Volunteer Centre E-Newsletter 8th July 2021

There is a lot to celebrate as #Kind July Begins, and for many, the easing of government restrictions will bring immense relief. We know this will mean a lot of you will be returning to work and reconnecting with family and friends. We hope those of you who will be leaving us have had a good experience and will consider returning soon! 

Amongst Wimbledon, the Euros (c'mon England), and the Olympic/Paralympic Games, we have an exciting array of sports volunteering opportunities to get involved in!  See below for further details and how to get in touch.

We're committed to opening up accessible, flexible volunteering opportunities to allow everyone to get involved. The school holidays are just around the corner and we're here to help young people have meaningful volunteering experiences.

Our priorities volunteering roles and training opportunities are promoted below. Speak to us if you're looking for a role or learning opportunity that's right for you. If you'd like to share any good news stories from the past year we'd love to hear them. Please email: Communitystories@communities1st.org.uk

This may be the last time I write to you for a little while as I will be moving to a secondment position by the end of the month. You'll still receive regular newsletters from us. I'd like to take the opportunity to say a personal thank you, for all that you do and all that you are, keep up the inspirational work.

Stay safe and well. Be kind to each other and yourselves.

 

Tom Watkins  -  Volunteering Development Manager 

 

 

VOLUNTEERING NEWS

 

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 are interested in. Please note that this list will be pre-populated with any opportunities that you are interested in. Please don't deselect these. Select submit when you are finished to save your selection.

 

 

TRAINING

 

Work and Carers Mentoring Sessions

At Communities 1st we have created a space for any of our volunteers who need to, to receive, free of charge, work and careers mentoring sessions.

Mentoring is a relationship between two people with the goal of professional and personal development. We have an experienced "mentor" who would like to share their knowledge, experience and advice with any of our hard-working volunteers who need help taking the next steps in their career and invites you to be a "mentee".

Our mentor can meet with a group of mentees to work through themes, ideas and experiences to help you develop your plans and knowledge going forward.

We all have or should have a mentor to bounce ideas off, discuss challenges and find solutions. An independent mentor acting without bias or judgement can be extremely helpful.

Initially, our mentor will hold a number of zoom based group sessions for a maximum of 10 individuals, Each session will have a theme and we will encourage active mentee participation.

Depending on demand and interest, themes we can cover include:

  • Going back to work after COVID.
  • Parents returning to work following a work break.
  • Returning to the office from home working post-COVID
  • Getting a job post COVID. 
  • Support for school leavers (including graduate choices and options)
  • Getting back into a routine and work/life balance.

We hope to begin delivering these sessions in September so get in touch now.

Please email us here:  training@communities1st.org.uk if you have any questions, and register your interest in attending a session. Please include any themes you would like to cover.

This offer is open to all Communities 1st volunteers and their friends and family who may need it.

 

Dementia Friends Information Sessions

Can you help us reach our goal 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 people who 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 - Nutrition and Hydration 

Nutrition and hydration is an essential part of our health and well-being. As warmer weather is fast approaching, hydrating the body will increasingly play an important role in our lives and those we love and support. This short but very informative session aims to highlight the importance of good hydration and simple techniques to help you stay well hydrated.

 

Mental Health First Aid - An Introduction

We all have a state of mental health, just as we all have a state of physical health. How we feel can vary greatly from good mental wellbeing through difficult feelings and emotions, to more severe mental health problems. This introductory course will enable you to discover the skills you have by developing your knowledge and application of mental health first aid in daily your knowledge and application of mental health first aid in daily life and your place of work either as a volunteer or employee. Every organisation can be affected by mental distress and ill health in the workforce if not handled correctly. 

This course aims to allow you to feel more confident to identify and support individuals who may be experiencing mental health distress or difficulties.

This course will share some basic practical skills you can use to help prevent mental distress from developing into a more serious issue. It will also show you how you can promote good mental health, You can provide comfort to a person experiencing mental distress. You can recognise the warning signs and respond effectively to minimise risk. 

 

End of Life - Death, Dying & Loss Awareness Training - Peace Hospice Care

We'll be organising another of these incredible introductory training courses offered by the Compassionate Communities Coordinator at Peace Hospice Care towards the end of the summer. It is designed to give you a foundational knowledge of how to have conversations around death and dying and loss within your local community. 

It is our hope that by the end of the training you will:

  • Feel more confident in supporting someone who is facing death, dying or loss.
  • Have a better understanding of the needs of people with palliative conditions
  • Recognise the role of a hospice. 
  • be able to reflect on your own beliefs, fears and wishes around death, dying and loss. 
  • Be armed with self-care tools to help build your resilience and overall wellbeing. 

Monday 2 August  -  (2 pm - 4 pm)  -  Register here.

 

Hate Crime Awareness Training

We all care about challenging Hate Crime and discrimination, based on any aspect of an individual's identity. If we are able to combat intolerance and create more inclusive and welcoming communities, It is important that hate crimes and incidents are reported. Hertfordshire Constabulary will be delivering training on this via Microsoft Teams for anyone wishing to increase their awareness of hate crime and how to respond. 

There will be a further opportunity for anyone who would like to become more involved in raising awareness of hate crime to undertake more training to become a hate crime champion.

 

Hiv Awareness Training - Terence Higgins Trust

Terrene Higgins Trust is the UK's largest Sexual Health and HIV charity. They offer training sessions that will give you the knowledge and skills to support people living with HIV and those at most risk of acquiring HIV.

The sessions:

  • Explain the differences between HIV and AIDS
  • Identify 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
  • Identify ways to support people living with HIV

Tuesday 9 November 2021  -  (!0.30 am to 1 pm)  -  Register here.

Thursday 9 December 2021  -  (!0.30 am to 1 pm)  -  Register here.

 

Spot the Signs Save a Life - Suicide Prevention Training

We are supporting a Hertfordshire wide suicide prevention campaign that is helping to remove the stigma of talking openly about mental ill-health and suicide. We're hoping you can join us for this excellent, fully funded training course to become more aware of mental ill-health, learn what practical steps you can take to prevent suicide and find out where you can signpost to for mental health services available in Hertfordshire.

The three-hour training session will:

  • Increase 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 spot the signs of someone who may be feeling suicidal Introduce practical steps about what actions you may take if you notice someone is distressed.

We're looking to run some more of these brilliant sessions in the autumn, please email us now to register your interest at training@communities1st.org.uk.

 

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 changes such as stopping smoking, improving diet, increasing physical activity, losing weight and reducing alcohol consumption can help people to 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 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 volunteer records. Please email course completion certificates to volunteer@communities1st.org.uk.

 

 

 

SHORT TERM ROLES & MICRO VOLUNTEERING

 

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

 

Fundraising and Bid Writing Support - Herts Asian Woman's Association

HAWA has been doing outstanding work throughout the pandemic supporting their members with shopping/prescription delivery, telephone befriending, and delivering food from food banks etc. They have also been advocating on behalf of members who are struggling with issues such as paying Council Tax online, IT issues, housing debt and unemployment. Many of their members do not have English as a first language. They are in urgent need of financial assistance and are seeking someone willing to help them write funding applications.

 

Java Script and Google Apps Specialist - St Albans Good Neighbour Scheme

Are you a computer coding whizz? A short term assignment is available for an experienced Google Workspace user and developer who can help SAGNS with the implementation of a new secure intranet workspace. This could be a very short term project lasting only a couple of days as you help to fix bugs in the code and configure the Workspace. The volunteers who are interested may be able to support and maintain this new digital infrastructure on an ongoing basis. Tasks would involve supporting SAGNS volunteers, updating their websites (a public website and an intranet website) and generally keeping an eye on operations.

 

Crafting Workshop Volunteers - Urgently Needed

Caring volunteers with crafting skills are required to teach workshops with a group of women in Welwyn Hatfield. Workshops would take place in person and be expected to last a couple of hours at a time. Any materials that are needed can be provided. If you are a confident crafter in fun hobby-related activities and want to share these talents with others – jewellery making, making toiletries, baking, beauty, art, crochet, knitting, needlework, sewing, gardening, wreath making, candles, health and well-being, etc 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 sport 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 at the end of June.

 

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 which will enable you to stay active and support a local sports club.

To express an interest please email Jeremy at volunteer@communities1st.org.uk 

  • Abbey Flyers Nomads – Netball Club
    Volunteer coaches
  • Fencing Hertfordshire
    Promotions and advertising, session support, events 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
    Under 11s assistant coach, occasional bar work
  • Oxhey Jets FC
    Grounds keeping and general maintenance
  • Abbotts Langley Cricket Club
    Social media and website admin, membership secretary, junior cricket coaches, junior cricket umpire, assistant groundskeeper
  • Bushey Cricket Club
    Groundskeeper, umpires & scorers
  • Rickmansworth and Watford Sea Cadets
    Administration and general assistant
  • 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 Worrell Junior League
    League & fixtures secretaries
  • Watford Amateur Boxing Club
    Coaching assistants for young boxers
  • Para Dance UK
    Trustees
  • West Herts Warriors Basketball
    Coaches

 

British Cycling - Volunteer Ride Leaders in Herts

British Cycling is on a mission to transform Britain into a great cycling nation and they need your help to do it. They need volunteers who are enthusiastic about leading entry-level or family-friendly bike rides. Benefits include FREE Ride Leader kit and access to a supportive network. Head to their website to find out more about their programmes.

 

 

 

LONGER-TERM VOLUNTEERING ROLES

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

 

Reception Volunteers - Rennie Grove ~Hospice Care

 Rennie Grove Hospice Care province care and support for adults and children diagnosed with cancer and other life-limiting illness, and their families. They need a warm and professional volunteer receptionist to welcome callers and visitors at Groce House. Receptionists cover the following shifts: 8.30 to 11.30; 11.15 to 2.30; 2.15 to 5pm. A rota is produced every 2 months. Volunteers often have a favoured day, though flexibility is necessary to ensure that there is always Reception cover.

 

Support Volunteers - Home-Start Watford and Three Rivers

 Home-Start is a voluntary organisation where volunteers offer regular support, friendship and practical help to young families under stress in their own homes. Volunteers who are parents or have parenting experience understand that sometimes family life can be tough and that is why their support can be so valuable in helping another family. Could you build the confidence and independence of a young family by offering support, friendship and practical help committing to a minimum of 2-3 hours per week? Full support, induction and ongoing training and development opportunities are given.

 

Gardener Volunteers - Blessed Earth

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

 

Litter Picker Volunteers - Communities 1st

If you're passionate about keeping our public spaces clean, we 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.

 

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 offering their time will be recorded on our system so they can be offered gardening work when it comes up. Social distancing measures will be strictly adhered to in this role.

 

Odd Jobs Assistance - Communities 1st

Do you have the DIY skills and 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 need to be willing to travel across Hertsmere, St Albans and Welwyn Hatfield. If this sounds like you, get in touch.

 

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 and talking with people who attend their drop-in. You would be required for 2-3 hours 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'Arts in Mind need you! They are looking for volunteers to contribute to their Community Arts and Crafts markets, coming soon in 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, encourage people to learn new skills. To find out more visit the H'Arts in Mind website.

 

Minibus Escort - Hertsmere Mencap

Hertsmere Mencap supports 250 children and adults with learning disabilities and their families and carers. They run a minibus service that takes members to regular social clubs in Borehamwood, St Albans and Hatfield on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Friday evenings, as well as occasional daytime outings. You will only be expected to volunteer once every few weeks as part of a rota, an overage of 3 hours per month. You will be assisting the driver collecting members, accompanying them to the local clubs, and helping with picking up from the club, taking them to their front door when necessary.

 

Fundraising Volunteers - No Barriers Radio

No Barriers Radion are interested in helping others to break down barriers for people with learning disabilities. They need help to research sponsorship events and draft an activity plan that makes the best use of volunteers' time and capabilities. Previous experience is not essential, good communication skills would be a bonus. The ability to write letters, a good telephone manner and the confidence to interact with people at events would be great. Most of all they are looking for people with an interest in helping others to overcome physical and psychological adversity.

 

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 Radion would love to hear from you! They are a radio 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 keep gaining 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 disabilities.

 

Gardening Volunteers - The Abbey Line

We are looking for volunteers to help with a programme of exciting gardening projects along the Abbey Line in 2021. The Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership (including Communities 1st) has a number of projects scheduled for the coming months, to bring some greenery and colour to the platforms along the Abey Line. Volunteering shifts can be flexible and we welcome creative input into the projects. To find out more and sign up, please contact Rob at us@communities1st.org.uk.

 

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 service on their website. Once trained volunteers to commit to a weekly 4-hour shift comprising 3 hours 'online' and a debrief session with your supervisor. They ask that volunteers have experience of 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.

 

 Compassionate Neighbours 

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 Neighbour 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. Compassionate Neighbours help others by visiting regularly, offering friendship, emotional support and a listening ear, helping people to do the things they enjoy, and helping people stay connected to their community, family and friends.

 

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

 

Volunteering Administrator - Hertsmere Mencap

Hertsmere Mencap is an active charity, supporting the membership of 200 children and adults with a learning disability along with their families and carers. Their mission is for people with a learning disability to be valued equally, listened to and included. They are looking for a volunteer to help with general administrative tasks such as processing invoicing and contacting/overseeing references for new volunteer applications. The ideal applicant would have experience in Microsoft Excel and Word. The time commitment would be no more than 8-10 hours per month.

 

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.

 

 

Workshop Volunteers – Emmaus Hertfordshire
40 formerly homeless people live at the Emmaus community in Hill End, St Albans. They have a workshop where they carry out minor repairs, renovations and repurpose donated items before they are sold in one of their five shops or online. They need people with new skills to help make this project a success. If you have a creative flair or knack for seeing the potential in items received as donations – 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 a 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 mental 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 topic 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, Wednesdays, and Thursdays throughout the year. You will need to be able to edit a word document.

 

Friendly Talker Volunteers – Redbourn Community Group
Redbourn Community Group is 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 be a friend to someone in the Redbourn community?

 

 

 

TRUSTEE ROLES

 

Trustees – Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust

Could you use your expertise to help HMWT pursue their vision of a better future for wildlife? This charity is looking for people with a passion for wildlife conservation and strategic thinking. They are particularly interested to hear from people with a background in nature conservation, business, communications or community engagement. Their trustees oversee the charity’s governance, represent the Trust within the local and wider community, and support wildlife in Hertfordshire and Middlesex. You will have the opportunity to participate in site visits, meetings with partner organisations and workshops.

 

Trustees – Barbara Bus Fund

Barbara Bus Fund is a registered charity based at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Stanmore. The fund initially aimed to provide a means of transport for hospital patients and people in surrounding areas who were unable to use public transport or standard vehicles. Today the charity has a selection of specially converted vehicles that can accommodate wheelchairs. Could you join this charity's board and share your expertise to help them continue this fantastic work?

 

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 looking for an enthusiastic, positive and reliable volunteer to support their work. They are particularly looking for someone who can set up heavy tables before group sessions on Monday afternoons at 12:30 and also pack them away after sessions at 2:45 pm based at Farriers Way Community Hall in Borehamwood. You would be required to generally help facilitate social sessions but you are also welcome to participate in activities. Applicants need to be able to move tables.

 

 

 

DRIVING ROLES

 

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

 

Day Services Driver – Rennie Grove Hospice Care

Rennie Grove Hospice Care provides care and support for adults and children diagnosed with cancer and other life-limiting illness and their families. They need enthusiastic and committed volunteers to transport patients to and from their own homes into Grove House. You will need to use your own car. Without this service, many patients would not be able to access the vital services that are offered at Grove House.

 

Minibus Drivers – Live Well Borehamwood

Live Well Borehamwood committee and volunteers have established a group for over 50’s which is supportive, fun and promotes independence and mental wellbeing. They require a patient and cheerful volunteer mini bus driver every Monday at 12 noon for approximately 30 - 45 mins, and 3 pm for approximately 30 - 45 mins. You may be required ad-hoc for longer journeys when they go on planned trips. Applicants will need a UK license and to be over 25 and under 70 years of age. New drivers will be able to familiarise themselves with the vehicle before taking a minibus out.

 

Volunteer Drivers (using own vehicle) – St Albans Good Neighbour Scheme
St Albans Good Neighbour Scheme volunteers help with lifts to medical appointments, shopping, collecting prescriptions, 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. Apply via their website as a ‘Transport volunteer’ and they will help you complete a DBS check.

 

Minibus Drivers – Hertsmere Mencap
Hertsmere Mencap supports 250 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 will only need to drive every few weeks. Applicants need a clean driving licence and several years’ driving experience, preferably in a minibus. If your license was 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 drivers (using organisation’s vehicles) – Barbara Bus Fund Stanmore
The Barbara Bus Fund provides 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 only requirements are that you like driving, like people, are aged over 25 years and have no more than 6 penalty points. You will need to complete a DBS check.

 

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 larger 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.

 

 

 

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 help from vulnerable people isolating at home. Our busy team of shopping brokers 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 half 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 to 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/Testing 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.
 
PLEASE DO NOT REPORT ANY SAFEGUARDING CONCERNS THROUGH THIS CONTACT METHOD.


If you have a low-level concern about someone you are supporting, please contact our duty team via email volunteering@communities1st.org.uk.
For moderate to high-level concerns, we ask you to contact us directly by telephone on 020 8386 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 more rewarding to use. We’d really value your feedback on how you’re 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.