Student volunteering opportunities

A very warm welcome to all students coming to Uni this month.

If you’re interested in getting a bit more engaged with the brilliant Clarendon Park community, consider one of our Wild Honey volunteering opportunities.

  1. On Tuesday afternoons we run a session offering local people arts and crafts, music, refreshments, secure and supported internet access and advice on sources of specialist help. We need volunteers to be a friendly and welcoming presence to add to the Tuesday Group’s great atmosphere.
  2. On Wednesday evenings we run Keep Up!, a chance for people who are struggling with modern gadgets to have their questions answered and practise new skills. We help with smart phones, tablets and laptops. You don’t need to be a geek, just friendly and patient.

We’ve had a number of wonderful student volunteers over recent years. They’ve enjoyed the experience, and found it useful in finding jobs too. “For one job I applied for the interview panel were really interested in it—it was a great thing to talk about”, says one of last year’s volunteers. He’s now got a graduate job!

For more info, have a look round this website and email peter@wildhoney.org.uk, or phone or text 07837 965 725

Summer Saturday—1 September 2018

Update: Thanks to the generosity of the Clarendon Park community, we raised £550 for Wild Honey projects on Saturday. That’s absolutely brilliant, and means that we’re a step closer to our new trips venture.

Thanks to all who came and supported us. And very many thanks too to the volunteer stall holders and those who made and donated a terrific range of high-quality goods. With lunches and stunningly good music, it was a great social and community event too. Already looking forward to next year.

 

Our traditional fun, fundraising event is a bit later this year. We weren’t sure if September was still summer. But we decided that this year it will be! So a big warm, summery welcome to all for our major fundraising event of the year.

We think of it as a social and community occasion too. So it’s not just stalls, with high-quality bric-a-brac, jams, cakes, pickles, books & plants. We also invite everyone from Clarendon Park to drop in, say hello, meet friends, or talk to us about our projects. Refreshments and lunches will be on hand to keep us going.

We have a new venture to fundraise for this year, currently in the planning stage. We hope to set up cinema or theatre trips for those who rarely get out. It should be a brilliant venture, and all contributions gratefully received.

It’s at Christchurch, Clarendon Park Road, from 10 am to 2 pm. Feel free to download and pass on the leaflet below.

Busking thanks

Many, many thanks to fundraising flautist Nicola Mirams, her team of helpers and the generous-hearted people of Clarendon Park.

In just 90 minutes’ busking on Saturday morning Nicola entertained the shoppers of Queens Road with a succession of folk, classical and show tunes, and raised over £72 for the Wild Honey projects.

As a small local charity, run entirely by volunteers, this will make a terrific difference to us. We are very grateful to all involved.

Nicola’s extraordinary fundraising venture continues, as she travels the country raising money for different charities. Check her website for her latest appearances, and her account of the Clarendon Park busk.

 

A brilliant busk

From 10 am on Saturday morning 28 July, Nicola Mirams, also known as the Fundraising Flautist, will be outside Christopher James Deli on Queens Road serenading passers-by with a selection from her repertoire of classical, folk, modern and show tunes.

This is going to make a brilliant start to any weekend. Even better, Nicola is fundraising on this occasion for Wild Honey. So all generous donations from music-lovers inspired by her busking go straight to Clarendon Park’s own community project.

Volunteers from Wild Honey will also be around, to talk about what we do and answer questions.

We are massively grateful to Nicola and her team, and really looking forward to a fantastic event in our great community.

10 am to 11.30 am Saturday 28 July 2018 on Queens Road, outside Christopher James Deli.

Model Railway grateful thanks

Many, many thanks to the organisers and attenders of the open day of Market Harborough Model Railway Group and Leicester Model Railway Group. They very kindly fundraised for Wild Honey at their event on 30 June. Latest info is that they raised a brilliant £275, which will make a massive difference to us for materials and equipment for regular sessions.

Sounds like it was a spectacular range of model layouts. So a great day all round. Thanks again to the railway groups and all those who donated food and refreshments and cooked and served food during the day.

Keep up! summer sessions 2018

Summer is a short term for our student volunteers. So you have to be quick for our Keep up! series. Just five sessions from May until mid June:

Wed 16 May
Wed 23 May
Wed 30 May
Wed 6 June
Wed 13 June

All welcome.

Get to know your phone

The start of a year is a great time for looking at your new smart gadget and thinking, “I wish I knew how to work that”.

It’s also good for new resolutions. Such as to figure out that thing you’ve never been able to do on your phone, tablet or computer.

Which makes it a great time to come to Keep up! Our small but trusted band of volunteers are gearing up to welcome anyone with a question they’d like answering or a skill they’d like to acquire.

Our weekly sessions start on 24 January and run through to 21 March. It’s free, everyone is welcome and there are tea and biscuits. We start at 6.30 pm and finish 8.00 pm. Sessions are at Christchurch, 105a Clarendon Park Rd, Leicester LE2 3AH

Keep up spring 2018 dates

Keep up! dates announced

Here are the dates Keep Up! is running during autumn 2017. See the events calendar to check up-to-date info.

  • Wed 25 Oct
  • Wed 1 Nov
  • Wed 8 Nov
  • Wed 15 Nov
  • Wed 22 Nov
  • Wed 29 Nov
  • Wed 6 Dec

We help people in Clarendon Park gain confidence and get connected with gadgets.
Anyone can turn up. The sessions are run by friendly volunteers, mostly uni students. They are free.

We’ll listen as you describe what you want to do, and then offer practical advice. We’ll sit with you as you practise. It takes time to learn, so we usually have the kettle on. And biscuits.

What kinds of things do we help with? Here’s a sample:

“I can use email but attachments beat me”
“How can I read documents on a tablet?”
“What phone is best for me?”

“I can’t use my new smartphone”
“I want to get photos from my phone to my laptop”
“My family want Skype”

Sessions are at Christchurch, 105a Clarendon Park Rd, Leicester LE2 3AH
We start at 6.30 pm and finish 8.00 pm

Summer Saturday—12 August

Summer Saturday, our fun fundraising event, is coming soon— Saturday 12 August. A great chance to meet friends, acquire high-quality bric-a-brac, artworks, plants and herbs for house or garden, secondhand books and all kinds of other treasures.

The lunches last year were spectacularly good. Worth dropping in just for them. And there’s a chance we’ll have music too.

This is our main fundraiser of the year, and we rely on it to keep our projects running. If you can make it, we’d love to see you.

It’s at Christchurch, Clarendon Park Road, from 10 am to 2 pm. Feel free to download and pass on the leaflet below.

Keep up! summer sessions announced

Just a mini-series of Keep up! sessions this summer, as it’s a short term for our student volunteers.

So come when you can in our free, friendly four-week series. If you, or anyone you know, want to learn a bit more about your smartphone, tablet, laptop or other device…check the dates below and come along. You’ll be very welcome.