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We need to value unpaid work

26 March 2018 - 3:28pm

Hazel Bloor is Volunteering Development Officer for Step Forward Tees Valley in Middlesbrough, based at MVDA. She supports participants on the SFTV programme to access volunteer roles within the VCO sector in Middlesbrough, as well as running a new supported group volunteering programme called ‘Community Heroes’ in partnership with Changing Lives.

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Is Community Intelligence the way forward for better commissioning?

28 February 2018 - 4:25pm

You’ve heard it said numerous times before and so have I, that one of the key strengths of the VCS is it supports people within communities and in doing so understands their requirements and is able to describe gaps in provision or priority activities which need to be undertaken.

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It’s Nice to be Nice

27 February 2018 - 12:29pm

I was browsing through my Facebook page recently and came across a heart-warming story about a local bus driver. A school girl had missed her bus, but the bus driver noticed her in his mirror as he was pulling out. Unable to stop, he drove around the block and picked her up on the second time around. The passengers gave him a round of applause and organised a whip round.

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As public confidence in charities knocked, why bigger isn't always better

26 February 2018 - 2:04pm

Guest blog by Becky Rogerson - CEO, My Sisters Place

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Oriana's experience of volunteering with Healthwatch South Tees

23 February 2018 - 10:27am

Healthwatch South Tees is the independent champion for people using local health and social care services.  We listen to what people like about services and what could be improved and share their views with those with the power to make change happen.

We have a group of volunteers who actively support us to gather feedback, hold information stalls, support us with our work plan and promote Healthwatch.

Oriana has volunteered with us for 3 years and has given an overview of her experience during that time.

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