​Consultation - potential introduction of a Volunteer Passport Scheme

13-02-2018

In March 2016 RVS carried out a consultation with the Community and Voluntary Sector to look at the possibility of introducing a Volunteer Passport Scheme. The aim of this scheme was to


• Build a database of trained volunteers who could be targeted for recruitment into specific volunteer roles.

• Give member groups access to trained volunteers.

• Enable Volunteers (passport holders) to carry any training they do from one placement to another.

• Help to save groups time and money when recruiting volunteers as they will arrive with generic training.

• The ability to share training and expertise within the passport service

• Access to volunteer management and training and resources

• Be able to track volunteer hours and use this information in funding applications/match funding

At the time it was decided that ‘there was not the appetite within the Slough volunteer involving organisations to make the project viable’.

A year on and with the changes to volunteer brokerage within Slough and the continued pressures on budgets it seems timely to look at the scheme again. Please take 5 minutes to complete the survey below and help Slough CVS to investigate whether the scheme is now viable and whether it could help

organisations save time and money and also encourage volunteering.

Deadline: 16th March

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MCZ58MJ

Slough Honours Local Charity Heroes

23-11-2017

Slough Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) is delighted today to provide details of the Winners of the 2017 Voluntary Sector Awards.

Eagerly awaited Winners were announced at the glamorous 2017 Voluntary Sector Awards Evening on Friday 17th Nov at the Heathrow Windsor Marriott Hotel. Over 200 guests enjoyed a celebration of Volunteering designed to recognise and thank those who give so much time and commitment to help their community.

Volunteers, members of charities & community groups and business sponsors were wined and dined in style during an evening of fun and entertainment, which started with a champagne and chocolate fountain reception and ended with dancing into the early hours.

The evening was compered by Jesal Dhokia and Ramesh Kukar of Slough CVS, with guests of honour The Mayor of Slough, Ishrat Shah and Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, MP for Slough. Awards were presented by The Mayor and Business Sponsors, including Osborne and Mars Chocolate UK, and the winning Charity of the Year also received a £1000 donation, donated by Rotary Club of Slough.

Many lucky guests also found themselves winners of raffle prizes, kindly donated by sponsors and local businesses, including a Marriott mini-break and themed hampers.

Award Winners

Business Support of the Year
Winner Debenhams
Runner Up Cameron Clarke Lawyers
Runner Up U&I PLC and Bowmer & Kirkland

Young Volunteer of the Year
Winner Denesh Pawar
Runner Up Scott Biddle
Highly Commended Aneesa Hussain

SCVS Partnership Award
Winner Mental Health - Slough Locality Team
Runner Up Adult Social Care – Social Care Teams

Volunteer of the Year
Winner John Goudie
Highly Commended Jean Sinclair
Highly Commended Asa Marshal

Group of the Year
Winner Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust (Wexham Park Volunteers)
Runner Up Slough Youth Parliament
Highly Commended Jeena
Highly Commended SEWAK

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Funding

11-08-2017

FGM and Cyber Crime Grants


The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) maintains a fund for spending on local community safety initiatives. In 2017/18, 10% of this fund has been retained in order to facilitate local priorities and central commissioning of services, in line with the PCC's strategic aims.

Funding is available in this round of grant funding to improve prevention and early intervention in the areas of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Cyber Crime. Specifically, bids are invited from organisations for projects which meet one or more of the following criteria:-

Tackling FGM
a) Training or other initiatives for key professionals (e.g. teachers, lawyers, health visitors, safeguarding leads) to encourage reporting and improve knowledge and the use of appropriate referral pathways.
b) Engagement and/ or education in key communities where there are cultures known to be at risk.

Cyber Crime
a) To improve public awareness of measures to protect against cyber crime.
b) To deliver targeted cyber crime prevention activities to those at either end of the age spectrum.

Before submitting an application please read the below document
'Application Process and Criteria Guidance'
The grant application process will close at 16.00hrs on the 5 September 2017
https://www.thamesvalley-pcc.gov.uk/victims-first/fgm-and-cyber-crime-grants/

​The Hunt is on for the Voluntary Sector Champions of 2017

26-06-2017

Slough Voluntary Sector Awards 2017

Slough Council for Voluntary Service (SCVS) is delighted to announce that nominations for the Slough Voluntary Sector Awards 2017 are now open. Now in their sixth year, these Awards are designed to celebrate the successes of all those working to achieve a positive change in Slough, and the prestigious Awards Evening in November has become the event of the year for the local Voluntary Sector.

So why not nominate your Voluntary Sector Champions NOW?
Do you know:-Anyone who deserves a special thank you for all the voluntary work they have done over the years?
A group providing a service you or your family really cannot do without or a group that’s been creative at tackling a local issue?
A local Business which has been particularly supportive to the local community?

If so, let us know!

All shortlisted Nominees will be invited to the celebratory Awards Evening in November at the Heathrow/Windsor Marriott, where they will be wined, dined and entertained in style, and the much coveted award winners will be revealed.

There are four categories for Nominations:

•Slough Volunteer of the Year

•Slough Young Volunteer of the Year

•Slough Group of the Year

•Business Support of the Year

Ramesh Kukar, CEO, Slough CVS said, “The Awards are appreciated throughout the county and provide a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of our groups’ and volunteers achievements. The Awards recognise those very special people and groups who give so much of themselves to make our community a better place for all —it’s great to be able to celebrate that work with an evening dedicated to them.”

Nominate now by going to http://www.voluntarysectorawards.org.uk/slough/

All nominations must be submitted by Friday 21st July at 5pm

Crimestoppers volunteering vacancies in Slough ​

30-05-2017

Volunteering vacancies in Slough - https://crimestoppers-uk.org/get-involved/volunteer-for-crimestoppers/volunteering-enquiry-form/

Crimestoppers: Ambassadors Coordinator

Ambassadors are organisations or charities that work within the local community to reduce crime and protect vulnerable individuals. Their staff and volunteers act as advocates for Crimestoppers; telling their client groups and networks about the services we provide.

The Ambassadors Coordinator is responsible for recruiting and sustaining Ambassadors. This includes recruiting, training, motivating, encouraging and supporting all Ambassadors, enabling them to deliver effective results

This role also requires skills in: facilitating and maintaining positive communications locally; providing a positive engagement model with local partners, encouraging local partnership working in order to promote Crimestoppers.

Further information

Crimestoppers: Campaign Co-ordinator

To lead in the delivery of specific campaigns/projects which improve the lives of residents through reduction in crime and the fear of crime.

Further information

Crimestoppers: Chair

We are looking for Volunteer Chairs in a number of locations with a suitable range of skills to take on the role of recruiting and sustaining an active committee membership. This includes motivating, encouraging and supporting all volunteer members, enabling them to deliver effective results - as well as leading the development, implementation and tracking of an annual business/action plan and providing leadership by offering clarity, direction and guidance.

These roles also require facilitating and maintaining positive communications both locally and centrally, providing a positive engagement model with the local police forces and encouraging local partnership working in order to promote Crimestoppers.

Further information

Crimestoppers: Fearless Rep

  • To grasp opportunities to promote Fearless to young people aged 11-16
  • To speak appropriately on Fearless’ behalf
  • To bring personal, professional expertise and skill
  • To liaise with the local/relevant Crimestoppers staff member

Further information

Crimestoppers: Fundraiser

We are looking for highly organised people who can help us raise the funds necessary to increase awareness of Crimestoppers and the services we provide.

To become a Fundraiser for Crimestoppers you will need to have excellent communications skills and the enthusiasm to drum up support for our charity.

We primarily use Fundraisers to increase the contributions of individuals and groups to our charity by building relationships and exploring new fundraising opportunities from various sources. You could be writing a bid to a trust or grant funding organisation, seeking support from a local business, working with major donors, planning a fundraising event or even taking part in a challenge event yourself.

The ability to network is paramount for this role, since success in the role depends heavily on being able to forge positive relationships with supporters and funding organisations.

Fundraisers also work to raise awareness of the charity's work, aims and goals.

Fundraiser

Crimestoppers: Secretary

We are looking for highly organised people who can contribute to the smooth running of our volunteer Committees by providing secretarial and admin support to assist our Committees in their task of promoting the charity.

Further information

Crimestoppers: Social Media Volunteer

We are looking for Social Media Volunteers to promote, develop and maintain our online presence in order to maximise our impact and to promote ourselves as widely as possible to the local community.

Further information

Crimestoppers: Treasurer

To be responsible for the Committee’s funds, and to be accountable to the Committee and the Director of Finance at Crimestoppers Central Office for the management of that fund.

To take the lead in the committee’s financial planning in order to support effective delivery of local campaigns and fundraising efforts.

Further information

Crimestoppers: Vice Chair

We are looking for Vice Chairs in a number of locations with a suitable range of skills to take on the important role of supporting their Committee Chair and being confident to stand in for the Chair when they are unavailable.

This includes motivating, encouraging and supporting all volunteer members, enabling them to deliver effective results - as well as supporting the development, implementation and tracking of an annual business/action plan.

These roles also require facilitating and maintaining positive communications both locally and centrally, providing a positive engagement model with the local police forces and encouraging local partnership working in order to promote Crimestoppers.

Further information