VOLUNTEERING

Community Central St Albans 

Community Central St Albans works to support the whole community, particularly the most vulnerable and excluded. We inspire people to volunteer, become a Trustee, or start a social enterprise. Charities thrive due to our expertise providing funding advice and engaging volunteers.

 

We are the local charity at the heart of our District bringing together all charities, social enterprises, businesses and the public to energise and strengthen the Community in which we live and work. Community Central also works on behalf of the St Albans Old People's Trust, a local charity who award grants to older people in hardship & need and the Building Better Opportunities project, which provides intensive 1:1 support from our youth mentor for young people who are not currently in education, employment or training.

As the District’s foremost charity, we are here for anyone who wants to contribute to a more caring and vibrant community. We help businesses to make a bigger difference to St Albans by helping them share their expertise and resources with local charities. We proactively deliver targeted projects for those who are most vulnerable in order to improve their lives.

 

 You can find out more about it here. Or you can call the Volunteer Centre on 01727 814644. It's also open in the Hub at the Civic Centre from 10am to 4pm on Mondays and Wednesdays when you are free to drop in or make an appointment.

  

Free Books Hatfield
Free Books Hatfield is a registered charity based that gives out free books to members of the public with the aim of saving unwanted books from landfill, and promoting education and literacy. It is based in The Galleria, Hatfield, where it has a bookshop with an enormous range of books. It is currently looking for volunteers able to commit to one morning or afternoon a week or one or two duties a month. For further information contact Lynne Paul by email at fbh2016@outlook.com.
 
Schoolreaders
Can you spare an hour or two a week to listen to children read in a local primary school? Schoolreaders is looking for more volunteers in Hertfordshire to carry out this important role. Reading time for many children at home and at school is often insufficient and one in four children are now leaving primary school unable to read to the required standard. This can have a lifelong consequence. No qualifications are necessary, just a good command of spoken and written English. Schoolreaders is flexible and will match your availability to an appropriate, local school. Our volunteers find the scheme incredibly rewarding, knowing that a few hours helping a child learn to read each week can have such a great impact on their life chances. You can find out more about it here:  Schoolreaders  or call 01234 924111 for further information.

 

Abbey Theatre Trust
The Abbey Theatre Trust would like to set up a volunteer scheme for Front of House staff. Stewards are needed to sell programmes, coffee, tea and ice creams in the interval and generally help when there is a show on. Full training would be given and the stewards get to see the shows for free! For more information please contact Katherine Barry by email (kabarry@btopenworld.com) or telephone (07878 445998)
 
Family Lives
Family Lives is a national charity which runs a free confidential helpline for anyone experiencing difficulties in their family or relationship. You can find out more about it here:  Family Lives. It is currently recruiting for volunteer call-takers with a range of backgrounds and experiences who have experience of parenting or working with children and young people, are good listeners and have a willingness to learn. Volunteers receive training and are expected to make a commitment of 1 year. To find out more, contact Suebe@familylives.org.uk or call 01163 666087 for further information.
 
Clare Lodge
Clare Lodge care home in St Albans is looking for people to come to visit to entertain, hold groups, talks, or to just companion our residents. If you are interested, please contact Louise Holland, Engagement Lead by email: louise.holland@live.com
 
Grove House Hospice
Grove House Hospice in St Albans is always looking for volunteers to come and entertain the patients for half an hour, be it talking about a hobby, holiday, playing an instrument, singing or dancing. If you are interested, please contact Sangita by email: sangita@kapoor.net
 
Guide Dogs
Guide Dogs’ local office, based in Park Street, manages the final 10 – 12 weeks of a guide dog’s training before matching the dog to a person with sight loss in the local area. The team is anxious to find volunteers in St Albans who would be happy to offer temporary homes to the trainee dogs. Full training and equipment would be provided. You can also link to their local Facebook page by searching 'Guide Dogs Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Essex' and Twitter 'Guide Dogs HerBedEss or @GuideDogsAL2. If you are interested, please contact Lisa Cooke (lisa.cooke@guidedogs.org.uk)
 
Driving Elderly Patients to medical appointments
For 16 years Mary has been organising a volunteer driving scheme at two St Albans doctors surgeries taking elderly patients to medical appointments and she has a team of dedicated drivers (several of whom are U3A members). They are very busy and are looking for some new people to join them. Drivers use their own cars and mileage is paid. If you'd like to help please contact Mary