Caring helpers will fit right in at the Heather Club

A jigsaw challenge at the Heather Club, Hemel Hempstead
A jigsaw challenge at the Heather Club, Hemel Hempstead

A selection of the opportunities available this week through Volunteer Centre Dacorum.

Home Start Dacorum needs an enthusiastic and dynamic volunteer with an interest in children, young people and supporting families to join the board of trustees.

As a new trustee, you would be jointly responsible for overseeing the running of the charity and have the chance to help shape future services.

This home grown charity based in St. Mary’s Road, Hemel Hempstead, helps families with pre-school children to cope with the stresses of family life.

Volunteers, who must be parents themselves, support families until they feel able to cope without further help.

Home Start would especially like to hear from those with an interest in early years, family support, health and social care, or who are experienced in the fields of finance, human resources, marketing or fundraising.

Patient volunteers with good people skills are needed to help out on either Mondays or Wednesdays at the Heather Club that runs from Carey Baptist Church in Marlowes. The club offers a caring and friendly setting where members who are frail or elderly and may have memory problems can enjoy socialising and taking part in a range of stimulating activities.

In the mornings, members and volunteers often play a range of table games then enjoy a cooked lunch before taking part in a sing along or trying out some armchair exercises. The session runs from 10am until 3pm and volunteers can help for part or all of that time.

The Hemel Hempstead Child Contact Centre needs sensitive and reliable volunteers to help out just once a month at sessions designed to keep children in contact with parents or other family members they are not living with. Volunteers help out at either a morning session from 9.45am until 1.30pm or an afternoon session from 1.15pm until 5pm and help create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for visitors.

Tasks include setting up tables and putting out toys as well as clearing up at the end of the day.

You would also be involved in serving refreshments, helping with the handover of children and offering a listening ear to parents. Induction and continuing training will be provided.

To find out more visit the website or call 01442 247209