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Volunteer Centres Hertfordshire Volunteer Management Awards and Annual Conference

Now in its 9th Year, this award is very special as nominations can only be made by volunteers. The idea is to champion organisations who demonstrate quality in their volunteer management. To be eligible, organisations must demonstrate a basic level of good practice as demonstrated by achieving the Hertfordshire Valuing Volunteer Management 6 Point Promise – just contact us for more details about how you can sign up to this.

This year’s winner will receive a new trophy, complete with our new branding, to keep for a year to show how much they value their volunteers and how this appreciated by their team.

All nominees for the award will be invited to join us at the Hertfordshire Volunteer Centres Annual Volunteering Conference hosted by Beales Hotel Hatfield on 6th June as part of our Volunteers Week celebrations where the trophy will be presented by the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire.

Nominations are now closed but you are still welcome to attend to find out more about volunteering across Hertfordshire. Please click here to see details of the event.

Radio Dacorum

Radio Dacorum at the Volunteer Centre

If a career in Media interests you or you just want to help, Radio Dacorum is still looking for volunteer presenters and broadcasters. This is a community based radio station broadcasting 24/7 through the internet combining music with an opportunity for residents, voluntary organisations, public authorities and private companies to promote their local activities.

Earlier this month Dacorum Radio proudly celebrated its 5th birthday by broadcasting live from the Volunteer Centre. It was a very popular day with many people joining in the fun whilst at the same time providing Radio Dacorum with the opportunity to successfully recruit more volunteers and advertisers.

For more information please visit:


Trevor’s Double Celebration

Week 9 - Trevor Mills

Trevor Mills has a lot to be proud of. As well as having just celebrated his 80th birthday he is now celebrating an amazing 25 years of volunteering at the Riding for the Disabled Centre, Gaddesden Place. With the help of volunteers this centre gives over 100 children and adults with special needs and disabilities the opportunity to ride and have fun.

Trevor took redundancy and early retirement at the age of 55. With time on his hands he decided to try volunteering. He visited the Volunteer Centre, which at that time was in the Old Town, and at their suggestion started with Meals on Wheels which he did until Herts County Council took over.

It was then, as a result of a further visit to the Volunteer Centre, that he met Trina Hall who ran the riding school and Riding for the Disabled (RDA). After talking to Trina, he decided to volunteer for RDA.  Although he had no knowledge of horses or disabilities he felt that this would be a challenge that he would enjoy.

He started with just one session a week but this quickly became two. His various roles at the centre have included stewarding at competitions, acting as a groom and carriage driving. It was the carriage driving that really caught his interest and, after Trina had taught him the basics of driving, Trevor became so hooked that he even bought his own pony and carriage!

He was persuaded to join the Committee and has held the roles of both Treasurer and Chairman. Whilst there he has seen Gaddesden Place change from a branch of the national RDA to a separate charity and more recently to a limited company.

Although he is now 80 Trevor is still helping 3 or 4 times a week and is obviously much appreciated. The Chairman, Cathy Bolshaw said “We have had many wonderful volunteers who have come to us via the Volunteer Centre over the years and Trevor is a shining example…and the longest serving! I look forward to welcoming many more in the future”

If you would like to follow in Trevor’s footsteps and become a volunteer at RDA you can either come and talk to us or visit their website

The new Support4Dacorum website is now live

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Support4Dacorum is the new Hemel Hempstead based service providing support for voluntary and community groups based in and serving the Borough of Dacorum.  Led by Community Action Dacorum this new service is a partnership with Volunteer Centre Dacorum to support the delivery of a volunteer brokerage service across the Borough.  This service is funded and supported by Dacorum Borough Council.

An important part of this service is a new website that is designed to contain useful resources, links and information. This website is now live and you can access it directly by clinking on the link here.

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Hemel Hempstead Child Contact Centre have new volunteer opportunities

Hemel Hempstead Child Contact Centre provide a safe and friendly place on two Saturdays per month for children to see their non-resident parent and family in a relaxed comfortable and neutral venue.  The centre, which offers supported contact is run by trained volunteers, who are impartial and work to a strict code of practice which includes confidentiality and non discrimination.

There are currently 3 new opportunities that are available:

Chair of Management Committee

They are seeking an experienced and professional person to be Chair of the Management Committee.  Good leadership and organisational skills are important, and previous experience of similar position is desirable.

Volunteer Coordinator

The Centre  are also seeking an organised and enthusiastic person to be Volunteers Coordinator, responsible for organising rota, overseeing volunteers, induction and the recruitment of new volunteers for Saturday contact sessions


In addition, the Centre are seeking an organised and enthusiastic person to be Secretary to the Management Committee. Excellent administrative, organisational and computer skills are key. The committee meets on 5 to 6 evenings per year

Please contact us at:  for further information