At Active Lancashire we thought National Volunteers Week 2020 would be the perfect opportunity to take a moment to recognise and thank our volunteers across Lancashire. These individuals have gone above and beyond, dedicating their time selflessly to support others, which makes a huge difference to people's lives especially during these testing times.
We have thanked 42 volunteers that were identified by the Active Lancashire team. All the volunteers were sent a certificate and a voucher to attend a free course as a little thank you from us.
We wanted to find out more about their experiences of volunteering and what it means to them, so asked if they would be happy putting together a short film. Below are some of their inspiring stories:
Chris Stonebanks, Challenge through Sports Initiative (CSI) : Watch here.
Ellie Thomas, Stanley's Community Centre: Watch here.
Azhar Khan, Preston United Youth Development Programme: Watch here.
Abbigail Perry, Fleetwood Together Food Bank: Watch here.
Liam Wilkinson, Fleetwood Together Food Bank: Watch here.
Callum Leamy, Stanley's Community Centre: Watch here.
Mia Marshall, Challenge through Sports Initiative CSI: Watch here.
Alisha Iftikhar, One Voice Blackburn: Watch here.
Ebru Karayazgan, Lancashire School Games: Watch here.
Steven McGuiness, CSI: Watch here.
Tony Ross, CSI: Watch here.
Carol Harrison-Jones, CSI: Watch here.
Liam Ashworth, Fleetwood Together Food Bank: Watch here.
Joe Duffield, CSI: Watch here.
Haroon Khan, Audley Sports Centre
Kamran Uddin, Audley Sports Centre
Loran Devlin, CSI/ New You
Phil Campbell,CSI/ New You
Sulaimaan Mullah, Preston United Youth Development Programme
Amana Zia, One Voice Blackburn
Yasira Patel, One Voice Blackburn
If you are interested in volunteering, below are some resources that include ways you can get involved in your local community and how you can improve your volunteering skills.
Our Lancashire - Lancashire wide initiative to bring groups and communities together to make Lancashire a greater place to live work and play. If you want to join a group, find help on how to set one up or just want to attend an event, this is the place for you! Supported by public services and organisations across Lancashire this is the one stop shop for groups and events.
Lancashire Volunteer Partnership - Providing one gateway into public service volunteering with an aim to make volunteering for public services rewarding and to provide opportunities for people to make a real difference in their local communities.
Lancashire Adult Learning - LAL currently offers an extensive range of subjects to learners, with over 2000 courses delivered through more than 300 venues across Lancashire.
Local Authority Level
Volunteer Centre – Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde [email protected] - Provide support and inspiration for volunteers, organisations and groups to develop volunteering in the community
Lancaster CVS - To promote, develop and support, through partnership, a dynamic and diverse voluntary and community sector
West Lancashire CVS - Supporting voluntary action, empowering local communities
Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale CVS - To provide high quality services that promote and support effective and sustainable voluntary and community action in Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale and the surrounding areas
Join In - We bring together the sport and recreation sector and support our members to tackle the challenges and take advantage of opportunities. We are the voice of the sector with Government, policy makers and the media. We help get the nation active at the grassroots by providing advice, support and guidance.
Do It - Offers resources for people who want to be volunteers and voluntary organisations who are looking for help.
Club Matters (volunteer section) - Information and resources around recruiting, keeping and developing volunteers.
Tempo Time Credits - Time Credits are a way of recognising the amazing things people do in their communities. If you’re in an area where they work, through giving time to your community you can earn Time Credits - which you can spend on hundreds of activities across their national network.
Training courses are a great way to upskill yourself or your workforce, and some accreditations are essential for certain types of volunteering. We offer a range of training courses for individuals, clubs and organisations. Find out more here.
For a summary around our courses on offer, view our courses brochure here.
Pass on your Passion
Pass on Your Passion is a campaign dedicated to celebrating women in sport and physical activity workforce. Read more about last year's campaign here.
Active Lancashire- Bowls development
Active Lancashire have been working in partnership with Burnley Bowls Partnership, British Crown Green Bowls Association (BCGBA) and Burnley School Sports Partnership (SGO) to develop a new cohort of volunteers and leaders to support with the Burnley Inter School Games events, School Games County festivals and the development of Bowls within Burnley. Read more about it here.
Club Matters Workshops
Since we hosted two funding webinars last month, we have received feedback from our network that Future Planning and Marketing support were two areas which required further training. We have therefore organised two online Club Matters workshops for this month:
Planning for the Future – Thursday 11 June 7-9pm
Developing a Marketing Strategy – Wednesday 17 June 7-9pm
Please share these details across your contacts and contact Abi should you wish to book on: [email protected]
To catch up on the webinars from last month see here.