Posted: Thursday 20th April 2017
Today, we are celebrating thousands of volunteers who work with us and other agencies across the county on #VolunteerRecognitionDay
From working with young people, to supporting Herts County Council Fire & Rescue Service, our volunteers give up their time to help others and make a difference in their community.
Jim from Broxbourne – Day Service for elderly residents
Jim started volunteering at a Broxbourne Day service two days a week, making toast and drinks for people on arrival and helping to run activities like circle dancing, card games and quizzes.
He said: “I really like working with the staff and people who come to the service – I love to see everyone’s smiling faces and it's great to know that I am making a difference.”
Angela from Watford – Fire and Rescue Service volunteer
Angela Joseph from Watford has been volunteering for Hertfordshire County Council's Fire & Rescue Service for nine years. Angela’s efforts have made a great difference to Fire Services in the county and because she has been so inspirational she was nominated for and awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list last year.
As a District Co-Ordinator for The Watford Three Rivers Team, Angela’s duties include co-ordinating all the activities for the Watford & Three Rivers Community volunteers and helping to train new volunteers. She and the team help to provide services such as giving fire and road safety advice to the general public, conducting home fire safety visits for vulnerable members of the community, preforming arson patrols, supporting the police on their 'Safer Streets' campaign and handing out Flood safety leaflets on behalf of Hertfordshire County Council.
Angela said: “I usually do eight hours a month, sometimes more depending on the type of activity or event I’m supporting, I like doing it and I have enjoyed all our events” says Angela. “I get to talk to people I’d never have had the chance to meet in my normal everyday life. I get great satisfaction from volunteering and I can’t recommend it enough to others. It’s a chance to pass on information to people that they wouldn’t have normally thought of to help keep them safe and well.”
Anthony from Hertford – Youth Mentor
Antony Booth, 33 from Hertford, volunteers for the council as a youth mentor. He’s been doing it for around a year and his mentee, who has issues at home, says he’s a great role model. He said:
“I had a mentor at work when I started out in my career and found it really beneficial as a young person to have someone there to listen and help me find my way. I felt like it was something I’d like to do, and I wanted to repay it, by putting something back.”
Find your perfect volunteering role at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/volunteering
For wider volunteering opportunities please visit Team Hert’s website: www.teamherts.org