Raindrops on Roses

‘Raindrops on Roses’, is an independent gift shop in St Albans which uniquely contributes its profits to cancer research charities. They are currently supporting research at UCH London, investigating secondary cancers following breast cancer diagnosis.

Raindrops on Roses is able to send tens of thousands of pounds a year to support this research because the shop relies on volunteers to staff the shop alongside a manager in charge. We are currently finding it a challenge to recruit adult volunteers and would welcome anyone who would like to volunteer with them.

For more information click here to visit the website.

University of Hertfordshire Study

Brigita Brazauskiene, PhD student at the University of Hertfordshire is currently conducting a study “Everyday Memory Failures and The Use of Memory Strategies in Healthy Ageing and Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Diary Study”. She’s looking for healthy older adults aged 60 to 89 who might be interested in taking part in this memory study. Please see the attached study poster with more information (A participant information sheet is also attachedfor your information). If you are interested in taking part contact: The study can take place either in Brigita's office at University of Hertfordshire or in the potential participant's home.

Brigita Brazauskiene, PhD Student, Life and Medical Science

Room E388, Research Hut, University of Hertfordshire

College Lane, Hatfield, Herts, AL10 9AB

Email b.brazauskiene@herts.ac.uk

T: 01707 285079. Mobile: 07419 785988


Radio Verulam 92.6 FM

Radio Verulam s a non-profit community radio station. It's not just about talking and playing music. It's totally run by volunteers, and we don’t all present a show. We need volunteers in many areas to keep us running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and anyone with the skills, experience and time is especially welcome.

For example, as well as the technical side where we need people with IT, electronics and audio knowledge, we need people who can help raise funds through grant applications or donation generation.

We need a finance manager with Quickbooks experience, someone to help manage our volunteers and people who can help write marketing materials.

If you think you’d like to get involved, take a look at our volunteering opportunities page and get in touch or contact us with your expertise!

Communities 1st St Albans

Communities 1st, formerly known as Community Central or the CVS for St Albans and District, brings together charities, social enterprises, businesses and the public to energise and strengthen the Community in which we live and work. It runs the Volunteer Centre, supports local Community Groups and charities to secure grant funding and represents our local community at over 20 County and District events a year. Communities 1st also runs projects which support the most vulnerable including the administration of the St Albans Old People’s Trust, a grant giving charity dedicated to improving the lives of older people across the District.

You can find out more about it here. Or you can call the Volunteer Centre on 01727 814644. It's also open in the Hub at the Civic Centre from 10am to 4pm on Mondays and Wednesdays when you are free to drop in or make an appointment.

Free Books Hatfield

Free Books Hatfield is a registered charity based that gives out free books to members of the public with the aim of saving unwanted books from landfill, and promoting education and literacy. It is based in The Galleria, Hatfield, where it has a bookshop with an enormous range of books. It is currently looking for volunteers able to commit to one morning or afternoon a week or one or two duties a month. For further information contact Lynne Paul by email at fbh2016@outlook.com.


Can you spare an hour or two a week to listen to children read in a local primary school? Schoolreaders is looking for more volunteers in Hertfordshire to carry out this important role. Reading time for many children at home and at school is often insufficient and one in four children are now leaving primary school unable to read to the required standard. This can have a lifelong consequence. No qualifications are necessary, just a good command of spoken and written English. Schoolreaders is flexible and will match your availability to an appropriate, local school. Our volunteers find the scheme incredibly rewarding, knowing that a few hours helping a child learn to read each week can have such a great impact on their life chances. You can find out more about it here:  Schoolreaders  or call 01234 924111 for further information.

Abbey Theatre Trust

The Abbey Theatre Trust would like to set up a volunteer scheme for Front of House staff. Stewards are needed to sell programmes, coffee, tea and ice creams in the interval and generally help when there is a show on. Full training would be given and the stewards get to see the shows for free! For more information visit the Abbey Theatre Volunteering page or contact Katherine Barry by email (kabarry@btopenworld.com) or telephone (07878 445998)

Family Lives

Family Lives is a national charity which runs a free confidential helpline for anyone experiencing difficulties in their family or relationship. You can find out more about it here:  Family Lives. It is currently recruiting for volunteer call-takers with a range of backgrounds and experiences who have experience of parenting or working with children and young people, are good listeners and have a willingness to learn. Volunteers receive training and are expected to make a commitment of 1 year. To find out more, contact suebe@familylives.org.uk or call 01163 666087 for further information.

Clare Lodge

Clare Lodge care home in St Albans is looking for people to come to visit to entertain, hold groups, talks, or to just companion our residents. If you are interested, please contact Louise Holland, Engagement Lead by email: louise.holland@live.com

Grove House Hospice

Grove House Hospice in St Albans is always looking for volunteers to come and entertain the patients for half an hour, be it talking about a hobby, holiday, playing an instrument, singing or dancing. If you are interested, please contact Sangita by email: sangita@kapoor.net

Guide Dogs

Guide Dogs’ local office, based in Park Street, manages the final 10 – 12 weeks of a guide dog’s training before matching the dog to a person with sight loss in the local area. The team is anxious to find volunteers in St Albans who would be happy to offer temporary homes to the trainee dogs. Full training and equipment would be provided. You can also link to their local Facebook page by searching 'Guide Dogs Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Essex' and Twitter 'Guide Dogs HerBedEss or @GuideDogsAL2. If you are interested, please contact Lisa Cooke (lisa.cooke@guidedogs.org.uk)

Driving Elderly Patients to medical appointments

For 16 years Mary has been organising a volunteer driving scheme at two St Albans doctors surgeries taking elderly patients to medical appointments and she has a team of dedicated drivers (several of whom are U3A members). They are very busy and are looking for some new people to join them. Drivers use their own cars and mileage is paid. If you'd like to help please contact Mary

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