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  • Volunteesvalley Lead Volunteers on hand to support event organisers and organisations
  • Volunteer attend Sport Relief and Environmental Roadshow
  • How can you get involved in Volunteesvalley - Opportunities for Event Organisers
  • Training - How can you make the most of volunteers?
  • Volunteesvalley partners up with Working Links to provide more opportunities

  • Volunteesvalley Lead Volunteers on hand to support event organisers and organisations

    Volunteesvalley has now trained five lead volunteer co-ordinators who can run both volunteer inductions and assist organisers to manage volunteers at events.  This has been a great asset to the project, both upskilling the volunteers and also to event organisers giving them extra support and assistance.

    The lead volunteer co-ordinators have come from Middlesbrough College’s Retrain Level 3 in Travel and Tourism with a vast amount of life experience and enthusiasm for the sector.  The lead volunteer co-ordinators are responsible for mentoring new volunteers, inductions, liaising with event organisers on the staffing of volunteers and making sure any paper work such as registers, photography consents etc. are all in place.

    If you would like any more information on how the lead volunteer co-ordinators can support your event please contact Helen McBride on 01642 263101 or helen@visitteesvalley.co.uk

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    Volunteers attend Sport Relief and Environmental Roadshow

    This month volunteers from all walks of life attend both the Environmental Road show at the Dorman Museum and Sports Relief organised by Middlesbrough Council in Albert Park.  Both events were a success and saw over 10 volunteers attend each event.

    Volunteers helped event organisers at Sports Relief marshal and give out goody bags to very tired runners while the volunteers at the Dorman Museum helped run workshops and creative activities for young people.  Gill Moore Education Officer for the Museum said: "This was an extremely busy public event attended by over 600 people. The volunteers were a wonderful asset and excellent ambassadors for both the museum and for Volunteesvalley. Everyone arrived punctually; they were courteous and did all that was expected of them. Having an appointed volunteer co-ordinator ensured that the day ran smoothly and enabled museum staff to concentrate on other matters."

    "All the volunteers were confident enough to interact with the public and several ran activities on their own. It was no easy task to come into an unfamiliar venue and to integrate with museum staff and also on this occasion staff from other organisations.  The volunteers coped admirably. I was very impressed by the level of responsibility and commitment they demonstrated and they undoubtedly made a huge contribution to the success of the day."

    "This is the first time I have used Volunteesvalley and would have no hesitation in recommending them to other organisations. They were very professional and proved to be a great asset to the museum."

    During the next few months you will be seeing the Volunteesvalley volunteers at Worldfest, Healthy Town Road Race, Kiteival and the Infinity Lantern Parade.

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    How can you get involved in Volunteesvalley - Opportunities for Events Organisers

    With volunteers being trained monthly volunteesvalley is always looking to provide new opportunities either as one off placement’s at events or as a longer term role within organisations.   During the next few months you will be seeing the Volunteesvalley volunteers at Worldfest, Middlesbrough, Healthy Town Road Race, Middlesbrough, Kiteival, Redcar and the Infinity Lantern Parade, Stockton.

    If you have any opportunities for volunteers then please contact helen@visitteesvalley.co.uk

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    Training - How can you make the most of volunteers?

    It is not just training for volunteers that Volunteesvalley provides.  Volunteers can be a valuable asset to any event or organisation - however knowing how to go about finding the right volunteer, managing them, being aware of rules and policies can often be confusing.  Volunteesvalley is planning to host a half day training session aimed at event organisers and organisations that manage or are looking to use volunteers.

    We are hoping this will be a half day event towards the end of April and are asking organisations and organisers to let us know if they are interested so that a date can be organised to suit the majority.  If you are interested then please contact helen@visitteesvalley.co.uk

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    Volunteesvalley partners up with Working Links to provide more opportunities

    Volunteesvalley has strengthened its partnership with Working Links to deliver Talk Up Tees Valley, a three hour induction to the Tees Valley and Volunteering.

    Talk Up Tees Valley has been created to raise awareness and pride amongst Tees Valley residents that the region offers a good place to live, work and visit. It will help to enhance the visitor offer through harnessing the strengths of the regions people and creating an excellent welcoming service.

    Talk Up Tees Valley will be delivered throughout the region to businesses, public sector, schools, universities and the general public by designated trainers and Local Authorities.  The course will be certificated and awarded on completion along with a Talk Up Tees Valley pin badge!

    From April 2010 Working Links will be delivering the Talk Up Tees Valley once a week to 15 potential Volunteers across the Tees Valley.  Working Links aim to address the challenges faced by long-term unemployed people. They operate to help people to change their lives by supporting them into sustainable employment.

    This is a great opportunity to find out more about the area you live, work and volunteer in! See the inductions and getting started section for more details and course dates.

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