The Community Exchange Needs You!

5 August 2021

A Community Exchange, sometimes known as a TimeBank, is an informal way of volunteering within the community. In a Community Exchange, you can do a favour for someone in the community, and someone else can help you if you need it! This creates a cycle of community support, allowing individuals to share their skills and […]

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July Community Connection Out Now!

28 July 2021

The July issue of Community Connection is out now! Featuring Mark Massey’s New Town Portraits from the Basildon Creative People and Places Open Lab project, the Billericay Foodbank, Baby Basics, Wickford in Bloom, a puzzle page and so much more! Find out about all the latest volunteering opportunities in the Borough, as well as local […]

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Volunteers Week Appreciation Station

1 June 2021

Its Volunteers Week and to mark the occasion we have put together this ‘appreciation station’ with messages of thanks from supporters. David Dadds , Mayor of Basildon Borough: I wish to thank all volunteers who take time from their busy lives to help out others. The last year has been partly challenging for many and […]

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Volunteers Week 2021

12 May 2021

A time to say thanks: Recognising the contribution of volunteers to communities during coronavirus Volunteers’ Week 2021 is almost here! Volunteers’ Week takes place between 1-7 June every year and is a time to recognise and thank volunteers. During an exceptionally difficult year, people from all walks of life around the UK have taken the time […]

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Micro-volunteering Day – 15th April 2021

13 April 2021

On Thursday 15th April we are marking Micro-volunteering day. It provides the opportunity to highlight micro-volunteering and how it can benefit the community. The National Council for Voluntary Organisations define micro-volunteering as “bite-size volunteering with no commitment to repeat and with minimum formality, involving short and specific actions that are quick to start and complete”. […]

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The Census 2021 – Virtual Support Sessions

10 March 2021

The Office for National Statistics is hosting new virtual census support events for the communities of Essex. These virtual workshops will talk residents through both the online and paper versions of the census form, provide guidance on how to complete it, and answer any questions they may have. There will be the opportunity for participants […]

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Student Volunteering Week 2021

11 February 2021

This week (8th – 14th February) is Student Volunteering Week and we have marked the occasion with a Social Media Take Over! Students from Beauchamps High School in Wickford have been posting posters and videos on the Volunteer Network social media pages, to tell us about their own experiences of volunteering, as well as the […]

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Basildon Youth Zone – Have your Say and Find out More!

3 February 2021

Organisations and groups in the Basildon Borough are invited to an online information event about Basildon Youth Zone, hosted by members of the OnSide Youth Zones team. During this one-hour meeting, you will hear all about what the Youth Zone will offer the town’s young people as well as the sustainable model it is built […]

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Want to be part of our Virtual Community Hall?

13 January 2021

Towards the end of last year we launched our ‘Community Exchange’ (Time Bank) portal –  This is where individuals can take part in informal volunteering, sharing skills with other community members or carrying out one off/ad hoc opportunities with the aim of creating a cycle of community support. You can register on the Exchange as an individual […]

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