Extra time for Volunteers’ Week 2016

first_img Volunteers’ Week has been extended by an extra five days this year, to enable more people to take part.Coordinated by the NCVO in England, it runs from 1-12th June, and is an opportunity to thank volunteers as well as encourage more people to give their time to helping charities through showcasing and offering volunteering opportunities. Last year more than 750 events took place, from awards ceremonies to tea parties and barbecues, and this year many charities are also expected to offer short-term, flexible or remote placements to encourage people to take part who are normally unable to commit.The end of Volunteers’ Week will coincide with The Patron’s Lunch on 12th June, celebrating the Queen’s lifetime service to the more than 600 charities and organisations to which she acts as a Patron, on her 90th birthday. Communities will be encouraged to participate by holding their own street party or event, and to use this opportunity to support their local communities through fundraising or giving of time.Justin Davis Smith, director of volunteering at the NCVO, said:“Volunteers’ Week is a time to celebrate the people in our communities who volunteer, giving their time and energy to help a whole multitude of causes. We hope that this bigger week of events and celebrations will encourage even more to take part – whether that’s by recognising the people that already given so much, or encouraging people to try volunteering for the first time.” Melanie May | 3 February 2016 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis17  85 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis17 Tagged with: Events NCVO Volunteering Advertisement About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Extra time for Volunteers’ Week 2016  84 total views,  1 views todaylast_img read more

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Cracks appear on floor of glass viewing platform in Chicago’s Willis Tower

first_imgbenedek/iStock(CHICAGO) — Visitors to Chicago’s Willis Tower, the city’s tallest building, captured video that appears to show cracks in the glass floor of its SkyDeck ledge 103 floors above ground. A Willis Tower spokesperson told ABC Chicago station WLS-TV that “no one was ever in danger.” “The protective coating, which acts like a screen protector for the ledge, experienced some minor cracking,” the spokesperson said.Nevertheless, the footage posted to social media earlier this week shows visitors looking somewhat alarmed.The ledge is comprised of glass enclosures that protrude 4.3 feet away from the building, giving visitors a 360-degree view about 1,300 feet above the city, according to the attraction’s website.The spokesperson told WLS that the coating had been replaced and that the ledge is back open for business.It’s not the first time the coating has cracked. In May 2014, tourists captured photographs of the floor beneath them seeming to shatter. At the time, Willis Tower told reporters the protective coating is designed to keep the ledge from getting scratched up by visitors.The 110-story Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower, is the second-tallest building in the United States.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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O’Shea excited by new-look Black Cats

first_img Press Association He told the club’s official website, www.safc.com: “The quality of players that the manager has brought in is pleasing. (Former Juventus midfielder Emanuele) Giaccherini has not been here long, but already you can see from his first touch he’s got that bit of class – it’s very pleasing on the eye. “His link-up play with the strikers looks good and if we can get him fully fit and get Jozy Altidore banging in goals, alongside Sess (Stephane Sessegnon), who’s looking fantastic, it’s going to be exciting. “We have got a lot more attacking options than we have had before – the new players, (Steven) Fletcher when he comes back, (Connor) Wickham and Ji (Dong-won), who’s come back from Germany looking a lot sharper. “There’s going to be a lot of competition for places, which can only be a good thing and should see us push our way up the table.” Di Canio and his staff have worked the players hard during pre-season, which included a 10-day training camp in Italy before their trip to the Far East, and while that may have come as a culture shock to some of the newcomers, O’Shea is confident they will reap the rewards once the season gets underway. He said: “The new players are getting on fantastically well. They all seem to be good lads and they have taken to the atmosphere amongst us. “Some of the training sessions have been a bit of an eye-opener for them in terms of the intensity that’s demanded so early on, but I think they realise they are going to benefit from it.” The 45-year-old Italian has drafted nine new faces to date into his squad and saw his new-look team make the final of the Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong last week, where they lost narrowly to Manchester City. They will head for Denmark to complete their preparations for the new Barclays Premier League campaign next week, and Republic of Ireland defender O’Shea is excited about what lies ahead. center_img John O’Shea admits he cannot wait for the season to start after being hugely impressed by manager Paolo Di Canio’s summer signings.last_img read more

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