Project information

Activate

Provide information ,advice and support to people wanting to volunteer their time to help others. Many of the individuals we work with are people looking to keep active in their retirement and wish to do this through undertaking volunteering within their local communities

March 2018 - April 2019

Charity information: Volunteer Centre Swindon

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  • Need

    Need

    Many people want to stay active during retirement and feel a useful member of their local community. Staying active helps people live independently for longer in their own homes . It also helps with general well being and reduces loneliness and isolation that can have devastating effects on health.

    Solution

    By undertaking volunteering people will have a smoother transition into retirement ; be able to maintain existing skills or learn new ones . They will make new friends and feel active and engaged with their local community . Through funding to support our work with individuals we will be able to continue our work to support older people find the right volunteering opportunity that helps them get the most out of their retirement .

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    People in and around Swindon will have access to information and advice about volunteering

    Activities

    » Operate drop-in sessions Monday-Friday for people to find out about volunteering

    Success will be continuing to offer services to the 1500 people who make contact with us each year


    Aim 2

    Older people will be better able to remain active in their communities

    Activities

    » Hold information events for older people on being engaged in their communities
    » Work with local charities to develop volunteering opportunities more likely to appeal to older people

    Number of older people using our services and going on to take up volunteering roles


  • Impact

    Impact

    Our project will enable more people take up volunteering to help charities and community groups in and around Swindon .People taking up volunteering will feel more engaged in their local communities, remain active , make new friends whilst helping others .
    We will collect feedback from users of our services and develop these as case studies .

    Risk

    The risk that people don't use our service.We will publicize the service through social media, website, newsletters, talks and other promotional tools

    Reporting

    Through our annual review, website , social media and ongoing feedback

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,400

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,000 Room contribution to venue hire
      £3,900 Staff costs staff time to hold drop-in sessions
      £500 Materials leaflets and information given to volunteers
  • Background

    Location

    Volunteer Centre Swindon is based in accessible offices in Swindon Town Centre
    We were established in 1999 and have a tradition of delivering projects to support volunteering .

    Beneficiaries

    For this project specifically those over 55 years of age. We will work with any individual or group who wishes to volunteer their time to help others. Most users of our services are disadvantaged , long term unemployed or unable to work through health related issues or is an older person.
    Over 250 local charities and community groups that use our services to help them recruit volunteers

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are only organisation providing this service in Swindon. We hold Volunteer Centre Quality Accreditation , the quality standard from NCVO
    We have extensive links with local charities and work with over 300 local organisations to help them manage their volunteers. We have a proven track record delivering projects,

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Sue Dunmore

    Manages the day to day operations. She has over ten years experience in Volunteer Centre work and will oversee the project

    Kirstie Reeve

    Kirstie has a NVQ in Volunteer Management and works on maintaining the database of volunteering opportunities and works directly with volunteers,