Visiting our members: Baldock Seniors Club


Hello, I’m Anne. My job is to help small voluntary community groups in North Herts and Stevenage.  I help both brand new and established groups. Maybe they are just setting up and need a hand opening a bank account, agreeing a constitution and getting a management committee up and running. Or it may be that the group has grown and is ready to register with the Charity Commission. Or perhaps they just need a bit of advice on insurance, policies, safeguarding or where to apply for grant funding.

One of the things I enjoy best is going out to visit groups, to get to know them and see how I can help.  Last week I visited Baldock Seniors Club. What a lovely friendly group of people! They had invited a local dance teacher, Janice, to demonstrate some dancing with a few of her older students. There were around 25 members sitting round the edge of the dance floor, with a great variety of music old and new to get everyone’s toes tapping.

Janice did a brilliant job of finding something for everyone to join in with, whether it was getting up to have a go at the cha-cha-cha or Boston two-step, doing a seated version of YMCA or just singing along to old favourites. One 82-year-old really put me to shame – she barely sat out any of the dances, and was a pleasure to watch as she twirled around the dance floor never putting a foot wrong! Another lady sitting next to me had the most beautiful singing voice and after a lifetime in the theatre she really brought something special to her dancing.

Penny and Cara do a great job of organising different activities and speakers for the group in their own time as volunteers and also organise occasional trips. The group meets on Wednesday afternoons at the Baldock Community Centre, for a small membership fee. If you live in Baldock and are interested in going along, or in trying Janice’s popular tea dance on the last Friday of each month, contact the Baldock Community Centre on 01462 894109. They would be very happy to welcome you.

A post by Anne, NHCVS Development Worker

Time Banking lands in Buntingford

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North Herts CVS Time Bank has now officially launched in Buntingford, with an opening event at Benson hall on Saturday 20th July 2013.

The event was an excellent opportunity for prospective members to learn how the new Time Bank operates and how it will benefit the local community. At the launch, NHCVS Deputy Director Hannah Gray explained that “everyone has skills to share and Time Banking is a wonderfully flexible way to help others in your neighbourhood. There is no minimum time commitment so you just sign up and give time to help others when you are able to”.

Time Bank Development Worker, Nicki Handscombe said “I am really happy the launch was such a big success. We now have a great team to get Buntingford started and everyone is so keen to get started and swap skills. Time Bank is such a brilliant scheme to get to know neighbours, make friends, have fun and learn new things. I feel Buntingford is a fantastic town which already has a strong community behind it so the Time Bank will have a great home here”.

Many guests decided to sign up and become members as a result. Our new members couldn’t believe how simple the Time Bank concept is and are really looking forward to helping others and benefitting the community. As well as traditional time banking, with person to person exchanges, the scheme also offers ‘Fellowship Membership’. This is designed for people who are unable to give back hours due to health reasons, but could still use support from the Time Bank for many different reasons, from tuning a television to helping learning how to use a new phone.

The event was attended by Councillors Jeff Jones and Stan Bull, who engaged with the other attendees and showed great enthusiasm for the new Buntingford Time Bank. Councillor Jeff Jones even signed up as a member himself on the day!

If you were unable to come to the Buntingford Time Bank launch but would like to find out more about becoming a member please visit the website, call 01462 689405 or email to join.

Training: Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults

In conjunction with Hertfordshire Training and Development Consortium, NHCVS are currently taking bookings for a safeguarding course designed for all staff and volunteers involved in supporting vulnerable adults.

The course will cover the Hertfordshire Safeguarding Adults Abuse policy, and participants will learn how to define abuse, identify a vulnerable adult, what to do and where to go for help. The course will also explain the relevant HCC procedure, policy, roles and responsibilities, as well as giving a broad understanding of the legal framework to Safeguarding work.

The trainer for this course is Tanya Moore, who is a registered and qualified Social Worker with 25 years of experience working in adult services within the voluntary sector. Tanya is currently a part time senior lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire and a freelance trainer in Basic Safeguarding Awareness training for Hertfordshire Community Services.

The course takes place on Tuesday 1st October 2013 from 3pm to 7pm, at The Living Room in Stevenage. The cost to CVS members is £20, other Charity/Voluntary organisations £25, and Corporate organisations £35.

For more information or to request a booking form please visit or email Places are allocated on a first come first served basis so book now to avoid disappointment.

Supported by Hertfordshire County Council