'This Week at NCVS' blog

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In 2012 we launched a blog here on our website called ‘This Week at NCVS’, which aims to give a flavour of some of the different things that go on at Nottingham CVS.

On this page you can find all of the entries on blog, starting with the most recent...

Occasionally we have guest bloggers from outside Nottingham CVS. If you would like to write a guest blog for us, contact our Communications Officer Rich Fisher via communications[at]nottinghamcvs.co[dot]uk

 

2015

5 March - Our Chief Executive Helen Kearsley-Cree talks about ‘The Social Inclusion Consortium’ – a new collaboration that we’ve formed at NCVS with three other local infrastructure organisations in the region…

26 January - Our Chief Executive Helen Kearsley-Cree talks about a trip she made to London last week for a launch event held at Parliament for ‘Change for Good’ – a report from the Independent Commission on the Future of Local Infrastructure…

22 January - Our Volunteering Development Officer Jade Armstrong talks about the plight of Broken Rainbow - an organisation that supports LGBT communities, which sadly is facing closure due to a lack of funding…

 

2014

2 December - A guest blog by Devina, a volunteer with Integritas Advocacy, who talks about her experience of volunteering…

24 November - A guest blog by Rawshana Noor of Age UK Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, who shares some ideas on how to save money during the coming Christmas period…

19 November - NCVS’s Policy and Communications Officer Roz Kelly shares her thoughts on Nottingham’s ‘Looking After Each Other Programme’ – which NCVS has been leading in partnership with Nottingham City Council and the NHS Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group…

11 November - A guest blog by Grace Webster, a 23-year-old from Nottingham, who talks about her role as a trustee at St Ann’s Advice Centre…

3 November - To coincide with Trustees' Week, our Chair Gerri Bright talks about her role as one of NCVS's Trustees...

31 October - Our Chief Executive Helen Kearsley-Cree gives her thoughts on Nottingham City Council’s recent announcement that they are tendering for a range of support services for the city’s community and voluntary sector…

3 October - Our Volunteering Development Officer Jade Armstrong talks about why Nottingham Mental Health Awareness Weeks are so important...

23 September - A guest blog by David Jones, Secretary of the Nottingham Pensioners Action Group, in which he talks about why Older People's Day is an important occasion…

9 September - A guest blog by Nottingham woman Sam D, in which she shares her experiences about how a self-help group in Nottingham has helped her ...

4 August - Our Volunteering Development Manager Stacey Whitby talks about how she's started volunteering in her spare time with a charity that helps people with dementia...

28 July - A guest blog by Chloe Cheeseman, a Fundraiser at the Nottingham-based charity Equation, in which she talks about her work...

23 July - A guest blog by secondary school student Becky Palfreyman, talking about the week she recently spent on work experience at the Nottingham charity Integritas Advocacy...

16 July - A guest blog written by Rawshana Noor of Age UK Nottingham and Nottinghamshire – who talks about how the charity can help people of all ages navigate the money advice minefield…

9 July - NCVS Volunteering Development Manager Stacey Whitby talks about how she’s been involved in an exciting new programme that’s set to bring lots of ping pong action to Nottingham…

30 June - NCVS Communications Officer Rich Fisher talks about the NCVS Twitter account, and the fact that we recently achieved the landmark of getting our 2,000th follower...

3 June - A guest blog by Mark Christian of the Nottingham-based social business Laughing Matters, who talks about the work that Laughing Matters do in using comedy to help individuals who have experienced mental health or addiction problems...

30 May - NCVS office mascot Ayup the Duck talks about how Notts TV were by no means the first organisation in Nottingham to start using ducks as a mascot - and explains how ducks are at the very centre of our plans at NCVS for Volunteers' Week 2014...

23 May - Our Policy, Communications and Resources Manager Ferg Slade talks about 'Reflection' - a report we recently published that talks about the work we've done at Nottingham CVS with the city's BME voluntary and community groups...

16 May - Jules Sebelin, one of our Enterprise Development Officers, talks about the importance of writing good business plans...

9 May - Our Volunteering Development Manager Stacey Whitby talks about the 'Volunteering and the Law' training course that we run at Nottingham CVS...

29 April - A guest blog is written by Emma Bates, who talks about her understanding of financial inclusion from her experience of working in the local voluntary sector...

24 April - A guest blog by Nigel Webster of Bestwood and Bulwell Food Bank, in which he gives his thoughts on the recent Mail on Sunday's recent decision to send an undercover reporter to claim food from his organisation...

14 April - A guest blog from David Shelton, Chairman of the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire branch of the national charity Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research - in which he talks about how you can help his charity save lives by taking part in a Bikeathon fundraiser…

8 April - NCVS ICT Manager Clifford talks about a recent trip he made to the Houses of Comms to attend the presentation of a report by a Nottingham charity...

25 March - In a guest blog, Beverley Denby of Rainbow Parents Carers Forum talks about the charity's Annual Event, which takes place in Nottingham on 1 April...

20 March - NCVS Communications Officer Rich Fisher talks about how no two weeks are ever the same in his job...

10 March - Our HR Consultant Saema Mohammad talks about a piece of research she's been busy with outside of work looking at women’s attitudes towards mosques...

5 March - NCVS Enterprise Development Officer David Kelly explains how our Chaities Enterprise Project can help community and voluntary organizations to become more sustainable…

25 February - NCVS Communications Officer Rich Fisher talks about the recent Winter Olympics – and the challenge that fundraisers face in raising money for the proposed statue in Nottingham of Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean...

18 February - In a guest blog, Nottingham Trent University's Volunteering Officer Steve Barton talks about some of the things that will be happening in Nottingham to mark Student Volunteering Week...

6 February - NCVS Community Advisory Worker Jade Armstrong volunteers with Riding for the Disabled – and here, she talks about an event that the charity are holding on Saturday 8 February…

23 January - Roz Kelly, Nottingham CVS's new Policy and Communications Officer, introduces herself - and talks about her previous job working in Westminster as a Parliamentary Researcher...

13 January - A guest blog about how easy it is to sign up to the Anthony Nolan register - written by a Nottingham man who recently donated bone marrow to help a child gain treatment for leukaemia...

7 January - A reminder from Jade Armstrong of the Nottingham CVS Volunteer Centre team that volunteering isn't just for Christmas...

 

2013

9 December - A guest blog written by a horse. Yes, really..!

5 December - NCVS's Policy, Communications and Resources Manager Ferg Slade, who recently took part in Framework's 'Big Sleep Out' fundraiser, explains why he feels its important to support the work of charities who work with the homeless...

18 November - NCVS Community Advisory Worker Jade Armstrong explains why she is currently collecting shoes and underwear for Emmanuel House...

13 November - With the annual Children in Need appeal approaching, NCVS Communications Officer Rich Fisher talks about his experience in previous years of taking people's donations as a Children in Need call centre volunteer...

4 November - in a guest blog, John O'Brien of Community Accounting Plus talks about why community and voluntary groups should always make sure they are taking time to 'look at the numbers'...

1 November - To coincide with Trustees' Week, NCVS Chair of trustees Gerri Bright talks about why trustees are so important within community and voluntary organisations...

22 October - In a guest blog, George Maier talks about how he landed a job at city charity the Renewal Trust thanks to a six-week summer internship programme run by the University of Nottingham, where he is currently studying for a degree…

15 October - In a guest blog, Nottingham citizen David Shelton shares his views on Nottingham Forest Ladies - a community sports club run by volunteers that is struggling to stay in existence due to a lack of funding...

8 October - In a guest blog written to coincide with Nottingham Mental Health Awareness Weeks, Nottingham citizen Curtis Oldham shares here his thoughts on depression...

3 October - NCVS’s HR Consultant Saema Mohammad talks about how she got involved in some fundraising recently for Macmillan...

26 September - Stacey Whitby from our Volunteer Centre team talks about a 'swishing' event she recently attended that was held recently to raise money for the Skills Exchange Time Bank...

19 September 2013 - NCVS Communications Officer Rich Fisher talks about when he ran the Robin Hood Half Marathon for charity back in 2010 - dressed as a parrot!

11 September 2013 - Community Advisory Worker Jade Armstrong shares her perspectives on a busy day spent trying to recruit volunteers at the Nottingham job fair...

5 September 2013 - On his last week with us, our Communications Apprentice James Jacobs reflects on his 15 months at NCVS...

29 August 2013 - Shona Small, Corporate Services Director, talks about her role at NCVS, and why every week, if not every hour, is different.

20 August 2013 - Jenny Bolland, who is a volunteer for the Nottingham Hospitals Charity, writes a guest blog about what inspired her to start volunteering and what she's gained from it...

15 August 2013 - Katharine Bates - a University of Nottingham student who recently completed a six-week internship at Nottingham CVS - talks about her own gap year experience back in 2010 of volunteering in India...

6 August 2013 - Anne Naylor, one of our volunteers at Nottingham CVS, talks about how her voluntary work led to her being invited to an event hosted by the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire...

29 July 2013 - NCVS Summer Intern Katharine Bates talks about what it's like to be an intern in the voluntary sector...

12 July 2013 - NCVS Communications Officer Rich Fisher writes about a sporting event in Nottingham that everyone's been talking about. And we don't mean the Ashes!

2 July 2013 - Having just got back from Glastonbury, our Communications Officer Rich Fisher talks about how volunteering can be a canny way of getting into such events without having to pay the increasingly expensive ticket prices...

17 June 2013 - Our Policy and Campaigns Officer Ferg Slade writes about a trip to the Houses of Parliament for an event organised by the Back Britain's Charities campaign.

11 June 2013 - This is the first of what will hopefully be many regular 'guest blogs', with Nottingham business-owner Dawn Hartley writing about why she believes volunteering is important...

6 June 2013 - This instalment of our blog is written by our youngest ever blogger - Benjamin Kearsley-Cree, who is the ten year-old son of our Chief Executive Helen Kearsley-Cree! As massive fan of Notts County FC, it was arranged for Benjamin to come along to the photoshoot which some of the Notts squad agreed to take part in recently to support NCVS's Volunteers' Week campaign. Here Benjamin writes about what it was like to meet his heroes, and also pays tribute to volunteers...

16 May 2013 - NCVS Communications Officer Rich Fisher talks about an amazing event that happened in the city recently – the annual One Nottingham Young Creative Awards…

9 May 2013 - NCVS Communications Apprentice James compares how it is working in communications in a large public sector organisation as opposed to a relatively small third sector organisation like Nottingham CVS...

1 May 2013 - NCVS Communications Officer Rich Fisher hails a colleague who has come to be regarded at NCVS as something of a fourth emergency service...

25 April 2013 - Liam Briggs, one of our two Communications Apprentices here at NCVS, talks about his experiences of apprenticeship...

16 April 2013 - NCVS Communications Apprentice James Jacobs talks about fighting the good fight against spam - a weekly tussle that takes place every time we send out the NCVS E-bulletin...

12 April 2013 - One of our volunteers Grace Webster talks about what she has gained from volunteering - both at NCVS, and also the voluntary work she's done for Age UK...

2 April 2013 - Jade from the NCVS Volunteer Team talks about what she did to volunteer over Easter. 

19 March 2013 - NCVS Communications Officer Rich Fisher talks about the ins and outs of promoting your group in the local media...

12 March 2013 - James Jacobs - one of four apprentices that we have working at NCVS - talks about the value of apprenticeships...

4 March 2013 - Our Communications Officer Rich Fisher talks about how a shared loved of cheese has brought a feelgood factor to the NCVS office...

26 February 2013 - Keith Northeast, one of our volunteers, talks about his experiences of volunteering at Nottingham CVS

19 February 2013 - Adaresh Bhogal, one of our volunteers, talks about what she has gained from volunteering

13 February 2013 - Our Chief Executive Helen Kearsley-Cree reflects on her first year at NCVS...

8 February 2013 - Jade Armstrong from our Volunteer Centre talks about the benefits of volunteering if you are a student

31 January 2013 - Stacey Whitby from our Volunteer Centre talks about her recent experiences of promoting volunteering on the radio

24 January 2013 - Our policy and campaigns officer Ferg Slade reminds you of what an important tool NCVS's State of the Sector survey is...

15 January 2013 - Jade Armstrong from our Volunteer Centre encourages you not to let the snow stop you from volunteering!

11 January 2013 - Our new Communications Officer Rich Fisher reflects on his first week at NCVS...

 

2012

22 November 2012 - Ferg Slade, our policy and campaigns officer, talks about the role he plays at NCVS. 

20 November 2012 - Daniella Taylor, our Corporate Services Apprentice, talks about how her apprenticeship has developed her skills and confidence.

15 November 2012 - Theresa Sweeting, our payroll officer, talks about the important role she plays at NCVS. 

5 October 2012 - Stacey Whitby, Community Advisory Worker – Employability, writes about the Volunteer Club.

28 September 2012 - Annette Lanham, Funding Resources Coordinator, talks about organising the 'Survive and Thrive' conference'

21 September 2012 - Ferg Slade, Campaigns Officer, talks about speaking up for the sector.

7 September 2012 - James Jacobs, Communications and Social Media Apprentice, talks about cold-calling and battling the communications inbox

31 August 2012 - Shona Small, Corporate Services Director writes about the trouble with lifts.

24 August 2012 - Jo Dean, External Services Director, writes about supporting the city’s response on multiple and complex needs funding.

Last updated: 09 March 2015