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With a growing calendar of events there are lots of things to be involved with at Serve On. Whether you want to fundraise on your own, sponsor an event or come along to one of our organised events we want to see you there. From family friendly Kite Surfing Armadas to our annual Salisbury Dinner Dance we have a whole range of jam packed activities to attend.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Find out more about what’s in the calendar this year and don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to be the first to hear when tickets go on sale

PAST EVENTS

Read about our previous events and find out more about the successes and stories

Fundraising


Fundraising


There are so many ways to Fundraise and lots of things you can do to get involved. Supporters who organise Fundraising events on our behalf do a great job of not only raising money for a great cause but also awareness within your network and community. Get in touch today if you have an idea, or you just need some inspiration.
Organising an event to raise money for Serve On couldn’t be easier! With help and assistance from our Fundraisers and volunteers all you have to do is come up with a fun idea! 

Get in touch with our Fundraising Team at fundraising@serveon.org.uk to get your free Fundraising How-To Guide.

If you need some help getting started why use our inspirational ideas to help:

CAKE SALE

Easy, simple and a very effective way to raise money. Hosting a Great British-style Bake Off, a vintage tea party, a competition or a prize for the best cake you’ll have delicious treats to sell and lots of fun doing it.


AUCTION OF SKILLS

Got members who can whip up a delicious dinner for 4, prepare perfect picnics, a whiz with a needle and thread or web wizards? Why not gather together a group and auction off your skills. Mix in some fun and crazy ones with some really great offers and you’ll capture the attention of students all over campus.


QUIZ NIGHT

With lots of pubs and bars nearby why not take on the challenge of organizing a quiz night for the brainiest bunches around. With an entry fee per team or per person you’ll be laughing with your friends all night long. Why not ask the bar if they will donate a prize for the winner, or donate £1 a pint sold at the event?


HOST A CARNIVAL DAY

Who doesn't love a fair? Why not find some space around campus where you can hold a one-off carnival! With coconut shys, test of strength and much more invite staff, students and the community. Charge admission or a small fee to play games.


CAR WASH

Put up some posters the week before and set up a car wash in a cark park. People will come by to pay to have their cars washed! Particularly popular in the summer this simple fundraising idea can be a great way to raise money.


BUCKET COLLECTIONS

If you would like to hold a collection either on Campus or in a nearby City get in touch and let us know! We can help you obtain the right permits for collecting and provide you with the materials you need to get going.


SPORTS-A-THON

Get sponsorship for swimming, play football for hours or host a tournament. All you have to do is find a fantastic prize as an incentive for the winning team and have people pay to enter your Serve On charity tournament!


ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR

Why not use the creative talents of your community to fundraise? Develop some fun products for people to buy and sell your work at a craft fair.


FILM NIGHT

This is a super simple way to raise lots of money. Create your own cinema and hold a film night for family and friends. Sell popcorn, drinks and charge an entry fee. You could even theme the night around your film.

 

Corporate Partnerships


Corporate Partnerships


Corporate Partnerships are crucial to the work of Serve On and can help us in so many different ways as well as generating significant Corporate Social Responsibility benefits. We have some ideas about how we could work together but we’d love to talk to you more about how Serve On could be the best fit for you.


FUND US

Do you or your company have access to funding or networks of funding that could help us expand across the country? We can only do what we do with the generosity of those around us and we need your help. Even if you organise matched giving from your company or optimizing employee payroll giving makes a huge difference and takes advantage of tax relief benefit.


SPONSORSHIP

From projects to events we have a range of ways you can sponsor Serve On. If you would like to fund an upcoming project, kit or a special event we can talk to you about the benefits of partnership with Serve On.


GET INVOLVED

We love to expand our supporter base through all of the activities we do, which means you and your staff could get involved in a huge variety of ways. Running a marathon, undertaking a challenge, attending our ball, networking on our behalf, belonging to our committee – all of these opportunities and more are available at Serve On. Browse our Get Involved pages for further ideas and information.


SPACE OR FACILITIES

Do you have space we can use to deliver our training and community groups, or even networking sessions or events in cities? We are constantly looking for new space to use – either to home a new Team or expand our current ones.


INSPIRE

Our team have been involved in dangerous situations, joyful moments and emotional scenarios all over the world. Why not have Serve On inspire and motivate your staff and find out more about what we do.


TEAM BUILDING

When your employees get behind a cause team building is automatically part of the package. By organizing group fundraising activities such as bake sales, events or even sponsored challenges we can help your employees come together as a team


VOLUNTEER

Your staff can volunteer to help our services hands-on, use their hard earned skills to further our work, help out at our events, shake buckets and raise awareness and so much more.


OPEN YOUR NETWORKS

We are always looking to make new contacts and expand our networks across the country. Through opening your networks to us we can make a bigger difference than ever before.


SECONDMENT

As a very small team we always have room for staff looking for secondment opportunities. If you or your employees would like to consider this then we certainly have the opportunity for you.


IN KIND

Office equipment is crucial in the running of our charity – do you have any old kit that we can outfit our offices with? Do you know what your company does with your equipment, supplies or furniture when it is replaced? Find out today and get in touch to offer your old equipment to Serve On.


SKILLS

Do you or your staff have skills or knowledge that you think would be valuable to Serve On? We are always looking for advice and skills from professionals who can help guide us in our mission and help us build a lasting legacy.

 

Click here to see our current corporate sponsors or partners.

Training


Training


SERVE ON offers a wide range of personal and corporate training and development packages, all of which can be tailored to individual clients’ needs. Below are some of the services we offer. Please contact us for more information.


Fire-specific Incident Command at all levels (various course lengths)

With many serving members of Serve On having emergency and fire service backgrounds, Serve On can offer courses in incident command at all levels. All input is mapped to relevant fire and rescue service national occupational standards and other relevant standards such as those relating to working with other agencies within Local Resilience Fora. Courses can include;

  1. Level one two and three incident command for new and developing commanders at these levels
  2. Functional manager skills courses to support incident commanders
  3. Command support
  4. Incident command assessment

Course lengths will vary between one to three days depending on the level and content.

Critical Incident Management (1 day)

Critical incidents that may adversely affect an organisation’s business can occur at any time. Whilst Business Continuity Planning can go some way to anticipating and mitigating the effects of unwanted incidents, dealing with the incident itself requires a different set of skills. This course is aimed at those staff who are likely to be members of an organisational safety or emergency team, and their team leaders. The course concentrates on situational awareness, decision making, objective setting and planning, command and control and information recording for subsequent incident debrief.


Multi-agency Joint Working for Major Incidents (1 day workshop)

A series of one day workshops set at command levels one to three and including post event debriefing. All input is mapped to relevant CCAG National Occupational Standards 1 – 4. The course prepares command staff from Civil Contingencies Act Category One responding organisations to work effectively and collaboratively with their colleagues from other organisations. The workshops can also be provided to Category Two responders within the Act and those voluntary agencies who work closely to support the statutory agencies in Local Resilience Fora during major incidents. With recent history of adverse weather affecting the UK, training to prepare staff has never been more necessary.

We can provide role players knowledgeable in all aspects of interagency work for exercises, training or assessment purposes.

Independent assessment services

Serve On can provide staff who are qualified and current in both assessment and internal verification. As such we understand the importance of basing assessment decisions on current evidence. Serve On can therefore provide an independent assessment service in those areas where we are knowledgeable of the relevant standards. We can use the same skills sets to carry out quality assurance or independent audit of an organisation’s internal processes and provide independent evidence based feedback.


Design and facilitation of tailor-made Critical Incident exercises at all levels

Exercises can be designed for a variety of purposes such as staff selection, testing of existing procedures or as developmental activities. Exercises can include independent assessment of participants with feedback on that performance provided if required. We can provide a range of exercises tailored to your specific working environment. Content and duration will require discussion to ensure you are given a product that best meets your needs.

Working within your own organisation’s exercise procedures, Serve On can provide independent assessment of managers and leaders performances.

Risk Management and Risk Assessment advice

Managing risk is key to ensuring both the health, safety and welfare of employees, and also for protecting an organisation’s core business and its reputation. Risk assessments will vary according to the risk, but the basic methodology is common across all applications. The course will cover the underpinning legislative framework and regulations, point delegates to sources of industry specific advice and guidance, and provide practical examples of completing and recording risk assessments in formats that are easy to follow and understand.


Structured Debriefing service for Critical Incidents

Whether an incident works out favourably or adversely, they are all opportunities to learn to ensure future events are dealt with more effectively and that lessons learned can be shared across an organisation. Such events could include not only critical or unplanned events but, for example, a successful award of a new contract, the lessons of how that success was achieved can be identified and reported across the wider organisation to inform organisational development. Serve On can provide an independent structured debriefing service which will include feedback and analysis on the event.

Business Continuity advice

To ensure continued business survival in a competitive world, it is vital to plan ahead to ensure those aspects of your business that are critical to its continuing performance are identified and planned for to ensure that risks to those processes are minimised and alternative means for delivering that service are in place. This one day course will provide advice on planning for business continuity, including how to manage events and ensure business disruption is kept to a minimum until normal activity is restored.


Fire safety risk management advice and fire safety audits

Serve On can provide an independent fire safety audit service to provide you with assurance of your current safety systems or advise on where improvements may need to be made. Serve On does not carry out fire risk assessment. We believe the responsibility for ensuring the effective management of risk lies with the organisation. However, we can advise on those matters that need to be taken into account to ensure compliance with fire safety legislation.

Fire Warden training (1 day)

A one day course to prepare staff to carry out the duties of a fire warden. This is NOT a fire risk assessment course. Delegates will be instructed on the nature of fires, how they develop and spread, the hazards posed by fires, fire extinguishers and methods of dealing with fire. The course will include instruction on inbuilt fire safety measures, both passive and active, evacuation strategies and methods for liaising with fire services and other relevant persons.


MENTOR TRAINING

Background

SERVE ON provides a unique approach to mentoring.  SERVE ON’s founder, Simon Edwards, has trained thousands of business and personal mentors in the UK and Middle East, and currently leads a programme working in partnership with Help for Heroes to bring the unique value of mentoring to our wounded, injured and sick veterans. 

Approach to Mentoring 

SERVE ON uses a unique 3-pillar approach to 21st Century mentoring; Inspire, Empower, Guide.  This ensures that mentors do not simply create ‘clones’ of themselves; instead the mentee is supported to develop to their own full potential.  This approach promotes freshness and fosters new thinking and innovation within the organisation.   Since mentoring is ‘first level’ leadership, mentors will receive an outstanding insight into being an effective leader at any level.

Benefits of Mentoring

  • Mentees are supported to realise considerable positive change in themselves – individual growth and career progression.  
  • Mentors develop invaluable ‘soft’ skills (listening and reflecting) which ensures that the mentees grow and the mentors themselves unlock their true potential – supports an open and collegiate team environment at all levels of the business
  • Mentors gain from ‘giving back’ to their organisation; this increases motivation and organisational ‘togetherness’ – supports the values of the organisation and consequent staff retention.
  • Increased motivation within mentors and mentees enables organisational goals to be achieved more readily – a crucial element in supporting career progression, again reducing employee ‘churn’
  • Mentoring facilitates the establishment of a powerful ‘peer-level’ business network – an essential requirement in any large/complex organisation
 

Mentorship and career support


Mentorship and career support


We have worked with people of all ages in career support and mentoring through Serve On. By offering training, careers advice and role models to aspire to anybody can thrive within the team at Serve On. 

 

Background

SERVE ON provides a unique approach to mentoring.  SERVE ON’s founder, Simon Edwards, has trained thousands of business and personal mentors in the UK and Middle East, and currently leads a programme working in partnership with Help for Heroes to bring the unique value of mentoring to our wounded, injured and sick veterans. 

 

Approach to Mentoring 

SERVE ON uses a unique 3-pillar approach to 21st Century mentoring; Inspire, Empower, Guide.  This ensures that mentors do not simply create ‘clones’ of themselves; instead the mentee is supported to develop to their own full potential.  This approach promotes freshness and fosters new thinking and innovation within the organisation.   Since mentoring is ‘first level’ leadership, mentors will receive an outstanding insight into being an effective leader at any level.

 

Benefits of Mentoring

 
  • Mentees are supported to realise considerable positive change in themselves – individual growth and career progression.  
  • Mentors develop invaluable ‘soft’ skills (listening and reflecting) which ensures that the mentees grow and the mentors themselves unlock their true potential – supports an open and collegiate team environment at all levels of the business
  • Mentors gain from ‘giving back’ to their organisation; this increases motivation and organisational ‘togetherness’ – supports the values of the organisation and consequent staff retention.
  • Increased motivation within mentors and mentees enables organisational goals to be achieved more readily – a crucial element in supporting career progression, again reducing employee ‘churn’
  • Mentoring facilitates the establishment of a powerful ‘peer-level’ business network – an essential requirement in any large/complex organisation

Volunteering


Volunteering


Volunteering is at the heart of what we do and forms the base on which the charity was founded. Either in the UK or working abroad all the work we do takes place on a voluntary basis and there are lots of ways that you can help.

We offer lots of different volunteering roles – simply get in touch with us here or browse the categories below and we can talk about the right fit for you. 


RESEARCH AND ADMIN

Do you have a computer and want to help? No matter where you are based you can help our small team accomplish a lot more by giving a few hours of your time. You could help us write blog posts, writing thank you emails, researching new relationships and so much more. 


COUNTY FAIRS AND SHOWS

If you have some hours spare on the weekend and would love to spend some time as part of a fantastic team then help us spread the word and fundraise for Serve On at the county fairs and shows. With a number of dates coming up in 2015 there are some great days out with a difference to be had.


EVENT FUNDRAISING

With an exciting events programme growing we need volunteers to help us run them! With lots of varying roles it’s a great opportunity to see Events from the planning side and gain experience, whilst helping Serve On. We need lots of volunteers to help us with our upcoming Ball in October so if you’d like to be a part of it then come on down!


COMMITTEE

Whilst we can organize some fantastic events we need people to help us with lots of aspects – finding venues, selling tickets, using local networks to find sponsorship and spreading the word. If you think you could be a good fit for our Special Events Committee we would love to hear from you.


ORGANISE AN EVENT

From bake sales to car washes, carnivals to sponsored football tournaments we want to hear your ideas. We can help you with all the materials you need and help or advice to get started.


HELP US WITH OUR WORK

If you want to get hands-on in your Community we have lots of opportunities. Every month with different projects we need volunteers to help make our work happen. If you think you could clear out somebody’s house, provide support for local events or you just want to make a difference then get in touch today. 


Get in touch with our Fundraising Team at fundraising@serveon.org.uk to ask about Volunteering opportunities near you.

Challenge Events


Challenge Events


We know that Serve On has a lot of supporters who are always up for a challenge – the bigger the better, right? Whether it’s a marathon, a mountain trek abroad, a cycle through the city or jumping out of a plane, we’ve got a challenge event to suit you. The rush of completing a challenge event is such an incredible feeling, especially when you're helping to support National and International communities in the process. Sponsorship is a simple and effective way to raise money for Serve On and we will be with you every step of the way!


RUN AND WALK

If you want to take on a 5k, 10k, half marathon or marathon we can help you every step of the way. Get in touch and talk to us today about our running and walking challenge events.


CYCLE

With the popularity of cycling and getting out and about on your bike on the rise this is the perfect opportunity. With cycling challenges over the country we can find the perfect ride for your area.


OBSTACLE COURSES

Tough Mudder and similar obstacle events have been really popular with our supporters and members. Putting purpose behind performance and pushing boundaries is what Serve On is about so if you think this might be your next challenge, let us help you tie your laces!


ADRENALINE CHALLENGES

With abseiling, zip wiring, bungee jumping and parachuting all on the cards you can certainly find your next rush whilst fundraising for a great cause. Speak to our team about available experiences and make sure you don’t miss out.


FURTHER AFIELD

If you want to climb Kilimanjaro, hike the Great Wall of China or race as a team in a Tuk Tuk then don’t forget to fundraise on behalf of Serve On. How about we help you get in shape to ace it and all you have to do is hit a sponsorship target? Awesome – we think so!


Get in touch with our Fundraising Team at fundraising@serveon.org.uk to find out more about how you can challenge yourself this year whilst Fundraising for Serve On.

Student Chapters


Student Chapters


We are always excited to welcome support from Schools, Colleges and Universities and there are so many ways you can get involved. Using your networks to Fundraise in your educational institutions is a great way to not only raise awareness of Serve On and what we do Internationally, as well as crucial community work in the UK but to raise funds to help us in our mission too.

Fundraising Events

Organising your own Fundraising Event couldn’t be easier! With help and assistance from our Fundraisers at Serve On all you have to do is come up with an idea that you think will appeal to the students around you. If you’re organizing RAG week activities, bake sales, pantomimes, pub crawls or a good old bucket shaking collection we can give you the help you need to get started.

We are excited to announce that this year Serve On is part of University of Bath’s Big 4 charities and we are looking forward to fundraising with them in the 2015/2016 academic year.


If you need some help getting started why not take some of these ideas to your Student Union and start fundraising today!

CAKE SALE

Easy, simple and a very effective way to raise money. Hosting a Great British-style Bake Off, a vintage tea party, a competition or a prize for the best cake you’ll have delicious treats to sell and lots of fun doing it.


AUCTION OF SKILLS

Got members who can whip up a delicious dinner for 4, prepare perfect picnics, a whiz with a needle and thread or web wizards? Why not gather together a group and auction off your skills. Mix in some fun and crazy ones with some really great offers and you'll capture the attention of students all over campus.


QUIZ NIGHT

With lots of pubs and bars nearby why not take on the challenge of organizing a quiz night for the brainiest bunches around. With an entry fee per team or per person you’ll be laughing with your friends all night long. Why not ask the bar if they will donate a prize for the winner, or donate £1 a pint sold at the event?


HOST A CARNIVAL DAY

Who doesn't love a fair? Why not find some space around campus where you can hold a one-off carnival! With coconut shys, test of strength and much more invite staff, students and the community. Charge admission or a small fee to play games.


CAR WASH

Rally in the faculty car park in the morning and charge to wash cars – particularly popular in the summer this simple fundraising idea can be a great way to raise money.


BUCKET COLLECTIONS

If you would like to hold a collection either on Campus or in a nearby City get in touch and let us know! We can help you obtain the right permits for collecting and provide you with the materials you need to get going.


SPORTS-A-THON

Get sponsorship for swimming, play football for hours or host a tournament for your fellow students. All you have to do is find a fantastic prize as an incentive for the winning team (think a round of drinks at a nearby bar) and have people pay to enter your Serve On charity tournament!

 

Get in touch with our Fundraising Team at fundraising@serveon.org.uk to get your free Fundraising How-To Guide or to find out more.

Membership and Training


Membership and Training


Training is the core of everything we do at Serve On. Through training our members develop skills that not only help them personally, opening up new job opportunities, adding to CVs, building team work, self-respect and confidence but further our mission to contribute to communities.

Our Community Resilience Team, International Response Team and Dog Search Team all offer a variety of training programmes and are available to all members. This level of formal training allows Serve On to become a deployable asset to Emergency Services and Local Authorities and for our teams to be known for their reliability, professionalism and passion.

Members of Serve On are from all backgrounds and all walks of life, membership is open to everybody. Our members range from ex-army and emergency services personnel, to office workers.  Those who continue to serve, young people looking for skills, development opportunities and experience, professionals but most of all ordinary people who want to belong to something extraordinary. Who want to save lives, change lives and make a difference, becoming a force for good.

If you would like to find out more about training and joining Serve On as a member please contact us.