Pave the Way OCD group meet again

28th march saw the second meeting of our OCD group. It’s a social thing, a small group of people meeting to chat about whatever comes to mind, to eat cake and to have a cuppa.

 

We had planned to go for a wander around Bute Park but early rain a change of venue to somewhere with a roof and a cafe. We met at the Museum, arriving just as lots of people were leaving for the day. We just sat in the cafe catching up and chewing the fat – well, chewing a delicious piece of cake to be honest…..

 

Great to meet up again, thanks all. Looking forward to the next one, Cardiff’s our oyster, where will it take us?

 

Stay well, Jo

 

Whatever you need to talk about the Samaritans are there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Phone free on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org, Cardiff and district info here: https://www.samaritans.org/branches/cardiff-district-samaritans

 

A blog from a Pave the Way volunteer

I started volunteering a couple of months ago. I volunteer a couple of hours a day, 2 days a week. VCS is a relaxed setting and where there is little pressure put on you so I can work at my own pace.

The VCS Radio Cardiff building is a 10 minute walk from the City Centre so it is easily accessible and easy to travel by bus or rail.

My main areas of focus are Administration & Research. With regards to administration:

  • I have inputted guests & volunteer contact information and their time and dates that they visited VCS on Microsoft Excel.
  • I also have inputted printed receipts of expenses on to Microsoft Excel (on Chronicle and Petty cash).

With regards to research, I carry our research for WellWaves, a community mental health radio show. I put together information to give to the two presenters of the show.

  • The Wellwaves radio show focuses on Mental Health.
  • The topic changes weekly so I am never doing the same thing.
  • Some of the topics I have a bit of knowledge of from personal experience namely the one week which focused on Autism but most weeks I have researched topics which I have no experience of or even on topics that I have never heard of previously (Dual Diagnosis).

I have also had buddying help role from Raj on how to cope with a reception role. I had about 5 hours help from him.

Benefits

  • It gives greater structure to my life.
  • Most weeks I am resear
    ching different topics or doing different types of administration stuff so there are a variety of things that I am doing which means my voluntary experience is more interesting.
  • The staff and volunteers are friendly and more than happy to provide support and feedback when you require help.
  • The hours are flexible so you can volunteer however many hours that suits you.
  • Provides opportunities to improve skills such as social and communication skills.
  • Opportunities to learn new skills but under no pressure to do tasks if you don’t feel ready or interested in these tasks.
    • These new tasks can include administration roles, researching for radio shows, editing shows, doing a reception role which can but does not require you to answer the telephone. Other roles can include a buddying role where you can help someone who needs help on a specific issue.

Pave the Way on Radio Cardiff 8th June 2017

Just a short time after joining Pave the Way, on the 8th June, our inspirational volunteer, Karen spoke live on our Art of Being Well show about her experience of living with bipolar.  Karen has an amazing story and her passion for all things wonderful is infectious. You can listen again here: www.mixcloud.com/BeingWell/the-art-of-being-well-8th-june-2017/

Karen on air with Jay and Jen – Cassie and Jo are in the studio listening in

Diffusion Festival Pave the Way

Revolution April 2017

James and the Diffusion team welcomed us to a recruitment session at the Ffotogallery studio at Chapter. We went along with colleagues from Pave the Way in the Vale. The festival ran throughout May 2017 across many venues in Cardiff. The Diffusion team offered lots of different volunteering opportunities. There was something for everyone: public facing; behind the scenes; admin and marketing; construction; social media, all sorts.

The festival exhibited works by photographers from across the globe and attracted visitors from far and wide – its theme was Revolution. You can find out more here: www.diffusionfestival.org/

Pave the Way, Sherman 5 and BBC Get Creative Event April 2017

In April, Pave the Way volunteers joined Guy O’Donnell, the Sherman 5 team and lots of other organisations to Get Creative.

We went behind the scenes and onto the stage which was set up for City Road Stories, and we got to sit in the Studio which was showing Killology. It was very hard to resist touching the props ……

City Road Stories was there, we got to add comments on a huge map of City Road. Needless to say the section around Poets’ Corner / PC’s / Tut & Shive was full of interesting memories …

 

 

The amazing Made In Roath Collective was at the event with a poetry booth. Lit bombing? We loved it. We got to choose a subject and the poet in residence at the booth composed  express masterpieces. Here are two, one called Freedom and one called The Sherman.

 

Everyone signed up to join Sherman 5, some PtW volunteers signed up to be Sherman 5 reps.To top off a fantastic morning, refugees in Cardiff, through Cardiff City of Sanctuary, served up a stunning array of traditional dishes from a number of African Nations. This is Jo’s plate with Eritrean, Ugandan, and Congolese food.

Diolch Pawb!

Pave the Way – wellbeing through volunteering

Contact Jo for more information:

Jo Harry
jo.h@vcscymru.org.uk
07387 577390
02921 322 627

If you want to find out more about Sherman 5:

www.shermantheatre.co.uk/sherman5

 

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Pave the Way: Forest Farm with Green Days

 

We had sunshine and fun when we hitched onto a Green Days volunteering session at Forest Farm on Friday 30th June. We were pulling balsam and crushing bracken. Forest Farm is beautiful, a real hidden gem. If you haven’t been there, check out this link for more information: http://forestfarm.org.uk/

Rangers explaining what balsam and bracken are – just as well as Jo was clueless

David, Kevin, Jo and the Green Days team who let us join them

 

 

 

 

 

 

David looking cool and working hard

This beautiful wildflower meadow was a patch of scrub land not so long ago. Green Days project volunteers cleared the land earlier in the year and planted it up, it’s near the rangers’ hut for everyone to enjoy

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you want to find out more about volunteering with the Green Days you can via this link: https://www.innovate-trust.org.uk/green-days/department or if you are a Pave the Way volunteer, contact Jo (jo.h@vcscymru.org.uk)

 

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Student Volunteers making a difference at Stroke Centre

Student Volunteers Week (22 – 28 February) is a national celebration of the positive impact students have on their communities through volunteering.

The Stroke Rehabilitation Centre (SRC) at University Hospital Llandough (UHL) has recently recruited 16 student volunteers to assist as it develops its services to include seven day rehabilitation.

The 45 bed consultant led unit has a multidisciplinary team to offer on-going management and rehabilitation to patients who have had strokes.

The SRC reviewed its resources to enable its patients to receive seven day rehabilitation while they are on the unit. This includes the appointment of new rehabilitation assistants as well as the time of student volunteers to help support activity on the ward.

The volunteers will work in partnership with staff to assist and organise activity sessions for patients at the SRC. Activities include arts and crafts and quizzes, with some activities organised around individual needs.  A key role as a volunteer is befriending, where volunteers can support patients at their bedside by simply reading or speaking to them.

Here three students tell us about their experiences of volunteering at the SRC.

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Reused clothing to keep homeless warm this winter

Homeless people in Cardiff are to benefit from warm clothes collected just before Christmas by the Grangetown Community Action group.

In total over 50 sacks of clothing were passed to the Salvation Army’s Bus Project which is a drop-in centre in a bus, which serves tea, coffee and sandwiches to homeless people every night in the city centre. The clothing collected was also weighed and put towards City of Cardiff Council’s current reuse target.

Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Bob Derbyshire said: “I’d like to thank the public-spirited volunteers who collected this clothing for homeless people in our city. I am sure the clothes will be gratefully received and it underlines the importance of allowing others to reuse unwanted items. I’d much rather an old jumper provided warmth for somebody in need rather than lie untouched at the bottom of a drawer.”

Secretary of Grangetown Community Action Group, Ashley Lister said: “During the clothes drive a fantastic 51 bags of clothes ranging from hats and scarves, to jeans and jumpers was collected and donated to The Salvation Army’s Bus Project. I’d like to thank all those who donated clothing to the cause, Father David Morris and local Police Officers who helped to sort and deliver the clothing at the end of the drive. I’d also like to extend my thanks to Cardiff Council’s Neighbourhood Partnership Team, staff at Channel View Leisure Centre, Cardiff Youth Offending Service and The Buzz Information Shop for their support acting as drop-off points.”

 

Plans shaping up for VCS 50th Anniversary Week

We’ll be celebrating our 50th anniversary in June with a week long exhibition at The Cardiff Story (The Old Library) in The Hayes 2nd – 6th of June.

On Monday 2nd June we have a lunchtime launch event featuring the wonderful Tenovus ‘Sing With Us’ Choir’ and special musical guests with a 1960’s theme to remember our early days as Britain’s very first Volunteer Bureau.

We’ll also be welcoming Julie Morgan AM; Alun Micheal PCC; Peter Tyndall (Ombudsman) and VCS founder Robert Davies.

…..and we’ll be giving out  ‘Golden Volunteer’  long service certificates to volunteers nominated by some of our 350+ registered organisations.

The exhibition continues on Tuesday with photographs & memorabilia on display. Our own team of VCS Senior Volunteers Champions – led by the wonderful Lesley –  will be on hand  to act as guides.  On Tuesday our musical soundtrack will be from the 1970’s, on Wednesday its the 80’s, Thursday 90’s and we come up to date on the Friday with a special focus on Youth Volunteering.

On Wednesday 4th we’ll be launching our new project funded by the Lloyds Bank Foundation which will be supporting people with criminal convictions (& their families) into volunteering opportunities.

On Friday 6th June we end the week with our finale event – again taking place at lunchtime. This time the focus is on Young People and we’ll have live music from bands & performers from with some of our member organisations, including the Cathays Youth & Community Centre who are kindly helping us with the PA during the week.

Our confirmed guests on Friday include Jenny Willott MP; Stephen Doughty MP; Vaughan Gething AM; Jenny Rathbone AM and we’ll again be joined by VCS founder Robert Davies.

Luke Jones has been working tirelessly to organise this, and he is still very keen to hear from people who have been involved with VCS over the past half century who would like to get in touch to share their memories. Luke’s email is luke.j@vcsvardiff.org.uk or phone 029 2022 7625.

Our story is very much the story of the charities and organisations that use volunteers in Cardiff, and we are welcoming all these to join us to help tell their story too – so if you are with an organisation that has not yet got involved, and you have some memorabilia that you’d like us to include please get in touch with Luke over the next week.

We are also looking for nomination’s for long service volunteering certificates which will be presented on the Monday event, there is still a week to get in touch with your organisations nominee. This is not a competition, but an opportunity to recognise the dedication and commitment of long term volunteering.

VCS at The Cardiff Story will be open to the public from 10am – 4pm from Monday 2nd June to Friday 6th June. The Volunteer Centre will be running from the exhibition during the whole week and so our Brunel House drop-in will be closed for that period.

 

 

 

 

    

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