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

Secretary

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: info@volunteerdacorum.org  for further information


Volunteering Opportunities

This week, we thought that we would let you know of some of the wonderful volunteering opportunities that we have for you!

Our organisation of the month is The Hertfordshire Society for the Blind (HSB), a registered charity that offers advice and information to people of all ages with sight impairment, their families and carers.  HSB is an independent charity who is looking to train volunteers to help deliver services.

So how can they help you? The Society provides many services such as home visiting from volunteers who will be matched to you, assisting with daily living needs and providing social contact. A regular newsletter is distributed in large print, or in braille, email or on CD which includes information on the Society’s activities, an introduction to new staff, advertisements and important information on sight loss and more. HSB also deliver a Hospital Information Service where they provide information for those who are newly diagnosed visually-impaired.  They hold Sight Information Points where they give information on support services, equipment, benefits and social and educational opportunities.

There are various clubs throughout the county including Sight Life who meet and discuss activity days, fundraising and generally socialise every Wednesday at the Welwyn Garden City centre. Coffee mornings are held at the Hemel Hempstead Social Centre for the Blind every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month. Staff members are very knowledgeable and give advice tailored to your needs and provide you with the best support possible.  Advice includes how to get registered visually-impaired. HSB will be delighted to answer any of your questions, so please call them on 01707 324680. ​To donate, head over to their website www.hertsblind.com and follow the “Just Giving” link on their Home Page.

We also have many more opportunities including club helper at the Heather Club, Events helper at D.I.R.E.C.T, Social Media developer at the Dacorum’s Patients Group for all you social media enthusiasts and even Creche volunteer at Hemel Hempstead East Children’s Centre. For more information on any of these, please contact us at Volunteer Centre Dacorum.


The Volunteer Centre Is Currently Recruiting Volunteers To Join Our Team

Our charity needs the help of enthusiastic and willing volunteers who will assist with the smooth running of our busy centre. There are a number of roles available that will not only help us provide a good service to the public and local community organisations but also the opportunity for volunteers to develop skills, follow interests, enhance employability and meet a wide variety of people from the local community. These roles include:

Office Reception and Customer Service

This exciting and varied role involves a mix of reception and I.T. work. The role is suitable for those with excellent customer service and / or IT skills or less advanced skills with a willingness to learn.   You will be dealing with the public in person, by telephone and email, booking appointments for volunteers and updating our database. Help is needed throughout the week and sessions could be for a half or full day depending on availability.

I.T Support Technician

This role is required to help maintain, monitor and develop computer systems at the centre and to diagnose and solve any hardware/software faults. The role would also require the advising of staff on how the current I.T Systems could be upgraded or better utilised.

Typical activities would include supporting staff to maintain, monitor and set up systems and resolve and troubleshoot system and network problems. This would be a great opportunity to demonstrate your technical skills but also to be creative with the possibility of exploring new ICT developments.

For further information and to discuss any of these roles please email richard@volunteerdacorum.org

 


Team Volunteering Opportunity

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Leverstock Green Playgroup

has the ideal opportunity for a company wanting to help in the local community and make a lot of local children very happy!

Our playgroup is in need of smartening up! We are looking for a creative team who can turn our outdoor area into a magical space where children can play and learn.

We would like to improve our small garden area, plus clean up our equipment and jetwash the patio area. We would also like to make our walls and floor area more interesting with some murals and playground art.

Ideally this work could take place in the school holidays, 20 July – 28 August, over a couple of days. If it has to take place in term time it would have to be in the afternoon, when the children are not in the Nursery