Could you spare some time to help the community?

Our volunteers are at the very heart of DENS and underpin our services in so many ways to help us support those most vulnerable within our community.

As well as making a huge difference to us, volunteering has so many benefits. We have a range of volunteering opportunities across our organisation and would love you to join our team.

Ad-hoc Volunteering Opportunities

Events and Fundraising Volunteering

Be a part of the action by volunteering at one of our legendary events! From pop-up promotional stands to events like our annual quiz night, the Hemel Hillbuster or our flagship Sleepout, there are so many ways to get involved.

Event volunteering roles include:

  • Registration
  • Setting up equipment
  • Serving refreshments
  • Marshalling
  • Awarding our participants as they cross their finish line with a cheer, medal and friendly smile!

If you can spare a few hours at the weekend to help promote our events, hand out leaflets or come along to one of our amazing events, our Fundraising Team would love to hear from you. For further information, please contact fundraising@dens.org.uk or call 01442 800268.


The Elms Volunteer Receptionists

The Elms is a 44-bed hostel, run by DENS in partnership with Dacorum Borough Council, providing emergency and short-term accommodation for single homeless adults.

Do you have good communication skills? Are you patient? Are you 25+ years old? Do you have a few hours to spare on a regular basis: in the morning, afternoon or evening? Shifts are available seven days a week on a flexible basis.

The Volunteer Receptionist is the first point of contact for anyone coming to The Elms. You will be responsible for operating the door entry system to allow people to enter/ leave the building. Training will be provided. You would be required to undergo a DBS (criminal record check).

For more information, email Barbara via volunteering@dens.org.uk. Please provide a phone number so that we can contact you.

Open Space Arts & Crafts Volunteers

Open Space is an extension of the DENS Day Centre.

Do you have any arts and craft skills? Do you have good communication skills? Are you patient? Are you available on Thursdays, 9.30am to 12pm?

Participants come together at Open Space to socialise with others, get creative with arts and crafts workshops and learn new skills from short courses. For more information, contact Karen on 07415 628 701. If it goes to voicemail, please leave a message or email volunteering@dens.org.uk.

CSR Volunteering Opportunities

As volunteering opportunities are so limited within our services, we have been looking at ways where we can be fair and transparent to all the local companies who wish to support us.

We have recently launched our DENS Business Partner Programme and in return for a modest monthly financial commitment, we will prioritise CSR opportunities to our partners.

There are also many other great benefits of being a DENS Business Partner. Click here to find out more.


Without the time and commitment our volunteers offer, we would be unable to continue to support those most vulnerable within our community.

That’s why we are so proud that to have been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This award recognises excellence in the voluntary activities carried out by groups, and is the highest award a voluntary group can get!

This is a true testament to the amazing people who volunteer at DENS and provide an incredible service to our community.

Queens Award for Voluntrary Service

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