Growing Groups

Working for the Voluntary Sector in Hastings

Do they get it?

I’ve just had one of those classic email requests from the East Sussex County Council, asking if I can shunt four documents round for them, to advertise a grant opportunity for young people.  Apart from simply seeing email as a replacement for the postal service and a way to save on stamps, it really misses out on the concept that the VCS is communicating with people in a range of ways rather than just pressing the ‘forward’ button.

The message itself  says ” this fund is available for young people to apply for grant funds to improve local youth facilities – it is not a fund for adults to apply from”.

Excusing the fact that you apply TO rather than FROM, this just seems to fail to use all the resources that could be used to put the message out.

Grant opportunity – great, but why can’t they use their own website to post the documents and just send us a link to include in e newsletters, our own website, blogs etc (I could have even included it here!).

Putting aside the fact that an increasing number of younger people now look on email as being ‘for old people’  it would just be so much more effective in getting the message out (and responses back)!

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August 12, 2008 Posted by | voluntary | | 2 Comments

Websites n stuff

I went to soggy Brighton on Saturday to buy some bits of shiny anodised metal – now sold as part of the essential equipment to go with every outdoor hobby that features on the magazine rack in W H Smiths.

On Sunday I went for a clamber at Harrisons Rocks,  playing on Far Left, Elementary and Unclimbed Wall. These climbs are all graded around 5B and 5C which in truth makes them a good grade or two beyond me without quite a lot of tight rope. Mind you I suspect they are a good bit easier if you,ve done them before and you know where each of the holds are.

On Monday I uploaded some stuff to our work website on request from Rose ( Volunteer Centre Organiser at Hastings Voluntary Action ) who is gradually assembling a good practice guide for Volunteer Using Organisations.  Also, with a bit of help from SCIP I managed to rig up SyncMyCal with our work website. So we now use a Google Calendar to publicise events as the first stage towards shairing the same sort of process with the other Councils For Voluntary Service in East Sussex.

August 12, 2008 Posted by | climbing, voluntary | Leave a comment