Image smallHere is the latest Connect Dacorum Opportunities List for your consideration. There is a wide variety of needs listed below and if you can help with any, have any of the items or money to pay for them, then please come back to me initially for more information.

If you have any items that are not listed below but you do not need anymore and would like to give to charity, please let me know. 

  • At Community Action Dacorum we value the opportunity to be able to provide community groups who are concerned with the welfare of the elderly, disabled and young people in Dacorum the chance to hire minibuses. Groups hire the minibuses for a variety of reasons from transporting members to support meetings to day trips out.  To enable us to deliver this cost effective service to the community and to raise funds to replace vehicles we seek sponsorship from organisations.  Benefits of sponsorship include a ‘roaming’ advert driving around Dacorum and beyond, awareness of your organisation to group who hire the minibus, over 200 groups and a visible presence of your organisation within the community.  We have a ‘new’ vehicle joining our fleet at the end of January/beginning February ready for a sponsor.  If you would like to find out more please contact Deborah Fogden, Community Transport Manager on 01442 253935 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Our very first Connect Dacorum Golf Day which will be held on Friday 19th May 2017 at the prestigious Harpenden Common Golf Club. The aim of the day is to have fun whilst raising money for two local charities - Age UK Dacorum and Community Action Dacorum (Connect Dacorum). Registration will be from 12.30pm where you can have bacon butties and tea/coffee before you play.  We will be having a Shotgun Start at 2pm which means that all players will be starting and finishing around the same time, and means that we are able to dine together at the end of the day (when prizes are awarded and raffles drawn, etc). The cost per team is £300, which includes tea/coffee and a bacon roll at the start, the round of golf and a delicious 2 course carvery meal in the evening.  Non players are welcome to attend the dinner, for only £22.50.If you would like to enter a team and/or sponsor a hole, or maybe know of someone else who would enjoy the day, I have attached the booking form and a poster for your staff room / intranet.
  • If you have visited the Civic Centre in Hemel over the past few years, you will have noticed the Coffee Cart.  This is run by Druglink who are a great charity working with people on prevention, recovery and reintegration.  Now that Dacorum Borough Council have moved into the Forum, the Coffee Cart is looking for a new home.  Can your reception area help? 
  • Dragons Apprentice Team – Think Tank - from JFK school are running a Zumba session on Friday 20th Jan from 7-8pm at JFK school.  £5 entry fee.  All money raised will go to their local charity Druglink and will help them in their Dragons Apprentice Challenge. 
  • Bennetts End Neighbourhood Association are looking for a new treasurer.  A couple of hours a month is all that is required and the yearly books are outsourced to a company.  It’s just to check the running of the day to day business.  They use Quickbooks Accounting package. 
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  • The Hospice Lottery support 5 local hospices and are currently looking for local workplaces where they can talk about the Hospice Lottery to employees in a busy foyer area, staff restaurant or event at a company event.  For more information see attached document.
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  • The Old Town Hall is delighted to present a new season of friendly and welcoming vintage film screenings this year in partnership with Age UK (Dacorum) and Derrick Bridges & Co. These screenings are especially designed for senior citizens, dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s sufferers and their supporters. Each screening has an interval of 20 minutes, the lights are only slightly dimmed and sound is played at a lower level. The season will open with Calamity Jane on Thursday 26 January at 2pm. Tickets for Relaxed Classics screenings are £4 (includes tea, coffee and biscuits). 
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  • Tesco has kindly agreed to allow RNIB to do several store collections in and around Hemel Hampstead and they are looking for help from voluntary members who may be able to assist for a couple of hours on the day. The activity they need help with is bucket collections outside the Tesco. Fundraising collections is a common method of raising money for RNIB, and they can be particularly effective because: (a) It offers an opportunity for the general public to participate actively (b) Enables supporters to raise funds in an ethical and secure manner.  RNIB will provide secure collection buckets and RNIB t-shirts and collect both after collection.  The purpose of this collection is to raise money for their free Talking Book service and helpline. Collection dates and locations: Friday 20th January - Luton Tesco Metro.  Saturday 28th January – St Albans Tesco Metro.  Friday 10th February - Hatfield Tesco Extra.  Friday 27th January - Borehamwood Tesco Extra
  • The Hospice of St Francis is running some fabulous fun events in 2017 including a Bubble Rush in Gadebridge Park and a Garden Party and MudPack Challenge in Ashridge House and they need sponsors to help offset the cost of running them so that more money goes towards supporting our patients and their families. If you, or one of your clients, wants to get your name splashed all over Dacorum and surrounding areas and support your local charity please let us know.
  • The Heather Club is a weekly club for the elderly, confused or people with severe memory loss and its members receive a hot midday meal, adapted minibus transport if required, refreshments, games and entertainment and they desperately need volunteers. The club runs on Mondays and Wednesday between 10am and 3pm.  Potential volunteers can obviously choose what time they would like to work. We need people to interact with members, play games, sing, dance etc, and the more mundane tasks of washing up and clearing up.
  • DENS are running a Quiz night on Saturday 25 February from 7.30pm at JFK School.  It’s a great fun night.  Ticket price: £13. For further information please call 01442 880268 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Waterways Experiences, the Accessible Boating charity at Nash Mills, continues to flourish taking a big range of groups on day and residential boat trips.  We are 100% Volunteers.   BUT we have a rough old car park which is difficult for the frail, elderly, and wheel chair users to cross to reach our 3 wide-beamed, disabled-friendly boats.  So we need help with planning refurbishment of the car park, choosing the right surface and treatment for adjacent high bank, finding a good contractor, funding (probably about £50k) unless a Connect Dacorum Member can find us a friendly contractor.  If you could help, or give us helpful pointers, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange a discussion.  PS If you know a group who would like a trip, see our web site wexp.org.uk
  • Raffle prizes for Charity Dinner for local Hospice at Home Charity - Rennie Grove Hospice Care will be holding their Question of Sport Charity Dinner in March.  Last year this event raised enough money to cover a year’s salary of one of the Hertfordshire Hospice at Home nurses and we are hoping to match that this year.  If anyone has any goods that they would be willing to donate for use at the raffle at the event they would be very gratefully received and would help us to ensure that we continue to offer 24/7 Hospice at Home to local patients in Dacorum and Hertfordshire.  We are happy to come and collect any donations. 
  • Sunnyside Rural Trust  require the following equipment – (Hemel Food Garden) 2 lockable 4 drawer filing cabinets, 2 office chairs, (for mess room/office) 3 office chairs for portacabin office (AC) 3 office chairs, shelving for new office, we will also need desks or if possible that the builders could build in desks along walls? We also need some more lockable facilities, though this can be varied sizes. Fans for the summer may be useful if they are available. Cupboard for files.  We are also looking for items for our new café; display shelves, fridge, freezer, crockery, cutlery, pots & pans, cake stands, art for the walls and all kitchen utensils.
  • Dacorum Community Trust are pleased to accept donations of any size in order to support Dacorum residents who are in need of financial help.
  • The Volunteer Centre Dacorum have a number of other Team Build Challenges and also many individual volunteering opportunities for your staff.