We would like to invite you to a meeting to plan NCT activity in Cornwall.
We're here to support parents in their First 1,000 Days. We give parents accurate, impartial information so that they can decide what’s best for their family, and we introduce them to a network of local parents to gain practical and emotional support. The majority of our services are run by volunteers in our branch structure. In order for parent to parent services to happen need volunteers.
Could you offer four hours a week or a couple of hours a month or something in between? If so, we can find a role for you. Volunteering is fun, it allows you to use your experience and gain new skills, and you have the satisfaction of knowing that you’re helping the NCT make a difference for parents.
We haven’t had a branch committee for some time. The result is that the branch volunteers have lost connection and our services have run down. We want to change that and build a bright new future for the parents in the local area.
One thing that we think may make a difference is if we split Cornwall branch. We would want to make smaller branches that have a true community feel and ensure that all the volunteer roles are achievable by mums, dads, or anyone wishing to volunteer.
Each of the new branches will need a new team of volunteers.
For the immediate future, we think the new branches need to focus on what is really essential and then add the “nice to haves”. These ideas are based on the Branch Charter. We should be able to find:
- Branch coordinator/Chair: who coordinates the work of the Branch committee or team, leads and develops the committee or team as a group, and is the principal link between the Branch and other parts of NCT
- Treasurer: who provides financial information necessary for the Branch committee/team to manage the Branch’s finances, keeps the Branch’s accounts up to date and prepares annual accounts
- Membership coordinator: who welcomes those getting in touch with the Branch (either directly or through other NCT channels) and encourages involvement and membership, keeps in touch with members and encourages renewals
- Parent support coordinator: who coordinates parent support activities and responds to enquiries from local parents, putting them in touch with Branch activities and services meeting their needs
- PSA link: who is the link between the branch committee and the Parent Services Administrator (PSA), who books parents on to antenatal and early days courses.
Ideally, we would also like to have:
- Minute Taker: who helps the chair/coordinator with the administration of team meetings and takes a note of actions
- Bumps and Babes Supporter: who works with the Parent Support Coordinator to run a Bumps & Babies group
- Branch Open House Host: who hosts a local tea group
- Fundraising Coordinator: who puts together a fundraising team, works with the team to devise a fundraising plan and organises the events – there are lots of guides to help with this, for example the Branch Guide to planning your fundraising. We need to raise money for our local activities and make out contribution to the wider work of the NCT.
- General Enquires: receives the telephone calls and email enquiries for the branch
- Nearly New Sale Coordinator: who puts together a team and works with them to organise our Nearly New Sales. There is a guide to assist in this - the Branch Guide to Nearly New Sales
- Newsletter Editor: who gathers interesting articles and edits them into our local bulletin for members
- Newsletter Advertising Coordinator: who works with the editor to sell advertising to companies/individuals offering services of interest to our readership and help cover the newsletter’s costs
- Publicity Officer: who develops relationships with the local media, writes and places press releases and helps publicise the local NCT
- Branch Webmaster: who develops and keeps up to date our branch pages on www.nct.org.uk so parents know who we are and how to access our activities (again there is a Branch Guide to help you do this)
So, are you interested in meeting people, working in a team, helping new parents get established in their new role? Do you have a background in administration, customer services, finance or accounting, information technology or databases, copywriting, marketing, the media or the web? Or would you like to develop some of these skills? If so, there is definitely a role for you! And a friend - all the roles can be organised as role-shares.
The South West Regional Coordinator, Lydia Hasson, will be available to support you in building the new teams and will be able to offer you guidance and support. In addition, the London region will be holding a training day on 6 June in Taunton for volunteers from all over the region, so you’ll be able to attend training workshops and network with other branches to share ideas and good practice.
We hope that you are interested in volunteering for NCT. If you think you can help, please register your interest in volunteering at https://babble.nct.org.uk/selfservice or please contact Tabis Witherick via AreaGLink.RegionSouthWest@nct.org.uk. Or you can attend the meeting on 2 May 2015. We would be grateful if you could let us know in advance if you are likely to be attending the meeting.
We are proposing to change the branch structure by splitting NCT Cornwall to make six new branches. NCT Cornwall branch is one of the geographically largest branch in the country. We know from case studies that smaller branches are more likely to be able to reach all the parents in their communities and make volunteering more enjoyable.
The proposed new branches would be:
Camborne & Redruth – TR14, TR15 and TR16.
North Cornwall – EX23, PL27, PL28, PL29, PL30, PL31, PL32, PL33, PL34, PL35 and PL15
South East Cornwall – PL10, PL11, PL12, PL13, PL14, PL18, PL22, PL17, PL23 and PL24.
St Austell & Newquay – PL25, PL26, TR7, TR8 and TR9.
St Ives – TR17, TR18, TR19, TR20, TR21, TR22, TR23, TR24, TR25, TR26, TR27, TR12 and TR13.
Truro & Falmouth – TR1, TR11, TR2, TR3, TR4, TR5, TR6 and TR10.
We would be interested in your views on the proposed new branch structure. You can contact Tabis Witherick via AreaGLink.RegionSouthWest@nct.org.uk. Or you can attend the meeting on 2 May 2015. We would be grateful if you could let us know in advance if you are likely to be attending the meeting.
We hope therefore that you will attend the meeting to find out more and to join the new team. We would be grateful if you could let us know in advance if you are likely to be attending the meeting. If you aren’t able to come but want to help, then please contact Tabis Witherick via AreaGLink.RegionSouthWest@nct.org.uk.