For those of you who don’t know, Dacorum has its own community based radio station broadcasting 24/7 through the internet, (www.radiodacorum.org.uk) combining music with an opportunity for residents, voluntary organisations, public authorities and private companies to promote their local activities, along with encouraging a sense of pride in the local area.
We are very pleased to announce that one our volunteers, Nadine Rees-Harris, has joined the team of presenters and is now on air every Monday at 2 p.m. playing music and helping to keep you informed of the many different volunteering opportunities available.
Nadine is the perfect person for this volunteering opportunity, as apart from her deep love of music and good communication skills she is no stranger to volunteering.
Eighteen months ago Nadine started volunteering for Volunteer Centre Dacorum, but before this she also volunteered for Break Away for Carers for 10 years, was a Befriender for Mind, volunteered for Home Start and has also volunteered in a Cancer Research Shop.
Nadine, who is extremely enthusiastic about all her volunteering experiences says ‘’I think all the things I have done within the Voluntary sector have played a key role in helping me to change my direction in the world of work. In addition, I recently attended the over 50’s Pathways course which gave me the opportunity to meet with other people in a similar situation as myself, helping me to rebuild my self-confidence and belief in my abilities’’.
The Over 50’s Pathways course which is run by Community Action Dacorum, is designed to help mature candidates look into new avenues of work, rework their CV’s and reflect on past skills to see how they can be applied when looking for employment.
Nadine is a great advocate of volunteering saying ‘’It is such a rewarding and worthwhile activity; hence, I’d always encourage everyone and anyone to get involved. By giving something back to your community you get so much more in return; it truly is a very positive and meaningful way to spend your spare time’’.
We wish her every success. Good Luck Nadine – We will all be listening to you on Monday! (To listen to Nadine, visit www.radiodacorum.org.uk and click ‘click here to play’.)
You can hear her first ever show by clicking on the link here
With the mission to bring volunteers and organisations that need volunteers together, Volunteer Centre Dacorum (VCD) plays a key role in building and strengthening our community.
We support over 500 local organisations, and typically respond to over 1,000 enquiries from potential volunteers each year. VCD works closely with its member organisations as well as with Community Action Dacorum (CAD), Dacorum Borough Council, Volunteering Herts and a range of other organisations concerned with volunteering.
Volunteer organisations which wish to use our services are required to pay a subscription to either Support4Dacorum, which gives you joint membership to Community Action Dacorum (CAD) and Volunteer Centre Dacorum (VCD), or just VCD. Details can be found under Subscriptions in the Organisation tab of the VCD website.
Subscription allows you to add volunteer vacancies to our database, and provides a range of valuable extra support in promoting your volunteer vacancies. You can also use our meeting rooms at special rates and benefit from opportunities to highlight the work of your organisation in the community through newspaper articles and local radio.
We actively encourage all registered organisations to sign up to the Six Point Promise on Volunteer Management, and can provide support and training to help you fulfil this promise.
I do hope that you will want to renew your subscription and membership. A strong charitable and volunteering ethos in a community provides enormous value to Charities, to beneficiaries and to the community as a whole, and renewing your subscription will help your organisation to deliver its charitable purposes, and help us to provide brokerage and other volunteering services in Dacorum.
Richard Pitts, Chief Executive
If you have a few spare hours a week and would like to use them in a way which will make a real difference to the lives of people with mobility problems, our partner organisation, Community Action Dacorum, is looking for volunteer drivers to support older residents, and those with disabilities, in their daily lives and to help them feel less socially isolated.
There is currently a particular need in the Berkhamsted and Tring area. Trips would include taking people to attend hospital, doctors’ or dentists’ appointments, to do their shopping, to go to the hairdresser, to attend social clubs or day centres or to visit sick friends or relatives.
Volunteers can use their own cars and will be paid mileage expenses or alternatively drive a mini-bus.
Alternatively why not help Community Action Dacorum deliver its Community Car service by volunteering for a few hours on a Tuesday to take telephone bookings and contact drivers.
Please contact us at the Volunteer Centre Dacorum on 01442 247209 or 214734 or come and see us at The Roundhouse. We would be delighted to tell you more about the opportunity.