Celebrating Small Charity Week

We celebrated #ILoveSmallCharities day during Small Charity Week with cream tea party to thank the small charities in Buckinghamshire and celebrate all of their hard work in the community. See all of the photos on Flickr.

ILoveSmallCharities Event

Below are some short interviews with the charities who attended:

ChilternsMScentre-logo-RGB-largeChilterns MS Centre

Which areas do you cover: Herts, Bucks, Beds

What kind of cause: Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre

Describe what your charity does: We offer a wide range of treatments and therapies that help people with MS maintain mobility, cope with disability and achieve an improved quality of life. www.chilternsmscentre.org

Are you looking for volunteers currently: Yes we are looking for volunteers to help with fundraising events, on reception and also in the café


EYAIEnhancing Young Adults’ Independence

Which areas do you cover: Thame and Aylesbury Vale

What kind of cause: Supporting young adults’

Describe what your charity does: Supports young adults become productive members of their local communities by combining practical work experience and confidence building through mentoring and employment over a 12 week period. www.eyai.co.uk

Are you looking for volunteers currently: Looking for volunteers to build a bigger team. areas urgently needed Marketing, social media. admin to include writing policies and reports. mentors within the Aylesbury Vale area. trustees for charitable status with a passion for supporting young adults in their local area.


logoEnrych Bucks

Which areas do you cover: Buckinghamshire

What kind of cause: Enabling disabled adults

Describe what your charity does: Enrych is a small local charity that supports disabled people to enjoy active and independent lives. Everyone has the right to enjoy life and make choices about what they do. However, many people with disabilities face barriers every day which can limit independence and choice and may lead to isolation or depression.

Enrych pub lunchEnrych works with people to recognise their potential and supports them to take up the leisure or learning activities of their choice.

Our service is funded by local authorities and charities, to enable us to make no charge to our members. http://buckinghamshire.enrych.org.uk

Are you looking for volunteers currently: We are always looking for volunteers to support adults with physical and sensory disabilities across Buckinghamshire. If you can commit to an hour every fortnight, please look at our volunteering opportunities on our website or contact one of our coordinators.

North Bucks – Beth at beth.waters@enrych.org.uk or phone 07710 619458

South Bucks – Sharon at sharon.lander@enrych.org.uk or phone 07511142268


bucks mindBuckinghamshire Mind

Which areas do you cover: Buckinghamshire

What kind of cause: Mental Health

Describe what your charity does: Buckinghamshire Mind is an independent charity providing high quality services to support and represent people with mental health needs in the local community. We work to provide a voice for people with mental health needs, to fight stigma and campaign to influence policy and decision making locally. We are committed to making sure our services are inclusive and meet the diverse needs of people in Buckinghamshire. Buckinghamshire Mind is run by local people for local people and is responsible for its own funding and the services it provides. We are affiliated to National Mind, which means that Bucks Mind meets Mind’s quality standards of governance and service delivery. www.bucksmind.org.uk/

Are you looking for volunteers currently:

We are looking for:

  • Befrienders
  • Community Fundraisers
  • Administration Support
  • Group Activity Volunteers
  • Employment Support Volunteers

RACB Sprinter LogoRisborough Area Community Bus

Which areas do you cover: HP27

Sprinter 11What kind of cause: 
Providing transport for local community

Describe what your charity does: 
Risborough Area Community Bus (RACB) is dedicated to providing low floor, easily accessible transport in and around Princes Risborough and surrounding villages for all residents, of all ages, inadequately served by public transport. www.racb.co.uk


VanaLogoVana Trust

Which areas do you cover: Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire

What kind of cause: Enriching lives of vulnerable people

Describe what your charity does: An organic farm that provides opportunities for people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health problems to work on the farm.

We help develop new skills, increase confidence and reduce feelings of anxiety, tension and isolation. www.vanatrust.org.uk

AFarm Photos Vana Trustre you looking for volunteers currently:

  • Volunteer Farm Support Workers – to support individuals with special needs with farm and gardening activities. Tuesdays and/or Thursdays
  • Volunteer Gardeners – To be able to undertake a range of gardening tasks unsupervised
  • Farm Committee Members – to join our small group and be involved in developing the farm and fundraising events, we meet up once a month on a Monday evening

customLogoSocial Link Charity

Which areas do you cover: South Bucks and Aylesbury

What kind of cause: Adults with Learning Difficulties

Describe what your charity does: Provides Day Opportunities and Social evening clubs across Bucks. Supporting Adults with Learning Difficulties with socialising and accessing their local communities. www.social-link.co.uk

Are you looking for volunteers currently: Yes particularly for our Monday evening Social Club in Beaconsfield which runs every week from 7pm – 10pm. Supporting young adults with learning difficulties to socialise as a group. (Pubs, restaurants, bowling, dance, art, cooking etc..)


Craft Afternoon Leaflet.indd‘I Have A Voice Too!’

Which areas do you cover: Aylesbury and surrounding areas

What kind of cause: Activities for Adults with Disabilities

Describe what your charity does: We provide drama workshops for adults with learning disabilities on Saturday afternoons. No auditions necessary.  Activities are provided to suit the participants’ capabilities.
Craft and afternoon tea for adults that have learning disabilities or special needs on the 3rd Monday of every month. www.ihaveavoicetoo.org

Are you looking for volunteers currently: Volunteers for Saturday afternoons.  Media promotions and assistance with fundraising.


Please join us at Community Impact Bucks in thanking these charities for all of their dedication and tireless work.

Volunteer Voices – new interviews

We think that Volunteering is great, but don’t just take our word for it….

Read about what makes volunteering so rewarding for some of the people who give their time and talent to Bucks’ organisations. We have new interviews in our volunteer voices page.

KimAylesbury Citizens Advice   

Name: Kim Edwards

Your volunteer role: Gateway Assessor/Level 2 Adviser

What I do: Volunteering with Aylesbury CAB gives me scope to help others directly with their life challenges. The training I received and continue to receive is of high quality and there is always support on hand from colleagues.

Cab5Why I chose this role: The scope, depth and breadth of the information which the CAB provides to people from all backgrounds is amazing.  As an “information junkie” and serial people helper it was a great fit!      

Would you recommend volunteering to others? Yes I would recommend it.  If you’ve some time to spare and want a stimulating environment where you learn something new every single time you are working then CAB is the place to try.  “Use it or lose it” on the brain power front.

Although many of the clients who call into CAB are in quite challenging situations, there is always something which you can offer them to inform or suggest a new thing to try.

 


1 - Catherine GoldsChilterns MS Centre

Name: Catherine Golds

Your volunteer role: PR Manager

How did you discover volunteering? I attend the Centre for treatment

Would you recommend volunteering to others? Yes. Volunteering means I can use skills that I already had and develop them further. I now feel part of a strong and enthusiastic team, it gives me a great sense of satisfaction that I know I am making a contribution to the local community and to a charity that I feel passionate about.

How has volunteering helped you: After working in a high profile role and a building up a career that spanned 20 years I felt very ‘lost’ when I was medically retired. My volunteering role has helped me restore my self-confidence and I know that my contribution to the Chilterns MS Centre really does make a difference. I used to work to make money, now I work to change lives.

Read more volunteer interviews on our dedicated volunteer voices page.