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What will you give this Christmas? #Christmas #giving #volunteering #vulnerable #youngpeople

With International Volunteer Day coming up on the 5th of December there is no better time to become a volunteer! Here at No Limits we have 165 volunteers who offer their time to help the children and young people to help themselves. The 15,678 hours of work that volunteers contributed last year equated to £123,072 which, for a charity, is invaluable in helping us to support vulnerable children and young people. We warmly welcome any individual who would like to offer their time to support No Limits. This could range from becoming a drop-in worker supporting young people, helping with administration, to helping to bake cakes for fundraising events. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at No Limits, please do come along to our volunteering information evening on Monday 1st December 5:30-7pm at the No Limits City Drop-in Centre. For more information contact enquiries@nolimitshelp.org.uk. With the festive season being a time of giving, we would love for you to give your time to those children and young people who are in need this Christmas. We think the sign of a civilized society is where people are willing to do something positive for others for nothing. Would you agree?

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By Jess Sulzmann

#Volunteering @nolimitshelp What value volunteers?

Volunteering Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” Marjorie Moore

It is my perception that volunteering seems to have become more acceptable and ‘OK’. This was borne out by some research that showed that the United Kingdom is now the 8th most charitable country in the world, according to new figures from the Charities Aid Foundation. We all know that a charity cannot succeed without a strong core of volunteers. I work as a Fundraiser for No Limits (and Promotion, Communications). The range of tasks undertaken by the volunteers (currently around 150) is huge as well as the skills that they have to offer. From receptionist to drop in from mentor to intern, from trustee to befriender. Even more pertinent is the actual financial benefit to our charity. In 2011/2012 we estimate that our then 114 volunteers contributed around 11,967 hours of time worth about £140,000. I was further reminded of our need to value our volunteers by an article written by Lissa Cook Community Sports Trust @Village_Games ‘Managing volunteers: The motivations and the pitfalls’. Lissa identified ten areas that charities need to think about if they want to recruit, keep and motivate their volunteers.

  • Take advantage of selfish motivations
  • Don’t wait for people to volunteer
  • Give everyone specific tasks
  • Cut out the unnecessary red tape
  • Recognise when people want to take on more responsibilities
  • Learn how to deal with bureaucracy
  • Don’t make everyone sit round the committee table
  • Volunteers need managing too
  • Be patient
  • Define your responsibilities

At No Limits we value our volunteers. Can you help us? You can support No Limits in a variety of ways. If you want to volunteer go to http://nolimitshelp.org.uk/page/volunteering

Do you have what it takes to change a life?

Do you want to make a huge difference to someone’s life?

Do you enjoy going to the cinema, cafés or playing football? If so, why not become an Independent Visitor volunteer and make a huge impact in a young person’s life by building not only rapport, but confidence – you may even enjoy yourself at the same time!

If you have 4 hours a month to spare, you can be a truly significant and positive influence on a young person, who may lack an adult role model to enjoy life’s simple pleasures with or gain emotional support from.

Like some young people, Paul 15 has lived most of his life in care and foster housing and has received regular support from various organisations, including No Limits’ Advocacy service. Aside from the essential help he has been provided, Paul would love a mentor, a supporter, a friend -someone he can relate to, talk to and spend time with – independent of an official capacity. Like Paul, other young people require a male IV and currently demand is outstripping supply.

No Limits will provide necessary training for our Independent Visitor Volunteers (IVs), support and expenses, to enable the successful relationship between young person and IV to continue for at least a year. We ask that you as a volunteer are committed enough, so a sustainable relationship with the young person can be managed. Many individuals in care and foster homes lack the consistency many are fortunate to have and we want to nurture the rapport with the young person, over a minimum period of time. No Limits will assist the process and facilitate the Independent Visitor volunteer, so the needs of the young person can be met.

Try our statistics quiz on young people and care – it may surprise you (answer at the bottom)

#1 How Many children are in care at any one time in the UK?

33,000                    88,000                       44,000           91,000

#2  What percentage of looked after children were in foster care placements?

20%                           50%                         73%               49%

#3   What % of care leavers go onto University?

 45%                           62%                          6%              15%

#4 In 2010 1 in 10 children had how many different placements? (foster care)

5                                10                           3                         1

#5 By the age of 19, how many care leavers are not in education, employed or training?

1/3                               ½                         80%                       60%

Imagine the huge difference you could make by spending time with a young person who just needs encouragement, support and your time.  Many youngsters would benefit from spending time with an unbiased adult who can listen to problems, or take a young person to a café for a cup of tea and cake.

No Limits needs you! You can apply by emailing enquiries@nolimitshelp.org.uk or calling 023 8023 6237 and visiting http://nolimitshelp.org.uk. You do not need youth work experience just a positive attitude, commitment and a wish to be a encouraging and consistent influence on a young person.

Answers:

#1 91,000 #2 50% #3 6% #4 5 #5 1/3

nolimits_blue_green_960x180.jpgVolunteers are an integral and highly valued part of No Limits. Last year we estimate that 115 volunteers contributed around 12,000 hours of their time, worth about £140,000 to No Limits. Without volunteers many of our projects and services would not exist. The number of volunteers needed by No Limits continues to rise. Currently we have aroundf 150 volunteetrs who help in a variety of ways. Would you like to be one of them? For more about volunteering with No Limits go to http://www.nolimitshelp.org.uk/page/volunteering
No Limits. Helping young people help themselves.

Shape The Future

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If you are out of work, looking for experience or hoping to give back, volunteering your time is fast becoming recognised as a great way to improve not only someone else’s life, but your own.  This mutual relationship between charity and volunteer has numerous benefits for both, enriching understanding of aspects of life which may be unfamiliar and alien.

“Long term volunteering is a form of pro-social behaviour that involves commitment given over an extended period of time”. (Chartered psychologist Ruth Lowry)

Not only are your job prospects advanced by additional much-needed experience, but your social-conscience and awareness of concerns affecting the local or extended community are increased by working for a charity or organisation that really help people improve their lives.

1#volunteering makes you more employable

Volunteers may wish to increase their skill-set, gaining experience within various environments to improve future job prospects. Many companies are influenced by candidates…

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