- In your road, street or block of flats that there is likely to be 1 adult carer for every 8 people living there?
- Three in five of us will be a carer at some point in our life?
Our Volunteer Service is being funded by The National Lottery Community Fund between April 2019 and April 2022. By volunteering with us you would really be supporting your community and making a difference to the lives of unpaid carers in Hertfordshire or outside the county caring for someone in Hertfordshire.
How can I get involved?
There are lots of opportunities from helping out at a one-off event to developing or learning new skills by volunteering on a regular basis. Roles include admin support at our offices in Borehamwood and Hertford, note takers, mentors, support for the Young Carers Team, and community fundraisers. Click here to learn more about the roles we are currently looking to fill.
We welcome volunteers of all ages, whether you are a school leaver wishing to boost your CV or retired with a wealth of experience to share, there are a myriad ways you can get involved.
What we offer volunteers
We provide training for all roles and can give references after a suitable time period.
We can also help with the cost of travel and out of pocket expenses.
We keep you informed about our charity and volunteer work via a newsletter and emails.
It's also a great way to make new friends and have lots of fun too!
We hold the 6 Point Promise, a mark of good practice when it comes to volunteering, showing that we are committed to looking after our volunteers and in June 2019, we won the Valuing Volunteer Management Award
Whatever your skills or experience we would love to hear from you! Just get in touch via email or call 01992 58 69 69.
Why we volunteer
Don't just take our word for it. Some of our volunteers have been sharing their experiences.
Marjorie has been a Bereavement Volunteer for about 10 years. Marjorie is a retired junior school teacher and cared for her late Mother, who had cancer. After Marjorie’s Mum died in 1990, she decided not to return to teaching, but instead wanted a new direction – in her words “something worthwhile and interesting.”
She trained as a volunteer at Isabel Hospice in Welwyn Garden City helping in a range of roles, including a receptionist at the in-patient unit and then later as a bereavement volunteer, providing one to one support. Then when a friend told her about our Bereavement Group she thought it would be an interesting challenge, so volunteered with us too.
Marjorie said: “My role usually involves helping out at some of the group sessions and giving bereaved carers a phone call once a month. Listening properly and with empathy is what people need and appreciate at this vulnerable time. I also help out with allocating calls round to the group once a month as we all lend a hand with some of the administration.
As the work is reasonably spaced out I still find plenty of time to pursue other interests such as sewing and growing fruit and vegetables on our allotment.
Working within the Bereavement Service has given me a sense of usefulness and more confidence. I meet many brave, courageous people who have cared for and then lost someone very dear to them. Quite a privilege and I am always learning from them. In addition, the Bereavement Group is a wonderful, caring groups of people. Our Group Leader Chris Philpott is highly efficient at running things and she seems to have endless energy in supporting us all.
If you are considering a volunteer role with Carers in Hertfordshire Bereavement Service, do join in with this worthwhile and rewarding work. It has certainly broadened and enhanced my outlook on life.”
We are looking for more Bereavement Volunteers, mainly to provide one to one support over the phone at the moment due to COVID-19. If you’re interested in the role please get in touch. There will be training in September 2020.
Dianne has been a Volunteer Hub Leader at our Hoddesdon Carers’ Support Hub since it started in January 2016. The Hub is a group for carers that meets monthly so that they can get together to have a break from caring with other people who understand their situation as well as share advice and experiences and learn about services and support for them.
Dianne cared for her late father-in-law and has cared for a relative with Dementia and also supports her parents. Here she talks about her volunteer role.
"I started volunteering after recovering from cancer as I was looking for something to do to help others and use my skills. I knew about the excellent work of Carers in Hertfordshire through my previous jobs in the NHS. I had experience of caring so I felt confident about becoming a volunteer with the charity. The Hub Leader is a lovely role and I enjoy meeting and getting to know so many carers. We try to give support to each other and to the carers, who tell us they really value the monthly meeting and look forward to it. I feel pleased that a small amount of my time and effort goes a long way to helping others.
As a carer too, I have found the Hub helpful in getting information to support me in my caring role, for example I have found out the latest information about benefits and also the Carer’s Assessment from guest speakers.
Carers in Hertfordshire is a fantastic charity with the practical support it provides unpaid carers and the role it plays in local policy and decision-making. The charity has great energy for today and not just the future. Everyone is so friendly and I feel valued and supported as a volunteer.
The aims of our Volunteer work
As a result of the funding from The National Lottery Community Fund our objectives are to:
- Increase volunteers’ confidence in supporting local carers.
- Boost volunteers’ overall wellbeing as a result of their volunteering role.
- Improve and increase volunteers’ skills.
- Help carers to feel less isolated because of the volunteers’ contributions.
- Help carers to be more resilient and knowledgeable/confident in their caring role because of volunteers work.
You can find out about how we are meeting our objectives by reading our Volunteer Impact Surveys and the summary of the previous project funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.
Volunteer Impact Survey 2020
Earlier this year (2020) we carried out a Volunteer Impact Survey to learn more about our volunteers’ experiences of working with us. We also carried out a snapshot survey of carers who have had volunteer support which is included in this report.
Around 43% of 243 volunteers sent the survey responded and this is what we found about achieving the outcomes promised in our National Lottery funded Caring for Volunteers project:
• 70% of volunteers reported their confidence in supporting carers had increased.
• 40% of volunteers reported an increase in their physical wellbeing and 57% in their mental wellbeing.
• 62% reported an improvement in their communication and social skills and 29% in their technical skills.
You can read about all the findings in the Volunteer Impact Survey 2020 Report that can be downloaded here - Volunteer Impact Survey 2020.