epson 1 smallWe had a fabulous Cream Tea and Networking event at Shendish Manor Hotel on Wednesday 13th June and the weather was glorious for us.

The topic was on Volunteering and our guest speakers were Stuart Chalmers, HR Manager from Epson and Charlotte Hendrey, Communications Officer from Sunnyside Rural Trust.

First up to speak was Stuart who talked about the ethos at Epson and why it is so important to them as employers to look after their staff, and a part of that is giving them time in the working day to volunteer for a charity or community organisation.  They would like to encourage more staff to volunteer and are looking at ways to do this.  Working with Connect Dacorum to highlight any opportunities available.

Next was Charlotte who talked about the great work that Sunnyside Rural Trust do in offering people with learning difficulties training and work skills with plants, vegetables and fruit and even chickens.  They are always happy to support individual volunteers or team challenges to come and spend time with them.

As with any team challenge opportunity, companies who are sending a team of people to volunteer should also be prepared to have a budget which would be spent on buying the materials needed to do the job - whether it is painting or building, or even revamping.  Individual volunteering opportunites may not need a budget depending on the activity the volunteer is doing.  Connect Dacorum can work with companies to find either team challenges or indivudal opportunities so do let me know if you are interested.  Charities can also let me know if you have any opportunities available which I can then post out to our contacts. 

After the presentations Cindy talked about the opportunities coming up with regards to the Employability Days on the 26th June and 16th July, and also the search for new Business mentors (Dragons) for the next Dragons Apprentice Challenge. 

Shendish then served up delicious finger sandwiches and scones with jam and clotted cream while guests were able to network.

Our next networking event is on Thursday 30th August from 12 noon to 2pm at The Old Town Hall in Hemel Hempstead and you can book through the link here.  Hope to see you all there.

room shot smallThe Connect Dacorum Big Business Quiz took place on Thursday 24th May and was again hosted at Shendish Manor Hotel.  13 teams took part from a variety of local companies - Riverside Shopping Centre, One Stop Doctors, Machins Solicitors, Witts Maloney Solicitors, My Mustard, Community Action Dacorum, EIC Insurance, Hemel Rotary Club and Ten2Two, as well as other organisations such as Gaddesden Place RDA and Hospice of St Francis clubbing together on other tables  

It came down to a tie breaker with Jane's Gang and Grey Matter having to guess the length of Meghan Markle's veil at her recent wedding to Prince Harry.  Congratulations to winning team Grey Matter.

lesley and christine smallThanks go to our wonderful Quiz Mistress Lesley and her glamourous assistant Christine for running a wonderful quiz.  Thanks also to everyone who came, brought raffle tickets and played Heads & Tails.  We raised over £1300 which will go towards helping our charity members.Janes Group small


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Shendish afternoon tea smallCome along to our networking cream tea on Wednesday 13th July 2018 at Shendish Manor Hotel and meet like minded local companies, discover the benefits of Connect Dacorum, hear the inspiring presentations of our guest speakers and have a wonderful cream tea of sandwiches and scones - Tickets are £13.00 including VAT and booking fee.

Our event is on the subject of Volunteering and our speakers will be from Epson and from Sunnyside Rural Trust about the benefits of volunteering as an individual and as part of a team and why volunteering is good for the workforce.

We look forward to seeing you there whether you are already a Connect Dacorum business member, a visitor or a local charity.


To book click here -

Invite smallOur next networking event of 2018 is on Tuesday 24th April at the Forum (Dacorum Borough Council's new offices).

Great speakers from Astley Cooper School and Building Better Opportunities.

Come along and find out how your compnay can get involved and network with local businesses and charities.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book your place.