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'VOLUNTEERING HAS BEEN LIKE JOINING A FAMILY'

July 20th, 2016
THE WOODLAND TRUST The Woodland Trust based at Heartwood Forest, near St Albans, has been a huge volunteering project that has now been running since 2009. Volunteers at the wood do all sorts – from … Read more

'It's satisfying to see the change in the project week by week.' What it means to volunteer for a conservation charity

July 13th, 2016
An inspiring Q&A with Chris Persaud, Volunteer at Green Gym based in Watford, on what he loves most about volunteering for a local conservation charity. 1. How did you hear about Green Gym in W… Read more

Take part in micro volunteering and create special memories

July 6th, 2016
Four years ago I donned my purple, red and beige uniform, got on the bus to London and started my stint as an Olympic Gamesmaker. I was based at Lords Cricket Ground for the archery. A beautiful compa… Read more

Volunteer to make a life-changing difference in North Herts

June 20th, 2016
Kerry Singleton became a beneficiary of the My Guide service when she was matched with her guide, Louise Shannon. The Guide Dogs charity ‘My Guide’ service partners people with sight loss with specia… Read more

I got into volunteering by accident and now use my skills with many local charities

June 15th, 2016
I got into volunteering by accident, but without it my retirement would be a lot less enjoyable.   My daughter worked for a charity which held quiz events twice a year as one element of their fund-r… Read more

Make a big difference to someone's life

June 13th, 2016
"Our charity, Kaleidoscope, with support from Herts County Council, started up a youth mentoring scheme in 2007 for the very first time.  Over the years, we have mentored and befriended lots of indivi… Read more

"Helping people helps me"

May 9th, 2016
I was referred to Time Bank by the job centre after I was made redundant, this was 12 months ago. Helping people in their gardens was definitely something I was immediately drawn to. It fitted in with… Read more

Meet new people and gain confidence

May 9th, 2016
Janet joined Timebank in August 2015. She wanted to offer her crafting skills and to meet new people. It was suggested to her that she was the main contact to set up the Stevenage Knit and Natter grou… Read more

Lunchtime Helper

May 9th, 2016
“After retiring I wanted to stay active and give something back to the community. I was particularly passionate about homelessness and wanted to do something small that would be helpful. I decided to … Read more

Waste Not Want Not

May 9th, 2016
“I have been volunteering for a few weeks and am thoroughly enjoying my role. I love gardening and unfortunately do not have a garden of my own so it has provided me with the opportunity to use my ski… Read more