Radlett & District


This page is intended to publicise opportunities within Radlett and District u3a and to provide some information about opportunities for volunteering in the local area and links to the relevant websites. We will not be taking any role in introducing volunteers to organisations outside u3a.


Radlett & District u3a have a Really Useful Group, RUGS for short, who are not on the committee but help in many and various ways. If you have skills to offer, from IT to making tea, we will find ways to use them. Speak to a committee member at the monthly meeting or use the carrier pigeon on this page or the general enquiry button on the contacts page.

We are currently looking for volunteers for the following roles: -

Group Administrators Many groups need someone to look after the general running and admin tasks. The person that leads or tutors the session should not also need to arrange the venue, make the tea and collect money. These roles can be done by others. If you are already taking part in a group, think about what you could offer by way of support. If you have admin skills and would be happy to help a new group leader find a venue, email members, look after finance or any other admin tasks, please contact the study groups coordinator via the carrier pigeon.


We are always seeking volunteers to run new groups. This can be a new topic, or a further group on the same subject if the existing group is over subscribed. It can also be on a different aspect of the same subject, or at a different level. Contact the Study Groups Coordinator via the carrier pigeon on this page or at a Monthly Meeting for more information.


Schoolreaders (www.schoolreaders.org)

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.

Please see School Readers Newsletter July 17 for an example of their newsletter.

Please visit the website www.schoolreaders.org Email us at admin@schoolreaders.org to join or call 01234 924111 for further information.

Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline

1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men experience domestic abuse in their lifetime. Our volunteers take calls from anyone affected by domestic violence and domestic abuse 7 days a week (the Helpline is open from 9 am to 9 pm Monday to Friday and 9 am to 4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays). We explore with each caller options on how to move forward and signpost to relevant local agencies. We ask for a minimum of 2 hours a week on the helpline itself and a commitment to bi-monthly meetings for ongoing training, support and supervision. Full training is given. Volunteers work from home or anywhere quiet where they can maintain confidentiality. There is information about the helpline and volunteering for us on our website click here

Hertsmere Citizens Advice Bureau


Citizens Advice Hertsmere helped over 4,000 people remotely last year. We are looking for a qualified accountant, preferably with experience of charity finance, to join our Board of volunteer trustees. You will play a key role in our charity taking charge of our accounts and budgets and ensuring that we stay squeaky clean on the financial front in everything we do. The charity employs a bookkeeper.

Most of the workers at CAB are volunteers. They come from all walks of life and do all sorts of jobs. They volunteer for many reasons, but the one thing that unites them all is that they find the work challenging, rewarding and varied.
Roles include: - Advisers, Gateway Assessors, Administrators, Receptionists, Social Policy workers and Technical Support.
To find out more go to the website through the link on the top right of this page.

Watford Mencap
There are many different ways you can volunteer and support Watford Mencap and we are sure you will make new friends and learn new skills. Some volunteering opportunities are regular activities, but if you feel you can't commit to something regularly, we are always looking for volunteers to help at one-off events. We will pay for reasonable travel expenses - why not give it a go? We are looking for volunteers with the following: - Learning and Leisure Minute/Note Taker, Children and Young People's Activities Volunteers, Disco Club Night Volunteer, Volunteer Driver and Fundraising Volunteers. There is a link to the website on the top right of this page.

Keech Hospice Care shop in Radlett
This charity shop is looking for volunteers to help steam, sort stock. Work on the till, have good customer service experience. The shop is at 285 Watling Street, Radlett WD7 7LA. Please contact the manager Lana Wozencraft, Tel 01923 854576.

Keech Hospice Care provides emotional and practical support for adults and children diagnosed with a life-limiting condition. Their aim is to help patients enjoy the highest quality of life, while also providing vital support for their family and friends. The adult service provides care for patients primarily from Luton and South Bedfordshire, while the children's service cares for children across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Milton Keynes. All the services are provided free of charge to all, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Radlett Centre Theatre
Volunteers are needed during performances and events. This is a great way to develop new skills and make new friends, while enjoying the latest theatre, drama, comedy and dance events. To apply go to the website http://www.radlettcentre.co.uk/Volunteers
and download our Volunteer Application Form and return it to the theatre or email it to Sally Evans on Sally.Evans@radlettcentre.com

Community Action Hertsmere (previously known as CVS)
http://www.hertsmerevolunteer.org.uk/ This website allows you to search for volunteering opportunities in Hertsmere. It also offers support and training. At the time of writing these include working with animals at Aldenham Country Park, driving a minbus for Radlett Lodge School (National Autistic Society), and boarding a trainee guide dog during evenings and weekends.

Watford Credit Union
Watford Credit Union needs more volunteers in order to expand their services to help more members. Most jobs require a commitment of at least 2 hours a week. Many tasks can be combined for one volunteer to do.
In particular WCU need:
Assistant secretary to help the secretary with general administration
Supervisors needed to work with other members on the Supervisory Committee on internal audit
Schools coordinator, to liaise with the growing number of schools running Young Savers Scheme's
Collectors to staff collection points
Volunteer Officer to liaise with the volunteers about availability and training needs
IT person to maintain the website and extend electronic communications with members
People to help the Treasury Team to maintain members’ and general accounts
If you have some time to spare and would like to assist please contact WCU Telephone: 01923 236401 Offices: First Floor, 59 Clarendon Road, Watford WD17 1LA

Birchwood and Shenley Methodist Children and Youth Project
We most urgently need volunteers for: -
Our one off community events in holidays.
For our primary age girls clubs on Mondays term time from 3.00-6.00
We can provide some travel expenses, tea/coffee on duty and safe- guarding training with the Methodist Church
Our volunteers can be from any faith background or non at all as long as they are able to role model; good healthy relationships, honesty and good ethics and morals to our young people and have a willingness to undergo training. They would need to be willing to organically be shaped by the emerging needs of the project, its work and the young people.
To find out more contact Tracy Birks - Children and Youth Outreach Worker email Tracy

Jubilee Sailing Trust
The JST takes both disabled and able bodied men and women to sea, to not only teach them how to crew a tall ship, but to promote equality, sharing and to celebrate our individual differences by working together to achieve greater things.
If you’re keen to get involved in a hands on way, you can volunteer to work on our ships during their maintenance periods. Lord Nelson and Tenacious are maintained to the highest standards to ensure the safety and comfort of all those who sail with us. No matter what your skills and experience are, there is bound to be a role for you.
To book a place, see the schedule on the website. All volunteers are provided with accommodation on board and have three hearty meals a day.
For more information, please contact the Customer Services dept. T: 023 8044 9138 or visit the Contact Us page on the website http://jst.org.uk .