Houses of Parliament Trip – Local Residents’ Reactions

Houses of Parliament

As part of the Love Your Neighbourhood Campaign, 39 North Herts residents attended the Houses of Parliament and met with Sir Oliver Heald. We spoke to local residents to capture their experiences of the day.

“I was fortunate indeed to join in your well organised trip today. The whole time was so enjoyable.  It exceeded my expectations and I wish to thank you all very much for your care.” – Michael Balls

“I had a great time and it was really lovely to see the inside of such halls of power.”  – Oonagh Sherlock

“Today was wonderful and very informative. The event was well organised and the main thing was the opportunity to address our questions to Sir Oliver Heald. We can get a feeling for how local MPs address our local needs. Speaking directly to an MP was the highlight of the day.” – Phil Trivedi

“The day was well organised and I had a fantastic time. It certainly exceeded my expectations. The highlight was looking inside the House of Commons.” – Hansa Nariapara

“The guided tour was very good and I enjoyed learning about the history. It was very interesting.” – Dorothy Gabriel

Visit the Love Your Neighbourhood website to find out about the campaign.

Volunteers’ Week – Time to say thank you

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Every year, over 15 million people volunteer every month across the UK. They often go unnoticed as they go about their work not asking for thanks or recognition, however, without them many organisations and services would not exist. From the 1st – 7th June it is Volunteers’ Week, an annual campaign which celebrates volunteers and the contribution they make to their communities. It is the perfect opportunity to recognise those who put their time, energy and enthusiasm into helping others, whether it’s visiting an older person and breaking isolation, helping a charity in their office or supporting young people.

Savita Mason, Volunteer Centre Coordinator said “If anyone is interested in volunteering and would like to find out what opportunities are available to them they can contact the North Herts and Stevenage Volunteer Centres for a chat. We will also be at the Market Square for the Hitchin Health and Wellbeing day on Saturday 6th June so come and find us to get more information.”

“Volunteers week is a great time to begin volunteering and to use your spare time to help others. It is a way to give something back, but it’s also an opportunity to benefit from new experiences, make friends, gain skills and have fun.”


Mark Packer recently had an appointment with the Volunteer Centre as he was interested in finding a volunteer role, he said “I approached the Volunteer Centre to look for a place where I could volunteer as I knew they would have information about the wide and varied roles available in Stevenage and would be able to help me. I believe going to them saved me a lot of time as I would not have known where to start looking. After meeting them I was quickly referred on to an organisation I was interested in. I have now started my volunteer role with Stevenage Shopmobility which I find really rewarding and would encourage anyone else thinking about volunteering to contact the Volunteer Centre.”

The North Herts and Stevenage Volunteer Centres are projects managed by North Herts CVS. If you are interested in volunteering you can search for and register your interest in roles online at or can contact the North Herts and Stevenage Volunteer Centre on 0300 666 0596 or email