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What’s on in November! Hi Everyone! Welcome to the November edition of the vinvolved newsletter! October has been action packed! There was the Mosaic training weekend for Community Champions in Okehampton, 30 volunteers attended the South West Revolution Festival 2010 at Montacute House in Somerset, the annual YAT weekend residential took place at Golant Youth Hostel in Fowey & had training in Photoshop & Indesign & PEA held a very successful conservation weekend residential in Barnstaple becoming experts in hedgelaying & pumpkin carving! Plus there was the marine survey event organised by MarLIN, the Cancer Research 10K Run & the Big Bear Walk with CHICKs. There are many more amazing volunteering opportunities going on this month- so read on to find something exciting to get involved in!

Revolution Festival 8th-10th October

YAT residential 22nd-24th October



Saturday 6 November – Come & discover Dartmoor with South West Lakes Trust & Mosaic! Carry out a conservation challenge, develop your navigational skills, try Forest Schools, take part in wildlife surveys, & discover the history of Dartmoorat Burrator Reservoir. th Saturday 13 November – No activity today! th

Saturday 20 November – Want to learn how to identify plants? Then come & join this workshop (one of a series of 3), followed by a winter environmental art session with OPAL in South Brent. th Saturday 27 November – Come & get involved in this unique project where PEA will be helping to clear out scrub & restore a Jewish Cemetery in Plymouth. For each PEA event please to book your place please call 01752 519780, text 07740 899655 or email. Please meet PEA at 9.30am at the BTCV Office or 9.45am at the Bretonside Bus Station. Bus Station. PEA return to Plymouth around 5:00pm

Upcoming Events!

Aged 11-19? rd th Wednesday 3 & 17 November, 5pm-8pm – Come & help the Blue Sound project develop innovative web pages, a Facebook group & a waterproof snorkelling guide to show the amazing wildlife we find whilst snorkelling in the Sound. Aged 20-25? th th Wednesday 10 & 24 November, 5pm-8pm - Come & help the Blue Sound project develop innovative web pages, a Facebook group & a waterproof snorkelling guide to show the amazing wildlife we find whilst snorkelling in the Sound. th

Aged 11-18? Thurs 18 Nov – Murder at the Museum! Enjoy dance, music or solving murder mysteries? Entry & refreshments are FREE. There will be DJ and graffiti workshops, mask making, films, break dancing performances @ Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery. “Hot Choccies & Funky Films” was created by The Core at Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery so that people can enjoy a th th free hot chocolate & film after a hard day’s Christmas shopping. Films this month: 6 November – ‘Matilda’, and 20 November – Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince. th

☺Monday 29 November – We are organising a massive all day BTCV celebration event for staff & volunteers from Devon & Cornwall at West Ham Farm, near Exeter. Activities will include tree planting, building a hazel bender, taking part in workshops on: willow weaving, pottery, story telling and graffitti art, and nature walks. Food will be provided & volunteer awards will be presented! th

Saturday 4 December – Honicknowle Community Event – Come & help kick start their wildlife project! th Saturday 4 December – 10am-3.15pm – Multicultural Sea Shore Safari – A cultural exchange family day with Blue Sound project. Come and help families access public transport & enjoy Wembury beach. Picnic included! th Sunday 5 December – Come & take part in a tree planting challenge with Moor Trees!

November YAT Agenda 2010 What is YAT? YAT (Youth Action Team) is a group of young people who help spread the word of volunteering to other young people in Plymouth in interesting and innovative ways! If you’re full of great ideas, have skills to share, want to help organise volunteer celebrations or get involved with some fundraising, then this is the group for you! What have we been up to? Since 2008 YAT have organised two ‘Vestivals’ (a day long festival in Plymouth City Centre, which celebrated youth volunteering across the city with music, food and activities!), created a volunteer handbook, made a DVD (which is used in school presentations), produced their first magazine ‘Evolution’, and organised big volunteer celebrations! THIS MONTH: We are now recruiting new members & planning how to run VESTIVAL 2011!

If you would like to get involved, the YAT meets every Monday 5.30pm – 6.30pm, at the BTCV office on Mutley Plain. Feel free to come along!

Need help completing your log books? On Wednesday 24th November we will be holding our monthly V awards drop in session. The session will run between 3pm – 7pm @ the BTCV office. Drop in at any point to get help with your award or get your certificate!

Volunteers Wanted..... Volunteer Leaders Needed

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The Sharpham Trust needs volunteers to lead groups of children through week. Activities include “Storytelling Stars”, “Changing Times”, scavenger hunts and environmental games.

Are you 17-25? Dynamic and enthusiastic? We need you! In 2008 Antony House and garden were chosen as the sole location by Hollywood director Tim Burton to film Alice in Wonderland. Following the film release in spring the Antony House will once again be transformed! We need Guest Relation Volunteers to help out visitors and staff ensuring the smooth running of the property. You will help guests discover more about Antony and the Alice project by answering questions and signposting them to particular parts of the property.

Help the Scouts! Plymouth District Scout groups are looking for young people to be volunteer leaders for various groups across the city.

Come Play with us!

Plymouth Play Association is an organisation that supports play opportunities in the Plymouth area and has the biggest selection of re-usable quality scrap for They require volunteers to work in the shop, scrap store, and help customers choose toys.

Environmental Opportunities! The South West Lakes Trust are looking for volunteers for a variety of projects, including habitat management, archaeological restoration and species monitoring. Full, part time and short term opportunities available in stunning locations!

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Want to make a difference?

Are you 16-18? Would you like to join a lively, friendly, fun group of young people that meet once a month in Plymouth? Connex is a group of young people that help develop resources for Connexions, plan and attend events and ultimately shape the service for young people! You can make a difference with the work you do!

Want to help young people?! Plymouth Youth Offending Service is looking for passionate, committed and understanding people to join us in promoting the welfare of some of the most vulnerable young people in Plymouth, alongside the communities within which they live.

Fancy some experience in Youth Work? The Naval Personal and Family Service is an organisation within the British Royal Navy that works alongside serving personnel and their families to give support. They are currently looking for enthusiastic volunteers who are well motivated who would be willing to give some time and help those in our communities. We are currently looking for volunteers especially in our

Volunteer with Scope! Scope focuses on working with people who have disabilities. They are looking for catering assistants, helpers for their indoor gardening and arts and crafts projects, interviewers for new staff, and much more!

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Football Fun!! 16-25 and interested in helping out with the KICKS football project with Plymouth Argyle? Volunteers are needed to help assist with coaching sessions which are held weekly at Honicknowle youth Centre.

Conservation Volunteers Needed! Are you 16 – 25? Do you love the great outdoors? Then this is for you! Plymouth Environmental Action (PEA) gets involved in a wide range of conservation activities including hedgelaying, tree planting, tree felling, cobb oven building and beach cleans!

Monkey Business! Are you 18 – 25? Love animals? This could be for you! The Monkey Sanctuary in Looe, have full and part time opportunities available. You can get involved with preparing food, cleaning, gardening and general maintenance at the site. Own transport essential.

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Want to explore Exmoor & Dartmoor National Parks through biking, walking, drama, canoeing & conservation – in fact, whatever you are into?

Volunteers Wanted..... The Foodbank Needs You! The Foodbank collects food for families in crisis in the Plymouth area. They need help with food collection runs and packing boxes with food for the families that need it.

Memory Makers Required! CHICKS (Country Holiday for Inner City Kids) provides breaks for disadvantaged children aged 8 -15. Chicks need volunteers who are willing to get involved with their holiday activities including swimming climbing, karaoke and horse riding. They are recruiting now for next summer’s activities!

Plymouth Centre for Faith, Get some Culture & Diversity Need Interested in an opportunity? HeadSpace! You!

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HeadSpace is partdetails of a about working in aover) multi faith (For contact please turn centre? Then look no further, new generation of library Plymouth Centre for Faith, groups where young Culture & Diversity have lots of people can read, listen, exciting opportunities for you surf and chill! It’s a great to get involved in, including working in their library, opportunity to gain resources room, and experience for careers in developing DVD presentations. youth work and teaching!

Are you employed? Don’t think you have time to volunteer? Come along to our drop-in session on th Wednesday 24 November 3pm-7pm and speak to one of our advisors about the part-time and one-off volunteering opportunities available! Volunteering can fit in around your work schedule and is a great way to socialise!

Calling Creative Sewers! Are you 16-25 and female? Do you enjoy sewing & textiles, and like entertaining children? Volunteers are needed to assist with a women’s' only project called 'Soft Creations' held once a week at START premises. Full support provided. You will need to volunteer regularly in this position to build relationships with the women who attend the group. Can’t see anything

Call one of the team if you have any questions on 01752 519780 Plant More Trees with Moor Trees!

Love trees? Want to do your bit? Moor Trees need you! Join in on Sundays to help give trees TLC! Tools, training and full support provided.

Help the Motor Neurone Disease Association The MNDA require volunteers to ensure that people with MND and their families receive the support and services they need. You will volunteer as part of the Plymouth Branch and can get involved in... Organising or supporting fundraising events, producing or distributing a newsletter, maintaining a website or becoming the chair, secretary or treasurer or the Plymouth group.

that interests you? Speak to the V team and we will do our best find you something exciting!

You don't need personal experience of MND - just the desire to help

Can you make change happen? Stewardship Group Are you 16-25? And want to see improvements in health and social care service? Then look no furtherPlymouth LINk have the perfect opportunity for you to do this and develop a whole range of skills, representing local communities, managing a budget, helping change service for the better.

Love history? Love Dartmoor? The Dartmoor Archive is a fantastic website & digital image archive for research & education. The archive upload and preserve old photographs for generations to come. Volunteers are needed who have a love of Dartmoor to scan images and research their origin.

Have a passion for heritage? Cotehele is a Tudor house with many stories and legends, festooned with tapestries and adorned with textiles, arms and armour. They are looking for volunteer room guides, conservation assistants and people to run talks on the history of the mill.

Volunteers Wanted..... volunteer wardens required Volunteer wardens are required to assist the wardens department in the day to day running of the Killerton Estate. Tasks include a whole variety of practical estate and conservation work including orchard management, fencing and gate-building, working with volunteers and conducting guided walks.

Passionate about preserving Dartmoor? Are you 16-25? Passionate about Dartmoor’s landscape and its archaeological artefacts? Come & join a team of likeminded individuals and carry out important practical work. Projects include, clearing gorse by the Plymouth Leat to create an attractive path for walking, controlling scrub, and surveying & repairing cairns.

Want retail experience?! The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) is looking for volunteers to get involved in a variety of tasks in their charity shops on Mutley Plain & the City Centre. Volunteers will have the opportunity to gain great retail experience helping with the day to day running of the shop.

Interested in Help a local Children’s sailing? Charity! Interested in an opportunity? Beckly is a local registered Horizon’s children’s sailing charity that facilitates play,the Contact V Team recreational and social activities (For contact details for children and young people who are disadvantaged by physical, learning or other specific disabilities. The Beckly Centre is looking for volunteers to help with admin, gardening, support and care work.

charity is looking for volunteers to help with the running of their sailing group. Duties involved helping to take out school groups, people with disabilities and young people (aged 8 – 18) onto the water. Training is given with you opportunity of gaining qualifications (if you want to!).

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Assistant Play Rangers Required! If you enjoy a combination of art, sport and the outdoors then this is for you! Join the Plymouth Playrangers and use your interests to help other young people to do art and craft projects, coach sport or run environmental education games and projects in Plymouth’s parks.

Help the British Red Cross! The British Red Cross is looking for volunteers to get involved in a variety of tasks in their charity shop on Cornwall Street. Volunteers will have the opportunity to gain experience working on tills, sorting stock, window dressing, and customer service.

Refugees First Need You! Are you 18-25? Passionate about integration, languages & working in a multi-cultural environment? Then Refugees First have loads of exciting opportunities for you! From general administration duties, to designing & developing their newsletter, and designing their website, being a case worker, helping out in the nursery and teaching opportunities.

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Age Concern have a vision of a world in which older people flourish. There are lots of ways to get involved with Plymouth Age Concern including befriending, phone a friend, giving advice, driving, administration, helping out with the coffee shop & the kitchen.

Youth Leaders The Mosaic Project provides free support, training and advice for young leaders and youth workers supporting 16 – 19 year olds to enable them to explore the South West’s National Parks

Volunteer with Victim Support If you're prepared to listen, victim support would like to talk to you. As a volunteer you'll be trained in how to support a victim from their initial meeting with you until they feel strong enough to move forward themselves.

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Interested in an opportunity? Contact the V Team 01752 519780

Come and see us to collect your vimpact book!

Volunteers Wanted..... Help the Elderly with Eldertree The Eldertree is a voluntary befriending organisation which offers friendship, support and assistance to elderly residents across Plymouth. They require volunteers to help with weekly lunch clubs, coffee mornings, games afternoon and even tai-chi and armchair dancing! You can get involved on a part time or full time basis!

Love Reading? Try this! Plymouth libraries are looking for volunteers to help out at local libraries across the city. You can get involved with helping the day to day running of the library as well as getting helping out with summer reading schemes and other activities run for children throughout the holidays.

Elizabeth Svendsen Trust EST is a sister charity of the Donkey Sanctuary & provides therapy for children with disabilities and learning difficulties.

Volunteers are needed to help as Riding Therapy Assistants, general care of the donkeys, outreach assistants with the elderly, gardening and DIY. Please get in touch if you would like to help!

Passionate about music? Volunteers are needed to be part of Plymouth Music Zones’ youth forum called TEMPO. Volunteers are needed to attend regular meetings to be the voice of their peers & the young people using the centre & represent their views – to help Plymouth Music Zone develop further to meet the needs of local young people. We want to know what works & what doesn’t. You will meet like minded people; receive full training, support & accreditation.

FOOTBALL ASSISTANTS Are you 16-25? Love football? Plymouth Hope Football was formed by two volunteer from START (Students and refugees together) and are looking for volunteers to help. -Stewarding -Refereeing -Coaching -Event organisers -Admin and website assistants

Devonport Guildhall Crew Need You! Passionate about making things happen in Devonport & want to gain experience in communications, event promotion, social & digital media? Come & join the Real Ideas Organisation youth & community group based at Devonport Guildhall & make your mark!

Media Moguls Needed! The Plymouth vinvolved team are looking for dynamic & enthusiastic 16 -25 year olds to get involved with our brand new media crew. Writers, graphic designers & event organisers please apply!

(Including organising Passionate biggest about Plymouth’s international volunteering development? festival!), designing merchandise & The Catholic Agency for postersDevelopment and Overseas (CAFOD) is a UK abased developing international aid agency quarterly magazine working to alleviate poverty to promote and suffering in developing countries. volunteering opportunities across CAFOD are looking for volunteers to help with their Plymouth. campaigns. Recently they have been involved in the ed team are looking Stop Climate Chaos for dynamic & in Coalition and took park ‘The Wave’ in London enthusiastic 16 -25on Dec 5th.

year olds to get involved with our brand new media crew.

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Interested in being a teaching assistant? The Race Equality Council provide English language courses to women from BME (Black & Minority Ethnic) groups and they are in need of volunteers. Volunteers can be teaching assistants and get involved with childcare for those who bring children to the classes.

CAMPAIGN AGAINST ‘WHAT MUSEUM?’ SYNDROME Are you 13-21? Love history & want to make the Museum an exciting & inspiring place? The Core is a group of young people aged between 1321yrs who are interested in the Museum and Art Gallery. Everyone gets involved and helps to organise projects and events that will appeal to young people like us.

Got a good idea for the vinvolved project? Why not get involved with out Youth Action Team??!

Volunteers Wanted..... St Luke’s Hospice Volunteers are needed to help out with St Lukes Hospice all over Plymouth! Help is needed in their many charity shops, the warehouse, and the Hospice. Volunteers can get involved with retail work, stock management, and catering. There are also opportunities for chaplaincy, befriending, and working with those who have suffered bereavement.

We are a creative arts organisation situated in the historic Barbican area of Plymouth. We produce new theatre & contemporary dance & encourage our audiences & participants to visit us and take part in our promoted programme, events and celebrations in the venue. Come and join the Barbican Theatre Team as a volunteer usher or in the Box Office.

Do you have green fingers? Would you like to volunteer on a community allotment project in Stoke, Plymouth? Diggin’ It supports schools & community projects in building & sustaining their own gardens, growing their own food & providing advice on cooking & healthy eating. Volunteering opportunities exist for volunteering on the allotment one/part of a day each week, or working with schools visiting the site.

Blue Sound Youth Sessions With MarLIN Wednesdays 5-8pm

Gain Valuable Retail Experience with Cancer Research! Cancer Research, one of the nation’s leading cancer charities, are looking for volunteers to help out at their charity shop on Mutley Plain. You can gain experience managing stock, working on the till (17+), and customer service. Contact the Vinvolved Team to get involved in this opportunity!

Aged 11-19? GET BLUE SOUND CONNECTED! 3rd November Show off your artistic talents; help develop an innovative & informative webpage & Facebook page BLUE SOUND SNORKEL GUIDE! 17TH November Meet with Paul Naylor, a local underwater photographer & author & help to create a waterproof snorkelling guide to our local wildlife in the Sound! Aged 20-25? GET BLUE SOUND CONNECTED! 10TH November Show off your artistic talents; help develop an innovative & informative webpage & Facebook page BLUE SOUND SNORKEL GUIDE! 24TH November Meet with Paul Naylor, a local underwater photographer & author & help to create a waterproof snorkelling guide to our local wildlife in the Sound!

Want to provide information and support? WAVES is a new drop-in Centre for over 50’s that provides all kinds of useful information on a wide range of issues from health and housing to education and employment opportunities. Volunteers can help out with a range of activities to support the running of the centre.

Fashionistas Needed! Show off your fashion and organisation skills with the Mutley Plain Oxfam team! Use your skills & know how for a store makeover; window dressing, hand picking stock & creating a vintage clothing section!

19-25 year oldsJudes will be Church at the Zone or at the MBA Youth Workers needed at St Session details below!

Are you aged 18-25? Do you have a passion for working with young people and inspiring children to learn more about the Bible? From volunteering with the Girls/Boys Brigade, after school club, Kids Church, Drop in Groups and more general youth work activities, St Judes has opportunities that can fit in with your current commitments. Contact the V team to find out more!

Interested in an opportunity? Contact the V Team 01752 519780

IT Crowd members needed! An expert in computers & want to share you skills & knowledge with others? Then the Generations Together project have the perfect opportunity for you! Volunteer IT assistants are needed to help with one or two IT sessions a week, teaching the local community how to use computers & developing their IT skills!


Sustainable Fashion Designers Needed! Passionate about fashion & inspiring others? Then Barefoot have the perfect opportunity for you! Barefoot are looking for volunteers to help with fashion workshops leading to a Fashion Show as part of 'One Big Saturday' taking place in the city centre, Saturday 6th November. You will be involved with assisting, helping & inspiring 'instant fashion' workshops (making outfits out of recycled materials) with young people ... and then helping set up & ensure the fashion show runs smoothly!

Discover Science is FUN! Cats Protection are looking for volunteers to work from home to help with their recruitment, newsletter writing, publicity and website design. If you’re aged between 16 and 25 and want to use your skills to help the Cats Protection, contact the V Team!

Need more practical field skills? Want to learn more about your environment? Like being out & about? Then Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) is for you! OPAL are looking for volunteers to get involved in woodland research on Dartmoor, hedgerow surveys across the South West, learning winter tree & fern identification, help with public events, plus much more!

Passionate about International Cuisine? Passionate about the arts? Then Barefoot needs you! They need dynamic volunteers to join their arts group to help bring together an ideas group to feed into the work of Barefoot, and help get art out to the community as creatively as possible!

Do you enjoy cooking and want to learn how to cook international dishes alongside like minded people from all over the world? Volunteers are needed to come and get involved with the Cultural Kitchen alternate Fridays.

Brilliant Befrienders Needed! Are you 18-25? Passionate about supporting a vulnerable young person on a one to one basis? Then Coasts have the perfect opportunity for you! Then befriending could be for you! As a befriender you will be paired with a young person who may require support with issues such as confidence, self expression & communication. This interaction will be on a one to one basis at school/home, or through activities such as walks, coffee or bowling. You purpose will be to build a relationship of trust with your young person to enable them to talk about issues troubling them.

Barnardos Needs Youth Workers Barnardos is a children’s charity that supports children who are suffering or disadvantaged due to issues such as poverty, abuse, homelessness, in care and youth offending. Advocates are needed to represent and support young people & children in Plymouth during important meetings, reviews, case conferences etc. Independent Visitors will be carefully matched to a young person aged 8-18 and over a period of 1-2 years, befriend, advise and take part in positive activities with the young person. If you are 18-25, have one or two days free a fortnight and feel that you have the necessary skills to volunteer as an Advocate or Independent Visitor, please get in touch with the V Team now

Interested in an opportunity? Contact the V Team 01752 519780

Young Ambassadors Needed to get in the Mix! Passionate about being instrumental in organising a fun, exciting & action packed programme of free courses & activities for your peers in Plymouth? Then Summer Mix 2011 needs you! Plymouth Youth Service are currently recruiting enthusiastic, committed & passionate young people to help support the development of next years programme. As a Summer Mix Young Ambassador you will receive many benefits, to include: meeting new people, having fun, gaining valuable experience & building your CV. This is what some of past ambassadors said: 'I did an amazing public speaking course as part of my role as young ambassador so that I could give presentations in schools & colleges about Summer Mix ... I never thought I could stand up in front of a massive group of people & be so confident!'

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