Going Caribbean at Thorneywood

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Our volunteer, Carl has been busy at Thorneywood again! He’s been making origami boxes with patients, a student and staff from the LIVE Action Team.

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In preparation for a Caribbean themed day on the 23rd June, where they’re planning on cooking mutton, rice and pineapple punch, patients decorated the boxes with graffiti in keeping with the theme.

Volunteer’s Week Event

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A big THANK YOU for all who attended our Garden Party on the 2nd of June as well as an equally big THANK YOU to all of those who couldn’t make it but still contribute so much to our organisation.

_20170602_113636We had a flower arranging session to decorate the centre for the day and arrangements were then raffled off with other donated items, raising over £20 for charitable funds.

DSC_0033Wathwood Farm Shop had a pop-up stall with jars of jam, chutney and honey which also raised over £20.

DSC_0020Our “Helping Hands Tree” display was added to with some incredible submissions like: “Feeling that I can make a difference is very rewarding“, “The Involvement team have helped me and my team break down barriers between patients and staff ‘them and us‘” and “Volunteering saved my life! Thank you to all involved. I can’t thank you enough!“.

_20170602_173128Alan, a lucky volunteer, won a £10 voucher in our quiz hosted by Nigel and with the tie-breaker question presented by Joanna – “How much was the monetary value of volunteers to the Trust during May 2017?”

DSC_0036The buffet was supplemented with home baking from Amy and Laura as well as volunteers Ian and Michael.

DSC_0017We had information about Carer’s Week  with Jane speaking to people and taking their stories.

_20170602_131810Our Chief Executive, Ruth Hawkins also came to the event. She took the time to speak to everyone and joined in with the celebrations.

DSC_0054Again, thank you to everyone who came to celebrate our volunteers, the important work they do and the value that they add to our Trust.

 

P.S. The answer to that tie-breaker question – £47,178.39!!

Millbrook Spring Fayre

xbunnies_eggs.jpg.pagespeed.ic.OfPmEtjabcSome of our volunteers were recently involved with the Millbrook Spring Fayre, which was held on Thursday 6th April.  One of our volunteers, Shelia, attends the Millbrook Steering Group which is linked to Millbrook LIVE and helps to support and arrange the Spring, Summer and Christmas Fayres.

The Spring Fayre was held in the reception area of Millbrook and they had also opened up the old music room. There were stalls with baked savoury items and cakes; some baked and donated by our volunteers Sheila and Michael, and other cakes decorated by patients on the wards. Craft stalls included some donated items by members of the public and some made and donated by patients. There were also book stalls and a second hand clothing stall; themed games “Throw the carrot through the rabbits mouth”; and a tombola stall run by another volunteer, Ingrid. A “Best Easter Egg” competition was held and Ingrid judged what she thought was the best papier mache egg which had been decorated by patients. The winner won a chocolate egg.sunny_daffodils-2Feedback from our volunteers who attended was that the attendance was quite good despite a dip around lunchtime. They enjoyed meeting patients and bringing in new faces for them to meet to add variety to their day. They thought the atmosphere was nice and that patients went away pleased.

In total, £116.50 was raised which will be used for charitable funds. The next Fayre will be in Summer on the 3rd August 2017 with a garden party theme with croquet and afternoon tea.

Volunteering is good for self-esteem

 

By Elizabeth Fisher

If you have low self-esteem, then getting out of your comfort zone and volunteering will help improve your self-esteem.

I volunteer at another place, as well as at Rosewood Involvement Centre. The other place I volunteer at was my first volunteer work and I was at my lowest moment prior to starting there; not feeling good because of work, confidence really low and I was depressed. I also started shutting off people close to me by not speaking.

I like helping where I can, enjoying a wide variety of tasks and it improved my confidence and made me speak, which in turn made me feel I could speak up again to family, or close friends. I also felt useful.

Joining Rosewood was the best move I made, and I hope to gain lots of experience here and it has improved my confidence further. It’s a place where I feel I belong amongst the other volunteers, working as a team with them and staff members.

So I definitely recommend volunteering to anyone. Just find what you’d like to do when it comes to volunteering, as there are different places you can volunteer at and give it a go. Volunteering improves your self-esteem and confidence, it can also be good for your CV, as well as for the company/charity you volunteer for.

Touched by Tesco

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Thomas Madar

Thomas Madar – Involvement Volunteer

Experiences of Life and Employment Part 4

My final assignment was worked out offices of this well-known supermarket chain located at an enormous depot occupying the south end of Hatfield. It covered the last six months of 2007, from high summer to the dead of winter. Work varied from updating legacy software to cope with the supermarket’s expansion to the decommissioning of outdated information systems.

My performance was good. Time and task management lessons learned from a previous assignment continued to be put into practice and I became well noted for my thoroughness of my work. However, this was an emotionally rough assignment for reasons which originated well outside the world of work.

Because of my past, I was very sensitive to being left out of conversations, or being ignored in small social groupings. On a Saturday outing to Matlock Bath which was organised by my local Christian Friendship Fellowship group, I experienced a prolonged period of being ignored by the other members of a small group of which I was a member. This upset me greatly. I suffered sustained feelings of social worthlessness and mood swings which lasted until well after the beginning of the following working week, and which impacted on my relationship with others in the working team.

My mood swings triggered off an attack of insomnia which lasted for several weeks. For days at a time, I woke in the small hours of the morning and was unable to return to sleep, with the result that I was fatigued for all of the following day. I suffered periods of drowsiness which were noticeable to my assignment manager. Whenever this happened, I was asked to leave my desk and take a walk around the offices in the hope that exercise and fresh air would keep me awake.

Eventually, my emotions settled down, and I began to sleep well again. But some damage must have been done because unlike with Barclays Bank, my six month contract was not extended. I was also reported to occupational health in the hope that something could be done to relieve any future outbreaks of this nature.

The End

Following the end of my Tesco assignment, I found myself on the Bench. The Bench was a reserve list of employees who were looking for assignments, but were currently unemployed. Recent rules stated that if an employee was on the Bench for more than two months, then a notice of redundancy would follow. Unfortunately, I was unable to find any subsequent assignments commensurate with my skill set, or which did not require a substantial amount of verbal interaction with Xansa clients. This eventually led to me being made redundant in the autumn of 2008.

Thomas is continuing to volunteer for us and in between searching for jobs is a valued member of our Involvement Team helping us to improve our feedback website functionality. http://feedback.nottinghamshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/