Volunteer Stories

Jenny Burrows has shoulder length brown hair and wears glasses, she smiles at the camera for this photo

I always go home feeling happy that I have made a difference and helped to brighten people’s day

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Jenny Burrows has volunteered at Isabel Hospice for five years. She first worked at the hospice helping the ...
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Peta Gardening Volunteer for Growing People wearing a hat and smiling among large daisies

I have made good, lasting friendships, and laughed a lot!

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A beautiful story about one volunteer's growth from their first days volunteering, to now, where they offer ...
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Why Volunteer?

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To prepare for Volunteer's month, we wanted to share some insights into the value of volunteers and why people ...
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Volunteer Alex at Willow Foundation

Willow Foundation Volunteer Story

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We are very fortunate to have some amazing volunteers who dedicate their time to support our mission ...
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Ali Crook serves up pizza for Caudwell Youth

Ali Crook - Caudwell Youth Volunteer

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Ali Crook is a Volunteer Mentor for Caudwell Youth, and she took some time to answer some questions about what ...
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2 photos, left image shows a well stocked charity shop and the right image shows Sara-Jane wearing a cap, glasses and blue top. She is on a boat, and is smiling.

I am passionate about sustainability and I have loved being a small part of supporting local efforts

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Sara-Jane sent us her story about her experiences volunteering with Garden House Hospice:

I knew about ...
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Photo of Jim wearing glasses with a grey beard, smiling at the camera, with the word Stagenhoe in the background

Jim possesses a genuine passion for making a positive impact

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I had the pleasure of meeting Jim, a wonderful individual who dedicates his time and energy as an activities ...
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Image of Volunteer George, 87 year old male, helping resident with multiple sclerosis

George's dedication and selflessness are a shining example

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George has become an invaluable asset here at Brainkind (Formerly Sue Ryder) Stagenhoe, using his carpentry ...
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Ruth, blonde haired lady with glasses stands at the customer counter in Isabel Hospice shop

"I am part of a team again. I have purpose and am making a difference"

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Meet Ruth - a volunteer at Isabel Hospice Shop in Cuffley

When Ruth Salter left her busy and social role ...
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Naomi - volunteer at HiT Theatre

There's a real feeling of togetherness and friendship

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"I have been a volunteer for one of the adult groups at HIT for over 3 years now. From the very start I was ...
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Edwin, refugee from Honduras Volunteering for Sue Ryder/Brainkind

“I am very grateful that I can help Stagenhoe and give back to the community."

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It is truly heart-warming to see the impact that volunteering can have on individuals and communities ...
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Volunteering at Waterway Experiences

"I love talking to people on the phone and meeting all the different people"

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Meet the lovely Margaret, a volunteer for Waterways Experiences.

What prompted you to join Waterways ...
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“I want to help the local community”

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Leecliffe Big Local is a resident led charity funded by the National Lottery and Local Trust, and has been ...
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"I find that being there at callers worst time is very rewarding and I have learned so much"

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Meet Christine, a volunteer call-taker with Family Lives. Christine lives in Radlett and works as a Lecturer ...
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"It gives such a wonderful sense of satisfaction, and you really do feel you've made a difference to their lives"

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Meet Helen, Volunteer Trustee and Secretary at Young Careers Crew.

Young Carers Crew (YCC) is an ...
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"It's been really great, thank you so much for all you help"

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We caught up with Ray, founder at Green Care at Norton - a wonderful social and therapeutic gardening project ...
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"I felt I was not doing enough, and it was about time to give back. I went from zero volunteering to three roles since May last year"

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Meet Dave Gilpin, Volunteer at Citizens Advice Broxbourne.
Dave volunteers as an Adviser at the Monday ...
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"Take a step into the unknown, you will be so glad you did!"

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Meet Jane, Volunteer at Link Up Club in Knebworth

Link Up Club has been going for 40 years and has been ...
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"To be able to help others in their situation helped me to move forward with my own"

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Meet Roxie, a Volunteer for SADA Survivors Against Domestic Abuse. Roxie Volunteers at the Drop In Service and ...
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"I love doing events and engaging with the local community as you get to hear some great stories and meet fantastic people"

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Meet Margaret Smith, Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator at Age UK Herfordshire

Did your journey to ...
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"The sense of belonging to an organisation such as the National Trust is special. They support you and make you feel part of their team"

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Meet Kim, a Volunteer at Wimpole Estate.

Please tell us more about yourself and your volunteering work ...
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Volunteering is a great way to help people feel involved with community action, but it is also beneficial for mental health too

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Meet Phoebe Coles, Volunteering Coordinator at Guide Dogs (Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Essex- including ...
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Mentoring with MCR Pathways changed Peters life for the good.

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Following the pandemic and 25 years working at a senior level in global mobility, Peter's outlook on life ...
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“When I came to Sue Ryder my depression lifted almost immediately. Interacting with people there was such a big help.”

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Meet Alex Longmore, resident at Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Stagenhoe

When Alex Longmore, 44, ...
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"Sue Ryder Stagenhoe was like our home, we were one big family"

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Meet Rex, Volunteer at Sue Ryder Stagenhoe
Rex has pledged the same amount of time to Sue Ryder Stagenhoe ...
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"People don't realise they're actually helping me by asking for my help. Also, you never know what someone is dealing with in their life"

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Meet Kai Zakaria, Staying Connected Coordinator for North Herts & Stevenage CVS & Volunteer at ...
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"We need you to help keep the helicopters flying!"

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Meet Sue Akers who kindly volunteers for the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance.

Please tell us a little ...
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"Since starting to work with us Jack has worked with Sam to build his social confidence and resulted in a trial shift for part time work"

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Caudwell Youth mentors at-risk young people aged 11-24 years into new futures over a period of 2 years ...
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"Improving number skills can have a positive effect in many ways"

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Meet Polly, one of the incredible team of volunteer Number Ninjas, located across the county of Hertfordshire ...
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"I have loved learning new skills and being part of a team. I have met and worked alongside some lovely people"

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Meet Maria, she volunteers for the Waterways Experiences - who enable everyone, regardless of age, physical ...
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"It has helped to give me a sense of purpose, provided mental and physical rewards as well as teaching me valuable skills"

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Who do you Volunteer for and what is your role?
Hi, my name is Sue and I volunteer for Stevenage & ...
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"It is a privilege to work with such a band of friendly, caring and interesting people"

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This is Rosemary and she kindly volunteers for The Red Shed in Stevenage.
The Red Shed provides garden ...
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"I can’t recommend volunteering enough - make new friends and feel good!"

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Julie Fewings volunteers with the Countryside Rights of Way team and also Herts Domestic Abuse Helpline ...
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"I hope that by volunteering...I will make a positive contribution to society."

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Citizens Advice North Hertfordshire (CANH) is an independent local charity and a member of the national ...
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"Volunteering is such a large factor in improving wellbeing, it is a chance to meet new people...while helping the community."

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Tina is a Trustee for North Herts and Stevenage CVS, we found out why she loves volunteering.

Tell us a ...
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"Volunteering has given me so much pleasure - it's added interest and challenge to my life."

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Marian is an inspiring volunteer who volunteers for a range of organisations in lots of different ways ...
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"You can get a lot of satisfaction from helping other people and making a small difference to their lives."

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Tell us a bit about yourself
Although past the state pension age I still work part-time in IT and I ...
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“It felt incredibly good to be helping the local community and spending our precious time doing something worthwhile outdoors.”

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At the beginning of June, we celebrated Volunteers' Week and many organisations chose to mark the occasion ...
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"A positive contributor to mental wellbeing, with the satisfaction of being part of something that has a positive impact on others."

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In May 2022, Jarvis Contracting held a company-wide event to help communities across Hertfordshire ...
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"I would recommend volunteering as it is so rewarding. You are part of a team and everyone is friendly."

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Tell us a bit about yourself
I am a primary school teacher who taught for twenty years and more recently ...
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