A group of Booth Centre volunteers were invited to accept our Queen's Award for Voluntary Service and treated to a special afternoon tea at Gorton Monastery this week.
Together with Booth Centre CEO, Amanda Croome, the group joined the 21 other voluntary organisations from Greater Manchester in receiving the prestigious award.
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK. We are delighted to receive this in our 20th anniversary year - a fitting way to thank our volunteers for their continued hard work and commitment.
Read more about the award and the other winners here.
We have a great opportunity for a volunteer looking to develop skills and experience with a small charity in the area of fundraising administration. If you are organised, have basic computer skills and some experience in customer service or events, this could be the role for you.
Working alongside our Development Manager, tasks might include:
This opportunity would be great for a student over the summer or a recent graduate looking to gain experience of fundraising. We will provide full supervision, training and expenses as well as a reference and support to find future personal development opportunities.
We are looking for someone who can commit to volunteering for at least 6 hours per week on weekdays between 8am and 4pm. We can be flexible according to your other commitments.
If you're interested in applying for this role please send a current CV and covering letter to email@example.com, or call her on 0161 835 2499 for an informal chat.
We are delighted to announce that The Booth Centre has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
The award is a fitting way to mark our 20th anniversary celebrations in 2015. Over the last 20 years the Booth Centre has welcomed over 10,000 people who were homeless or threatened with homelessness and has helped over 2,000 people to move off the streets and find new homes. The Centre has also increased the skills and confidence of over 3,000 people through our Activities Programme, enabling people to gain over 700 nationally recognised qualifications and supporting over 400 people to get back into employment. This is all in addition to serving more than 550,000 free hot meals and over 3 million hot drinks.
The Booth Centre has only been able to achieve this with the support of its volunteers. Over 500 people have volunteered at the Centre over the last 20 years and many of these people have experienced homelessness themselves and have wanted to give something back after the help they received themselves.
Lawrence McGill the Booth Centre’s gardening volunteer and Amanda Croome the CEO attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on 20th May where they met the Queen and other winners of this year’s award. Lawrence picked up tips for the garden back at the Booth Centre, which he has created along with other volunteers who use the Centre.
The Booth Centre is one of 187 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of awards handed out to groups have increased by over 60% from 2014, due to an increase in high quality applications, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to tackle community challenges.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.
The Booth Centre will receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant of Manchester later this summer.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist Martyn Lewis CBE said:
“I warmly congratulate all of the inspirational voluntary groups who have been rewarded for their community work with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The judging panel for this year’s awards were struck by the quality and breadth of all the successful groups. The thousands of volunteers who give up spare time to help others in their community and to help solve problems demonstrate the best of democracy in action.”
Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, said:
“I would like to congratulate all groups who received this year’s Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, in recognition of their fantastic achievements. The hard work and commitment that goes into the work of these organisations is surpassed only by the passion and motivation of the individuals who volunteer. I hope these groups continue to inspire others to get involved and make a positive impact so that we can continue to build a bigger, stronger society.”
Amanda Croome, Booth Centre CEO, said:
“With increasing levels of homelessness, services like the Booth Centre are needed more than ever. We are very proud that our volunteers have been recognised for all the hard work that they’ve done over the last 20 years. We are always looking for more volunteers who have time during the day and would like to support homeless people in our community.”
See a list of all the deserving winners here.
After their highly successful production of 'A Christmas Carol', we are delighted to announce that the Booth Centre Theatre Company will perform their summer show 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Booth' on Friday 26th June.
As part of our activities programme we offer regular music and drama workshops in partnership with The Edge Theatre and Arts Centre. Thanks to funding from Arts Council England, the Booth Centre Theatre Company helps people to develop new skills and increase their confidence by getting involved with regular rehearsals and working towards a public production.
There will be two performances of 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Booth' at 2.30pm and 6.00pm on Friday 26th June. Tickets will be priced at £5 with all proceeds going towards the Booth Centre's work supporting homeless people in Greater Manchester.
Tickets will be on sale soon, but in the meantime save the date and email Amy to register your interest as space will be limited.
The Booth Centre is looking to recruit some new volunteers to join our Advice/Reception/Welcome team.
Volunteers would need to be available for at least 2 shifts a week.
Our shift run from 8.30am – 1pm and/or 12.30 – 4pm Monday to Friday.
Advice and/or admin and/or computer skills or experience would be useful but is not essential.
Full training and support is provided. The next training course starts on 2nd June and runs on Tuesday afternoons for 7 weeks.
We are looking for volunteers with a positive outlook, who have a non-judgemental attitude and are good listeners.
For more information and to download an application form click here or contact Katie on 0161 835 2499.
We are looking for an experienced, enthusiastic advice worker who will be reliable, energetic and willing to work flexibly in a very busy day centre. The post holder will run a daily advice session aimed at getting rough sleepers off the streets as quickly as possible, helping to ensure they do not return to the streets and intervening to prevent people from becoming street homeless.
Applications from people with past personal experience of homelessness would be welcome and/or from people who can speak an Eastern European language.
Salary NJC pt. 28: £24,472 + 10% pension
Closing Date: Monday 13th April 11am
Interviews: Wednesday 29th April
The successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced DBS check
An application pack can be downloaded here.
We're looking for people with experience of advice work who would like to volunteer at the centre.
You would be helping people to sort out problems with benefits and housing, working in the advice office and accompanying people to appointments. You will be working in a team with other volunteers, supported by one of our Project Workers and full training will be provided.
If this sounds like the right opportunity for you, get in touch on 0161 835 2499 or email Katie.
Through the Booth Centre’s pioneering partnership with the Royal Exchange Theatre, we are pleased to support the launch of a new online resource - Backstage? Me?, sharing the learning and experiences of participants taking part in our drama workshops.
Since 2011, we have worked in partnership with the Royal Exchange to demonstrate the power of theatre and drama as a way for homeless people to build new skills and self-confidence, and to empower them to start to rebuild their lives.
One participant, Pawel, who has been homeless, yet now performs regularly on the Royal Exchange stage, talked about his experience: “The only sickness of being on the street is doing nothing and being not interested in anything. You feel like you don’t matter. You feel like the whole world has forgotten you. You’re alone, and never hear anyone say well done. The drama shows you that you can do things, you speak to people rather than spending the day not talking to anyone and it builds up your confidence. When I perform it feels beautiful. It feels just like a sense of life, that’s what I do. It keeps me busy. I need to do something creative, it’s in my soul.”
Backstage? Me? has been developed to highlight the importance of theatre and arts projects such as this in offering long-term support to the homeless in our communities. Find out more about this innovative partnership and see some of the workshops in action here.
You can also read more about Pawel's success in the Manchester Evening News.
We're really looking forward to the Great Manchester Run, it's always a fantastic day with such a good atmosphere. Our city comes alive when thousands of runners take on the 10k running challenge to support their favourite cause.
Are you joining the Morrisons Great Manchester Run this year on Sunday 10th May? Would you consider running to raise vital funds to help us support homeless people in our community?
As a small charity, we don't have free places to offer, but we can help you with your fundraising and provide resources you may need including collection tins and t-shirts. We don't set a fundraising target either, whatever you raise would make a big difference to us and the homeless people we support.
If you'd like to run to support the Booth Centre, book your place on the Great Run website and let us know by completing our fundraising registration form, and we'll get in touch.
By taking on a challenge in aid of the Booth Centre, you could raise the funds needed to help someone move off the streets and build a better future. Thank you.