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Dover Pop Quiz! A) What is the Roman name for Dover?

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B) There are Beaconsfield Roads in both Deal and Dover, named after the Earl of Beaconsfield, a British Prime-minister of the 19th century. By what name is he better known?

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C) This famous author of “An Inspector Calls” wrote another well-known piece, “The Good Companions”, whilst staying in Deal. What is his name? D) This year is the 100th anniversary of the first woman to fly the channel, only weeks after Bleriot did so. Currently the subject of a campaign to get a statue in her honour in Dover, what is her name?

Winter 2012

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The District Detectives Your reviews of the districts eateries

The Courtyard Oyster Bar & Restaurant Location: Deal Style: Upmarket Fish Restaurant and Bar Ambience: Stylish & Relaxed. At lunch time it is quite casual but the evening service is more formal with an emphasis on quality food & service. Service: Friendly & attentive. We didn't feel rushed and the staff were happy to make recommendations. Would you go again? Yes, it’s a little more expensive than we would usually pay for an evening meal locally but lunch is very reasonable and its great for a special occasion or party. Marks out of 10: 9/10

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A) Dubris B) Benjamin Disraeli C) J B Priestley D) Harriet Quimby

Your review of the districts eateries

Focus on Volunteering Name: Rosemary Pugh Volunteer at: Dover District Volunteer Centre Position: Transport Volunteer Volunteered for: 6 years now! Why did you get in to volunteering? After retirement I moved down with my husband from Peterborough to Deal. We were new to the area and wanted to meet people local to the community. What do you enjoy most about volunteering? Well obviously the social element of volunteering is quite important to me. I like that the office is always busy, every day is different and you get to meet a really wide variety of people. The Transport service has around 60 Volunteer Drivers and there are about 20 of us working in the Office. Working with such a large team of volunteering also comes with its added benefits around Christmas time: We are never short of chocolate in the office! If you have someone you’d like to nominate for our Focus on Volunteering, get in touch and they could be featured in the next issue of Volunteering Matters.

Join the 100 Club & win Cash! Some of our HealthWalk leaders on a sunny Autumn day earlier this year after receiving awards at our Thank You events.

Introducing our new Volunteering Advice Line

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Claim your free Volunteering Badge! Limited stock available

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Our popular celebrations events took place in August. This year we held three so that we could accommodate everyone who wanted to attend! Our location was the Chillenden and Goodnestone area, which offered walkers some beautiful country scenery. There were also historical links to Jane Austen and the Miner’s Trail.

Current Volunteering Opportunities ———————————— Aylesham Neighbourhood Project—Activities Coordinator Applecroft Care Home River—Gardeners & Activity Organisers

Walk Leaders were offered the choice of either a two hour or one hour walk around the picturesque village.

Admin help -Volunteer Centre Dover District Admin Assistant—Citizens Advice Bureau Adult Helpers—Girl Guides Ancestry Buddy—Dover District Libraries Animal Visitor—Pets as Therapy Baby Rhyme Time Hosts— Dover District Libraries Beach Clean Assistants— Deal With It Volunteering Matters Dover District Volunteering Centre 26 Victoria Road Deal CT14 7BJ Tel: 01304 367898 info@doverdistrictvolunteering.org.uk

Charity No: 285057 Editor: Sophie Hosking

EAST KENT HEALTHWALKS WALK LEADER THANK YOU EVENT

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Dover Castle in the Snow—Rick Ryder

ear All, a warm welcome to your new publication Volunteering Matters, which aims to highlight the activities of many volunteers who work for the benefit of others, throughout Dover District. Revelations regarding Jimmy Savile when he was a volunteer has focused the media’s attention on volunteering and asks, are volunteers more trouble than they are worth? Are they heroes or villains? The Games Makers who volunteered at the London Olympics portrayed volunteering in a positive light and brought it to the forefront of the conscious mind of the general public because they helped made the Games happen! However, outside the Olympic venues, there were plenty of other trained volunteers to support the Olympics. These included Volunteer Ambassadors and Travel Champions– who wore bright pink tabards – not to mention the local authority 2012 volunteers, all of whom received little to no recognition for their commitment from the general public.

I wonder what kind of community we would have if all volunteers stopped giving of their time for a day! I’m not advocating such drastic action, because I strongly believe in volunteering and volunteers specifically are the communities’ unsung heroes. Throughout Dover District, volunteers give of their time, skills, experience and knowledge for the benefit of others without any recognition every day of the year and it is my belief that part of the work of the Dover District Volunteering Centre is to highlight the work, of the unsung heroes and promote volunteering opportunities for new volunteers as well as reporting the positive impact volunteers make across the district. In this edition of Volunteering Matters, read how Dover Community Radio made up entirely of volunteers plan to bring us together and entertain us over Christmas. From all at the Volunteer Centre, have a great Christmas and a peaceful, healthy New Year. Joseph Dublin — Manager

Both groups met up at a local pub after the walks, where awards were handed out to Walk Leaders who had shown exceptional service to the scheme. Nominations had been received from fellow Walk Leaders and the winners were selected by guest judges, Abi Mogridge - Head of Health & Wellbeing, Michelle Roberts - Walking for Health Scheme Development Officer, Joseph Dublin - Dover District Volunteer Centre Manager and Dave Wilkinson Hythe Walk Leader and past award winner. The East Kent HealthWalk scheme covers the local authority areas of Ashford, Canterbury, Dover, Shepway, Swale & Thanet with more than 70 walks available . For more information on this HealthWalks please contact East Kent HealthWalks on 0800 8494000 or email: healthwalks@nhs.net

Volunteering Advice Line - 01304 367898 Dover District Volunteering Centre are launching a new Volunteering Advice Line with the support of Dover Community Radio. The Volunteering Advice Line provides support and information relating to all volunteering issues. No problem or concern is too large or too small for us to assist you. The level of support VAL offers, ranges from, working with you to secure an appropriate volunteer opportunity, developing your confidence to return too, or enter, the work environment to advocating on your behalf with the organisation where you are currently volunteering. You can contact VAL at any time on 01304 367898. However, please note the phone lines are only manned during office hours, Monday to Friday. Outside of these hours you are most welcome to leave a message and an advisor will be in touch as soon as practically possible. You may also contact VAL via email on val@doverdistrictvolunteering.org.uk or visit our website at www.doverdistrictvolunteering.org.uk


Enjoy Gardening? Current Volunteering Opportunities ———————————— Greeters—Kent Greeters Group leaders/ teachers— U3A Group Leader—Dover District Scouts Helper—Pegasus Play scheme Riding Helper—Alkham Valley Community Project Helper—Deal Breast Feeding Support Media Activist—Oxfam Mediator—Shepway & Dover Mediation service. Mini bus drivers—Dover Stroke Club Musicians—Martha Trust

A Winter Garden ready for Spring!

Are you interested in Gardening? Like working outdoors or in a team? If so you may be interested in joining our Community Gardening Scheme. This is a project helping those who need support or who can no longer maintain their own gardens. It is hoped the project will provide both a positive impact for those who volunteer and aims to improve social cohesion and community wellbeing in the areas where gardens may have grown into disrepair. There are no restrictions for those who want to volunteer and you can apply individually or in a group. For more information please contact the Volunteer Centre on 01304 367898 Dates for your diary: 13th Nov -Conservation Taster Day at White Cliffs of Dover with National Trust

Friends of the earth inspires solutions to environmental problems, which make life better for people. Our group has a strong record of successfully campaigning on local and national environmental issues and we are currently seeking the revive the groups campaigning activity. To support the organisations activities we are looking for volunteers to join us help with our campaigning work and assist with the running of the group.

22nd Nov—Deal Christmas Lights Switch on. 24th Nov—Snowflake & Window Decoration at Dover Museum 24th Nov—Dover Christmas Lights turn on. 1st & 2nd Dec - Santa Special at East Kent Railways (+ other weekends in Dec) 1st Dec—Christmas lights turn on Sandwich 7th Dec—Know your Gateway Event Dover.

White Cliffs Win Lottery Funding

You are invited to support the work of the Volunteering Centre by joining the 100 Club. For just £1 a month you have the opportunity to win a cash prize every month and support the tremendous work of the Volunteering Centre to recruit, train, place and support volunteers who make a significant difference to the lives of many across the local community.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has confirmed an award of £1.64m towards the conservation and protection of a large area of the White Cliffs. The funding, matched by £800,000 raised by local partners, will provide an opportunity to expand on the valuable work of the White Cliffs Partnership project. It is hoped that this will include the building of an education facility at Samphire Hoe, restoration work to chalk grassland and conservation on key heritage features such as the remnants of military occupation. There are a series of activities planned to involve local communities including themed talks, demonstrations and guided walks. Councillor Nick Kenton, DDC member for the environment, said: "The White Cliffs landscape is known around the world and it is great to see the importance of this area recognised in this way.’’ If you are interested in the local environment why not consider getting involved with the White Cliffs Countryside Partnership or National Trust’s Conservation days. Please contact the Volunteer Centre for more information.

The V– Badge—Supporting and promoting volunteering in the local area.

Peer Buddies—Be our Buddy

To claim your free V-badge simply write to the Dover District Volunteering Centre enclosing a suggested donation of £2 to cover postage and packaging. If you would like to learn more about volunteering and its benefits call VAL on 01304 367898. Limited stock of 200 badges are currently available Dover District Volunteering Centre 26 Victoria Road, Deal, Kent, CT14 7BJ

Pet Fosterers—Cinnamon Trust Reading Helpers— Volunteer Reading Help Receptionists— North Deal Community Partnership Do something today, become a Radio Presenter! Call VAL for more information.

Introducing the 100 Club...

The 100 Club is cheaper than the lottery and there are more chances to win! Your support will enable the centre to continue to deliver it’s essential services and help those in the community who are in need of our support.

Volunteers looking after the 100 Club.

We look forward to welcoming you to the 100 Club and thank you for supporting volunteering, call the Volunteer Centre on 01304 367898

Benefits of a Free Lunch! Are you interested in volunteering but for one reason or another aren't quite ready to take the plunge? You may lack confidence or need encouragement, you may worry about your childcare options or travel costs, you may be struggling to decide what sort of volunteer work you would like to do. If this sounds familiar to you, then our free courses could greatly benefit you. The next course takes place in Dover on Tues 22nd and Weds 23rd January 2013. Lunch and refreshments are included free of charge, and travel expenses can be reimbursed. All previous course participants have found them informative, fun and interesting. Courses are funded by NLDC Response. Contact the Volunteer Centre on 01304 367898.


Focus on: Current Volunteering Opportunities ———————————— Catching Lives—Client Work Volunteer Clothing Store Helper— DDVG Collections Management—Dover Transport Museum Conservation Volunteer— Whitecliffs Countryside Partnership Cookery Mentors—Whole School Meals Creative Arts Volunteers— Pilgrims Hospice Dining Companion—Deal Hospital Dog Foster Carers—Kent Greyhound Rescue Education Assistant— Dover Roman painted House Event & Healthwalk Volunteer—Healthwalks First Aid Support—Red Cross Garden Share Volunteers—Deal With It

DCR is a local community radio station broadcasting across White Cliffs Country. Covering the towns of Dover, Deal, Sandwich and their surrounding communities DCR hope to have something for everyone.

87.7 FM DCR was founded in April 2010 and has been broadcasting pod-casts via their website since then. They began broadcasting their online radio service as a trial from January 2011 and went fully live from their studios on 31st July 2011 when the first live show was broadcast at midday. They state their focus is to positively promote Dover District's tourism and encourage a real feeling of community within the Dover, Deal and Sandwich areas. This winter they have been given the very exciting news that they have been granted a FM licence. The first trial will run from the 12th November until the 9th December on the frequency 87.7FM. This will mean that you will be able to listen to Dover Community Radio on any FM device, such as your car radio. To support this development, the Volunteer Centre and Dover Community Radio have come together to announce an exciting ‘Volunteer Radio Station Trainee’ position. The role will provide a basic understanding of all areas involved in running a local radio station and could result in an accredited qualification. To find out more contact the Volunteering Centre on 01304 367898 or Email: info@doverdistrictvolunteering.org.uk

Community Transport Dover District Volunteering Centre is urgently looking for more volunteer drivers in the Dover, Deal and Sandwich areas for its Transport Service. Drivers use their own vehicles to take elderly or disabled local residents to medical appointments or other essential trips. Drivers are paid expenses so Driving in the snow—Image from freefoto.com that they are not out of pocket. Could you help? All you need is a clean driving licence, a caring disposition and a little time to spare. We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who has a four wheeled drive vehicle to help us out in wintery road conditions. Book a Journey—The Community Transport scheme makes over 10,000 journeys a year. If you are finding it difficult to access public transport get in touch, we provide an affordable, safe and accessible alternative on a not for profit basis. Call 01304 380513 for more information

Introducing…

thing to realize the benefits of such an asset. With the current economic situation in mind, volunteering may be one of the paths we have to take to support those of us in most need and to attract where we can, economic wealth to the district.

Who are you? My name is Joseph Dublin and I am the new Manager of the Dover District Volunteering Centre based in Deal. What do you hope to achieve from your current role?

How long have you being volunteering?

Joseph at the Business Charity Awards

I hope that the tremendous value of volunteering is recognised and that the dedication and commitment of all those who volunteer is supported and encouraged. Attracting new volunteers to experience the benefits of volunteering and enable people to continue to enrich their lives and enhance their community. I believe everyone has something positive to contribute to their community, enabling us all to live and work in an environment that we can be proud of. As a district with a port of significant importance, I like many, believe we can all do some-

I took up volunteering when my children were at primary school. A former school governor, Group Scout Leader, Charitable Trustee and I give of my time to support the Royal British Legions’ Poppy Appeal—winning the Business Charity Award with the Coventry Building Society. What did you enjoy most about any of your volunteering roles? I think working with the Scouts is my most memorable, however, I’m still not sure how much of an impact I made on the young person’s lives and would they have chosen the direction in life they now lead, with or without Scouting. Young people are very talented and given the chance they can often exceed expectations. What would you like for Christmas? That no one is left lonely this Christmas and a large portion of ‘peace, love & happiness’.

Calling all Amateur Chefs! The Volunteer Centre is throwing open a challenge to all would-be chefs who would like to take part in the centre’s latest fundraising initiative. The Volunteer Centre is putting together your recipes for a Tasty, Healthy, Easy Recipe booklet that will be sold to raise funds in support of a new gardening service to support independent living of local residents who are in need of assistance to maintain their own gardens. The Recipe’s Booklet is the creation of Samantha Scott, a member of staff from within the Dover District Volunteer Centre. The idea of a recipe booklet made up of healthy recipes which are easy to prepare, tasty for all members of the family and healthy came to Samantha after attending the Food Champion Programme delivered by Kent Community Health NHS Trust’s Healthy Weight Team, which has trained and up skilled Sam to be a healthy food advocate for the community. The Volunteer Centre invites local residents to get involved by sending in their own recipe ideas to be considered for the booklet. The key features of the recipes should be to help towards your 5-a-day, be low in fat, salt and sugar and above all else they should be tasty! Recipes will be judged by a distinguished panel of judges and winning recipes will be added to the published booklet with your name. All ages are welcome to get involved. Please send your recipes, along with your name and contact details to: The Recipes, Dover District Volunteering Centre, 26 Victoria Rd, Deal, CT14 7BJ or email Sam on healthwalks@nhs.net by 20th November to be considered.


Volunteer Centre Winter 2012 Newsletter  

Dover District Volunteer Centre Newsletter

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