Welcome to our volunteer newsletter – January 2020Julia Shipston
Welcome to TimeBank 2020!
A warm welcome to 2020! This is an exciting year for us as it’s also our 20th anniversary which is a fantastic achievement for everyone who has been involved in TimeBank since it started. So, a big thank you to all our volunteers who are at the heart of the charity.
We’re delighted that our new website has now gone live. Do take a look at: www.timebank.org.uk and let us know what you think.
We hope it will be easier to navigate and for you to find volunteering opportunities with our projects. And we’ve made it easier for people to get involved in fundraising events for us, which many of you have asked about.
New Talking Together courses are starting this month across London and the Midlands, so a big welcome to our new and returning volunteers who are teaching informal, everyday English to marginalised residents with little or no knowledge of the language.
As part of this we’re now providing learners with extra sessions called Talking Groups so they can practice their new language skills and get comfortable with situations like a doctor’s appointment, school parents’ evening or a job interview.
If you’d like to get involved with volunteering with this project, do take a look here.
Our employee volunteering days are incredibly popular, with more companies recognising that they help build teams, develop leadership, decision-making and negotiation skills and boost morale.
We’re now expanding this area of our work with a range of corporate mentoring opportunities. This could involve getting involved with an existing TimeBank project, supporting asylum seekers, refugees, carers, ex-service veterans or young people who are not education, employment or training. Or some companies might want to design their own mentoring project and with years of experience TimeBank can develop a project that meets their needs and the beneficiaries and communities they would like to support.
We’re also piloting an online matchmaking project which will match employees with appropriate skills with a local charity or community organisation that needs advice, guidance and support in that area.
If your company is interested in any of these opportunities, take a look here.
Later this year we’ll be launching our TimeBank Voices project which will bring some of the experiences of our volunteers and beneficiaries to life through oral history recordings. You can hear a preview of some of these recordings on the new website right now – do have a listen.
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