Listening Post – a new blog

listeningPic445We are delighted to have just completed the first draft of our new blog for the Marham Voices project.

Listening Post – which you can visit here, will track the development of our Marham Voices project and allow you, as always to freely subscribe to our news and project updates.

We are, as part of the project, beginning to create an online audio archive, YouTube channel and FaceBook pages. All of these developments and their content will be freely available on our blog – Listening Post.

If you would like to know more about the Marham Voices project, to either volunteer to help or to donate your story to the archive, you can read more about the project here at

Visit the blog, keep up to date and let us know if you have a story to tell, we’ll be happy to listen. Thank you.

The School of Volunteering

evSchoolButtonThere is a new free online school for those involved in volunteering.

A product of a European Union initiative the courses are available to both volunteers and to professionals working in organisations supporting volunteers.

The European Volunteering School web site has some nice graphics to point you in the right direction (click the blue people on the site to find out more!).

Courses are all free, accessed online and participant groups are limited to sixty students, so register quickly.

You can see the range of subjects on offer, how to apply and an introduction to free e-learning at the school here.

Courses on offer range from introduction to volunteering, project management, communication and marketing for volunteers and youth initiatives.

Being a better volunteer?

Could you be our Company Secretary?

typingPic44Sandringham Enterprise Centre Limited, our Charitable Company, specifically formed to manage the Sandringham Centre, develop support and training for our local voluntary groups and encourage the start up of community business – is looking for someone to act as our Hon. Secretary.

The volunteer role is interesting and varied, supporting and developing our social business systems, helping the main board and developing training opportunities for both the board and volunteers.

You will have the chance to help create some unique chances for volunteering, services and employment in our community.

As a family friendly, learning organisation you’ll be able to develop your experience and skills in charity governance and enterprise creation too.

You can read more about the post on our Volunteers page on the main centre website here.

You can have an informal chat with our Chair, Colin Mason or contact Rita Broomfield too, using the contactd details on the Volunteer page.

We look forward to welcoming you to our charitable company at an exciting time in its development.

The Board of The Sandringham Enterprise Centre Limited.

Volunteer Day 2010

The Centre recently staged a successful Volunteer Day on Wednesday, 20th October, 2010.

It was great to see so many people there, whether in uniform, groups from the Centre, mums and dads with children, visitors from the wider Voluntary Sector in the county and everyone else who was able to attend.

You can see the presentation that was playing on the day on our Visitor Day pages on our main website here. Keep up to date with our developments, if you weren’t able to attend.

As a team The Sandringham Enterprise Centre Limited is now a Company Limited by Guarantee, with the next step to complete our application to the Charity Commission to become a Charitable Company. Helping to raise new funds, deliver new services and support the work already taking place in our Centre.

We’ll also continue to keep you up to date on the Centre blog about the building works about to get under way too.

0-5 sessions and Youth Centre

We have just added a page for the 0-5 activities in our Centre. You can see what we do and when on our sessions timetable page here.

Also added is a timetable for the Youth Centre. As we add sessions we will update this page to keep you informed. See the Youth Centre timetable here.

We’ve also created a link on our pages for Ginger Theatre Arts – this local arts organisation is run by Becky, who delivers most of our performing arts work. Check them out.

Maybe we’ll see you on our Volunteer Day on the Wednesday 20th?

The Sandringham Centre Team.

Norfolk Village Games

The application deadline for Norfolk Village Games is fast approaching – Thursday 19th August 2010 to be precise.

The Village Games programme is funded by over half a million pounds of lottery money from Sport England, designed to get communities active. A whole variety of sports are covered and entry registration is entirely free.

You can read more about the forthcoming programme and how to enter your community here, on the Norfolk Village Games website.

The on-line expression of interest form can be found here.

By the by, Garboldisham have just launched a new women’s cricket club – could we do the same?

Let the Centre know if you are interested?

See you on the green?

Get on yer bike!

Cycle picture - Tour of BritainThis year West Norfolk will be awash with people on bikes.

117 miles of the county’s roads will be used for the Tour of Britain Cycle Race. The teams will be heading across the county, starting at the Tuesday Market Place in Kings Lynn, on the Thursday 16th September, 2010.

The race will take place between Kings Lynn and Great Yarmouth, so there will be plenty of safe places to view the contestants.

You can find more about the race on the Kings Lynn Borough Council web pages or at the web site of the Tour of Britain.

You can even volunteer with the Tour of Britain Team to help in Stage 6, through Norfolk. You can find the online application form for volunteers here. (You get a Tour goody bag too!)