Volunteer Centre Dacorum has been supporting other charities and community groups for more than 40 years. Known as the charity that helps other charities, we have a track record of helping to build and strengthen our communities and to transform the lives of those that get involved.
Our charity supports more than 470 other local groups to find the volunteers they need to keep vital services running. Our member organisations tell us that without our help, they would struggle to find the volunteer helpers they need, some might even have to close down.
In the last 10 years we have helped over 10,700 people of all ages, abilities and walks of life to become volunteers. When we’re asked the question “who volunteers?” we can state with confidence that volunteering can be for everyone. At our centre, we help more people between the ages of 15 and 25 years to volunteer than any other age group. The recession has hit hard and deep in Dacorum. Over recent years, the number of unemployed people coming to us for help increased by 40%. Volunteering can give people back their self-esteem and confidence and help keep skills up to date. For many, it’s also a way to try out new skills, give something back to the community and feel part of something worthwhile.
Did you know that 12% of people in Dacorum have a disability but many struggle to play an active role in our community? Disabled people have lots to offer and want to give something back too! Volunteering is a great way for people to realise their potential and become active citizens. We can help them make their first steps into volunteering with appropriate support.
There are lots of different ways that you could get involved in your community or support the Volunteer Centre to help other charities and good causes. You could use the link to the Do-it website or check out our monthly list and regular column in the Gazette for voluntary opportunities.