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National Volunteers Week 2014

This year marks the 30th anniversary of National Volunteers Week.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our volunteers for the wonderful job they do supporting Lancashire's people and communities.

On 11 June 2014 we will be hosting "Lancashire's Big Thank You" in partnership with Volunteer Lancashire.  Organisations/services got the change to nominate their volunteers for an award - shortlisted volunteers are being invited along to County Hall - winners will be announced on the night.  More details to follow after the event...

LCC volunteers are the best - it's official

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The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is celebrating the contributions students and young people throughout the county make to the local community at a special awards ceremony in May 2014.

Preston’s 53 Degrees will host the UCLan Volunteering and Community Leadership Awards which honours the work of people from all walks of life who give up their own free time to make a difference to communities across Lancashire through their commitment, skills and time.  We are pleased to announce that two of our volunteers have won an award

Natalie Jacques - WINNER - Volunteer Lancashire Young Volunteer Award 2014

Daniel Antohi - WINNER - Community Development Award 2014

A massive congratulations to both. They will be presented this evening 9 May 2014 with their awards at Uclan.

Dr Alethea Melling MBE, Director of the Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership, said: “The awards are a great opportunity for us to recognise and reward our students across the university and young people throughout the county who work tirelessly to make positive changes in the World through volunteering and community action. All of our awardees and nominees are an inspiration to all, a credit to themselves, the university and the communities they serve.”

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Lancashire Archives Celebrates 25 year of volunteering

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Lancashire Archives have been around since 1940 and for the last 25 years have been using the skills and experiences of volunteers. On Saturday 18 May 2013 Lancashire Archives celebrated it's 25th Anniversary of using volunteers.  This was a great opportunity for them to say a big thank you to all it's volunteers.  A great time was had by all.

One particular volunteer Arthur has been with the Record Office since    Day 1 - what an achievement!!


Young Volunteer of the Year 2013

On Friday evening Uclan had their volunteering awards and it was a great privilege to present the winners with a plaque.  We had lots of nominations and one of the winners was Rea Dicks who volunteers at the Youth Offending Team.

We are still awaiting photos.

Well Done Rea - any success for Lancashire County Council Volunteers.


Edge Hill Awards - April 2013

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Edge Hill Student Volunteering Awards Ceremony: 23rd April 2013
One of Lancashire County Council Befriending Serivce volunteers won a commendation award.
Rosie said she was "over the moon" to have been nominated. She has been volunteering with Lancashire Befriending since September 2012 and is pursuing a career as a Social Worker. 
Rosie supports a young disabled woman called Elizabeth, who was not participating in any education, training or work related activity. Rosie has supported her with building confidence and helped her look at training and social options. Before this placement Elizabeth just stayed at home. Now she is looking at attending local community groups and in developing her own dog walking service.   
Rosie says:
"The Volunteer Befriending Service a good provision for clients and also the volunteers. I know that befriending has equipped me with knowledge and experiences that I will be able to take forward into my career as a social worker and any other work that I do. It has been a rewarding experience and being able to see slight changes in the client as she grows more in confidence and starts to open her mind to different ideas is really satisfying. Elizabeth herself has admitted that she wants to get out of the house more, she has also started to confide in me as she said she doesn't really have anyone else she can talk to".

Lancashire Sings Christmas

We hope you had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

In the run up to the festive period we took part in  'Lancashire Sings Christmas 2012' - a BBC Radio Lancashire and Churches Together initiative to raise awareness of volunteering in Lancashire, especially carer support volunteering.

The choir was called Voices for Volunteers - caring isn't just for Christmas and took place at The Black Horse Pub in Preston on 20 December.

 The event was very well attended by carers, people who are cared for and volunteers. Senior Volunteer Service Officer, Veronica Redmond also featured live on BBC Radio Lancashire.

What's more the Voices for Volunteers Choir featured in a panoramic picture taken on the night, as part of the Preston Guild celebrations. This will be unveiled for exhibition in February.

Don't forget all our volunteer opportunities are listed on www.lancashire.gov.uk/volunteer and you can 'like' us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lancashirevolunteers.


Corporate Volunteer Award Winner 2012 - Hazel Savage

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We are very pleased to announce the Hazel Savage won the County Corporate Volunteer Award 2012.  Over the years, in spite of her own disability Hazel has shown amazing reliability and commitment, never letting anyone down and always willing to take on new challenges. A lovely person, always cheerful and positive and held in high regard by all, a great ambassador for LCC Volunteer ServicesThe Lancashire County Council Pride Awards for 2012 -  Well Done Hazel.

Lancashire Formally Recognises it's volunteers

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The Lancashire County Council PRIDE Award scheme formally recognises the efforts and achievements of individuals and teams including volunteers in the pursuit of achieving County Council objectives.
In May this year we announced the winners of the area awards all of who went through to the grand final on the 6 July 2011.
This year's winner of the Pride Award "Volunteer of the Year", was Elizabeth King, one of many volunteers who willingly give of their time to support others.
Elizabeth is currently supporting an older person in Wyre so that their carer can access local amenities without worry. Janet Lawrence, Volunteer Service Officer for Wyre, stated that "Elizabeth is a truly remarkable woman, who always thinks about, and helps, others in her community while still finding the time to devote to her own family; she is an outstanding volunteer and a true unsung hero".
We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Elizabeth, what a fantastic achievement.

Unfortunately Elizabeth was unable to attend the event so Janet Lawrence attended on her behalf, the above picture is Elizabeth winning the area final.

The Runners up for this event were:-

Laurie Cook - Central Lancashire

Laurie has made an incredible difference to all the clients he has supported. Emma Fletcher-Jones who nominated our winner states that "Laurie is a through and through professional and an ambassador for LCC volunteering."

Emma Hamlen - East Lancashire

Emma has been supporting a young boy since his move to secondary school. She has seen the young boy almost every week even though she works full time. She has taken him on local outings to the park, specific practice walks to and from school and initially took him to a local youth theatre group which resulted him in taking part in a small play. "Thanks to Emma's commitment he has now settled into school and has excellent attendance, thanks to the dedication and commitment of Emma."


On behalf of Lancashire County Council we would like to congratulate not only Elizabeth, Laurie and Emma but also the many hundreds of volunteers that support the authority's services.

Longridge Young People Service thanks its Volunteers

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Longridge Young People Service celebrated National Volunteers Week by celebrating with 50 Young Volunteers.  The young people were recognised for their commitment to volunteering in their local community. 

Certificates were given out to young people including:-
·         Those who had run last year's summer play scheme "Mad Hatters"
·         Those who helped run the 5-11s Club
·         Those who helped run the 11-13s Club
·         The Synergy Dance group who led dance sessions in local primary
          schools & dancing at many community events
·         Young People from the Ribble Valley Youth Council who were involved in
          fund raising events for Local, National & International charities
·         Those  who helped to run the Splash Café
·         Representatives on our Community association.
Many of these young people have used these volunteering experiences as part of the Duke of Edinburgh award (Bronze, Silver & Gold) and some have completed the Silver Youth Achievement Award.
CC Mark Perks also attended the event and took the opportunity to thank all the Volunteers for their dedication and commitment. "I was delighted to join the young people of Longridge and present some of the awards at their celebration evening to mark their commitment to volunteering and Duke of Edinburgh scheme.
It was fantastic to see so many young people give so much time back to their local community and they clearly enjoy providing the holiday club and taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh programme which is so worthwhile and provides them with some wonderful opportunities. Everyone can quite rightly feel a great amount pride in their achievements and I thank them on behalf of the community and Lancashire County Council."

Volunteers get an insight into Full Council Meeting

On Thursday 26 May 2011 Lancashire County Council Volunteers got the chance to see firsthand what happens at the Annual Full Council Meeting. The meeting was held at the Council Chambers in Preston and gave volunteers the chance to find out more about the political workings of the authority and hear from the Cabinet member for Young People CC Mark Perks. This visit allowed volunteers to increase their knowledge of Lancashire County Council and see it from a new perspective, it also promoted engagement with democratic processes. 

Volunteers from a range of services came along to the session including Countryside Service, Adult and Community Services, Youth Offending Team and the Young People's Service. From looking at the political structure of the authority, to understanding who is accountable for each decision made, volunteers were given a great insight into how Lancashire County Council operates. 
'It was a fascinating experience – really, really interesting and enjoyable.'
(Volunteer for Adult and Community Services)


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