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Golden Age Volunteers have Bright futures! – New Project for 2017 

A Volunteering is officially good for your Health – especially if you are retired! A 2016 study by the British Medical Journal concludes that volunteering plays a significant role in retired people’s lives as offering “a ‘structured’ means of making a meaningful contribution in society once the opportunity to do so through work has been cut off.”

But this means so much more! Yes, volunteering offers vital support to people in need, worthwhile causes, and the community, but the benefits can be even greater for volunteers. It can help you reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose. It also gives you the chance to do something you are passionate about, share existing skills and learn new ones, meet people, have fun and make friends, try new challenges, do something different and build confidence and self-esteem

While it’s true that the more you volunteer, the more benefits you’ll experience, volunteering doesn’t always have to involve a long-term commitment, it’s a question of finding the right match with your skills, interests and available time – which is where the Volunteer Centre can help you.

Thanks to the award of a small lottery grant we can offer additional tailored support to older volunteers this year to find volunteering opportunities that will enhance their lives.  Just contact us to arrange a one to one chat or look out for our workshops and events to find out more –  you’ve nothing to lose and lots to gain!



Look out for our  Weekly Volunteering Column in the Royston Crow where we will focusing on the positive  impact that volunteering and volunteer involving organisations have in the local community and highlighting projects and campaigns.

We’d love to hear from you about what your volunteers are doing or how volunteering has changed your life – photos welcome!  We will do our best to feature as many of you as possible.

We also feature 3 of our registered volunteering opportunities a month in the Listing magazine which is delivered to every household in Royston & District –  so please send us your new opportunities.

The relaunched  website which showcases our local volunteering opportunities has developed and grown over the past year.  As a local do-it partner we hope that you will enjoy browsing the site which is very user friendly and allows volunteers to create their own profiles, log hours of volunteering and get support from us.

Organisations – don’t forget that you can enhance the look of your volunteering opportunities by including logos and pictures – contact us and we can advise and upload them for you.


The  Annual Hertfordshire Volunteer Centres Award 2017  was presented in Volunteers Week by

Will Hobhouse, High Sheriff of Hertfordshire

1st Place: Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue

2nd Place: Family Lives

Joint 3rd Place: Carers in Hertfordshire

Congratulations to all our winners!

We were delighted to welcome representatives from volunteer involving organisations and supporters of volunteering in Hertfordshire to the 9th Volunteering Herts Conference to celebrate Volunteers Week 2017. Beale’s Hotel Hatfield kindly donated the venue for this much anticipated annual event which also saw the presentation of the Excellence in Volunteer Management Awards.

These awards are very special as participating organisations not only have to be signed up to or working towards the Volunteering Herts 6 point promise quality mark but they can only be nominated by their volunteers around specific criteria around valuing and supporting volunteers.

Highlights from the event included an overview of future plans for the Volunteer Centres including the Motivating Herts marketing campaign, Volunteers sharing their stories of how Volunteer Centre support has helped them find volunteering opportunities that have bought them real personal benefits. The annual quiz – “How much do you know about Volunteering in Herts?” produced much discussion was enjoyed by all.


The High Sheriff, who has Volunteering as his theme for his year of office, spoke from his first-hand experience and knowledge about volunteering, volunteers and the voluntary sector which was much appreciated by attendees from voluntary organisations, who commented


“Great event, great venue hope I get invited again next year!”


The Cambridgeshire Volunteer Centres Award 2016  was  presented At The Cambridge Belfry Hotel, Cambourne  on Monday 1st  August by Sir David Arculus, the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire



1st Place:          Ramsey Rural Museum

2nd Place:       CAB Rural Cambridgeshire

3rd Place:        Cromwell Museum Trust

Special recognitions: Eddies Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire Community Radio




Congratulations to all our winners!

Watch this space for news about our Volunteer Speed match  for Sports Clubs   

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Want to volunteer?

Skills Share Herts links volunteers with professional skills to charities that need specific help for short term pieces of work, click the logo to find out more.