Charity of the Month: Stevenage Credit Union

There 57,000 Credit Unions in 105 countries around the world, helping 217 million members take advantage of affordable financial services. Stevenage Credit Union is just one of them, having been in operation for over 20 years. They are supported by … Continue reading

Volunteer and give back to your community


Are you looking to do something new? Challenge yourself? Meet more people or perhaps improve your skills? Then Volunteering may be the answer. Volunteering is a great way to get involved in your local community and support those in need. Volunteers are a lifeline for charities, without them many would not be able to continue their good work. Using your time to do something to help a charity can be extremely rewarding, it can help boost your confidence, is fun and looks great on your CV too.

Honor Wood started to volunteer at Stevenage Haven, a shelter for homeless people, 18 months ago as a Lunchtime Helper. She said, “After retiring I wanted to stay active and give something back to the community. I was particularly passionate about homelessness and wanted to do something small that would be helpful. I decided to volunteer as a Lunchtime Helper which involves preparing and serving lunches to the residents at Stevenage Haven. One aspect of the role I enjoy is interacting with the residents and making sure they’re OK. I also like the friendly atmosphere and the structure volunteering gives to my week.”

She added, “If anyone is thinking about volunteering, I would say just go for it. It is important you find a volunteer role that is suitable and interesting for you.”

Savita Mason, the Volunteer Centre Coordinator said, “This is where the Stevenage Volunteer Centre can help. There are many different roles available for people to get involved in. You could volunteer with children, support older people in the community or perhaps help an organisation with administrative tasks and get involved in marketing or fundraising. The Stevenage Volunteer Centre is here to help find the right volunteer role for you. You can contact us to arrange an appointment to discuss the opportunities available and can also view them online at

The Stevenage Volunteer Centre is a project managed by North Herts CVS. If you are interested in volunteering please contact us by calling 01462 424307 or by emailing We are based at In Town Training in Stevenage Town Centre and are open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am to 4pm.

Emergency First Aid Training for the Voluntary Sector

This month, we are hosting an Emergency First Aid Training course, specially designed for the voluntary sector.

Attendees will learn to recognise when to call for an ambulance, how to place an unconscious breathing casualty into the recovery position and how to deal with an unconscious non-breathing casualty by performing CPR. Attendees will also recieve training on how to deal with someone who is choking, and how to look after someone who has a severe bleed.

There will additionally be chance to learn how to recognise shock, as well as how to treat severe burns and fractures. And in order to help boost First Aid confidence, our trainer will explain how to know when it’s necessary to send someone to hospital, as well as how to treat someone whilst waiting for an ambulance.

The course will be led by Trainer Ruth Hardy, who has 15 years experience as a trainer and first aider, working with many different groups (including the voluntary sector), first aid at work, paediatric, children and young people.

The course takes place on Tuesday 26th March 2013 from 10am to 2pm, at The Icknield Centre, Icknield Way, Letchworth, Herts, SG6 1EF. 

The cost is£20 for CVS members, £30 for other Charity/Voluntary organisations, and £45 for Corporate.

To book your place please visit  or call Neena on 01462 689400 to request a booking form.

Secure your place now to avoid disappointment!


This training course is supported by Hertfordshire County Council