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There is no doubt that the residents and businesses of St Albans and the surrounding towns and villages are extremely generous when it comes to donating both their time and money to charitable organisations helping many members of the community. There are often stalls in the market on a Saturday which are given over to fund raising efforts and all over the town church halls frequently display banners advertising coffees mornings, bring-and-buys and performances in aid of local charities. Fortunately to co-ordinate these types of activities there is the Centre for Voluntary Service St Albans District which matches member groups seeking help, with volunteers who have time to give. There is a very long list of diverse organisations looking for volunteers either on a regular or one-off basis. Volunteering makes a real difference in the community and there are lots of different roles such as support work, driving, fundraising, helping at events and spreading the word. In return volunteers make new friends, increase their own confidence, learn new skills and generally get out as much as they put in. Find out more about volunteering by contacting the Hub at the Civic Centre on St Peter’s Street on 01727 814629 or email The Centre for Voluntary Service provides organisations with funding advice, training, equipment hire and community transport support. The full list of member groups can be found on the website: They include Age UK Herts, Home Start, Trestle Arts, Parkinson’s, Mind in Mid Herts, the Peace Hospice….the list goes on. So if you know anyone who needs support or who has time to give, put them in touch with the Centre for Voluntary Service.

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