Posted: Friday 2nd June 2017
Would you like to contribute to your local community? Do you have some time to spare? As part of National Week of Volunteering ( 1-7 June), Hertfordshire County Council is showcasing the contribution of our residents who volunteer with us with the aim to inspire others to get involved. Volunteering is a hugely rewarding experience and a fantastic opportunity to make a difference to people’s lives.
Rosaria Borgeat from Harpenden has been volunteering for Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies for the past eight months. She has been working on a project to explore the folklore and stories that make Hertfordshire Unique.
She said: “I recently retired from my job as a librarian in a St Albans school. After a few months at home I realised I wanted to do something to give back to the local community and fulfil the thirst for knowledge that I’ve always had but to also utilise my specific skillset. My background really lent itself to a research and archive role so I was thrilled when Hertfordshire County Council accepted me onto their volunteering programme to work on a project looking at traditional Hertfordshire. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a volunteer and feel I have been welcomed into the archives team, who have also been willing to let me develop and learn new skills such as recording oral histories.
“I would advise anyone with a few spare hours a week to see what opportunities are available to them across the county – the process of signing up is really very simple. It is so rewarding and I’m pleased to be keeping my brain active, forming new friendships and developing my knowledge in a completely new area.”
To find out more about the Traditional Hertfordshire project visit: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/traditionalhertfordshire or follow @tradherts on Twitter or Facebook
To find out about volunteering opportunities in Hertfordshire visit: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/volunteering