A big thank you to everyone who took part in our Mobile Volunteering sessions recently:
Mobile Volunteering at The Black Box - 29 January 2014
This sesseion involved the Now Project's Wednesday Kidnappers teaming up with some of the Unlocking Potential volunteers. It was a great session and there was a definate buzz about The Black Box on this day. We calculate that the team altogether donated 45 hours volunteering effort to Action Cancer by preparing shirts for sale in their charity shops - fantastic!
Tuesday Club, Ballynahinch - 28 January and 11 February 2014
The Tuesday Club meet every Tuesday in the Market House in Ballynahinch. They are a lively bunch of seniors who enjoy dancing to keep fit, a game of bingo and have plenty of trips out throughout the year. When we spoke to them about mobile volunteering they were very keen to take part. Their first session on 28 January was such a success that they invited us back again to do another session on 11 February. They donated over 60 hours of time to Action Cancer by preparing stock for sale in their charity shops. Both sessions were very well attended.
Love Volunteering on St Valentine’s Day 14 February 2014
Why do people volunteer? Because they love it! That was reason enough for us to organise the Love Volunteering mobile session on St Valentine's Day. We thought it would be a great idea to get some volunteers together take part in a day of volunteering - just because they love it! And they did! 25 people came along to the session. The room with decorated with hearts, we happily munched on heart shaped sweets and chocolates while we volunteered and we only stopped for lunch!
Volunteers took part in a number of activites. We put together the campaign packs for Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful's Big Spring Clean, prepared shirts for sale for Action Cancer and made UVB detecting braclets for Cancer Focus. It was a busy, busy day but everyone got stuck in and we had a few laughs along the way!
Wednesday Club, Newcastle - 19 February 2014
This lively group meet every Wednesday in the Parish Centre in Newcastle. All the ladies come together for a chat and to keep in touch and have a full calendar of activites from knitting to baking to talks and of course volunteering.
The Wednesday Club picked up the Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful gauntlet by putting together packs for the Big Spring Clean. They were passionate about the need for everyone to take responsibility for keeping our towns and countryside clean. The group donated 6 hours to the campaign through the efforts of 12 ladies. They all enjoyed the volunteering and we have been invited back to organise another volunteer session in March.
The Cosy Club, The Birches, Near Portadown - 25 February 2014
Another very busy club! The Cosy Club operate from a mobile just off the M1 country bound at junction 12. The exterior belies the activity within - they have made a beautiful quilt for the millennium, the trigger for starting the group and they have written a beautiful book which everyone contributed to.
The club donated just over 37 hours to the Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful Big Spring Clean campaign. It was a lively session and I'm afraid the staff from Volunteer Now struggled to keep up with them!
The Friday Folk, Crossgar - 7 March 2014
The Friday Folk donated an amazing 58 hours to Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful's Big Spring Clean campaign by preparing packs. The group meet every Friday at 10.30 am in the beautiful grounds of Tobar Mhuire. They have a full schedule of talks and activities and new members are always welcome!
Chit Chat Group, Newcastle - 10 March 2014
The Chit Chat Club meet on the first Monday of the month in the Parish Centre, Main Street Newcastle. The group meet to keep in touch and to take part different activities which are organised by the Club’s volunteer coordinator, Maeve Dibsdale. On 10 March the Club had their usual ‘chit chat’ and then took part in a mobile volunteering session to put together campaign packs for Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful’s Big Spring Clean. The ladies donated 12 hours voluntary activity to the campaign!
The Wednesday Club, Newcastle - 19 February and 26 March 2014
The Wednesday Club in Newcastle took part in two mobile volunteering sessions. The first one was for The Big Spring Clean where they put together campaign packs and the second was for Cancer Focus NI. During the second session, the group make ultraviolet detecting bracelets for the charity. Altogether they donated 21 hours to two local charities. Well done!