Shop team hope that you’ll be ready to steam right in

Age UK charity shop, Bridge Street, Hemel Hempstead, June 2013
Age UK charity shop, Bridge Street, Hemel Hempstead, June 2013

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

Could you help the team at one of Hemel Hempstead’s town centre charity shops raise much-needed funds?

The Age UK shop in Bridge Street helps support the charity’s work enabling elderly people to live more independent lives.

And there are two roles on offer – first, a shop assistant is needed to work as part of a friendly, welcoming team under the guidance and direction of the shop manager.

You can help with sorting new donations of stock, ensuring that the shop is welcoming to customers and help to keep the shop floor, stock room and other facilities clean and tidy.

You have to be at least 16 years old be considered for this opportunity.

Also needed is a steaming wrinkle remover – an odd title for an important job in the charity shop supply chain.

You’ll be ridding donated clothes of wrinkles and make them more attractive before they go on to the racks.

If you are able to wield a steamer in the direction of the wrinkles you are just the person they are looking for!

The Hemel Hempstead Child Contact Centre works to alleviate the hardship and distress of children caused by the break-up of marriage and family.

The centre, which aims to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere, preserves and protects the mental health of affected children by providing and maintaining a centre and facilities where they can meet and spend time with the parent with whom they are not living, as well as other family members.

Helpers are needed just once a month to support sessions which run from 9.45am to 1.30pm and from 1.15pm to 5pm on the first and third Saturday of the month.

As one of the volunteers you would be expected to set up tables, toys and other equipment or clear up at the end of the day, as well as serving refreshments, welcoming families, helping with the handover of children and offering a listening ear for parents.

Centre helpers observe contact from a distance unless a child is distressed or a parent needs help.

Children remain the responsibility of one or other parent while at the centre but your support will be vital.

For this role, volunteers need to be discreet, impartial, caring, enthusiastic, tolerant, reliable and sensitive.

They need an understanding of the situations of the families using the centre, a concern for the well-being of children and a sense of humour.

Induction and training is provided.

The organisation is affiliated to the National Association of Child Contact Centres and there are opportunities for volunteers to attend national and regional conferences and workshops.

To find out more visit the website or call 01442 247209