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Community champions Ngage delighted to have scooped Civic Award!

NGAGE, the community organisation and Volunteer Centre for Thurrock are celebrating after winning the 2014 Mayor’s Award at the recent Thurrock Civic Awards held at the National Skills Academy in the High House Production Park. ngage won the award following a public vote for their outstanding work in the community. Jacqui Payne, programme manager for […]

Ngage host very successful volunteer fayre

Laura Hudson, Volunteer coordinator for ngage said “We were overwhelmed with the fantastic response and it was encouraging to see so many people come along to find out more about volunteering”. Eighteen organisations were there to promote their volunteering opportunities including representatives from Thurrock Council, Grays First Responders and Inspiration Youth Call and found the morning useful and enjoyable.

New Year: “New You” volunteer recruitment fayre

VOLUNTEER Centre Thurrock is holding a free drop-in ‘New Year, New You’ Recruitment Fayre to help people find volunteering opportunities in Thurrock. The event is being held on Tuesday 21st January, between 11am – 2pm at the Beehive, West Street, Grays, Essex, RM17 6XP.

Ngage set for Festive Fun Night!

NGAGE, the community organisation and Volunteer Centre for Thurrock are holding their annual Festive Fun Night this year on Wednesday 11th December between 4.00pm and 7.30pm at the Civic Hall, Blackshots, Grays. The event is completely FREE and includes free entertainment, craft and play activities for the children, mince pies and refreshments and much more. To top it all, Father Christmas has promised to drop in with a sack of free gifts for children under the age of 10 (limited to first 200).

Free skills training on offer

HAVE you taken advantage of the FREE courses available in the September –December ACE ‘On a Learning Curve’ training programme? The ACE programme has grown in popularity over the past few years and more and more people across Thurrock are taking advantage of these free trainings.

Community make a difference day in South Ockendon

NGAGE, the community organisation for Thurrock held a ‘Make a difference day’ event at the Foxglove estate in South Ockendon. The day was organised in October to support the CSV’s national ‘Make a difference’ the UK’s biggest month of voluntary action. Princes Trust volunteers helped out with the ‘make a difference day’ as part of a community project. Annette Lewis, community worker for ngage said: “We had such a fabulous day and were overwhelmed with what was achieved. As well as giving the centre rose bushes a much needed pruning and weeding the giant tubs, volunteers litter picked the estate which included a Halloween litter pick scavenger hunt.

Community organisers wanted in Thurrock

NGAGE, the community organisation and volunteer Centre for Thurrock has been chosen to take part in the national Community Organisers’ training scheme, and is starting the hunt for community organisers in Thurrock.

Community Organisers is a government funded scheme which aims to train 5,000 ‘community organisers’, individuals who will work in local communities around the country to bring people together, listen to ideas, build networks and support people to tackle the local issues which are important to them.

Ngage volunteer day a great success

THE ngage Volunteer Centre Thurrock recently held its free drop-in Volunteer Recruitment Fayre to help local people find volunteering opportunities in Thurrock. Laura Hudson, Volunteer Coordinator said “The Recruitment Fayre was brilliant and we had such a great representation from organisations looking for volunteers. Over 100 people came to the event, some looking to volunteer for the first time and some people were already volunteering in Thurrock, but looking for new opportunities.

Advice and help at Older People’s Day

THURROCK Council’s housing team is organising an Older People’s Day later this month, offering help and advice. The aim of the day – between 11am and 3pm at the Dexter Close Sheltered Housing complex, Dexter Close, Grays, on Wednesday, 25 September – is to provide information about who does what in the community and what services are available for older people.

Volunteer recruitment fayre at the Beehive

WE would especially like to encourage parents whose children have just started school and may feel at a loose end now they have time on their hands. The Recruitment Fayres are really informal and will give them the opportunity to talk to others about volunteering over a cup of tea and a slice of cake”.

Thousands available for community grants

LOCAL groups in Thurrock have a month to seek a grant if they have ideas or plans for something which will enhance their community. The Community Grants programme provides grants from £500 to £5,000 for revenue or small capital purchases up to £1,000 and applications are being sought now – with a closing date of midnight on Monday, 7 October.

ACE training programme to be rolled out

TRAINING such as Food handling, Ebay for beginners, Basic emergency first aid, Improve your Customer Service skills, Step into business, Introduction to book keeping and many more are in the programme. Visit www.ngagethurrock.org.uk to view the new programme and whilst there, join up to receive priority viewing of future ACE programmes.

Volunteers still wanted for T-Fest

ANNETTE Lewis, community worker for ngage said “Volunteers are being asked to spare just three hours to help with a number of roles including litter picking, meet and greet, road closures etc. Timings will vary over the course of the weekend and can suit all availability. We still have a number of shifts available and are looking for volunteers to help make T Fest 2013 the best ever”.

Ngage throw strawberry tea for their volunteers

LAURA Hudson, ngage Volunteer Coordinator said “Volunteers can make such a difference to many groups and organisations in Thurrock, and we wanted to say thank you for all the hard work and commitment that volunteers have given to ngage, whether it is has been within the ngage office or helping at our events or projects.

Talk about Tilbury

HUNDREDS of people living and working in Tilbury have been taking part in a Let’s talk about Tilbury’ survey to support future proposals for the area.
ngage – the community organisation and volunteer centre for Thurrock – has arranged the survey, talking with local people and helping them put their ideas and thoughts forward.

Celebration of National Volunteer Week begins

VOLUNTEERS’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution that millions of volunteers make across the UK – and it’s taking place from the 1-7 June 2013.

ngage – the community organisation and Volunteer Centre for Thurrock – would like to say a big thank you to all the people who currently volunteer in Thurrock. They want to encourage Thurrock organisations who use volunteers to recognise the valuable contribution that their volunteers are making, and to ensure that they also say a big thank you.

Drop in Volunteer Recruitment Fayre

ngage Volunteer Centre THURROCK are holding a free drop in Volunteer Recruitment Fayre to assist local residents in finding volunteering opportunities in Thurrock. The event is being held Thursday 23rd May, between 5pm – 8pm at the Beehive, West Street, Grays, Essex. (Please note: entrance to the building will be via the car park at […]

Ngage put a spring into shrubs in Purfleet

Annette Lewis, community worker for ngage said “It was an extremely cold and snowy day, but this didn’t stop people from coming along and helping to plant the new shrubs. We were amazed to see how much was achieved on the day. Aswell as planting, we also held an Easter Egg hunt and had 3 lucky winners and everyone received a smaller egg just taking part”.

Ngage offer free courses throughput spring and summer

THE new April-July 2013 ACE training programme is now taking enrolments. It offers FREE bitesize courses ranging from First Aid to Job Interview Skills.

Jacqui Payne, Programme Manager for ngage said “More and more people across Thurrock are taking advantage of these free trainings, they are very popular and I would encourage anyone to book early to avoid disappointment”.

“Let’s talk about Tilbury” says ngage

ngage, the community organisation, is encouraging people who either live or work in Tilbury to take part in a ‘Let’s talk about Tilbury’ survey to look at future plans for the town. As part of proposals for the regeneration of Thurrock, the council has identified five areas across Thurrock as priorities for action and investment.

Jobs: Ngage looking for new volunteer co-ordinator

ngage Volunteer Centre Thurrock are looking for a new volunteer Coordinator to run their successful newly accredited volunteer service in Thurrock.

Jacqui Payne, Programme Manager for ngage said “We have an opening for a new volunteer coordinator whose role will be to build on the excellent work that has been achieved to date. We are looking for someone who has experience in working with volunteers, and can support the on-going strategic development of new volunteer services within the Centre”.

Purfleet ‘Love to Plant day’ is a success!

NGAGE, the community organisation and volunteer centre for Thurrock, recently held two ‘Love to plant days’ in partnership with Thurrock Council on the Garrison Estate in Purfleet. Local residents and volunteers were asked to get involved in the events which coincided with Valentine’s day, to help with the planting of 500 new trees for the estate and were able to name a tree for the one they loved.

Ngage: Opportunity for new volunteer co-ordinator

THE newly accredited ngage Volunteer Centre has been successfully operating since July 2011 and is in the process of recruiting a new Volunteer coordinator.

New year, new you volunteering coffee morning

THE ngage Volunteer Centre are holding a ‘New Year, New You’ free drop-in coffee morning for residents on Friday 18th January between 10.30am – 12.30pm at the Beehive, West Street, Grays, Essex.

Julie Rawson, Volunteer Coordinator for ngage said “Our New Year, New You Coffee Morning will be a perfect way for residents who are considering volunteering in 2013, to find out more by talking to ngage and other people already volunteering in Thurrock. We will have lots of free cakes and refreshments available, and our coffee mornings are very informal and have a lovely friendly atmosphere”.

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