Phone lines open on Wednesday 17 May at 10am.  Please call Carla Mandis on 07812 265216 to book. 

Don't forget to check the recommended team size indicated by the key at the bottom of the page. 

 

402  Nobody goes hungry!

Challenge group size: M

Fareshare Birmingham

What's the challenge?

FareShare Birmingham supports communities to combat food poverty and food waste in and around Birmingham. The team redistribute food to many charities and community groups. Their community food members provide vitally needed meals, food parcels and snacks to hundreds of disadvantaged people every day. They work with a huge variety of people experiencing hardship including people who are homeless or unemployed, people dealing with substance abuse, refugees and asylum-seekers at drop-ins and Surestart centres as well as breakfast and after-school clubs for children and young adults

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Fareshare Birmingham would love some teams to get involved at the heart of their food re-distribution, giving you the opportunity to help them improve the daily lives of people facing food poverty. Their daily operations rely entirely on volunteers and you will be working alongside staff and other volunteers on one or more of the following activities:

  • picking food orders
  • working with staff and fellow volunteers to make up orders for each of their organisations receiving food that day
  • labelling orders and helping to load the vans. You may also be asked to help deliver the items in the van.
  • Sorting food and organising the depot.
  • Sorting fresh fruit and veg.

This challenge can be taken up by more than one team. 

403  Get ready for some Summer Games!

Challenge group size: M

Queen Alexandra College (QAC)

What's the challenge?

Queen Alexandra College is a specialist college for people with disabilities, aged 16-25. All students have at least one disability to overcome, although many have more than one. These include sensory impairments, physical disabilities and learning disabilities and can vary in extent and impact.
QAC offers challenging learning opportunities for people with disabilities to realise their potential to live and work as independently as possible. They do this by offering highly individualised education and enrichment programmes, catering to students' needs, abilities and interests.

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Each Summer QAC host their Summer Games, a cross college activity over a number of days covering sport, talent, cookery and other activities. Students get to try new activities and have a go, whilst competing for points for their team and group - all gearing up to a medal ceremony at the end of the week. A firm favourite with the students, the event has grown (it was only meant to be a one off event in 2012!) and activities take place across the college site. As such, there is a lot of co-ordination and logistics involved to ensure activities are organised, supervised and recorded properly. This is where they hope to get a team of Zurich employees to help. As with previous years, the team will help umpire, score and referee a variety of activities, from matches to individual competitions and others. It's chaotic but great fun for all involved! 

408  You're hired!

Challenge group size: S

Birmingham Settlement

What's the challenge?

Birmingham Settlement is one of the oldest charities in the city. For over 100 years, they have helped the people of Birmingham overcome the challenges they face, giving people advice, support and access to activities and training to help them achieve their goals and live happier lives.

Birmingham Settlement supports the community with older people’s services, children and young people’s services, training and employment advice, money advice and development support for community organisations.

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One of the activities Birmingham Settlement offers is Job Club. Through this they offer 1:1 advice and group support to help break down the challenge of getting into work, whether for the first time or after a long absence.

They would love to run a one off employment skills workshop focusing on interview skills. Real life practice would be very beneficial - as a small team, many of the clients already know the staff so interviews do not seem as real as if someone they did not know was running them. They therefore would love to run a day consisting of 2 / 3 interview panels of 2 people carrying out practice interviews, preparation sessions before the interviews and one to one and group feedback sessions afterwards.

Ideally, they would love a Challenge Team of 4 to 6 people to help them run this day, at their premises, acting as interview panellists, running the preparation workshops and offering their clients valuable feedback. They will also be putting on lunch which they hope will give clients and the Challenge team a chance to get together and chat informally about personal experiences of work and interviews. They expect to have around 10 clients attend the session. The challenge can run on most Tuesdays or Thursdays as suits the Challenge team. The session itself would run from approximately 10am – 2pm and the team would be needed for a short time before and after to help prepare and provide feedback. 

 

412  Afternoon Tea with angel babies!

Challenge group size: S

Acacia Family Support

What's the challenge?

Acacia Family Support is a Birmingham Charity that exists to improve the lives of mothers and families affected by antenatal and postnatal depression (PND) and anxiety. One in five mothers suffer from depression, anxiety or psychosis during pregnancy or in the first years after childbirth and suicide is the second leading cause of maternal death in the UK behind heart disease. This can have devastating effects on the family. 

Acacia was established in Birmingham in 2004 by two local mothers who had experienced PND but found that specialist support was lacking. They are the only specialist voluntary sector provider of PND support services across Birmingham and the West Midlands.

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Acacia would love a team to help them organise a baby friendly afternoon tea for mothers and babies using their services - this would be a really lovely treat for the mums.

The challenge is to find a family friendly venue for an afternoon of chat, tea and cake. Fundraising towards the cost of refreshments would also be gratefully received. It is anticipated that between 10 to 20 mums could benefit from this challenge. 

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413  A gift of kindness

Challenge group size: F

Acacia Family Support

What's the challenge?

Acacia Family Support is a Birmingham Charity that exists to improve the lives of mothers and families affected by antenatal and postnatal depression (PND) and anxiety. One in five mothers suffer from depression, anxiety or psychosis during pregnancy or in the first years after childbirth and suicide is the second leading cause of maternal death in the UK behind heart disease. This can have devasting effects on the family. 

Acacia was established in Birmingham in 2004 by two local mothers who had experienced PND, but found that specialist support was lacking. They are the only specialist voluntary sector provider of PND support services across Birmingham and the West Midlands.

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Acacia would love for a team to prepare some small pamper gift packages for mothers in their service. The challenge is to fundraise to buy the gift items and then to spend a morning making up some lovely gift wrapped and ribboned packages, to be later delivered to the mums' houses in the afternoon. Volunteers will be able to see, first hand, the difference that these gifts of kindness will make. Acacia will be happy to provide a list of the gift items to be fundraised for.    

 

415  Lets have some fun!

Challenge group size: F

SoLO

What's the challenge?

“Embracing Disability, Empowering Lives”, SoLO is a local charity adding value to the lives of over 1200 children and adults with learning disabilities, their parents and carers.  SoLO provides high quality specialist leisure and social activities and enhanced services such as holiday activities, after school provisions, supported volunteering and community based day time activities.

SoLO enables all to experience social activities in order to reduce isolation, build skills, make friends and improve lives.

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Volunteers will be supporting SoLO's Holiday Activities Scheme where they will working with disabled members on either a 1:1 basis or as a group. You will be acting as teachers, role models, protectors and, above all, friends. You can expect to meet and interact with some amazing children from 5 years to 18 years.

Each activity day provides exciting fun activities ranging from cookery and crafts to sport sessions and trips out. The children will make you laugh, and even make you cry. Expect to leave the challenge with a sense of pride, knowing that the support, guidance and positive influence you had on these children will continue to have a positive effect on their day to day lives. The activities run from the end of July and throughout August. This challenge can be taken up by more than one team.  

 

417  Family fun!

Challenge group size: M

Spurgeons - Birmingham Young Carers

What's the challenge?

Spurgeons - Birmingham Young Carers supports children and young people who have a caring role which can impact on the social, educational, mental and physical wellbeing of the child. As well as providing respite and 1:1 support they also take a whole family approach and aim to strengthen the network of support around a family so as to alleviate some of the child’s caring roles by signposting the family to relevant services

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Young carers face an array of pressures at home and at school, with additional responsibilities that heighten their levels of stress and anxiety, but also make it difficult to develop peer support networks. Parents often feel guilty that they are not able to take their children out and spend family time together, with other 'normal' families. Therefore, the challenge is for a team to help the charity plan and deliver a free 'family day' during the summer to enable as many families across Birmingham to come together and enjoy time with their family and peers, without fear of being judged.

 = Wheelchair accessible

 

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