Radlett & District

Volunteering

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.

Volunteers wanted

We are seeking Volunteer Community Exercise Leaders to deliver Oomph Wellness sessions in Borehamwood as part of the Active Together programme. Main roles will be to deliver activity sessions and collect monitoring forms. The exercise leaders must have an upbeat and inspiring personality. Their style needs to be supportive, encouraging, enthusiastic, warm and inclusive. The sessions should promote excitement and energy. Full training will be given before the volunteer starts delivering and ongoing support is available from Oomph online portal and Regional Co-ordinator. No formal qualifications or prior experience are required to volunteer with us. However we will need to undertake a DBS check. We have four venues that are ready to go but we've recently been let down by our potential volunteer. We would ideally like to find 3 volunteers looking to do 2-3 hours per week. For more information me, Charlotte Stanton (charlotte.stanton@hertsmere.gov.uk) or call 020 8207 7801. We have a job description and more information about the project available.

RUGS

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.

Technical Support If you are good with projectors and sound systems your help would be invaluable at Monthly Meetings to assist Graham Taylor. Also Group leaders often need help and advice either on a one off basis, or more regularly.

GROUP LEADERS

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.

OUTSIDE U3A

Schoolreaders (www.schoolreaders.org)
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO LISTEN TO CHILDREN READ IN LOCAL PRIMARY SCHOOLS

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.

Kings of Herts male harmony barbershop chorus looking for male singers

The Kings meet weekly on Thursday evenings in Harpenden but draw support from many neighbouring towns and villages.

We are self-supporting but also known for hefty fund-raising for a number of charities, including hospice care charities. We sing at fetes and festivals, town halls and theatres and offer memorable input to weddings and anniversaries.

Experienced singers are always welcome but the ability to read music is not a pre-requisite. We are looking for all voice parts.

Getting involved is not an intimidating experience! There is music to suit all tastes and a prevailing sense of fun and enjoyment. Our music director is an outstanding young graduate from the Royal College of Music.

The Kings are aged from the ‘well retired’ down to 20 and 30 year olds. Talented teens would be assured of an especially warm hello if your members know of any who might be interested!

We regularly recruit from the ranks of the newly-retired. For any of your members who have toyed with the idea of giving singing a go our September course is the ideal opportunity for a try-out.

For further details just email more@kingsofherts.co.uk or check out the website at www.kingsofherts.co.uk

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
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 Kate Marston-Taylor on kate.marston-taylor@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 .

Abbeyfield is a charitable organisation with one mission: to enhance the quality of life for older people and make their lives easier and more fulfilling. Abbeyfield House at 1-3 The Drive, Radlett provides supported accommodation. It consists of ten bedsits with en suite facilities and two self-contained flats. There is a delightful communal refurbished lounge and dining room so there is always somewhere for residents to enjoy the company of others.
Volunteers are needed to support the staff and residents. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Rose Scanlon (House Manager) Tel: 01923 85 4683