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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.

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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

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 What is Support 4 Dacorum
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 will sub contract the Volunteer Centre Dacorum to support the delivery of a volunteer brokerage service across the Borough.  
Who are we?
Support4Dacorum will draw upon the expertise and resources of both organisations to deliver a holistic service to all voluntary/community groups and social enterprise (VCSE) irrespective of their size, governance status and beneficiaries. Both Community Action Dacorum and the Volunteer Centre Dacorum currently operate a membership scheme and users of the new service will be expected to be in membership to access higher levels of support which will contribute towards project sustainability.
Both organisations will work towards having a joint membership scheme by the end of year 2 of the project. This will include new options for membership and dis-counted rates.  The service will proactively represent the local voluntary/community sector through participation in strategic partnerships locally and across county, helping local groups to have a voice and engage in policy debate.  
Equipped with good local knowledge built up over decades Community Action Dacorum and the Volunteer Centre have already well established partnerships and links across the Borough and beyond which bring benefit to the local sector. Support4Dacorum will be delivered from two locations based in HemelHempstead The Roundhouse situated in the town centre and from the Community Action Dacorum 
offices based in the old High Street at number 48. 
Whilst these locations will be the primary delivery sites, the service will be offered on an outreach basis to meet the needs of voluntary/community groups that operate in some of the more rural parts of the Borough. 

Volunteer Centre Dacorum Annual General Meeting 2016

Volunteer Centre Dacorum and Community Action Dacorum (CAD) held a joint Annual General Meeting at Dacorum Borough Council Civic Centre on Thursday 1st December 2016 to celebrate the achievements of both organisations over the past year. This AGM also presented the opportunity to launch Support4Dacorum, a new service commissioned to the Volunteer Centre and CAD by Dacorum Borough Council to provide resources and support for the Community and Voluntary Sector.

The theme of our 2016 Annual General Meeting was “Moving Forward with New Opportunities’. The contract award from Dacorum Borough Council, the working relationship with Community Action Dacorum and the launch of Support4Dacorum present us with new opportunities to expand the extent of our services for the benefit of the community.

The past year has seen further changes in our team following the previous year`s sad losses of key members. We have lost through retirement three Trustees Malcolm Rogers, Rozina Ahmad and Shirley Jones who have given many years of service. They have influenced many of our team over the years and systems and procedures will bear their stamp in the future. The Trustee team is now settling down with the skills brought by our new trustees Antonio Scamardella, Peter Hart and Matt Bowman. We are aware of the further skills needed to complete our team and we are close to recruiting further Trustees. However, if you are a local resident and you would be interested in joining our trustee board then please get in touch for an informal discussion.

Our volunteer team has gone through a major restructure in the past year and we have been pleased to welcome new members with a wide range of skills. This has enabled us to face the future with confidence. We will be offering enhanced opening hours and the opportunity for all potential volunteers to have sessions with volunteer advisors.

As always our volunteer team have been essential to our operation through the past year and to say thank you feels almost like an inadequate acknowledgement of their efforts. The commitment of our team has been the key to our operation during a year of change.