Could you volunteer some spare time for an allotment project? Once again Volunteer Centre Dorset is running its Community Allotment project in the county town. The scheme, which takes place at the Allington Avenue allotments, encourages those without their own facility to get involved growing and nurturing a variety of plants. Deputy manager of Volunteer Centre Dorset, Craig Womble, said: "Last year - with the support of the Tesco’s Groundworks 'Bags of Help' we created a fantastic learning venue, for people wanting to learn more about growing their own fresh produce locally." Volunteers are invited to take part up to two days a week for three hour sessions (weather permitting). Supervision is provided for small groups of up to four people per session, by a qualified gardener. Mr Womble added: "We also ran several friendly food workshops, for those on low incomes wanting to learn more about making the ‘best use’ of locally grown fresh produce. We hope to … [Read more...] about Could you volunteer some spare time for an allotment project?
PUBLISHED: 09:00 27 February 2018 Ben Jolley Eight-year-old collie, Ella, who lives in Littleport, would love someone to take her for walks. Archant Do you live in Littleport and have some spare time to walk Ella the collie while helping a volunteer-run charity? The Cinnamon Trust, which offers pet care to the elderly and those suffering a terminal illness, needs a dog walker for a Littleport resident and their eight-year-old collie Ella. Sally Collins, appeal administrator, said: “What happens if illness, injury or getting older affects our ability to look after our four legged companions? “A large number of elderly or ill pet owners become very worried about their ability to care for their pets, feeling that their only option is to rehome them. “This is where our national network of dedicated volunteers step in to offer support enabling them to stay together. “We’ll walk the dog for a housebound owner, foster pets when owners need hospital … [Read more...] about Do you have spare time to walk Ella the collie in Littleport? If so, The Cinnamon Trust needs you
In the wake of Oxfam's sex scandal in Haiti, an aid worker has admitted that he regularly had sex with prostitutes while on a mission during the Bosnian War. Aid workers should solely be judged by the work they deliver, not by what they choose to do in their spare time, the man told LBC radio on Monday (12 February). Steve from Barking told the radio programme that he was an aid worker during the Bosnian War between 1992 and 1995. "I've used prostitutes there. At the end of the day, they used to hang around in the lobbies of the hotels," he said. "I was single, they were willing to do it. What right have you to criticise people like me?" "Judge me what I do by the next day, when I deliver 1,000 tonnes of grain or food to starving kids," he told James O'Brien. Steve was reacting to news that Oxfam workers paid for prostitutes, some of who were underage girls, while delivering aid in Haiti in 2011. On Monday, Oxfam's deputy chief executive, Penny Lawrence, resigned over the handling of … [Read more...] about Oxfam scandal: ‘Judge me by my work, not spare time,’ says aid worker who had sex with prostitutes
A RETIRED teacher has been presented with a national award after helping hundreds of Hampshire teenagers in her spare time. Sue Lockwood uses her skills and experience to support staff and pupils at The Arnewood School in Gore Road, New Milton, on a voluntary basis. Now the 67-year-old tutor from Sway has received a British Citizen Award (BCA) for services to education. Sue has helped the maths department at Arnewood for three days a week for 12 years, ensuring a large number of children achieve their full potential. One of her groups achieved the best set of GCSE maths results the school has ever had – 21 A* and nine A grades. Sue also plays a vital role in encouraging and mentoring young maths teachers to boost their confidence and skills in the classroom. She was among 36 people who were honoured at a prestigious ceremony at the Palace of Westminster in London. Each BCA award-winner received a medal inscribed with the words “For the Good of the … [Read more...] about National award for retired teacher who inspires pupils in her spare time
A TEENAGER is giving up his spare time to help improve young patients’ experiences at two hospitals. Alex Burulea, who lives in Lindsey Road, Dagenham, is a patient partner for Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Trust (BHRUT). He improves young patients’ care by helping staff shape services with feedback from those receiving treatment. The 17-year-old, who is currently doing his A-levels, helps out at King George Hospital in Goodmayes and Queen’s Hospital in Romford. Mr Burulea said: “I wanted to volunteer at my local hospital because of my interest in medicine and I’ve really enjoyed it. The ward staff are great and really engage me in everything. “As a patient partner for children and young people, I speak to patients on the ward, to get their feedback and see where we can make improvements. "I am their representative and as a young person myself, I can understand their concerns. I find it really interesting to hear their … [Read more...] about Teen gives up spare time to become voice for young patients in hospital