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Something worthwhile to do?

Volunteer Centre Sheffield just launched a new website to promote volunteering in the city.

Click to visit the site!

The site offers a range of information and advice for people wanting to volunteer, organisations that use or want to use volunteers, and for employers who are supporting their employees to volunteer. There are case studies from current volunteers, details for forthcoming events, and an interactive members’ area for individuals and organisations to exchange information, share resources and discuss good practice and developments.

Volunteer Centre Manager, Julia South, said: “The website is a great additional resource for the team in our role supporting individuals and organisations with volunteering. We hope that it will become an indispensable tool.”

Strategic Volunteering Manager at VAS, Claire Walsh, said: “Sheffield Volunteer Centre already does a great job in matching local people up with volunteering opportunities and advising volunteer-involving organisations on how best to engage and support their volunteers. This exciting new website will enable everyone with an interest in volunteering in Sheffield to discover exactly how they can benefit from their help, as well as interacting with other like-minded people on its notice-board. I would urge everyone in Sheffield to take a peek!”

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Dissent in the database state

No2ID Sheffield is part of a national campaign against ID cards and state interference in our lives.

The group is quite new and seeks new members. The next meeting is on Wednesday 31st March at the Harlequin pub (Nursery Street) at 7.30pm. Find out more here.

Book sale!

Knowle Top Methodist Church holds a book sale on Saturday 27th March.

As well as a feast of books on offer, there will be a story-telling corner for children as well as tea, coffee and chat.

Email missionenabler@btconnect.com to find out more.

Rationing energy use this Winter?

Gas and electricity prices have rocketed over these past 18 months.

Despite periods of bitter cold recently, energy supplier Scottish and Southern Energy saw a year-on-year drop in household energy consumption between 1st October 2009 and 31st January 2010, suggesting that customers turned their heating down during the cold snap.

But despite this evidence of consumers self-rationing their energy, Britain’s big six energy suppliers are remaining tight-lipped about the prospect of cutting prices:

  • Bitter weather should have pushed up household usage, but Scottish and Southern Energy reports a year-on-year 5% drop in gas consumption and a 4% drop in electricity consumption per customer between 1st October 2009 and 31st January 2010 – consumers could be self-rationing because of concerns over the cost of energy
  • Scottish and Southern Energy’s half year profits were up 36% from £302.6m in September 2008 to £410.5m in September 2009
  • Suppliers increased prices by 42% or £381 in 2008 and cut by 4% or £54 last year
  • Average household bill now £1,239 a year – £327 or 36% more than at the beginning of 2008 despite last year’s price cuts

Most energy companies offer discounts if bills are settled promptly or paid by direct debit. With scare stories in today’s mainstream media about future fuel shortages resulting in even higher bills, it’s probably a good idea to shop around and compare different suppliers’ prices.

There’s also a post about home insulation schemes here.

Funny newspaper stories

Thanks to Barbara for sending in these newspaper story snippets …

Irish police are being handicapped in a search for a stolen van, because they cannot issue a description. It’s a Special Branch vehicle and they don’t want the public to know what it looks like. (The Guardian)

At the height of the gale, the harbourmaster radioed a coastguard and asked him to estimate the wind speed. He replied he was sorry, but he didn’t have a gauge. However, if it was any help, the wind had just blown his Land Rover off the cliff. (Aberdeen Evening Express)

Commenting on a complaint from a Mr. Arthur Purdey about a large gas bill, a spokesman for North West Gas said, “We agree it was rather high for the time of year. It’s possible Mr. Purdey has been charged for the gas used up during the explosion that destroyed his house.” (The Daily Telegraph)

Mrs. Irene Graham of Thorpe Avenue , Boscombe, delighted the audience with her reminiscence of the German prisoner of war who was sent each week to do her garden. He was repatriated at the end of 1945, she recalled. “He’d always seemed a nice friendly chap, but when the crocuses came up in the middle of our lawn in February 1946, they spelt out ‘Heil Hitler.'” (Bournemouth Evening Echo)

Social Media Surgery – reminder

Voluntary organisations and community groups can benefit from free advice on using social media to market their causes this Wednesday (3rd February) at the Showroom Cinema.

One-to-one advice is available at the Surgery on a range of areas such as using blogs, Facebook, Twitter, etc, in order to reach existing and new service-users.

  • Wednesday 3rd February
  • 4.30pm to 6.30pm
  • at the Showroom.

Community groups and voluntary projects can book a place using this very easy form.

This free event is set to repeat on the first Wednesday of each month.