Inspiration

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

If you'd like to narrow your search, please use the categories panel on this page, or click on a tag after any blog.

 

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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!

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Your free online volunteer recruitment platform just got better!

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

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!

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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.

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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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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.