Welcome to our June 2018 eBulletin
Sir Mike Penning MP opens four new Passivhaus Homes in the village of Great Gaddesden

The four homes, built by Hastoe Housing, following an Affordable Housing Survey undertaken by CDA Herts and supported by Great Gaddesden Parish Council, are known as Johnson Court, in memory of former Parish Councillor, Alan Johnson, who died two years ago. Alan served for many years as a member of the Parish Council and was passionate about supporting new affordable housing for local people. The land for the scheme was supplied by Dacorum Borough Council, who want to increase the number of affordable homes in the borough. All the homes are let at affordable rents for local people with a connection to Great Gaddesden. They are built to the highly energy-efficient ‘PassivHaus’ standard, cutting fuel bills to as little as £120 per year. All the properties have solar panels – an aspect Cllr Johnson supported to reduce bills and carbon emissions.

Click Here to read more

CDA Herts Rural Issues Network Meeting 26 June Benington Village Hall 10.30am to 12.30pm

Our next meeting will focus on the hidden nature of loneliness and mental health issues in rural areas where lack of understanding and stigma often means that sufferers are overlooked. This is compounded by increased difficulty accessing transport, health and social care services and support. We want to highlight the issues faced by rural communities and have launched the Rural Loneliness Forum which is beginning to highlight the extent of the problem, what the obstacles are and how to improve support services.

See the Item about the Alzheimer's Society Rural Dementia Report below.

Contact for more information
CDA Herts Play Area Celebrates 20 Years

CDA Herts Staff, Board Members and special Guests including the Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff of Hertfordshire gathered on May 3rd at HMP The Mount Prison in Bovingdon to mark the occasion of 20 years of running the Play Area supporting children and families affected by a parent or close family member in prison. The Play Area provides a welcoming and safe environment for children experiencing a stressful time visiting the Prison. There are also opportunities for the whole family to spend quality time together during special family visits.  Government statistics have proved that maintaining family bonds leads to a significant reduction in re-offending. Thanks to BBC Children In Need for their long term support. Thanks to all our loyal Staff and Volunteers and partners HACRO and The Mount.

Click Here to read more about the Play Area or email 
Tring Rural Affordable Housing Needs Survey

CDA Herts launched our latest Affordable Housing Needs Survey in collaboration with Tring Rural Parish Council and Dacorum Borough Council.  Every household in the Parish will have the opportunity to give their views on the need for affordable homes for those who wish to continue to live in the Parish but perhaps cannot afford to buy or rent on the open market.  

The Tring Rural Affordable Housing Needs Survey is running from the 1st to the 30th June, 2018.  This Survey concerns everybody who lives throughout Tring Rural Parish including the villages of Long Marston and Wilstone, or has family connections there.  If this includes you and you have not received a copy of the Survey please contact Giles Meredith Rural Housing Enabler

The Survey is also available online as well as the usual paper version.

GATE Herts - Hate Crime Conference 20th June

Gypsy and Traveller Empowerment Herts (GATE Herts) is a Gypsy Roma Traveller (GRT) community led organisation and recognises the prevalence and widespread acceptability of racism and hate crime directed against members of the community.  GATE Herts also understands that many community members are reluctant to report directly to the police so it set up a dedicated GRT reporting site for hate crime, Report Racism GRT.

Report Racism GRT is the entry point to a new system for proactively tackling hate crime and discrimination against these communities. It is both a means of reporting a crime, and a mechanism for gathering data which can help shape effective ways to tackle hate crime at policy level. It is also a contact point for getting help and support from dedicated case workers.

Following the launch in Parliament of its Hate Crime Report on the 19th June, GATE Herts is hosting a GRT-led conference on the 20th June which aims to bring together GRT community representatives, organisations working with GRT communities, and statutory and voluntary services.

Click Here to read about Report Racism GRT at Travellers Times

Click Here to visit GATE Herts website
East Herts Council Funding to improve health and wellbeing of residents in East Hertfordshire
The community grant scheme is now open for applications for projects that will address our priorities in health and wellbeing.  This includes a fund to grant aid events that mark the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1.   Events may be small, friendly gatherings of members of a special interest group OR a community-wide event involving many different organisations.
In addition particular welcome is given to bids based on the following ideas:- 
Men in Sheds 
Cycling without Age 
Sporting Memories  
Side by Side Cycling
Fit and Fed
The Together Project
Participatory Arts in Health

Click Here to find out more. Deadline 25th June
Join the Great Get Together at High Wych Memorial Hall Saturday 23rd June 10 - 12 noon

The Great Get Together Weekend 22 - 24 June day has become a national day in memory of the murdered MP Jo Cox whose desire was to bring communities together. On the 23rd the High Wych commnunity will be getting together to paint hub cap flowers.  Bring a one inch paint brush, sip coffess, sausages in rolls and cakes and help raise funds for the village World War I events in November.  You can also learn how to make a Scarecrow so bring character ideas!

Click Here to find out what others are doing and how you can join in the Great Get Together Weekend

Click Here for the High Wych Memorial Hall website

Bright Green Future
Young people needed to take part in a training programme to create a new generation of environmental leaders. We're looking for exceptional future leaders aged 14-17 with an interest in making a real difference to reducing the impacts of climate change to take part in our one year programme starting in September 2018.
Being a part of Bright Green Future will provide the knowledge, skills and confidence to embark on a career path which could influence decisions on energy and climate change. This exciting opportunity is open for registration now

For more information and to find the application form please visit:
 Bright Green Future and follow @BrightGrnFuture
Advicelocal is a local guide to help with benefits, work, money, housing problems and more

People looking for help with benefits, work, money or housing problems will find a useful, free source of help and information. It’s easy to use. By just entering a postcode and choosing an advice topic anyone can find tailored information for their local area, including details of independent advice organisations who can help get the advice and support they need. Advicelocal helps with questions relating to: welfare benefits and tax credits; council tax; debt and money advice; housing and homelessness; employment and work issues, disability and social care; and asylum and immigration.  Lasa is a social welfare law and tech charity. Established in 1984, we're dedicated to supporting organisations in their use of technology and the delivery of social welfare law advice to the disadvantaged communities they serve. 

Click Here to find out more or Call us: 020 7377 2748

Worried about Plastic Pollution?

SLOACTIVE have all the information that you need. SLO active is a social enterprise dedicated to cleaning up our oceans. They recently published a guide, titled Plastic Pollution: Single Use Plastic Impact on our Oceans, that is a great resource for intensely detailing the facts and figures of plastic pollution, the impact on our oceans and marine life, and much more. 

Click Here to find out more

Walking in Hertfordshire - Walk After Work Summer Evening Health Walks

During the summer we have a host of summer evening walks available across the county to help you make the most of the daylight hours and increase your steps if you work or have other commitments in the day. 
East Herts: Bengeo, Ware, Panshanger Park, and Hartham Common
Watford: Cassiobury Park
St Albans: Verulamium Park and Batchwood
North Herts: Oughtonhead Common and Ickleford
Dacorum: Tuesday evening walks, multiple locations

Click Here to Register online or just turn up!

Welwyn Hatfield Volunteer Centre Volunteer Speed Matching 2018

Have you heard of speed matching? Looking for the perfect match for your organisations? This special event, hosted by the Welwyn Hatfield Volunteer Centre, aims to find the perfect match for local people with time to give to local organisations who need their help. Come along and sell your organisation to potential volunteers who are looking to give their time to volunteer in the Welwyn Hatfield area.

Hatfield Connect, First Floor,The Triangle, Beaconsfield Close,Hatfield AL10 8YE

on Thursday 7th June 2018 10.30 to 1:00pm

Click Here for the WHCVS website


CVSBEH Midsummer Conference - last few spaces left!

Enhancing Local Health Services - A guide to social prescribing, community navigation and funding opportunities Monday, 18th June 2018, 12 noon – 3pm, at the Nigel Copping Community Building in Stanstead Abbotts. Join us for lunch, with plenty of opportunities to network and take part in short workshops. 
  • Hear from the organisers of the hospital and community navigation service covering Broxbourne & East Herts
  • Learn how social prescribing is moving forward locally and how your group can engage
  • Attend an information session covering latest funding opportunities for health and wellbeing projects
  • Give us your feedback on current CVSBEH services
  • Come and view the great facilities at CVSBEH’s HQ
  • …all in 3 hours!!
Spaces are limited, to book your FREE place please email James

Click Here
for the BEHCVS website

Go wild with the Wildlife Trusts this June!

The Wildlife Trust’s annual 30 Days Wildlife challenge is this June – can you do something wild every day for the month of June?
Start small; eat breakfast outside or go for a walk and see what you can spot in the park – you could even pop a few fresh mint leaves in your tea or read a wild book!
There are lots of events run by Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust to help inspire you.

Sign up for 30 Days Wild at and book onto local events at

Road Safety in Little Hadham

The Parish Council is urging residents who are worried about unsafe behaviour at Little Hadham traffic lights to report anti-social driving online.  Pedestrians can record the behaviour on their phone and send it to the police at 

If you are inside a car the footage must be recorded on a dashcam or taken by a passenger. The Parish Drive safe scheme is progressing well but is always looking for new volunteers - please contact the Parish Council Chair Liz Lloyd Williams

Click Here to visit the Little Hadham Parish website for all their news.

Alzheimer's Society Cupcake Day 14th June

Dementia devastates lives. In the UK, someone develops dementia every three minutes, and there is currently no cure. But together we will beat it, dementia will not win. Until the day we find a cure, Alzheimer's Society will be here for anyone affected by dementia - wherever they are, whatever they're going through. By hosting a Cupcake Day you get to enjoy some tasty treats with your workmates, friends and family knowing you are helping us work tirelessly to find new treatments and, ultimately, a cure for dementia.

Dedicated Cupcakers like you have raised £1.4 million since 2016 and this year we can raise even more together!

Click Here for more information and how to sign up and get a fundraising pack

More Support Needed for Rural Dementia - Alzheimer's Society launches Dementia-Friendly Rural Communities Guide

People with dementia in rural communities are increasingly isolated, says the Alzheimer’s Society who issued the warning as it launched a new guide urging individuals and organisations in rural communities to address isolation for people with dementia, take action and better support people affected in their area. It came ahead of last week's Dementia Action Week (21-27 May) to raise the profile of people with dementia – and encourage support so they feel included in their local communities and able to live the lives they want. Some two thirds of people with dementia are based in rural areas, with the percentage of older people occupying rural areas as high as 56%, leading many to feel very isolated. Dementia is the UK’s biggest killer with someone developing it every three minutes – and the Alzheimer’s Society says too many face it alone. The guide is building upon the work the Alzheimer’s Society has led, working with key individuals and organisations, to create dementia friendly villages, towns and cities.

Click Here to access and download the Dementia-Friendly Rural Communities Guide
How to Connect Rural Communities to Ultrafast Broadband

If you’re not included in any fibre rollout plans, or if you have fibre but want faster speeds, have you considered a Community Fibre Partnership with Openreach?
Wherever you are, and whatever you need faster broadband for, Openreach’s community fibre partnerships model brings fibre broadband to homes and businesses by building a customised solution to meet your needs. Wherever you live Openreach will work with you to find a way to bring superfast or ultrafast fibre broadband to your area. Where possible they bring together funding from Local Authorities, Government voucher schemes and other grants to help make things affordable - plus they contribute toward the cost in line with their own commercial model too. Tens of thousands of people have already benefited from faster broadband after their communities partnered with Openreach for a community fibre partnership. Could you?

Click Here to find out how to connect your community to superfast fibre broadband
Learn from the world's most experienced Soil Caretakers at the Groundswell Show 2018

The Groundswell Show is unique in providing hands-on, practical knowledge sharing from the world's most experienced farmers and 'soil caretakers'  on conservation agriculture techniques. With two days of talks, seminars and panel discussions you will leave with a fuller understanding of the science behind the theory, and a head full of practical applications to improve your farms fertility, sustainability, quality and profitability. We have over thirty speakers across five different session areas. The Conference and Seminar Barns are where you'll be able to hear inspirational ideas from the likes of Ademir Calegari and Dan Kittredge, while the Stable Barn and Soil Tent are where you can really get to grips with some of the practical nitty-gritty. There will also be lively panel discussions from the likes of Innovative Farmers, Pasture Fed Livestock Association and Agricology.  Not to mention over sixty different exhibitors to engage with. Here's what one of our new exhibitors is up to:

Click here to visit the Groundswell website

Volunteers Week 1st to 7th June

Celebrated between 1st and 7th June every year, it is a week in which the UK celebrates volunteers and says thank you to them for the contribution that they make. The week also raises awareness about the benefits becoming a volunteer and the diverse volunteering roles that are available.

In 2018 the theme for Volunteers Week is “Volunteering for All” to celebrate the fact that volunteers can come from all communities and all walks of life, carrying out a diverse range of roles. The theme is also designed to help organisations think about how they can successfully open up volunteering opportunities to all and increase diversity in their volunteer base and trustees.

Click Here to find further information about Volunteers Week and information about becoming a Volunteer 

Small Charity, Big Impact Week 18 - 23 June 2018 

Small charities and community groups around the country carry out vital work but in many cases people are not aware of their impact.

Through the FSI Small Charity Big Impact Awards, small charities and community groups can highlight their work and the impact they make on a local, national and international level.

Click Here to read more and access Big Impact Week Resources

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