Vital local rural services kept alive by dedicated volunteers”

We’d like to say a collective “thank-you” to all the volunteers who work tirelessly to keep community buildings and village halls open and who organise clubs, societies, lunches, coffee mornings, plays and numerous other activities for the benefit of residents living in rural communities.

CDA Herts is proud to support our Village Halls and Community Buildings in Hertfordshire and without the hundreds of volunteers who give up many hours of their time on a weekly basis, these Halls could not continue to offer social, educational, health and recreational activities within their communities.

People volunteer for different reasons.  Here are some quotes from our HMP The Mount Prison Play Area volunteers:-
Viv, Play Area Manager “I often ask our volunteers why they chose to give their time for the children of prisoners. The response is always the same. Here are some examples…”
“We are here for the children, the innocent ones in all the chaos that is their lives” Sue
“They need positive role models and without us, they may not have any” Marlene
“It is a unique place where extraordinary things happen and the children never fail to amaze us with how they cope” Nicole

Dawn – Trustee

Having recently retired from a full and varied career working mainly in NHS community services, I wanted to use my experience in a voluntary capacity.
Being a Trustee with CDA Herts is enabling me to be part of a charitable organisation which has many community functions; from supporting vulnerable or socially isolated people to be included in community projects to enabling access to services, particularly in more rural areas.
I find my role very rewarding, working with a group of committed, friendly people makes me feel a valued part of the community.

Neil – Trustee

I’ve been involved in volunteering for most of my adult life. After leaving university I spent a year as a community service volunteer working with the homeless and have never looked back since.

Now, some 30  plus years later I freely give up my time as a trustee for 4 different charities. There’s no better feeling than knowing that you are donating your most precious of gifts  – your own time – for the benefit of others

Brian – Garden Volunteer & HERTBEATS President

I became involved when I saw what this group were attempting to achieve in the community.I am life president of HERTBEATS the stAlbans and district Heart support group and I could see that there was an opportunity to involve our membership .With the help of Kate and Christine we decided on a plot which could ultimately be a meeting point for visitors to the garden.A memorial tree was planted,a circular seat courtesy of the Waitrose community partners scheme was installed and at the present time this particular spot is very inviting for those who simply wish to rest their weary limbs.

Over the past two years a wonderful team spirit has been created and I have been able to help with my “plants mans”hat on.

I hope that in the years to come there will be a close link established with HERTBEATS membership as this little plot is now a permanent reminder of our role in the community.Our motto is CARPE Diem and all of us in The team have been seizing the day for a while now.

Thank You for the opportunity to become involved. 

Christine – Trustee & Garden Volunteer

After working for a large American Corporation for many year when I came to retire I wanted to get involved in something completely different. After looking around I applied to join CDA  Herts as a Trustee. After a little while I became involved in working with another trustee to establish a Community Garden in St Albans. We had been very kindly leased a significant plot of land by Oaklands College. Over the last five plus years a number of us have worked hard to establish our Community Garden & we have been generously supported by a number of financial corporations, retailers & religious groups. Working with so many different & diverse local groups has been incredibly rewarding especially seeing young people with severe disabilities just enjoying being out in a safe & beautiful place.