Latest News from Volunteering Brent

Time To Talk Day 2019

1 in 4 will experience a mental health issue this year. However,  despite how common these experiences are, myths and misinformation make it difficult for people to ask for help and the subject often brings feelings of shame or embarrassment. Taking care of mental health in the work place and at home starts with one simple thing; speaking. It’s time to start talking about mental health. 

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January News for Organisations

Happy New Year!

We hope you have had a well-deserved break over the festive period. You deserve a big congratulations for all your hard work in Brent this year. We are so proud of everything that has been achieved in the borough in 2018, but we think we can do even better in 2019 if we work together to involve the talented local community who are waiting to find their perfect role. We've got funding, events and advice below to help you kick start your year of success.

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Volunteering this week: help in the office of a food bank, befriend older people feeling isolated and run small activity groups in an afterschool club.

Hope you’ve had fun in the snow. Remember to check on your neighbours and keep warm!
Volunteers are often uniquely placed to make the biggest difference in organisations because they bring new experience and get to do lots of hands-on activities! Help isolated older people feel less isolated simply by listening and talking with them, or volunteer in an afterschool club with children affected by emotional or behavioural difficulties

Home Away from Home: Romanians in Brent
5 February – 3 June, Library at Willesden Green
This temporary exhibition is a celebration of Romanian culture in Brent and beyond.  At its centre is a collection of ornate decorated Easter eggs on loan to Brent Bringing together objects from members of the Romanian community, the exhibition will also feature eye-catching new photographs taken by photographer Mike Lupascu of Romanians in Brent. Find out more here


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Volunteering this week: support people dealing with social isolation or struggling to manage depression, Also this week, fancy coming to a screening of an award-winning film?

One of the best things about volunteering is how it's a channel to turn your time into doing good. Support people's recovery by helping them stay on track with their appointments, or volunteer to reduce isolation in the community. As usual, if you're interests don't match these opportunities, you can always search for your perfect role on our volunteering database, Volunteer Connect

Unrest Film Screening
6.30pm-10pm 28 February, CVS Brent
Jennifer Brea is about to marry the love of her life when she’s struck down by a fever that leaves her bedridden. When doctors tell her “it’s all in her head,” she turns her camera on herself as she looks for answers and fights for a cure. This screening will be followed by Q&A with ME Association medical advisor and special guest Dr Charles Shepherd. Find out more here

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Help young refugees by supervising at an after school club

This week: share your training and experience of money management; research and feed back about local health services; or support young refugees at a busy after school club

WEEE Recycling
12-18 February, The Library at Willesden Green, 95 High Road, Willesden, NW10 2SF Don’t bin it! Bring it!! Has your kettle gone to caput? Headphones gone haywire? Or is your toaster finally toasted? If you’re thinking of throwing away your small electrical items such as alarm clocks, toys, kettles, or hairdryers, don’t bin them, bring them! From 12-18 February, all you have to do is bring in your small broken or unwanted waste electricals to our recycling event and we’ll take care of the rest! Find out more here 

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Could you help a person feel less isolated?

If you'd like to give something back, there are plenty of ways to get involved with your community. Our volunteering roles this week include lots of opportunities to use your existing skills and experience to make a difference to someone's life. Take a look at some of our favourite opportunities this week or search for your perfect role on Volunteer Connect.
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How can volunteering help you keep your New Year resolutions?

It's that time of year again when lots of us are thinking about self-improvement and developing new habits. It's too easy to make New Year resolutions and then fail to keep them. Volunteering Brent are giving you the opportunity to tackle all your New Year resolutions at once by taking up a volunteering!

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Season's greetings and thank you!

Our service closes for the seasonal break from today and reopens on Tuesday 2 January 2018. If you haven’t yet found your volunteering fit, we’ll be happy to help you in the New Year, though our online database full of volunteering roles is available to search 24/7. You can apply for roles during this time too, so it’s not too late! Visit the site here.

We hope you all have a peaceful and enjoyable festive period and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year! Make 2018 your year to volunteer!
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