There will be an informal Branch Branch News From Linz 993 - December 2009 Discussion Evening on Tuesday 5th January, starting at 6.30pm and lasting about 2 hours. 6.30-7.30pm NHS Gloucestershire Charity of the Year 2010 The first part of the meeting you can come along armed with questions Gloucester and Cheltenham Branches have been chosen for this – and discussion points. If time I will we have got a meeting with them in the next few weeks to find out also bring you up to date with items more. All we know at the moment is that the staff put on fundraising that are being discussed at Deputies events for the chosen charity throughout the year. meetings. 7.30-8.30pm Gloucester Branch will be shut for 5 weeks from 8 th January for a Later on I will talk about the items refurbishment. We have invited the volunteers from Gloucester to that will be discussed at Council at come and do a shift in Cheltenham as a third person during that the end of January and get feedback time. They don’t do text yet so will be interested to see how that from you on these issues; this is to works and see the workings of a different Branch. ensure I put across the feelings of the whole Branch at Council. Do you want to know more about I hope some people will come along National Projects and initiatives? to this evening; you are welcome to There is more information and come to as much or as little of the questions and answers on evening as you want to. https:www.samaritansnet.org If you haven’t got a user name or Volunteer Reviews and Branch Visit password speak to Joan 565 We plan to carry out Volunteer Reviews early in the New Year in preparation for the Branch Visit later on in the year. We don’t have a date for the visit yet, but expect it to be around April/May. Why do we have Branch Visit? To monitor the quality and ensure the consistency of Caller Care throughout the organisation To assist the branch in evaluating its work To provide support for the Director – enabling change where necessary To provide the Executive Committee with an up to date report on each branch in order that support and help may be provided where necessary from regional and Movement-wide resources To highlight areas of strength within Samaritans and areas where improvements are required To give individual volunteers the opportunity to express positive feelings and any concerns they may have about being a Samaritan Shift patterns The Intranet – why have we got it? Some of you will be looking at this Newssheet on the This always raises its head when a new Intranet and some of you will have requested a printed Director takes over. All I can do at the copy. moment is to reassure you we are looking at our shift pattern and are working with We have developed our own Intranet (this is a totally the region to see what is needed and how secure area of our own website) so we can upload we as a Branch can help. documents, for example Training Modules, and keep volunteers instantly updated with Branch News without The 3am shifts remain difficult to fill some using reams of paper. We will use it to put up details of weeks and I would like to thank those fundraising activities and other events you may be volunteers who regularly sign up for this interested in. It also has a direct link to 3Rings and shift. There are very few lines open from easyfundraising. 3am – 6am and at one point in the week we are the only Branch open in the region for an hour so it is vital we continue to open these hours as often as we can. We hope you will find the resource interesting and useful. Please let Graham 1059 or any members of the The three branches in our region that have been chosen for the pilot of the Network Directorate know what you think and if you have any ideas what the site could contain and how it could be Rail initiative are:- made more useful. Cardiff Bridgend Graham has worked really hard on this project to ensure Rhyl it is totally secure and extremely user friendly – if you haven’t already got your log in details send an email to Volunteer Workshops for 2010 will be firstname.lastname@example.org and you will held on the following dates receive a user id and password within 24 hours. Wednesday 17th February 7pm Log Completion - Making it Work If you are interested in Role Playing for Saturday 27th March 10am SIT1 Training please contact Eating Disorders Nicola 986 or Gordon 958. Wednesday 21st April 10am Abuse The Christmas Rota is filling up really fast – thank you to everyone who has signed up so far. As many Sunday 11th July 10am SIT1 - So, What IS covered? branches in our region really struggle to fill the rota at this time of year it is something to be proud of Thursday 9th September 7pm that Cheltenham volunteers give up their time so Attitudes willingly every year to support our callers. Sunday 21st November 10am SIT1 - So, What IS covered? This is the new name for OGT and each session will count toward half of your annual commitment.