Stevenage Haven exists to provide shelter and support for single people experiencing homelessness in Stevenage and North Herts. They encourage their clients, not just to get back on their feet, but to move on into secure and settled lives in the local community. Alan Curtis is their longest serving trustee, and tells #TeamHerts Volunteering more about his role.
Where are you a trustee for and for how long have you been doing it?
Stevenage Haven and approximately 18 years.
How did you get in to trusteeship and what do you do?
I applied to an advert that Stevenage Haven had in the local paper for what I thought was a volunteer role, such as helping out in the evening. At the time, they were very short of trustees and was asked to consider the role. I did not know at the time what the role entailed but agreed to join and within a month was asked to take on the role of treasurer.
What do you enjoy about your trustee role, how does it benefit you?
I get a great buzz from seeing residents who have arrived at the Haven with various issues, that with the help of staff and volunteers, turn their lives around and are able to secure a home of their own, and on their way to independent living.
What difference are you making by being a trustee?
As Chair of the Trustees I hope that I bring some knowledge having been involved for so many years. I also hope that I bring a sense of a team spirit to the trustees and the project as a whole, where everyone’s view is respected and valued.
If someone was interested in finding out more about the organisations you volunteer for how could they get in touch?
We would welcome volunteers who have a heart for helping/caring for the homeless in Stevenage and North Herts. You can contact the Stevenage Haven by telephoning them on 01438 354884 or through the website.