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February 2013 Newsletter

Volunteer Coordinators Forum
Following on from our Speed Dating event in November 2012, we are pleased to bring you the first of the 2013 Coordinators Forums on Tuesday 26th February 10-12noon at Community House. Morning Tea provided.

Anyone who is involved in supporting/managing volunteers is welcome to attend (not just members), and there is no charge. These will be held on a regular basis and are an opportunity for you to come along and meet other Volunteer Managers and Coordinators from the region, and to hear about what is happening in the sector, region, and the country in relation to volunteer management.

This first Forum will be aimed at setting the scene for the year, so bring along ideas you have, things you want to learn about, key things you need more information on etc and we will try to plan the years forums around these. These might include events you would like to see us run, training programs you would like to see too as we can help extend our training calendar here too.

In the future we would like to see these sessions having a social component, as well as a more formal part where we have question time, or a speaker etc. But these need to be useful to you so what you say goes. We look forward to seeing you at the first meeting!

We have more events and activities planned for this year - and National Volunteer Week is from the 16th to 22nd June this year! We plan to be out and about this year and very Visible!! If you have any ideas of more ways we can help promote all our members do get in contact! we would love to help you see a plan come off.

Upcoming Events

We all have events that need promoting from time to time - so remember to list them with us too!

Esplanade Open Day
24th February

Coorindators Forum
26th February

Ucol Market Day
27th February
Here is another sneak peak at where we are at!
Registered Organisations = 46
Active Volunteers = 232
Active Roles = 78
Connections made: 14
Out matches are only successful if both sides fit well together – therefore we really appreciate any feedback you can provide to us around those who we send your way!
New Members!
More enquiries have been received this past month from a great range of potential new members!
We welcome
Midcentral District Health Board and
Friends at Court Manawatu to our membership ranks!

Esplanade Open Day 2013
This year Esplanade Open Day is on the 24th February, and we have booked a stall! If you are a paid up member of the VRC and are interested in helping us "person" the stall and displaying your information please get in contact! It will be First come First served, but we welcome you collaboration at this event!!!
If you would like more information please email us

Media Opportunities abound!!!
Palmerston North Community Services Council and us the Volunteer Resource Centre have come together to create an exciting media opportunity for all our members in association with The Guardian newspaper!

We have a number of student writers, photographers and even editors to put together these fabulous articles! Our Schedule is fillign up so do make sure you check in with us to book a time! Our agreement is to publish on a fortnightly basis, and we have the opportunity to publish logos and photos along with the articles where possible.

We at Volunteer Resource Centre also have our weekly radio show on Access Manawatu and we welcome you to join us on the show! Please make contact if you would like to be involved in either the Radio show or The Guardian articles.
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