Posts Tagged ‘Volunteers’

Westbourne Summer Festival

Saturday, May 28th, 2016

Come and celebrate HAPPINESS together!

Join us for this year’s Westbourne Festival by the canal. As always it will be an afternoon of entertainment run for the community by the community!

There will be something for everyone: LIVE STAGE with music & dance performances, drumming and juggling, children’s games and family activities like Petting zoo, Bouncy castle, the Floating showroom with the creepy crawlies shows, Paddle boarding and canoeing, Sports competitions, the Health area with free checks & treatments from 20 organisations, raffle prizes, barbecue and food stalls… and much more!

Last year festival was fantastic: join in to make this year festival even bigger and better!

Also if you can give a helping hand on the day, please contact Paola 07923379841 to volunteer a few hours, get time credits in return and free lunch!
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Community Champions land in Westbourne!

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Community Champions event in Edward Wilson Primary SchoolIt’s only two months in but our fresh, passionate team of newly recruited volunteer Champions have been getting stuck in to improve health and wellbeing of residents in Westbourne. The Champions have been very busy visiting and finding out about local services, attending excellent training and planning a range of events for the upcoming months. The cheerful team also had fun at their first event – a pop up stall Edward Wilson Primary School, where they gave out healthy smoothies and introduced the project to the parents and pupils.

If this sounds interesting to you, we are looking for passionate residents from Westbourne who are interested in becoming Champions! We ask for 3-4 hours a week. With lots of ideas to get working on, like setting up health walks, as well as planning big events like our Christmas Tea for Elderly residents and a health fair in January, you will gain lots of experience, receive great training, make a difference and have lots of fun! Call Carolyn on 0207 266 8254 or email on Carolyn@pdt.org.uk
for more information.

Thanks!
Carolyn

Spirit of volunteering at Westbourne Festival

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Sunday 7 June saw the Westbourne Festival take place in beautiful sunshine. The festival is an annual event for Westbourne residents, and Westminster Academy has always worked closely with the organisers. This year was no exception; Ashleigh Williams and Roy Prasetyo have been involved in planning the event since the start of the year.

On the day, WA provided 15 Sixth Form volunteers who gave up their Sunday to help promote the Westbourne Forum, run the raffle, help set up and tidy away the stands, direct guests, perform live music, police the bouncy castle – and more besides!

Volunteering is a key part of our Sixth Form, and all of our students regularly give up their time to help the community, either in school or locally. I was very impressed by the enthusiasm with which students attacked their tasks, even when it came to picking up litter at the end! Though some of them were a little shy at first, they all grew in confidence as the afternoon progressed, and the organisers were very impressed and grateful for their help.

We are already looking forward to next year!

Mr Farmbrough, Senior Leader – Sixth Form

Community Champions are coming to Westbourne!

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Are you interested in health and wellbeing? Do you want better services for families? A say about what goes on in your area? Would you like to gain new skills, meet new people and be helped back into employment?

If you live locally and are passionate about helping others in your community whilst accessing great training, making new friends, and improving your own knowledge and skills we would love you to join our new team starting in September.

Community Champions deliver projects and activities in their community to improve the health and wellbeing of local people such as:

  • Healthy snack stalls at local schools
  • Street parties and festivals to bring people together
  • Health walks
  • Food growing projects
  • Support for families and children at schools, nurseries and drop ins.
  • Support for older people
  • Your ideas welcome?!

In return for your commitment, energy and time (volunteering one day per week to fit round your commitments) the project offers great training opportunities with many Champions moving onto paid employment.

To find out more contact ted@pdt.org.uk or call 020 8964 8024

Countdown to the Westbourne Forum Elections 2014!!!

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

If you would like to stand for election please download an application form from here.

Please complete and return the form by the 8th of November, with a picture if you have one available.

WA young volunteers awarded Highly Commended in Westminster Community awards

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Congratulations to Matinur Rahman and Andrea Santi who have had their volunteering achievements recognised by Westminster County Council at the Community Awards 2014.

At the awards ceremony in Paddington, Andrea, Year 12, was awarded Highly Commended in the Young Volunteer Award for her volunteering including on the Westbourne Forum, where her work helps to improve community cohesion and communication between young people and adults.

Matinur, Year 12, was in the top two in Westminster for the Sir Simon Milton Award for young people who have made ‘an outstanding contribution to the community by working with older people or disadvantaged young people’. He achieved Highly Commended for his role leading on the partnership between Open Age and Westminster Academy. Matinur was heaped with praise by Open Age and Lisa Milton from the Sir Simon Milton Foundation. The Foundation was so impressed, that even though he didn’t win, they have offered to make a donation to Open Age as a result of being inspired by Matinur. Matinur was also offered congratulations by Westminster’s new Lord Mayor, Cllr Audrey Lewis, and Cllr Steve Summers, who also gave him some tips on entering a career in politics.

Westminster Academy was delighted to see our friends and partner organisations also earning Highly Commended in the following categories for their hard work with WA and the community:

  • Bringing People Together Award – Michael Dibble, The Stowe Centre
  • Outstanding Organisation – Mosaic
  • Partnership Award – M&S and WA
  • Better City, Better Lives – Time for Paddington

Matinur said “It was a spectacular event and I was so proud to be there. I love volunteering with Open Age and am very thankful to them for supporting me.”