like to thank Jacqui O'Connor

Rob Campion

Throughout Volunteers' Week we're sharing 'thank you' messages to volunteers from organisations in Sutton. Age UK Sutton would like to thank Rob Campion.

VW19 Sue A Age UK Sutton

Throughout Volunteers' Week we're sharing 'thank you' messages to volunteers from organisations in Sutton. Age UK Sutton would like to thank Sue

VW19 Jenny St Raphael's Hospice

Throughout Volunteers' Week we're sharing 'thank you' messages to volunteers from organisations in Sutton. St Raphael's Hospice would like to thank Jenny Watkins

Caroline Magin

Throughout Volunteers' Week we're sharing 'thank you' messages to volunteers from organisations in Sutton. Our MAPS team would like to thank Caroline Magin

Mary Steensma

"I have volunteered forever" read Mary's inspiring story

Dementia Friends photo

There are currently around 850,000 people in the UK with dementia. Dementia Friends is a programme led by the Alzheimer’s Society to change people’s perceptions of dementia and to create dementia-friendly communities.

Volunteers' Week 2019 time to celebrate logo

Volunteers' Week is a chance to celebrate and say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.

Sutton Befrienders walking groups

Our new sociable walking groups set up by Sutton Befrienders are to help people in the community get active, have fun and enjoy the benefits of walking in a safe and friendly group.

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Spending time in green space or bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing. And doing these things as a volunteer will benefit you even more!

RBS ShareTheMiracle

For the fourth year running, Volunteer Centre Sutton is delighted to support ShareTheMiracle, a community initiative collecting chocolate eggs to donate to those less fortunate at Easter.

Young people voice

Our Young Commissioners help shape Healthwatch Sutton's recent survey into young people and mental health

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Your free online volunteer recruitment platform just got better!

Advent 2018

Tuesday 27th November is #GivingTuesday and to celebrate we want to share with you some very festive volunteering opportunities in Sutton this Christmas as well as ways you can support local giving initiatives. 

Andrew and Sue Childs

Andrew and Sue met volunteering in 1971 and have just celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary!

Alison Navarro Marian James Anita Maullin new VCFSE contract JAN 2019

With this funding, our two organisations will work together to deliver a programme across Sutton’s voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector. We will build and develop the capacity, skills, knowledge and experience of the sector, helping to transform Sutton’s communities.

Advent 2018

Between the 1st and 24th December, we’re bringing you a new volunteering opportunity from organisations in Sutton and beyond

Aaron MAPS

Afraid of leaving the house and struggled to cope with the demands of school life, he turned to MAPS for support

Jackie MAPS

She needed help to process her abusive childhood experiences

James MAPS

But a love of fast cars and a mentor helped him find a way forward

Angela MAPS

Unable to see a future, she turned to MAPS for help

Prescribed volunteering

A brief summary of some of the findings from our recent research pilot looking into the effects of volunteering on health and wellbeing

Searching for volunteers

Our volunteer management system, Volunteer Connect, has recently had some useful updates - find out how these changes benefit your charity or group!

top 5 apps

Guest blogger Sorrel Parsons of Superhighways shares her top 5 free and easy-to-use apps to help small charities better demonstrate their impact. Part of our new Digital resources blog series!

myra

Pat, our Volunteering Development Manager, relates the story of Myra, one of the participants in our prescribed volunteering project, who said that volunteering helped her health recovery.

patrick

Pat, our Volunteering Development Manager, relates the story of Patrick, one of the participants in our prescribed volunteering project, who said that volunteering is the connection between his old world and his new world.

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This Trustees Week, many organisations will be celebrating their trustees who volunteer their time and skills in governance. Trustees make a huge impact - why not look into becoming one yourself?

ESV RBI Horizon Team photo

We asked Judith Smith, Pastor of Horizon Church Sutton to write a guest blog about the positive experiences her church has had hosting Employer-Supported Volunteer teams at her church building, from which several community projects are run. She shares about the impact of ESV, some of the challenges and her top tips for any organisation thinking of hosting an ESV team.

who cares dog

Reed Business Information (RBI) is serious about corporate responsibility: so serious in fact that they have a global community programme with specialist champions worldwide that supports employee volunteering and giving to make a positive impact on society.

Call Catch up Connect

We at Volunteer Centre Sutton are thrilled to announce that we've been awarded a Big Lottery Fund grant to develop our work to support those who are socially excluded in the London Borough of Sutton.

ESV theme

Employer Supported Volunteering (ESV) has great potential for growth. Volunteer Centre Sutton hosted its most recent Volunteering Forum around the topic, hearing from the experiences of a charity who has accessed ESV support and a business who has empowered its staff to provide it, and discussing the way forward for ESV in the London Borough of Sutton.

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Matt (Digital Inclusion Coordinator) interviews Helen Gasparelli (Mentoring & Advocacy Manager) about her recent Employee Volunteering (EV) experience.

Man against graffiti wall

Volunteer Centre Sutton’s Citizens Commissioners are excited to welcome former members of the Sutton Youth Parliament to join them to represent the voice of young residents in the commissioning decisions of Sutton Council.

Noreen

69-year old Noreen has lived in Sutton for almost 5 decades and spent 3 years at Volunteer Centre Sutton helping people find volunteering roles that match their skills and passions. She told us how this gave her a new purpose in life

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VCS's Volunteering Development Manager, Pat Stanley, has 15 years' experience training in the voluntary sector and advising organisations in developing Good Practice in Volunteer Management, Here, she asks some important questions of those managing volunteers. 

Petrica

Petrica is a mum of 2 teenage boys who has lived in the area the whole of her life. After thinking about volunteering for years, she took the plunge on New Year’s Day, 2010

Priya

Priya volunteers at the Refugee and Migrant Network in Sutton, where she teaches English as a Second language to adults