Fire service volunteers are on a promise

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

Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service has received a pat on the back for the way it looks after its volunteers.

Volunteer Centre manager Heather Allen presented a Six Point Promise certificate to chief fire officer Roy Wilsher at a volunteer awards ceremony.

To achieve the Six Point Promise, managers of the Community Safety Volunteers Scheme demonstrated their good practice in the way they recruit, train, support and recognise the 150 volunteers who give their time to the service.

“The aim of the Six Point Promise is to raise standards of volunteer management,” said Heather. “There is a quick and easy online checklist so that organisations can see how they are doing. The Volunteer Centre Team can help with advice and support if needed.

“So far 21 Dacorum based charities have completed the challenge and it’s not too late for others to sign up.”

> The Volunteer Centre is itself looking for volunteers to help out in different ways. As a registered charity that has been active for 41 years it has helped recruit many thousands of volunteers for good causes.

Virtual fundraisers can help raise funds for the centre without leaving home. All you have to do is shop online through the Giving Machine website and the shops will give a percentage as a donation.

A grand master of ideas is needed to help organise fundraising events to support the centre’s work. If you have a good imagination, loads of motivation and could spare a few hours per month, the Volunteer Centre would love to hear from you.

People are also needed to help with promoting the work that Volunteer Centre Dacorum does. The right volunteer will have creative flair and an eye for design. The role will involve working alongside the project co-ordinator to create and design displays for use in libraries and community centres throughout Dacorum. Hours are to suit and travel expenses paid. You would need your own transport or the ability to travel locally.

Even if you can’t help out on a regular basis you could still volunteer. Volunteer Centre Dacorum runs a Time to Time project that is just right for those who are too busy for a regular commitment or who like to help out occasionally on one-off projects. Jjust register and the Centre will put you in touch with organisation needing help from time to time.

To find out more visit the website or call 01442 247209