Training Courses at Volunteer Centre Dacorum

Are you currently recruiting for volunteers or are you looking at how you can best retain the volunteers you already have?

We’re running 2 courses at The Roundhouse, Marlowes during October and November 2017.

Date and Time Course
20th October 2017

10am – 1pm

Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers
27th October 2017

10am – 1pm

Managing your Volunteers
3rd November 2017

10am – 1pm

Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers
10th November 2017

10am – 1pm

Managing your Volunteers

 

The cost for each course is only £40 to members (normally £80). Only 10 places available on each course, so book now to secure your place!

Call 01442 247209 or email Kerry@volunteerdacorum.org now to get your booking form or click on the link here


Radio Dacorum has a New Presenter. It’s Nadine from the Volunteer Centre!

Nadine Rees Harris

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


Subscribing to the Volunteer Centre

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.

Yours sincerely,

Richard Pitts, Chief Executive