Volunteer Centre E-Newsletter 28th may 2021

Next week is National Volunteers’ Week, a time when volunteer contributions to society are recognised and celebrated. With the amazing feats, you have helped us achieve over the past year, including over 100,000 hours supporting vaccination centres and countless more helping the community response effort, it has never been more important to celebrate the true value of what volunteers give to our community.

The theme this year is “A Time to say Thank You”. For all the efforts of the past year, for personal sacrifices, you might have made for the benefit of others, for your tireless dedication and generosity, THANK YOU!

We have a brilliant lineup of events for you to get involved in to celebrate Volunteers Week with us over the next week, both virtual and face-to-face! Yes, you read that correctly, we’re putting on some COVID safe outdoor meetups so we can meet you at last! Numbers are limited so if you would like to come to one of these in-person events, book now!

As always, we continue doing all we can to help you volunteer as flexibly as possible. Our prioritized volunteering roles and training opportunities are promoted below. We’re also holding a few virtual recruitment events next week which may take your interest.


Please let us know if we can help you to find a role or a learning opportunity that’s right for you. One last request, if you’d like to share any good news stories from the past year as part of our Volunteers Week Celebrations please email covid19news@communities1st.org.uk.

Stay safe and well. Be kind to each other and to yourselves. Happy Volunteers Week!

Tom Watkins

Volunteering Development Manager

Communities 1st




Volunteer Meet Up's - Celebration Events

We ill be hosting a number of face-to-face outdoor celebration events across the country for any volunteers to come along, to meet some of our staff and each other. It's a chance for us to say a huge thank you to you for your exceptional hard work and efforts in person. These events will be held in a number of outdoor venues listed below. If you can't attend, please join us for our virtual celebration, you can register for this event here, Monday 7th June - 1:00pm - 2:30pm.

Volunteer  Celebration - Borehamwood

  • Tuesday 1st June between 12:20pm - 3:30pm
  • Bishops Park Centre, Lancaster Way, Bishop's Stortford, Herts, CM23 4DA
  • Register here.

Volunteer  Celebration - Stortford 

  • Thursday 3rd June between: 12:30pm - 2:00pm
  • Langford Rd, Langford, Biggleswade, SG18 9JT
  • Register here.

Volunteer  Celebration - St Albans

  • Friday 4th June between: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
  • Pavilion, Highfield Park, St Albans, AL4 0RE (accessible by a track off of Highfield Lane)
  • Register here.




An Introduction to Trusteeship

Ahead of our next Trustee Speed Matching Session, we have arranged an information session with NCVO  governance consultant and trustee Sue Pearlman.

Sue will share her insights into trusteeship, good governance of charities and community organisations, and what may be expected from trustees in various positions on aboard.


Trustee Speed Matching

Our trustee Speed Matching Sessions enable you to 'virtually' meet incredible local organisations that are recruiting volunteer trustees. The organisation will give short presentations, and then volunteers will be asked to deliver short pitches themselves. We suggest you include who you are, the reason you want to volunteer, and a bit about your experience and the value you could bring to an organisation. After the event, we will arrange follow-up meetings and interviews where appropriate. The next online speed Matching event will be jointly hosted by Volunteering Herts, (Communities 1st, Community Action Dacorum, Welwyn Hatfield CVS and Broxbourne & East Herts Volunteer Centre).


Get into Sports Volunteering

Do you love sport? Ever wondered what you can do to stay active and support your local area? Perhaps there's a particular sport you're.


A Virtual Celebration of Volunteering

The theme of this year's volunteer week is 'A Time To Say Thank You' This is our chance to express our gratitude for you! Whether you're still actively volunteering or you've taken a step back, for now, all communities 1st volunteers w=are warmly welcomed. We will recognise the various teams that have contributed and sharing a series of good news stories and testimonials. 

If you have a good news story you'd like to share from the past years please email: covid19news@communities1st.org.uk.





New Opportunities for Existing Communities 1st Volunteers

To update your interest in any of the latest volunteering opportunities we have available, please follow this link. Click through to the page titled: 'Update what you would be willing to do'. This will take you to a list of opportunities. Select any opportunities that you're interested in> Please note that this list will be pre-populated with the opportunities you have previously registered an interest in, so if you are still interested please don't de-select these. Select Submit where you are finished to save your selection


The Hertfordshire special constabulary

If you are looking for fulfilling voluntary work, the Hertfordshire Special Constabulary could be right for you. Success applicants will be able to build new skills and strengths as they give back to the community.

For many years, Hertfordshire Specials have been deployed in frontline policing teams, including:

  • Response
  • Safer Neighbourhood Teams 
  • Operational Support Unit 
  • Warrants and Bail

For more information, including how to apply, visit www.hertspolicespecials.co.uk or email volunteer@communities1st.org.uk


COVID Information Champions

 Communities 1st - in partnership with Welwyn Hatfield CVS, Community Action Dacorum North Hertfordshire and Stevenage CVS, Watford and Three Rivers Trust, Broxbourne and East Herts Volunteer Centre, Broxbourne and East Herts CVS and CDA Herts - are leading the Hertfordshire COVID Information Champion project, to help ensure that our communities receive accurate and up to date information about COVID-19, vaccinations and current Public Health England guidelines.

In the age of social media and conspiracy theories, it can be difficult to know which news to trust, and who is spreading false information, To tackle this, and to ensure that Community Help Herts are engaging with COVID Information Champions, to provide a trustworthy and reliable voice amongst the noise;

Anyone can be a COVID Information Champion. All they have to do is reach out to their community and share information that's passed down from Public Health Hertfordshire to Community Help Herts and then to the Champions. The information is presented in easy to understand bite-size chunks, so that it is accessible by everyone in the community, and can be shared on social media, in emails, text messages and online messaging apps, or printed out and used as posters.

If you would like to become a COVID Information Champion or learn more about the role, please check out the Community Help Herts website COVID Information Champions (communityhelpherts.net) or contact Christine Halpin at Communities 1st by email Christine.halpin@communities1st.org.uk or by phoning 020 8940 4869.




Volunteers virtual get together - Let's Do Lunch!

A WARM WELCOME IS GUARANTEED at our weekly drop-in social sessions for volunteers which take place every Thursday lunchtime. It's a great chance for you to meet other volunteers and members of our staff team at Communities 1st. They are a place for you to share ideas and positive stories. We want to show you what an important part of our team you are and give you the chance to get to know Communities 1st as an organisation a little bit better too. See you then!

Compassionate Community Connectors Virtual Coffee Morning

This event is for volunteers who provide community support (e.g. shopping deliveries, telephone befriending, digital champions) to meet, swap stories and get to know us.


Vaccination Centre Volunteer Afternoon Tea

This gets together is for volunteers who are helping in vaccination centres, to help them to get to know each other and our organisation a little better.

You can register for future sessions through our online events calendar.



Mental Health First Aid - An Introduction

Our introductory mental health course will enable you to develop your knowledge of mental health first aid and apply this in daily life, either in your place of work or as a volunteer. This course aims to allow you to feel more confident in identifying and supporting individuals who may be experiencing mental health distress or difficulties. 

This course will help you learn simple, practical skills you can use to recognise warning signs, help prevent mental distress from developing into a more serious issue, and promote mental health recovery. 


Boost your CV and Interview Skills Training Session

This fast-paced webinar presented by Donna Obstfeld of DOHR will explore the modern job search process. From updating your online profile and building the perfect CV, to preparing for an interview, researching your potential employer and presenting the best version of yourself, this webinar will prepare you for the recruitment processes. Donna has over 25 years of recruiting and interviewing experience.


Dementia Friends Information Sessions

Can you help us reach our target of 1,000 new dementia friends in 2021 and help us make our communities more dementia aware, We're hosting virtual information sessions on dementia, the first of which is next week.

A large number of the people we are supporting through the Compassionate Community Connector project and at Vaccination Centres are living with some form of cognitive impairment. This session will give you the opportunity to learn more about what it is like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action



Food and Nutrition - Your Immune System and Gut Health

Do we really need to buy dietary supplements? In this session, we will be looking at the function of our Gut and Immune system, what affects them and how we can encourage them to work better.



Level 1 leadership in sport and physical activity

An exciting opportunity for SEN individuals to gain a fully funded qualification first 4 sport level 1 leadership in sport and physical activity. The course requires 30 hours if learning, delivered in blended learning (online and face to face). Full support is given for participants with learning difficulties and may take a little bit longer to complete.

Register your interest here.


SEN Employability Course

You can now register your interest for the next online Saracens Foundation SEN Employability course, Suitable for young people aged 16 to 24 years old with learning difficulties and or physical disabilities in London or Hertfordshire

  • June 1st 2021 - June 4th 2021

Register your interest here.


British Cycling - Volunteering to be a Ride Leader Information Session and Recruitment Event

Do you enjoy cycling? Are you interested in inspiring more people to get out on a bike? British Cycling need volunteers who are enthusiastic about leading entry-level or family bike rides. Benefits include free Ride Leader training and Ride Leader kit and access to a supportive network.

Sign up for the webinar here and learn more, or visit their website.


HIV Awareness Training - Terence Higgins Trust

The Terrence Higgins Trust offer training session that will equip you with the knowledge and skills to support people living with or at risk of HIV.

The session address:

  • The difference between HIV and AIDS
  • Routes of transmission and how to reduce risk through prevention strategies
  • How to test for and prevent HIV
  • How stigma and discrimination affects people living with HIV
  • Ways to support people living with HIV
  • This fully interactive virtual session will take place:

Thursday 17th June - 2:00pm - 4:30pm

Register here.


Spot the Signs Save a Life -  Suicide Prevention Training

This training will equip you with practical steps you can take to prevent suicide and teach you where you can signpost to for mental health services available in Hertfordshire.

The three-hour training session will:

  • Increases your awareness and knowledge about suicide 
  • Share information about which groups of people are most at risk and why 
  • Make you feel more confident to sport the signs of someone who may be feeling suicidal 
  • Introduce practical steps about what actions you may take if you notice someone is distressed 

Tuesday 22nd June – 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Register here.


Making Every Contact Count Training - MECC

Making every contact count is an approach to behaviour change that aims to make use of the millions of day to day interactions that organisations and individuals have with each other, in order to encourage changes in behaviour that have a positive effect on people's health and wellbeing. Making change such as stopping smoking, improving diet, increasing physical activity, losing weight and reducing alcohol consumption can help people ti reduce their risk of poor health significantly.

Many of you who are volunteering with us, especially at vaccination centres and as part of our community response effort, are well placed to have some of these conversations. There is massive value in encouraging volunteers to become MECC trained in order to support public health messaging within our community to help people build healthier lifestyles.

We will be running some MECC courses very soon but in the meantime why not give the approach a go for yourself? you can discover how it works using this virtual role-playing online tool.

There is also a free introductory course available through the NHS workforce training platform. If you register on the website you will be provided with evidence of learning. We recommend you do this as we'd love to add this training to your volunteering records. Please course completion certificates to volunteer@communities1st.org.uk.




Please email volunteer@communities1st.org.uk for more information or to express an interest in any of the live roles listed below.



Dog Walker - Communities 1st 

Could you help walk two strong husky dogs on a regular basis? One of our clients in St Albans has two large dogs who require daily walks, so we are looking for several volunteers to help share the load. Experience walking or owning large dogs is desirable. If you can help with this role, please get in touch.

Accounts Examination Support - Potential Kids

Potential Kids is a small, award-winning charity based in Welwyn/Hatfield that provides learning, social and sports opportunities to Neurodiverse children and young people. They are looking for an independent accountant, willing to volunteer to verify their account tax for 2019/20. The whole of their year's accounts are on zero; it can be spot checked or looked at in totality. The balance sheet and P&L have also been done. The accounts are due by the end of May to companies house and with the charities commission end of June.


Graphic Design Volunteer - Open Door St Albans

Open Door, a charity dedicated to ensuring no one sleeps rough in St Albans, is seeking a volunteer with experience in graphic design or communications to create a one-off piece of work to support their fundraising activities. If you have relevant experience in using graphic design software, they would like to hear from you.


Exam Invigilator Volunteers - HAFLS

Hertfordshire Adult and Family Learning Service are looking to recruit exam invigilators to help supervise adult learners taking exams throughout the academic year. You'll need to be a good communicator and able to maintain confidentiality. You must be over 18 and be flexible, reliable and professional.


Welfare Check / Survey Callers

Do you enjoy talking to others, and can you be sensitive when asking vulnerable people about how they are feeling? We have a small team of volunteers checking in with people who have been using our services (clients) and asking for feedback on our service, to see if our services have improved their wellbeing during this difficult time. Our volunteers are asking a series of questions provided that can be done at home. Please get in touch if this sounds like something you can do.


Sports & Activity Volunteering Roles

Sports clubs and physical activity programmes across the county are opening up, with increasing opportunities for you to get involved. Below is a list of opportunities available right now that will enable you to stay active and support a local sports club. 

To express an interest please email Jeremy at  volunteer@communities1st.org.uk or register here to attend our Get into Sports Volunteering Workshop on 4th June 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.

  • Abbey Flyers Nomads - Netball Club |  Volunteer coaches
  • Fencing Hertfordshire | Promotions and advertising, session support, event organisers, fundraisers
  • St Albans City Youth FC | Minibus drivers & assistant coaching volunteers
  • Colney Heath Ladies FC | Social media/press assistance & fundraising support 
  • St Albans Bowling Club | Refreshments volunteers for match days
  • Special Olympics St Albans | Support volunteers for athletes with learning disabilities
  • Old Albanian Cricket Club | Volunteer scorers & umpires, a safeguarding lead, membership administrative support 
  • St Albans Cricket Club | Volunteer scorers & umpires, a safeguarding lead, membership administrative support
  • Oxhey Jets FC | Grounds keeping and general maintenance
  • Abbots Langley Cricket Club | Social media and website admin, membership secretary, junior cricket coaches, junior cricket umpire, assistant groundskeeper
  • Bushey Cricket Club | Groundskeeper, umpires and scorers
  • North Watford Bowls Club | Grounds and lawn maintenance, participate in friendly bowls matches
  • LGDA Football Club | Youth football coaches for female teams
  • Watford Netball League & Kath Worrel Junior League | League & assistants for young boxers
  • Para Dance UK | Trustees 
  • West Herts Warriors Basketball | Coaches



Gardener Volunteers - Blessed Earth

Do you enjoy being outside and have an interest in gardening? How would you like to learn how to take care of plants and trees, and how to properly prune and maintain them? Blessed Earth organisers self0funded community projects for charities and vulnerable adults. They are looking for volunteers to support their work at each of these events. NO experience is necessary but you should be willing to learn. This is a flexible, sociable role with a really positive impact, base in St Albans.


Odd Jobs Assistants - Communities 1st 

Do you have the DIY skills and the time to help people who are struggling to maintain their property? From fitting a lightbulb to some light painting and decorating, from fixing a lock to setting up a new television, we need positive volunteers with skills and patience to help with our handyperson service. Volunteers with skills and patience to help with our Handyperson service. Volunteers need to be willing to travel across Hertsmere, St Albans and Welwyn Hatfield. If this sounds like you, get in touch.


Litter Picker Volunteers - Communities 1st 

If you're passionate about keeping our public spaces clean, have a role for you! We are looking for volunteers who are ready to help with litter picking. This is a flexible role with a scope for working in a friendly team of volunteers. Equipment will be supplied to you. Litter picks (sorties) are currently being arranged in St Albans, but the programme may expand to other areas. Shifts will soon be available using our scheduling calendar in this area. Please get in touch if you or someone you know would be interested.


Foodbank Volunteers - Red Trust Bushey

Red Trust Bushey is a charity supporting people who may be facing difficult circumstances in the Little Reddings area. They are looking for volunteers to join their Foodbank, which is open on Friday mornings at St James's Church House in Bushey. The ideal candidate will be understanding, hardworking and a team player. Volunteers are required to help sort food donations and deliver food parcels to clients. There may also be opportunities to help with making drinks and talking with people who attend their drop-in. You would be required for 2-3hrs on a Friday morning but this can be discussed during the application process.


Gardening Club Facilitator - Red Trust Bushey

Red Trust Bushey are looking for a volunteer gardener club facilitator to lead activities in their new gardening club at the Finch Lane allotments in Bushey. Ideally, you should enjoy working with people, have good experience with planting/maintaining gardens, and have an interest in supporting others to learn gardening skills. They are looking for 2-3 hours per week but this can be negotiated.


Arts and Crafts Volunteers - H-Arts in Mind

If you have artistic skills/talents you would like to share, are good at working in a team, and would like to help people in your community,  H'Art in Mind need you! They are looking for volunteers to contribute to their Community Arts and Crafts markets, coming soon, Hatfield. Expenses will be paid, (travel, lunch, coffees). H'Arts in Mind want to bring Art to the community, to offer demonstrations, get the community involved, encouraging people to learn new skills. To find out more visit the H'Arts in Mind website.


Gardening Volunteers - Communities 1st 

We need volunteers to help people tidy their gardens. If you're willing to mow a few lawns and pull a few weeds, to allow an isolated person to enjoy their garden, please get in touch with us. Anyone offered gardening work when it comes up. Social distancing measures will be strictly adhered to in this role.


IT Volunteers - Hertsmere Mencap

Hertsmere Mencap supports 250 children and adults with a learning disability along with their families and carers. They have launched a Digital Inclusion Programme to train their members in vital online skills, and are looking for new volunteers to expand their team of excellent trainers to run weekly coaching sessions in Borehamwood. Mencap members have found this project has given them a lifeline during the recent isolation lockdown.

You should know how to browse the internet, shop online, play games and use Zoom. You will need patience and to be confident communicating with people- a sense of humour will help too! Meetings are arranged at a time to suit you and the member. This role will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.


Minibus Drivers - Hertsmere Mencap

Hertsmere Mencap supports over 200 learning disabled members and their families and carers. They have a minibus that is mainly used to take members to and from social clubs in Borehamwood, St Albans and Hatfield. You will join a rota of volunteer drivers, so you will only be asked to drive once every few weeks. Applicants will need a clean driving license and several years of driving experience, preferably in a minibus. If your license was issued before 1997, it should allow you to drive D1 vehicles (up to 16-seater minibus as or our one). If issued in 1997 or later, you will need to take a driving test to cover you to drive a D1 vehicle. A DBS check will be required.


Volunteer DJs - No Barriers Radio 

Do you love a good disco? Do you enjoy playing a great mix of tracks that will really get people in the mood for dancing? If yes, No Barriers Radio would love to hear from you! They are a radion station aimed at individuals with some form of disability/learning difficulties, who are looking for a friendly and enthusiastic volunteer DJ. You'll need to be approachable and friendly, with good time management skills, honesty and integrity and a willingness to learn.


Technicians - No Barriers Radio

No Barriers Radio are looking for technicians who are keen to gain experience and build a professional portfolio of work for potential employers. You could be 'between' jobs right now or perhaps recently retired. Would you like to support a worthy cause? You'll need to be able to act on your own initiative and have an interest in producing great sound. Applicants must be motivated and be able to work with people who have learning disability.


Call Handlers - Family Lives

Family Lives operate a free confidential helpline for anyone experiencing difficulties in their family or relationship. Their volunteers take calls from parents and carers on separation and divorce, isolation, depression, bullying and abuse, dealing with behavioural problems, etc. You can find out more about their services on their website. Once trained volunteers commit to a weekly 4-hour shift comprising 2 hours 'online' and a debrief session with your supervisor. They ask that volunteers have experience if parenting or working with children/young people, and are good listeners with a willingness to learn. You will need a PC/laptop, headset and good Wifi.


Chair of Trustees - Herts Viewpoint 

The viewpoint provides an independent, recovery focussed, united voice for individuals living with mental health and/or addictions challenges to share their experiences of accessing support services to help shape future provision. They believe everyone has the right to be listened to and to have a voice. They are seeking a new chair of trustees to provide leadership and direction to their board. This is a long term commitment; by volunteering in this role you will have to chance to make a very real impact whilst contributing to a fantastic organisation. 


Compassionate Neighbours - Peace Hospice Care

Do you like a chat over a cuppa? You can make a difference to someone lonely or at risk of isolation, simply by sharing your time and companionship. Compassionate Neighbours is a movement of local people providing social and emotional support to people in their communities who are coming towards the end of life due to age or illness. The group also share their knowledge and experiences of death, dying and loss within their community and encourage engagement with these issues. Compassionate Neighbours help others by visiting regularly, offering friendship, emotional support and a listening ear, helping people do the things they enjoy, and helping people stay connected to their community, family and friends.


Trustees - Green Connections CIC

Green Connection CICis a small local social enterprise that design original online workshops and activity packs using nature, heritage and the arts, to help people feel more connected to each other and to the outdoor world. Their work addresses issues like loneliness and social isolation, improving health and wellbeing for everyone involved with their programmes. They are looking to recruit a Treasure and General Secretary Volunteer. You will assist them with financial management and administration, helping to safeguard Green Connections' future development.


Volunteer Drivers ( using own vehicle ) - St Albans Good Neighbour Scheme

St Albans Good Neighbours Scheme volunteers help with lifts to medical appointments, shopping, collecting prescription, some practical help (gardening, etc) and befriending. Their clients are elderly, unwell, lonely, disabled or facing a crisis and don't have anyone else to turn to. The role is flexible, the only requirements are that you have a driving licence, access to a car, and get along with people. The charity will pay mileage costs. Volunteers can indicate their usual availability and are free to accept and refuse any transport requests at any time, it is fully flexible. Apply via their website as a 'Transport volunteer' and they will help you complete a DBS check.


Volunteer Helpline Responders - St Albans Good Neighbour Scheme

This role is flexible, you just need to use your landline or mobile, usually for one day per month, to receive requests from clients and find suitable transport volunteers. Full training on Optimise will be given. The charity's phone line is open from 9 - 1 every day of the year, with any extra cost of calls arising covered by the Scheme. Apply via the website as a 'Duty Officer' volunteer.


Volunteer Drivers - Communities 1st 

We're always in need of people willing to help us deliver our transport service. Our new scheme supports the NHS locally to fulfil GP and vaccination appointments, as well as hospital visits. If you're willing to drive a large vehicle, we also run a much-needed shopper bus service. Expenses can be claimed at 45p/mile should you wish to do so. Note, you may be required to travel further afield than your immediate local area.


Group Support Volunteer - Live Well Borehamwood

Live Well is a small community group for over 50s based in Borehamwood which supports older people from the local and surrounding area. They are a close, friendly group who enjoy participating in social activities and laughing a lot together. They are looking for an enthusiastic, positive and reliable volunteer to support their work. You'll be working with the group secretary to support the committee at Tuesday afternoons sessions and/or helping out during the week with routine admin tasks and errands. Mileage will be reimbursed and training opportunities are available.


Volunteer drivers (using organisation's vehicles) - Barbara Bus Fund Stanmore

The Barbara Bus Fund providers a wheelchair-accessible community transport service for wheelchair users who are unable to transfer and travel in a standard car seat, and relies on volunteer drivers to assist their passengers. The role is flexible and based on the RNOH at Stanmore. If you would like to make a massive difference to someone's life, enabling them to 'get out and about again they'd like to hear from you. The enabling them to 'get out and about again they'd like to hear from you. The only requirements are that you like driving, like people and are over 25 years and have no more than 6 penalty points. You will need to complete a DBS check.


Workshop Volunteers - Emmaus Hertfordshire 

Emmaus regard themselves as being a homelessness charity with a difference. They don't just offer people a bed for the night, they offer a home for as long as someone needs it and meaningful work in one of their social enterprises. 40 formerly homeless people love at the Emmaus community in Hill End, St Albans. They have a workshop where they carry our minor repairs, renovations and repurpose donated items that may need work before being sold in one of their five shops or via social media, eBay etc.

This is an area they are intending to develop and they need people with new skills to help make it a success. If you have a creative flair, a knack for seeing the potential in items received as donations - they receive all manner of things that need a new lease of life, they would love to hear from you! Mon-Fri works best for this activity. You would not be expected to do a full 5-day week, but regular day/s is essential.


Keeping in Touch Volunteers - Carers in Hertfordshire 

Carers in Herts need to recruit additional Keep in Touch Volunteers to help them reach out to unpaid family carers. Carers in Hertfordshire is a charity supporting family carers caring for elderly, disabled, physically or mentally ill people, as well as those misusing drugs or alcohol. Coronavirus has impacted people's ability to access their usual support network. The charity is calling carers to ensure they are supported during this difficult time. You will be based at home to make the calls. Most calls are made between 9.30 and 4.30 Monday to Friday during office hours, however, the charity will be developing an out of hours service over the coming weeks.


Virtual Note Taker Volunteers - Carers in Hertfordshire

Carers in Hertfordshire aims to provide unpaid family and friend carers with a platform to speak up and make their voices heard and to use their experiences to help to improve the services that are available to them and those they care for. The forums cover a variety of topics areas including Aspergers and Autism, Dementia, Drugs and Alcohol, Learning Disabilities and Mental Health. They are looking for volunteers who want to gain experience in taking notes, for their Forums and Meetings. The Forums take place on Zoom on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays throughout the year. You will need to be able to edit a word document.


Friendly Talker Volunteers - Redbourne Community Group 

Redbourne Community Group are looking for volunteers to make regular, friendly phone calls to people in our community who may be feeling lonely or isolated and would welcome some regular contact. Could you do this to help people n the Redbourne community? 


CCC Administrative Support Roles - Communities 1st 

To coordinate the ongoing Compassionate Community Connector COVID-19 response effort, there are a number of key areas that require more volunteer assistance:

Shopping Support Brokers 

We expect our shopping help service to get busier again very soon. There will be more requests for essential shopping brokers to liaise with clients to ask whether they need any shopping or prescriptions collected, and then arrange for or 'broker' volunteer shoppers in the same area to do the shop.

If you have some time during the day that you could offer to help arrange shops for those in need, we offer training on our CRM system so that you can work from home. Do you have had a day or more you could give to help with this vital service? If you are reliable, organised and friendly, please get in touch to find out more.


Case Study Callers/Writers

There are so many 'Good News' stories that have been taking place within our CCC scheme. We would like to capture as many of these as possible, to produce case studies that will illustrate the enormous benefits of these volunteer/client relationships. If you have a background in writing or interviewing, we would love to hear from you about why you are suited to this role. This is a remote role and the work can be done in your own time. You would be expected to contact both the client and the volunteer so take down their stories.

Email volunteer@communities1st.org.uk for more information or to put your name forward for any of these roles.


Volunteering Dashboard 

If you're an active community response or vaccination centre volunteer and haven't set up your dashboard yet, please do. It helps us keep our volunteering programme running efficiently and give you more control over your activities.


Scheduling Vaccination/Test Centre Shifts 

For those of you signed up to support a COVID Vaccination or Testing centre, our Dashboard system allows volunteers to book their own shifts. This system will only be visible to you once you have completed the full recruitment process, signed your volunteering agreement and finished the required training modules. Please note that only your closest vaccination and testing centres will be visible to you for booking. Our scheduling team will still be in touch if we have shift vacancies or cancellations.


Telephone Befriending Volunteers

We ask those of you that haven't logged all of the telephone activities you have done on the dashboard to please do so. It need not be a long report, we just need to know for sure that your calls have been taking place. It's so important that we keep track of what is happening and who is receiving the support they have requested from us.

If you can no longer commit to calling your matched client, please let us know by emailing volunteering@communities1st.org.uk. Equally, if you have more capacity and would like to call another person please let us know too. Loneliness and isolation are felt more acutely at this time of year and we are seeing a rise in demand. More offers of support are always welcome.


Contacting us through the Dashboard

The dashboard is able to send messages to our staff team about your volunteering activities. We want to reiterate that this is intended to be for general feedback, and is monitored regularly throughout the week. Due to the high volume of correspondence, we receive this cannot always be acknowledged but it is always received.


If you have a low-level concern about someone you are supporting, please contact our duty team via email at volunteering@communities1st.org.uk.

For moderate to high-level concerns, we ask that you contact us directly by telephone on 020 0386 4006.

In an emergency, where someone is in immediate danger you should always call 999 and then inform us by telephone when help is on the way. The Volunteering Dashboard is regularly updated to make it easier and finding it. Remember that if you're having difficulties, our Digital Champion volunteers should be able to help you. let us know if you need their support.

As always, our thanks go out to those of you who are already using it. Please continue to do so.