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Employee Volunteering help businesses, individuals, charities, organisations and communities to maximise the benefits offered by employee volunteering.

Fare Share logo

Fare Share work with Hampshire County Council to tackle food waste and to ensure that projects supporting the community are able to purchase quality food and save money too. The project supports lunch clubs, homeless projects, children's centres, community cafes, day centres etc. If your organisation buys and prepares food for clients and members there are many advantages to getting involved with Fare Share and you can receive quality food for very low cost.

Jobs Website logo

Hampshire County Council has a jobs website which advertises vacancies in the public and voluntary sectors. You can search by geographical area or job type.

Prospect Estate Big Local (PEBL) - Internet Café  logo

Saturday mornings from 10.00am to 12.00 noon at the Prospect Community Centre. Do you know about the many benefits of being online? Do you want an opportunity to save money, develop new skills and keep in touch with family and friends? If so, let their friendly tutors and volunteers help you get online.

The café is exclusively for residents of the Prospect Estate. It is free to attend. Free refreshments, advice and support and internet access.

Email or phone for more information.

Prospect Estate Big Local (PEBL) - Skills Café logo

Every Wednesday at the Prospect Community Centre. Morning session 10.00am to 1.00pm open to all. Afternoon session 1.30pm to 4.30pm for 17 to 25 year olds. The café is exclusively for residents of the Prospect Estate. They offer practical advice and can help you identify your skills, apply for jobs, develop new skills, prepare for interviews, use a computer, increase your confidence, set up a UJM account, understand Universal Credit, write a perfect CV and find training opportunities.

It is free to attend. Free refreshments, advice and support and internet access. Just drop in. No appointment is necessary.

Email or call to find out more. The Vine Centre in Aldershot delivers this service on behalf of the PEBL project.

Minibus Hire  logo

Rushmoor Voluntary Services have a fleet of modern, accessible minibuses available to hire at low cost for voluntary groups, charities, community projects, care homes and schools in Rushmoor and Hart. The charges in 2016 are £1.00 per mile or a minimum charge of £20.00. New volunteer drivers are always welcome and full minibus driver training (MiDAS) is provided.

Dial-a-Ride is a door-to-door service, using specially adapted buses, for people who find it difficult to use ordinary buses. You will have to pay for the service. However, it is usually cheaper than a taxi and, if you have a bus pass, you can get half-price travel after 9.00am. If you have a carer or an essential escort, such as to push your wheelchair, they travel for free.

To register please call 01252 518090 between 9.30am and 12.30pm Monday to Friday and ask for a registration form.

Whizz-Kidz logo

Whizz-Kidz is a young people's charity which co-ordinates a work placements programme across England for wheelchair users, up to the age of 25, in a wide range of sectors and business departments that fit with the interests and aspirations of those young people. Placements are three, five or ten days long, are unpaid and help young people to realise their career aspirations. They also build the confidence to apply for jobs and attend interviews.

Youth Aspiration Fund (YAF)  logo

The YAF is run by the Community Matters Partnership Project (CMPP) which is a philanthropic partnership of local companies and organisations working together for the community. YAF grants aim to encourage young people in Rushmoor to reach their potential. The funds for the grants are raised by CMPP companies who have hosted, taken part in and organised fundraising events and activities. Alongside the injection of finance, CMPP encourages grant applicants to seek business volunteer support.

Community Support Team logo

There are two Partnership Officers based in the Community Support Team of Hampshire County Council. The team focus on working with organisations such as schools and libraries to support Hampshire’s armed forces communities. They are keen to meet with individuals and community organisations with the aim of establishing networks and partnerships in order to ensure the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant are incorporated into practice.

For more information email or phone Jenny Wilford/Annette Lindsay.

Wellesley Woodlands was officially opened in November 2015 and is a recreational space for local people to enjoy at their leisure.

Meeting Rooms To Rent logo

The Vine Centre at 33 Station Road, Aldershot GU11 1BA has meeting rooms to rent on the second floor of their Victorian building. Fully accessible, a two minute walk from the station and with Wi-Fi and full presentation facilities. Group Room for 10 to 30 people, Meeting Room for up to 8 people, Interview Room for up to 4 people, and an IT Resource Centre for up to 12 people.

For more information email or call.

The website of the Wellesley development in Aldershot. You also have the opportunity to join their social media channels.

Rushmoor Borough Council Community Grants logo

Community and voluntary groups, such as charities, schools, youth and sports groups, and individuals, can get help with funding for a range of projects in Aldershot and Farnborough through five separate grant pots:-

Community grants: £50 to £2,000
Farnborough Airport Community Environmental Fund: grants are limited by the amount in the fund
Uniting Communities grants fund: £500 to £1,000
Rushmoor Youth Forum: up to £250 for young people and up to £750 for groups
Rushmoor Sports Forum: up to £300 for individuals and up to £750 for groups

Groups must be non-profit making organisations or charities and benefit Rushmoor residents. Each fund has eligibility criteria which groups must conform to in order to apply. Grants can be applied for at any time of the year and will be considered within three months. For full details about each grant scheme please visit the website.

If you would like to discuss an application please contact Alison Nicholls at Rushmoor Borough Council.

RFSG is a friendly, informal group which is interested in promoting Fairtrade in Rushmoor to help improve the lives of millions of struggling farmers and workers in developing countries. It meets three times a year at the Rushmoor Borough Council offices to organise events to promote Fairtrade, help local schools and businesses “go Fairtrade” and ensure that Rushmoor retains its Fairtrade status. Events have included film and Fairtrade food evenings, an art competition for schools, a fashion show, a Fairtrade afternoon for local schools, and coffee and competition mornings in local libraries.

RFSG always welcomes new members. For more information contact Les Murrell at Rushmoor Borough Council.

The Hampshire Youth Offending Team – Volunteering Placements for Young People logo

The Youth Offending Team work with young people between the ages of 10 and 18 who have committed, or are at risk of committing, an offence. Their aim is to prevent reoffending and help repair the harm caused by that young person’s offending to their victim(s) and the local community. The majority of their young people will be completing around 20 hours voluntary work to benefit the community as part of their court order. Usually they will be doing this alongside intervention work with a member of their team.

The work is always carried out with the supervision of a Youth Offending Team member of staff or volunteer who will assist the young person with the task(s) and will be there to oversee their progress. If your organisation is interested in supporting young people and you would like to find out more details please contact Brian Leigh, Placements Officer, Hampshire Youth Offending Team.

The Vine Centre logo

The aims of The Vine Centre are to reduce social isolation, to facilitate change and to improve the quality of life for homeless and vulnerable men and women aged 25 years and over.

A Catering Training Programme is on offer to those in receipt of benefit (not work programme). The training includes IT and skills assessment; a food hygiene certificate; customer service and complaint handling; health and safety training; an introduction to first aid in the workplace; how to find and apply for catering jobs; 1-2-1 CV help, interview preparation and mock interview; and work experience and volunteering opportunities. A free job club is also available.

Do you identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender or are you questioning your sexuality? Do you want to meet like-minded people? The Farnborough LGBT Coffee Posse meets at Costa Coffee, Princes Mead, Farnborough GU14 6YB on the last Saturday of the month between 2.00pm and 4.00pm. Other than meeting to make new friends and catch up over a coffee, the group has no set agenda. They are supported by the local Lesbian and Gay Liaison Officer from Hampshire Constabulary, who offers support and advice should members have any appropriate issues to raise. A representative from Solent NHS Trust also attends to offer advice and support in any area of healthcare.

For more information visit their Facebook page or you can call or text Ricardo.

Bike Start  logo

Bike Start is the social bike project for Rushmoor, Hart and West Surrey led by The Source Young People's Charity in Aldershot. They train young people aged 16-25 to refurbish, service and maintain bikes in their workshop under the supervision of experienced and qualified bike mechanics. They also sell refurbished bikes, hire bikes and organise led bike rides for you to explore cycle routes in your local community.

Recycling and Rubbish in Rushmoor logo

This website has details of when your recycling and rubbish will be collected plus tips about what can be recycled and how to recycle.

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