Volunteering in Hertfordshire
What is volunteering?
Volunteering is giving unpaid help to your community, a charity, local clubs or voluntary organisations. This can mean anything from coaching a sports team or helping an elderly neighbour, to more formal roles such as being a school governor or a board member of a charity. It can also mean a team activity for a group of individuals.
People volunteer for a variety of reasons: to improve their skills, experience and employability; as a recreational activity and to meet new people; to offer specialist skills which could be have a significant impact on the effectiveness of voluntary and community; or to give something back and make a difference in their local communities.
You can find out about the volunteering opportunities available in Hertfordshire, by contacting your local Volunteer Centre, by applying on-line using the do-it website, or approaching organisations directly to see what opportunities they offer.
Alternatively you could volunteer by getting involved a local 'timebank'. A timebank is a tool that enables communities to share their skills to support and learn from each other. Members give an hour of their time and in return receive an hour of another timebanker’s time. You can find links to local timebanks under External Links below.
There are also a wide range of local volunteering opportunities available with Hertfordshire County Council, from conservation work, to providing a much needed break for a carer, or supporting your local library. Please use the links under the heading 'Signposts' to find out more.