Lister’s carers support team looking for volunteers

October 10, 2016

The Lister Hospital’s carers support team is looking for volunteers to take part in a new project that aims to provide extra support to those caring for family members. Volunteers will work in two-hour shifts, visiting wards and outpatient clinics, speaking to patients, and identifying those who are carers. The volunteers will be able to refer those who need extra support on to suitable organisations who can offer further advice and guidance.

Training will be provided for new starters.

Volunteers do so much important work in our local communities, and if there is anyone in North East Hertfordshire who would like to give their time to this good cause, I recommend that they call 01438 284760 or email for an application pack.

Welcoming the CVS to Parliament

June 9, 2015


I was delighted to meet 40 members of the North Hertfordshire Centre for Voluntary Service in Parliament yesterday. Their trip to Westminster consisted of a tour followed by a question-and-answer session with me in one of the committee rooms.

Their Community Development Manager, Michal Siewniak, has already told me that he has received a number of emails from members of the group saying how much they enjoyed their day, including this: “I was fortunate indeed to join in your well organised trip today… The whole time was so enjoyable. It far exceeded my expectations and I wish to thank you all very much for your care”.

The CVS is launching its 100-day ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’ campaign, which will run locally from this month until September across Hitchin and Royston. It is aimed at making a positive difference within the community, and is gaining support from local charities, community groups, and statutory organisations. Activities will include advice about healthy living, home security, children’s fun days, volunteering opportunities, and more on how to make our neighbourhoods bloom. This is an excellent campaign, and I am happy to lend my support to it.

The group is photographed with Sir Oliver in Parliament.