Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge: Launch Update

The Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge launch event took place on 6th October at the Icknield Centre in Letchworth. This year seven teams from schools across North Herts and Stevenage are competing in the Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge. The school teams aim to … Continue reading

Love Your Local Voluntary Sector Event

On Tuesday 12th February, during Valentines week, NHCVS hosted a free afternoon tea event aimed at connecting businesses with the local community, in partnership with TLI Hertfordshire. Our ‘Love your Local Voluntary Sector’ event was an excellent networking opportunity, with guests from local businesses, charities, and local organisations.

The event offered the chance to better understand and to experience some of our newest projects.  ‘Dragon’s Apprentice’ project ambassador David Gaze discussed how the scheme is a fun and affordable way for businesses to engage with young people and support local charities, sharing in some of the successes he’s experienced through the project. Whilst Community Action Manager Jeoff Colls presented the idea of the successful ‘Connect Model’ which helps businesses to develop their corporate social responsibility and benefit the community in which they operate.

NHCVS Deputy Director Hannah Gray with speakers David Gaze and Jeoff Colls
Photo couresy of Sharon Cooper Photography

Guests were also treated to an afternoon tea with cakes served by our lovely volunteer Alison, as well as a demonstration of the new ‘Skills Share’ system from NHCVS Deputy Director Hannah Gray. The demonstration showed how effectively Skills Share is able to match businesses with charities that need specific help for short term pieces of work, and offered a real insight into how businesses can effectively engage with their local community and ‘give something back’.

Afternoon Tea during networking at our Love Your Local Voluntary Sector event
Photo courtesy of Sharon Cooper Photography

The event took place at the historical British Schools Museum in Hitchin, and attendees who’d not seen the beautiful space before were delighted to discover a place of such great interest. Time Bank Ambassador and volunteer Andrew rallied around to put up displays around the venue too, in order to showcase some of our projects and give guests a taster of our work.

Presentations at the British Schools Museum in Hitchin
Photo couresy of Sharon Cooper Photography

We’ve had lots of very positive feedback from those who attended the event, and very much hope that we can host similar events in the future.

If you’re interested in volunteering, getting involved with our projects and events, or would simply like to know more about us, please visit our website at www.nhcvs.org.uk or email info@nhcvs.org.uk .

A post by Emily, NHCVS Events Co-ordinator