Friendly faces can make family visits to The Mount less stressful

Dacorum Communities For Learning course
Dacorum Communities For Learning course

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


Could you help men in HMP The Mount keep in touch with their families? If so, there are two vital roles for new volunteers.

Special volunteers are needed to help out in the visitor centre at HMP The Mount in Bovingdon.

Visitors often have long and difficult journeys to reach the prison for family visits, and children especially can be tired and upset by the time they reach The Mount.

Centre volunteers offer a friendly face, a cup of tea, a bite to eat and a listening ear to visitors before they go over to the main buildings.

The centre is open on Friday afternoons and has sessions both morning and afternoon at weekends.

The prison play area caters from children aged from two to 12.

Volunteers are needed to help keep the young people occupied while their parents are talking, and so give the family the benefit of time together.

You would need to be over 21, have good social skills and have an interest in people of all ages who come from diverse backgrounds.

Basic food hygiene training is available and travel expenses are offered.

The recruitment process can take a long time because of the checks that need to be done, so any volunteers who are interested in this rewarding role are asked to make a commitment of at least one year.

Dacorum Communities for Learning

Do you love your iPad, tablet or lap top? If you are enthusiastic about sharing your IT skills, this home grown charity would love to hear from you.

They’re not looking for people with advanced technical skills, but experienced users who would be able to pass on top tips about how to make the best of what new technology has to offer and give those who might not be so comfortable with computers the confidence to have a go.

The charity, which runs affordable courses in community centres in Hemel Hempstead and Tring, is struggling to cater for the many people wanting to learn about their new iPad or tablet. IT volunteers are needed to work alongside tutors and should be proficient in using Skype, email and the internet.

Warners End Community Centre

Could you help the centre manager keep their website and Facebook page alive with articles, photographs and information about events?

The right volunteer will have excellent computer skills and knowledge of social media.To find out more visit the website or call 01442 247209