Become a Volunteer – not only does it benefit your local community, it benefits you too!

Have you ever thought about the impact volunteers make on their local community (and probably yours too)?   Volunteering helps people connect to their local community, gives them a feeling of belonging, and makes it a better place. The RoundhouseNo matter how much or how little time they give, their volunteering makes a real difference to the lives of local people, animals, and local organisations in need.   For instance, without volunteers the charity shops will not be able to open, without volunteers, the elderly will not be able to get to their hospital appointments, without volunteers, disabled people would not be able to get out and about.

You might wonder who these volunteers are, and what they really do. They are ordinary, people, who do something to help others, without looking for financial benefit. They are the volunteer drivers who might take your elderly relative to their doctors’ appointment, or to the local supermarket. They are working in one of the local charity shops, sorting donations, or working on the till, they are helping out at the local hospital, or children’s centre, or helping disabled people enjoy their independence by accompanying them on trips.

And volunteering is a two-way street: It can benefit you and your family as much as the organisation you volunteer for. Giving your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, and develop and improve your social skills, as you are meeting regularly with a new group of people with common interests.

Community Action Dacorum are running a FREE Volunteer Training course to support both people who already volunteer, and people who are interested in finding out more about volunteering. This will take place at 48 High Street, HP1 3AF, over 4 consecutive Wednesdays, 19th, and 26th June and 3rd and 10th July 11am – 1pm, and a light lunch will be provided.

If you are interested in participating, or if you want to learn more about this course please contact the Creative Learning department on 01442 253935 or email learning@communityactiondacorum.org.uk.

 

CAD Volunteer Centre – www.volunteerdacorum.org – 01442 247209