Thinking of becoming a Volunteer in Harpenden but not sure of how to go about it?
Lots of people of all ages and interests want to help but find the process a little bit daunting. Who can I help? What experience do I need? How do I make contact? Will I enjoy the work?
Questions like these are all important in the quest to find what’s best for you and the charity you want to help. That’s why this new service has been established here in Harpenden with the backing of over 20 local charities. These voluntary organisations cover a wide spectrum of activity offering volunteers the opportunity to use many different skills in varying locations with flexible hours and seasonal or regular opportunities to suit your availability.
How your help can make a difference All our participating organisations are listed on our web site with details of how they operate and who they need to help them. Information is updated frequently with news of their events and campaigns. All to give you an idea of how your help can make a difference serving the community.
Volunteering made easy Now you can save time and effort by approaching us to find a solution to becoming a volunteer. Just use our web site to explore all the exciting opportunities.
How to use the site
Simple click here and you will go to the listing page where the participating organisations give details of what they do and what opportunities are available. Have a read about the ones that you think you would like to work with and then make contact as directed.
If you are not sure what organisation you would like to volunteer for complete this form and interested organsiations will contact you.
Volunteering supports your community; it can also help to:
Keep you fit Help you make friends Help you learn new skills Gain confidence
Harpenden Town Council is very proud to support “Volunteer for Harpenden” which does such an excellent job promoting volunteering in the Town. I see examples every day of the admirable work volunteers put into their community and cannot praise it enough. As a member of The Harpenden Trust’s Care Fund Committee and a Director of Harpenden Connect I know from my own experience how essential volunteers are to the successful running of so many local organisations. The wonderful work of our volunteers makes a major contribution to the life of this Town as a great place to live in and enjoy.
Volunteer for Harpenden plays a pivotal role in bringing skills energy and commitment together and making a real difference to the lives of our residents and our voluntary organisations and clubs.
Could you be a Volunteer to help in Harpenden?
Spare a little of your time to help drive the Harpenden Hopper. It operates 3 days a week from 9.30 till 4pm on a route around Roundwood as this is the least served area by existing public transport. It has been set up by residents of Harpenden with the backing of local councillors; What we need?
Enthusiastic and energetic Drivers to commit to at least two shifts (AM or PM is one shift) per month driving the bus around the designated route in Harpenden. Drivers who can engage with the passengers What we will provide
Driver training around 4.5 hours Full driver handbook for daily routines Orientation of route Harpenden Hopper Polo shirt Timetable and rota
Who can drive our bus?
Drivers who passed their car driving test before 1st January 1997 will normally have a D1(101) - minibus, not for hire or reward - entitlement on their licence. This will remain on the licence until it expires at age 70 or unless removed by DVLA (DVA Northern Ireland), usually for medical reasons.
Even though the licence restriction says ‘not for hire or reward’ these licence holders can drive a minibus operated under a Section 22 permit without additional conditions.
Drivers over 70 can apply to have their D1 re-instated subject to a medical, which we can help arrange.
Unfortunately we cannot accept drivers over the age of 75.
Fund Raising: we have a vacancy for someone to help/organise fund raising for the Harpenden Hopper charity
Public Relations: we have a vacancy for someone to look after the charity's PR and to help with the communications with other relevant organisations in the Town, keeping them up to date on the route and cancellations etc.
Herts County Council
To go to the Herts County Council volunteering web site click below.
For additional volunteering opportunities in the St Albans district look at the Centre Voluntary Services (CVS) website.
For more information on CVS and to see the dates when CVS will be at Harpenden Library click here