►LGoS Volunteering Update: April 2011
10th May 2011 9:14 am
Having analysed our statistics, we can clearly see a peak in the number of volunteers registered following welcome week and a peak in the number of opportunities applied for during student volunteering week in February.
This time last year, the total number of volunteers registered was 605; it has since increased to 1547. This time last year, the total number of opportunities was 153, it is now 354.
What else is going on with Volunteering Liverpool?
- Joanne Lewis (volunteer) has completed evaluating the number of opportunities that each organisation currently has on the system. She will now be working on contacting these organisations to encourage them to add more opportunities to populate the site.
- We are in the process of purchasing new features for the website
- We are currently reviewing the governance structure of Volunteering Liverpool
- At the next meeting in June, I will be discussing organising a networking event for new and registered organisations and volunteers over the summer, and looking at a way to evaluate the impact that volunteering has had on individuals, organisations and the wider community in 2010-2011.
LGoS Projects and Sustainability work
Leave Liverpool Tidy
- Funding applications have been submitted to Riverside, Plus Dane and Liverpool Housing Trust regarding funding for community shops. Kim is still waiting for results. A total of £1387.50 has been requested across all 3 RSLs. Regardless of funding the RSLs are still delivering our publicity.
- Liverpool Student Homes are publicising the project to their landlords and posting a letter to all students.
- Everton football club are providing volunteers and helping with marketing. Goodison Park will also be used as a venue for a community free shop.
- 7000 yellow donation bags with the LLT logo on have been ordered.
- Leaflet delivery trolleys and hi-vis jackets (all with the Logo on) have been ordered.
- Volunteers have started working on our publicity campaign, to create clothes lines with t-shirt displaying our logo on, and hang them around the Guild.
- Collection zones have been defined and individual streets are in the process of being worked out.
- Leaflets have been translated into Chinese for advertising to international students.
- The launch event has been confirmed for 6th June. Save the Date invitations have been sent out and a formal invite to be sent out soon. Around 5 different groups concerned with recycling and reusing will hopefully have a stall at the event. Bands have also been confirmed. The venue for Union free shops has been confirmed and logistics of vehicle and disabled access sorted.
Over the next few weeks Kim will be working on the following:
- Recruiting more non-student community volunteers to be included in LLT team.
- Contact local shops about supplying food for volunteers.
- Attend community meetings to publicise the project.
- Leaflets to be translated into Somali.
- Posters and leaflets to be printed and delivered.
- Fold all donation bags with a leaflet and leaflet drop.
- I am in the process of recruiting staff volunteers for the summer
- I have met with the school of environmental sciences who are hoping to recruit students and staff volunteers for both projects. We are hoping to establish a link with their growing project.
- The transition steering group have reviewed the resources needed for the university and LGoS’ transition projects. We will also be looking for funding from the university to provide further support to this work.
- The next E & E meeting will now be in October 2011
- LGoS and LSU have submitted a joint application for the NUS community award
Investing in Volunteers Award
- LGoS is continuing to work through the second part of step 3 (development plan). Some of the areas that we are improving include: capturing our equality and diversity data of volunteers, volunteer training, volunteer policy and producing a volunteer satisfaction survey.
- Volunteering surveys have been sent to all LGoS staff and activity groups to capture data about what volunteering LGoS staff and activity groups are currently involved in.