Volunteers ‘speed matching’ event to help charities in Welwyn Hatfield

Aspiring charity volunteers will be matched to their ideal job at a ‘speed matching’ event in Hatfield, with the help of a local housing association’s support.

Welwyn Hatfield Community & Voluntary Service (WHCVS) has received a £500 grant from social landlord Thrive Homes to run the event and other activities at its base, The Volunteer Centre, on Thursday 7th June.

Representatves of up to 20 local charities or voluntary organisations will have three minutes to ‘sell’ themselves to each individual interested in volunteering.

Carmen Dillon, Chief Officer at WHCVS, said: “It’s a fun and effective way of recruiting volunteers to local groups, which rely on people giving up time for free in order to carry out their work.

“People interested in doing some voluntary work come along and move from table to table, getting a flavour of each organisation, and the charities get to know a little about that person too. If it’s a match, they can organise having a further chat later on.”

She added: “We rely on grants like Thrive’s to run our activities, so we are very grateful for their support.”
The Volunteer Speed Matching event will take place at Hatfield Connect, 1st Floor, The Triangle, Beaconsfield Court, Hatfield, AL10 8YE, from 10am to 1pm. Anyone interested in going along is asked to contact Carmen on 01707 274861 or email her on c.dillon@whcvs.org.uk

WHCVS works to develop and promote local voluntary and community groups, helping them to set up, fundraise, recruit volunteers and train their teams. It also provides a community car scheme to transport people with mobility or other issues to medical or other appointments.

In addition, the charity has recently launched a new club which runs social activities for 7-12-year-olds with autism, and the Let’s Chat telephone support service which provides regular calls and a friendly chat to people who are isolated or lonely.

In 2016/17, WHCVS attracted 213 volunteers who applied for opportunities with local charities and community groups – and its community car scheme made over 2,000 trips, covering more than 75,000 miles.

Daryl Pereira, Engagement Business Partner at Thrive, said: “WHCVS is dedicated to supporting groups which improve the quality of life of individuals, groups and communities.

“Here at Thrive we are keen to promote thriving communities where people have life chances and opportunities, so we are delighted to be able to support this charity in its vital work.”

Thrive’s small grants fund awards sums of around £500 each to good causes in need of support, including charities, organisations and projects within the communities where Thrive operates.

The fund is part of the housing provider’s ‘Thrive GIVE’ initiative which aims to benefit communities and worthy schemes, bringing social value in a variety of ways.

Thrive GIVE (Generating Income for Voluntary Enterprises) includes the ‘Give Grants’ community fund, ‘Give your Time’ staff volunteering programme, ‘Give Support’ scheme which links charities with private sector support and ‘Give a Voice’ campaign to ensure customers have their say.