Happy 2nd Birthday to Volunteering Counts!

2nd birthday twoWe’ve had an incredible couple of years since we launched this blog with over 33,000 views, shares and likes. There’s been some great comments and it’s reassuring to know that people are enjoying the info we share.

Here’s to another successful year and if there’s something you’d like us to blog about, please do let me know.


Help us to help you find helping hands! @DudleyCVS @DVONMembers

  • helping handsDo you hold regular events when you need one-off or ad-hoc volunteers such as bucket collections, fundraising events etc?
  • Do you run one-off projects and need extra help?
  • Have you any gardening, decorating or maintenance projects, where you have the materials, but need someone to help you get things done?

We may be able to help! 

Each year we are approached by a variety of individuals and groups who want to do a one-off volunteering opportunity. This can include:

  • young people 15-16 from the Challenge Network, who want to volunteer for a week as part of their programme
  • young people aged 16-25 who are on the Princes Trust Programme and need to do some volunteering in the local community as part of their commitment
  • businesses looking for day or half-day challenges for their staff
  • individuals looking to volunteer during the evenings, weekends or holidays

What we want to do

We want to put together an events calendar of one-off or short-term events/projects, which potential volunteers or teams can browse through.

How can you help?

Tell us what help you need, how many people and when you need it.

We can then try to match you up with the help you need :)

Please contact Eileen at the Volunteer Centre on eileenfielding@dudleycvs.org.uk for more info and to have a chat


Find out what’s on in the local area for volunteers or volunteer-involving groups!

By popular demand, I’ve now added at What’s On page to the blog.  I will use this to list any training or events that are going on, and also any potential one-off volunteering opportunities you may like to get involved with. I haven’t got any opportunities yet, but already have dates for the next two Volunteering Marketplace events and also volunteer management training modules, so why not take a look.

If you are putting on events and want us to promote this for you, we’d be happy to do so :)

whats on

Please RT Are you 16-25? Have you experience of Mental Health? Do you support people suffering with depression, self-harm, body image problems?

fixersFixers – the award-winning national charity that supports young people to tackle any issue that matters to them – is taking action to tackle this ticking time bomb

We would like to invite you to a mental health workshop taking place on Wednesday 4th February in the Chamberlain Room, The Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B1 1BB. (Please confirm space to get more information)

The workshop will look at ways to improve the mental wellbeing for the next generation, and the results will feed in to our national Feel Happy Fix Live event taking place on Wednesday 11th March 2015 at the ITV Studios, Southbank, London (filmed for potential broadcast – venue TBC). This is a great opportunity for young people, service users and those working within the field to share experiences, positives and where more support could be targeted. We are holding 16 regional workshops across the UK. The findings at each workshop will help us build a picture of the types of support young people are looking for in 6 key areas.

  • . Home
  • . School
  • . Media
  • . Work
  • . Healthcare
  • . Play

The workshop and event have been organised by Fixers and sponsored by Simplyhealth. They will showcase the unique campaigns led by young people based on their own experiences of mental health. This will include Danny Bowman, the world’s ‘first selfie addict’, and Sam Thomas, leading expert on male eating disorders and founder of Men Get Eating Disorders Too. Other young people will be talking about everything from Borderline Personality Disorder to self-harm, and cyberbullying’s effect on mental health to the benefits of sport.

The national event will bring together young people, policy makers, experts, academics and organisations to debate the way forward to improve the mental wellbeing for a whole generation of young people.

Places are limited at the Birmingham workshop, so please confirm your attendance with me by return at Wesley@fixers.org.uk

You can read more about why we are holding this event and sign up to the national event on our website here.

Why are we doing this?

Fixers is an innovative, national award-winning charity, which supports young people aged 16-25 to run their own social action projects on any issue that is important to them as long as it benefits at least one other person.

While we do not focus specifically on health, 25% of projects from our 2012 legion of Fixers (young people) have focused on addressing mental health issues.

We would be delighted if you could pencil this date in your diary and join us for this vital debate on children and young people’s mental health.

Wesley Erpen

Young People’s Co-ordinator

Mobile: 07436 264053

Tel: 01962 810970



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