More than 200 people generously volunteer with us to ensure that we are able to provide information, advice and support to unpaid family and friend carers when they need it. This Volunteers' Week (1st – 7th June) - and throughout the year – we want to let our wonderful volunteers know how much we appreciate what you do for us.
Alex Daar, our Volunteer Manager, said: “Thank you to all our volunteers - those at home assisting us in supporting carers via phone, letter or email, and those who are waiting to resume volunteering with us when we can have more people in our offices or at face to face activities. We recognise many volunteers have adjusted to different ways of supporting carers and staff, but your involvement has been appreciated, particularly at a time when carers felt isolated because of shielding and lack of face to face services.”
Alex explained that carers often comment on how they value the support provided, with compliments such as “Your support is very helpful, just talking on the phone makes me feel good.”
For Volunteers Week we are involved with two virtual volunteer fairs that have been organised by Team Herts Volunteering and we are hoping to have a thank you picnic for its volunteers this Summer, if lockdown restrictions ease further.
The Volunteer Fairs are taking place on 2nd June, 10am-12pm noon, and the other on 5th June 10am-2pm. If you are interested in volunteering and would like to book a place to attend email and for more details visit www.thvolunteering.org.uk/events/events-list or call 01462 689409.
If you don’t already volunteer with us, but are interested in supporting us, your help is needed, whether you can spare a few hours each week or just occasionally. Some of the roles, such as mentoring and making Keep in Touch calls can be done from your home.
Some of our volunteers have kindly shared their experience of volunteering with us, to give you an idea of what being a Carers in Hertfordshire volunteer is like.
Pradip, who has been a volunteer with us since February 2021 and helps the admin team in our Borehamwood office as and when needed and he can, said: “I enjoy volunteering, it gives me something to do when I’m not supporting my adult son who has autism, or out playing golf. I feel like I’m doing my bit to help carers and the charity and I also learn things to help me in my caring role or pass on to other carers. I’ve been helping with inventory checks, updating records, job interviews as part of a panel and calling people to see how they are and if they want to resume having support from the Care Service if they paused it during the coronavirus lockdowns.”
Edith, who has been a volunteer for about seven months, and supports bereaved carers over the phone and also makes Keep in Touch calls to check how carers are and connect them to any support they need, said: “I became a volunteer after responding to an advert on Facebook. The training I received to equip me for the role has been excellent and is ongoing. I started volunteering as I had a few hours available and wanted to play my part during this difficult time of COVID-19. I never imagined how rewarding it would be and how much I would benefit too. I feel part of a community and I’ve gained life and job skills.”
Jan, who has been a Keep in Touch (KIT) volunteer for a year, said: “I get a lot out of the KIT calls and interactions with the other volunteers and staff. It is very satisfying being able to give people a chance to talk to someone who may be able to help them or put them in touch with professional support, which they may otherwise not have had. As the role is fairly flexible I can also make calls around my work.”
For more information about volunteering with us please email or call us on 01992 58 69 69. You can also visit our volunteer web pages to learn more about volunteering with us and about the roles we have available.