It’s Volunteers’ Week – thank you to our wonderful volunteers for all you do

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We have a wonderful team of volunteers who generously give their time to help us in our work providing information, advice and support to unpaid family and friend carers when they need it. This Volunteers' Week (1stVolunteers thank you picture for Volunteers' Week 2022 – 7th June) - and throughout the year – we want to let our volunteers know how much we appreciate what you do for us.

Alex Daar, our Volunteer Manager, said: “We have an incredible team of volunteers old and new who freely give their time and skills to ensure unpaid family and friend carers in Hertfordshire get the support they need. We simply wouldn’t be able to help as many carers without you. We’ve been pleased to welcome volunteers back to our office and face to face activities after a pause during the coronavirus pandemic.”

Alex explained that carers often comment on how they value the support provided, with compliments such as “Your listening and advice was invaluable,” and “The bereavement volunteer has been a great support to me over the last few months. I needed somebody to talk to and open up with and the volunteer was very understanding and supportive.”

For Volunteers’ Week we are involved with a Virtual Volunteer Recruitment Fair organised by TeamHerts Volunteering on Monday 6th June 2022, 10am - 2pm on Zoom. You can find out more and book a place via TeamHerts Volunteering event listing or call  01462 689409. We will also be holding a picnic for our volunteers after the week, on Thursday 14th July 2022 in Hatfield.

If you don’t already volunteer with us, but are interested in supporting us, your help is needed. Some of the roles, such as providing telephone bereavement support and making Keep in Touch calls, can be done from your home, and others such as mentoring in person near to where you live. Among the roles we are looking to fill are Hub Leaders or joint leaders for our groups in Berkhamsted, Bishop’s Stortford and Borehamwood.

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.

Jack, has been a Keep in Touch volunteer since August 2021, he spends a couple of hours a week from his home phoning carers on a list to check how they are and update them about services or help that may be of interest to them. Jack said: “During the COVID-19 pandemic I wanted to try something new so decided to volunteer. I volunteer around my job with animals and I enjoy the role and get a sense of satisfaction from supporting people. I feel that I’m making a difference to carers and helping them.”

Parent carer Joanna provides admin support - sorting files, inputting information onto our database, calling volunteers to book them onto training. She said: “I’ve been volunteering for over a year, at home and in the office. I became a volunteer after my Mentor suggested it would help me get out more. It’s nice to do some work and occasionally see people. I give about five hours a week, but there is flexibility if I need to go to an appointment. I like volunteering as the people are nice, you can hone your skills for the workplace and keep busy away from your caring role.”

For more information about volunteering with us please email or call us on 01992 58 69 69. You can also visit the volunteer pages to learn more.
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