Dudley Building Society has been going above and beyond to assist their Charity Of The Year, The Georgina Unit at Russells Hall Hospital. The Society held a stall at the hospital to raise some additional funds for the Charity, which was made up of gifts donated by the staff.
Employees from across the local building society came together to deliver the event and the Society had some great prizes up for grabs; from a professional painting set complete with paints, brushes and an easel, to a designer gym set to get any fitness enthusiast going. The Black Country Living Museum also donated a family ticket to visit the attraction for the day, which proved to be quite popular amongst many of the entrants.
The Society managed to raise a £162 from the stall which is to be donated to The Georgina Unit. In addition to the money raised for the charity, Jacqui Bruton, Customer Service Adviser for the Society also donated a games console and a number of games directly to the ward. ‘I just wanted to do something nice for those in the hospital. Sometimes we take the things we have for granted and I was hoping this small gesture might bring a smile to someone’s face.’
Karen Phillips, Fundraising Manager at the hospital said: “Seeing first hand, the people you are fundraising for can be quite rewarding and it’s really good to see our corporate partners taking on such hands-on fundraising here at the hospital.”
The Society’s generosity doesn’t stop there though; they also took part in The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Support. Each of the six branches as well as the Principal Office took part raising money for the charity by holding a cake sale, hosting a name the bear competition and even having a cake eating contest. From all of these events they managed to raise a total of £372.34 for the charity.
Jeremy Wood, Chief Executive of the Dudley Building Society said, ‘Here at Dudley building society we pride ourselves on being a nucleus to the local area. The community around us is fundamental to the success of the Society, which is why it is so important that we give back when we can.’
Dudley Building Society is calling everyone who has not already handed in their application for The Community Support Fund 2015, to do so by Monday 5th October 2015 at 5pm. Responses so far have been impressive, with Society staff being amazed with the vast amount of applications they have received. The Society are offering two donations of £500 and five additional opportunities to receive £100. The chosen applicants will receive support from the Society via joint press and social media support.
The deadline for applications is Monday 5th October 2015. Anyone wishing to apply for the fund can request an application from one of the local branches or download an application by visiting www.dudleybuildingsociety.co.uk/community-support-fund-2015.
A volunteer driver helps us by picking up and dropping off course resources to community venues across the Dudley Borough for the delivery of the Chronic Disease Self Management Programme and its derivatives.
Meeting Tutors on Week 1 of the programme with the course resources and then again on Week 6 to return the resources to the Self Management Programme.
The resources can consist of a small pull along trolley consisting of books, hospitality etc, a set of slim A1 charts, flipchart stand.
Occasionally moving furniture (tables and chairs) if the room requires to be set up to deliver the course.
There are approximately 6 pickups/drop offs every 6 weeks.
Requirements of the Placement:
1. Complete a volunteer application form
2. Attend an interview
3. Complete and DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Check and Health Check
4. Own transport with room for equipment
5. Evidence of driving license insurance and MOT
6. Attend manual handling training
Duties and Responsibilities:
– To complete essential training, such as manual handling
– Assist the team by taking course equipment and materials to venues, including flipchart stands, pull along trolleys, books, participant details and a slim A1 carry case
– Treat all participant information in line with The Data Protection Act and Dudley MBC’s Confidentiality and Data Protection Policy.
– Occasionally set up rooms at the beginning of sessions if help is required.
– Liaise with team & volunteer tutors to agree mutually supportive roles.
– Give feedback to team suggesting improvements for consideration.
– Complete records as required
– Submit expense sheet in a timely manner, providing receipts for purpose of reimbursement of expenses (i.e. car parking, refreshments, itemised telephone bill and mileage at 0.40 pence per mile)
– Assist in recruitment of volunteers by raising awareness of volunteering opportunities within the programme.
– Adhere at all times to the Code of Conduct, volunteer agreement and relevant Dudley MBC Policies and Procedures
– Carry out the voluntary role under the supervision of the Self Management Programme Manager and Coordinator
– Ability to travel across the Dudley Borough in your own car to deliver equipment
– We suggest an annual free eye test to be conducted when over the age of 60, to ensure your safety and suitability for the role.
Volunteers will not be expected to incur out of pocket expenses.
– Over 18 years of age
– Must have own transport suitable for the role
– Insurance must cover voluntary duties
– Have an awareness of self management and its benefits
– Effective communications and interpersonal skills
– Patient, friendly, genuine and approachable
– The ability to accept and build on feedback from others
– Adaptable to working with different people
– Basic numeracy and literacy skills
– Committed to equal opportunities and understanding of diversity in cultures
– Ability and willingness to comply with the Volunteer Agreement and Dudley MBC policies and procedures
– Work in partnership with other volunteer tutors
– Smart in appearance
– Good time keeping
– We suggest you undertake a free annual eye test to be conducted when over the age of 60, to ensure your safety and suitability for the role.