Other Volunteering opportunities
Watford & Three Rivers Trust

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W3RT - Community Cars volunteer driver 

Community Cars provides journeys for those unable to use public transport due to mobility or health issues. Our team of Volunteer drivers use their own cars to transport passengers to hospital, GP and other health appointments as well as helping them to stay socially active.  Community Cars serves residents across Watford and Three Rivers and provides a safe, reliable and affordable service. Demand for the service continues to increase and we really need your support to help local people stay well and reduce loneliness.

We are looking for new volunteer drivers to help us provide this essential Community Cars service.  If you have your own car, some spare time and a valid driving licence then we’d love to hear from you. Our volunteers are able to claim back mileage costs. Flexibility to give as much or as little time as you can, between Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm.


Click here for a role description. Please give us a call on 01923 216962 or email volunteering@w3rt.org to find out more.  

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W3RT - Personal Shopper Volunteer 

To support vulnerable or elderly people in the community by carrying out weekly food shops and delivering it to them.

You must be friendly, respectful and trustworthy and you must be able to make clear arrangements with people and complete the agreed tasks faithfully and within the agreed timetable.

We are looking for new volunteers to help us provide this essential shopping service.  If you have your own car, some spare time and a valid driving licence then we’d love to hear from you. Our volunteers will be paid back any expenses. Flexibility to give as much or as little time as you can.
 

Click here for a role description.

Please give us a call on 01923 216962 or email volunteering@w3rt.org to find out more.  

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Herts Help - Client Satisfaction Survey Volunteer 

Herts help require volunteers to survey a range of service users who have used the Hospital & Community Navigation Service (HCNS) by telephone to capture client satisfaction with the service.  

 

You must be confident in speaking with people and have good listening skills and ability to complete a questionnaire on a computer system. (Volunteers will use their own computer). The people you call may be elderly, vulnerable or lonely - so it is of the utmost importance that you are able to show empathy, respect and understanding at all times.

 

Contact: Sandra Clarke 07538 941345 or email sandraclarke@herts.help

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Carers in Hertfordshire – Bereavement Volunteer

Carers in Hertfordshire are recruiting 8 people to become Bereavement Volunteers, to start training in September.

 

Carers in Hertfordshire offers bereavement support in group sessions as well as telephone support. In 2019-2020, the Bereavement volunteers supported 248 bereaved carers. The need for support is growing due to the COVID-19 crisis and we want to extend our volunteer team to be able to respond to this increase in demand.

 

Click here for a role description

 

If you’d like to find out more about becoming a Bereavement support volunteer, get in touch. Contact: Telephone 01992 58 69 69  Email volunteer@carersinherts.org.uk

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Carers in Hertfordshire – Keeping in Touch Volunteer

Carers in Hertfordshire are looking to recruit 10 people to become Keeping in Touch Volunteers, to start as soon as possible.

 

Due to coronavirus and the support we have needed to offer, we are being more proactive with our carers and seeing real benefits.  We need to recruit new Keep In Touch Volunteers to help us with this role.  We aim to contact 6000 carers by December 2020.  Carers in Hertfordshire is a charity supporting family carers caring for someone who is elderly, ill or disabled and relies on that support.  Carers often care for a relative, child or friend and the care they provide is unpaid.

 

Click here for a role description

 

If you’d like to find out more about becoming a Keep In Touch volunteer and help carers take better care of themselves contact us:

 

Telephone 01992 58 69 69 Email volunteer@carersinherts.org.uk

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Reach Out Support volunteer for Older people

‘Reach Out is a project that provides support to those who have recently been discharged from hospital. Reach Out can assist people by linking them up with a volunteer in their neighbourhood who can offer companionship and practical support when they return home.

 

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, some of our activities have been adapted in line with social distancing guidance from the government. Many volunteers are currently providing support to people over the phone whilst others have been able to collect groceries or prescriptions and drop them off to the person they’re supporting. Some volunteers are walking people’s dogs for them or posting letters. Many of our matches are making plans to meet face to face once it is safe to do so – so there is something to look forward to whilst home visits aren’t possible at present.’

For more information, please call 07780 313651 or email reachout@nhcvs.org.uk

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Mental Health Support volunteer

Guideposts in SW Hertfordshire (Watford, Three Rivers and Hertsmere) supports adults in their own mental health recovery journey. They support people in groups and on a 1-1 basis. The service is currently on a telephone/email basis, they need volunteers who can listen and support someone who is socially isolated. A volunteer needs patience, time, positive listening skills and a calm demeanour. They will provide volunteer training about mental health conditions, their services, boundaries, safeguarding, confidentiality and expectations of the role. The volunteer would need to be in regular touch with the scheme coordinator to give an update on how someone is doing and have support in signposting someone for additional support, shopping, etc.

 

For more information, please email Jane Allen on JAllen@guideposts.org.uk

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Food Hub and Kitchen Support Volunteer

Working alongside Gokula members of staff and other volunteers, you will be serving food to vulnerable people within Watford. You will also be asked to help with our food bank project, sorting and distributing donations. Our volunteering opportunities are at three different locations and are on different days.

Please contact Beth 07852 158613 for more details.

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One Vision Volunteer Driver

One vision are looking for a volunteer with a car to help them distribute essential items to members of the community. They are also looking for volunteers to work within their centre at Stanborough Park Church. 

One Vision volunteers work on a rota system, providing support to the community between 10 - 4pm, Monday to Sunday. This rota system ensure numbers within the centre are carefully controlled and that social distancing is maintained. 


Please contact Liz Burns, One Vision Deputy Chair on 07527 213921. 

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Shopmobility Volunteer

Shopmobility Watford is looking for a volunteer for few hours a week. This would suit a either a person with disabilities for reception duties or an able bodied person to isssue scooters and wheelchairs. Training will be given. No lifting needed. Two references required.
For more information please contact the Manager on duty.

Telephone: 01923 211020
Website: www.shopmobilitywatford.org

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Driver work mate volunteer

To be responsible for the delivery and collection of goods on behalf of the project. To assist the vehicle driver in delivery and collection of furniture and also the maintenance of the vehicle as required. 


For more information click here.
Contact : Marie Frost, email : marie@9livesfurniture.org.uk, Tel : 01923 718666

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Mini Market Volunteers 

Random Cafe are looking for volunteers to help with social media/blogging as well as helping at their Mini Market on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturdays. Random Cafe launched in 2017 and works to reduce food waste in Watford by reclaiming food from supermarkets and giving it back to the public on a pay as you feel basis. 

 

For more information about Random Cafe or to volunteer, please contact Jane Johnson on 07961 534275 or fill in the form here

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Food Packing and Delivery Driver Volunteers

Watford and Three Rivers Refugee Partnership (WTRRP) work with asylum seekers and refugee families in West Hertfordshire and are recruiting four volunteers to start immediately to assist with food packing and delivery to families supported by WTRRP in the area. It is anticipated that either task will take between 2-3 hours and training and supervision will be provided. Drivers and non-drivers welcome.

 

For more information and to apply to volunteer, please contact John Gray on email info@wtrrp.org.uk or mobile 07730 705942.

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Neighbourhood Watch/OWL volunteers needed

Neighbourhood Watch in Three Rivers and Watford are looking to expand its volunteer base by recruiting IT skilled residents who can administer and maintain the OWL database in wards across the district where there is currently no Ward Coordinator. The work can be done from home and training is provided.

The main work involves checking whether emails within the database are up to date, and where necessary making phone calls to the registered OWL member to correct the fault.
 

For further information, contact Sue Thompson (Neighbourhood Watch District Coordinator) sue.j.thompson@btopenworld.com

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Elvira's Community Cafe Volunteer

The Henderson Hub is looking for friendly volunteers to help in their cafe and tea room, Elvira's. It’s fun, it’s easy and it’s a great way to meet new people.  As an Elvira’s volunteer, here’s what you might be doing…

 

  • Clearing tables and making Elvira’s comfortable

  • Helping anyone who needs little help with wheelchairs or buggies

  • Keeping Elvira’s nice and clean

  • Preparing trays for refreshments

  • Delivering food to their lovey customers

  • Working on the till (but only after you have been trained)

If you feel like it's something you would like to be involved in, or just to give it a try and see if you like it, then please get in touch. Email enquires@henderson-hub.org.uk

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Volunteer Advisor - Citizens Advice Bureau

Citizens Advice Bureau is looking for Volunteer Advisors at your local South Bucks Citizens Advice Bureau in Abbots Langley, South Oxhey, or Rickmansworth. If you can spare two half days a week (or one full day) and would like to find out more about training as a Volunteer Adviser please get in touch.
 

Email: : training@abbotslangley.cabnet.org.uk

Telephone: 01923 293131

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Phoneline Volunteers - Watford Women's Centre

Watford Women’s Centre provide life-changing services for women to lead independent, productive and healthier lives, and also support the wider community and are seeking female volunteers to assist with a phoneline providing emotional and practical support to victims of domestic violence with their new project My Ally. A full induction will take place and training will be provided. 

 

Volunteers with lived experience of domestic abuse are preferred but we also welcome those who have experience working with women in this field and family and friends who have supported women through domestic abuse.
 

For further details and to volunteer, please contact Keely Yorke on keely@watfordwomenscentre.org.uk

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My Ally Participatory Evaluator  - Watford Women's Centre

Watford Women’s Centre is looking for Volunteers with experience in the participatory approach to volunteer with them and with their service users to establish metrics and capture feedback.  They are keen to use the participatory approach to ensure the successes of the project are focused on the women we work with and their needs so we can use these evaluations to ensure continuation of the project.

If you feel you have the skills to help them with this approach then please do get in touch, 
For further information please contact Laura Butler on  laura@watfordwomenscentre.org.uk 
 

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Admission Appeal Volunteers - Herts County Council

Herts County Council are looking for panel members to hear appeals for school admissions. By volunteering your work could really make a difference to children, parents and schools in Hertfordshire. Expenses will be paid and full training will be provided. HCC particularly welcome's enquiries from traditionally underrepresented groups including BAME candidates, disabled people and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

If you are interested, please contact us for an informal chat or for an information pack*
Telephone: 01992 588 548 Email: school.appeals@hertfordshire.gov.uk

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Peace Hospice Care – Compassionate Neighbours

Peace Hospice Care is running a project to help tackle loneliness and isolation faced by many people who are living with a life-limiting illness. Do you like making friends? Do you like chatting over a cuppa? Do you want to make a difference to someone in your community who is lonely or at risk of isolation by simply sharing your time, companionship and support?

Compassionate Neighbours introduces local people based on their shared likes, interests and experiences. You will have the opportunity to develop your skills and confidence as well as receiving ongoing support. This is your chance to become a part of an award-winning initiative and make a real difference to your life and those around you.
 

Compassionate Neighbours can help those affected by death, dying and loss by:

• visiting regularly

• offering friendship, emotional support and a listening ear

• helping them to do the things they like doing

• helping them stay connected to the community as well as family and friends

If you are interested, you can find out more and fill out the application form here and if you have any questions, contact Emma Naef – Compassionate Communities Coordinator on enaef@peacehospicecare.org.uk or 01923 330330 or 07718 570 112.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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COVID-19 Vaccination Centres Volunteering Opportunities

Five roles offer opportunities to volunteer either indoors or outdoors, supporting people attending one of the vaccination centres across Hertfordshire and West Essex.
 

Volunteer Steward – Ushering and Patient Flow

Supporting the smooth arrival onto the site of people coming for vaccination. Volunteer tasks will include:

  • Directing people arriving to the relevant entrances

  • Checking appointment paperwork

  • Identifying people who may require additional support, such as a carer/chaperone, additional language support etc, and directing to the appropriate site staff

 

Front of House Volunteer

Meeting and greeting people arriving at the centre for vaccination. Volunteer tasks will include:

  • Verify citizens’ booking confirmation and paperwork and allocate an individual vaccination number using a barcode scanner or other technology devices provided

  • Maintain accurate records and ensure strict data and patient record confidentiality.

  • May need to provide citizens with relevant information materials (e.g. leaflets) and offer brief explanation of the steps pre, during and post vaccination that the citizens need to be aware of.
     

Post Vaccination Observation Support Volunteer

Post-vaccination observation and patient BLS in the post-vaccination area inside the pod. Volunteer tasks will include:

  • Support the post-vaccination observation area; meet and greet citizens, ensuring they are comfortable, reassuring them post vaccine if needed.

  • Observe citizens that were directed to the waiting area post-vaccination and recommend a waiting time of 15 minutes.

  • Assess patients’ health condition, recognise and respond as needed to any medical emergency.
     

Patient Advocate Volunteer role

Answering patient queries and address any concerns about the vaccination in the waiting area. Volunteer tasks will include:

  • Provide additional informational support to the citizens, presenting them with relevant details about the vaccination, adverse reactions and process.

  • Confidently convey NHS messaging on the vaccination in line with national guidelines.

  • Respond to any citizen queries and concerns and escalate any issues to the supervisor.

 

Volunteer Vaccine Admin Support

Provide admin support (data recording) to the vaccination activity, working closely with the vaccinator. Volunteer tasks will include:

  • Provide administrative support to the vaccination site’s staff.

  • Ensure all paperwork has been provided pre-vaccination by the citizen, check identity & confirm vaccine details (type, date, time, dose).

  • Maintain, request and transfer confidential patient records, ensuring they are stored in an accurate and secure filing system. Adhere to confidentiality as per the site’s policy.

 

All roles will also include the following tasks:

Ensuring that social distancing guidelines are respected

  • Co-ordinating with other team members to ensure the site doesn’t become overcrowded at any point in the process

  • Following health and safety, safeguarding and confidentiality guidance and training

  • Raising and seeking support from appropriate site staff with any issues that may arise

 

These opportunities are managed by various NHS organisations, including Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust, St Albans & Harpenden GP Federation and Herts Health GP Federation. Volunteers will be coordinated by Communities 1st and charity partners. Volunteers will be able to access the following support from NHS organisations:

 - Site specific induction

 - Site contact person for support and guidance

-  PPE as appropriate to role

 

Volunteers will be able to access the following support from Communities 1st:

  • Telephone and email support at all times during your volunteering

  • Scheduling on shifts support, including access to your own on online volunteer dashboard     

  • Reimbursement of any travel expenses and hand sanitiser costs incurred whilst volunteering

  • Access to guidance on Safeguarding, Confidentiality, Health & Safety, First Aid and Inclusion & Diversity. 
     

All volunteers will be covered by Communities 1st policies and procedures.

Some of these roles require a Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) check as it involves supporting in a healthcare setting. If you don't already have a DBS check, we can arrange this for you.
 

For more information and to register as a volunteer, click here