Six point promise that could be a real winner

Lynn Keates, Project Manager with Dacorum Communities for Learning, with volunteer Imogen, receiving their 6 Point Promise certificate.
Lynn Keates, Project Manager with Dacorum Communities for Learning, with volunteer Imogen, receiving their 6 Point Promise certificate.

Part of the work of Volunteer Centre Dacorum is to help local organisations develop good practice in managing their volunteers.

Centre manager Heather Allen said: “When people give up their time to help, they need proper support otherwise they will just leave. In partnership with other Volunteer Centres in Hertfordshire we have set up a quick and easy checklist that organisations can use to assess the way they involve volunteers.”

The Six Point Promise asks organisations questions such as: Do you pay volunteer expenses? Are volunteers trained and supported? Do volunteers have a chance to feed back on their experiences?

Help and support is offered to organisations that want to develop their volunteer management and many have already signed up while others are in the process of reviewing their volunteering practices.

Dacorum Communities for Learning, which provides training courses on a variety of subjects at community venues around Dacorum, has just completed its promise.

Do you volunteer for any of the following organisations below and have you been well looked after? All have completed the Six Point Promise and are eligible to be nominated for the Hertfordshire Valuing Volunteering Management Award 2013.

Age UK Dacorum, Centre in the Park, Community Action Dacorum, Dacorum District Citizens Advice Bureau, Dacorum Communities for Learning, Dacorum Mencap, Dacorum Heritage Trust, Druglink, Hemel Hempstead Child Contact Centre, Hertfordshire Scouts, Herts Aid, Herts County Council Youth Mentoring, Herts Fire and Rescue Service, Mediation Hertfordshire, ReachOut Plus, Relate Dacorum, Watford and Three Rivers, The Abbeyfield (Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead) Society, Urban Access.

To make a nomination you have to be a volunteer for the organisation in question. Download a nomination form from www.volunteeringherts.org or call in at the Roundhouse in Marlowes for a copy.

Winners will be announced at the Volunteering Herts Open Meeting on July 15. First prize is £300 and a crystal trophy and there are runners up cash prizes, too.

It’s been a while since a Dacorum-based charity won this award so let’s make this Dacorum’s year.