VOLUNTEERING

Centre for Voluntary Service St Albans District (SACVS) 
SACVS works in support of the local community, particularly the most vulnerable and excluded, by supporting the activities of member groups. SACVS is acknowledged for the mentoring, organisation building, information and development support services it provides to the voluntary and community sector of St Albans District. SACVS mobilises the community and supports volunteering through it’s Volunteer Centre. The Volunteer Centre represents over 200 voluntary organisations in St Albans and would like to reach a wider audience in order to fill the hundreds of volunteer vacancies it has. You can find out more about it here: SACVS , where you can search and apply for specific volunteering opportunities or download its monthly booklet. Or you can call the Volunteer Centre on 01727 814629. 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.

 

London Colney Community Library

London Colney Community Library is recruiting volunteers either to join its committee or to spend some time working a weekly or fortnightly shift of 2.2 to 4.5 hours as part of a team in the Library. For more information contact londoncolneyvolunteers@gmail.com or telephone Elizabeth Treharne on 01727 825509

 

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