Welcome to our December 2017 eBulletin

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our contributors and readers.

Village Halls Conference Hailed As Best Yet
Thank you to everyone who participated in the East Herts Village Halls & Community Buildings Conference in Little Hadham Village Hall on 5 December.

The Conference Presentations and Programme are available to read and download on the CDA Herts Website.

CLICK HERE  or contact for further information.

From 22 January 2018

CDA Herts will be promoting this national week of celebration to promote the work of Village Halls in Hertfordshire.
ACRE has set up Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts using #VillageHallsWeek in order to publicise your work nationally so please send us your news about events during the week. We will be promoting this at our Village Halls Conference on 5 December so come along and join in and give us your ideas.

Contact us with your ideas Email 


Transport Toolkit
Produced by the Campaign to Protect Rural England, this toolkit aims to improve local transport choices.

 Rural transport faces many threats - ranging from fuel costs through to the lack of public and community transport in many areas. The topic has rarely been bigger or more pressing. Changes to public transport subsidies make community-run initiatives increasingly important. 

Click Here to access the Toolkit from CPRE

Give the gift of wildlife this Christmas!
Hertfordshire is home to some incredible wildlife - why not treat the nature lover in your life and sponsor an animal? By sponsoring with Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust you will be supporting a real connection between your loved one and the wildlife around them. The recipient of each wildlife gift receives a gift pack including:
  • Sponsorship certificate and beautiful colour photograph
  • two fantastic factsheets all about your sponsored species and their habitat
  • welcome letter introducing recipient to the Wildlife Trust and its work
  • wildlife postcard to keep or send to a friend
  • Go Wild events guide – giving the recipient access to our local events.
Find your gift now at

HIV free postal testing service
To support National HIV Testing Week, which took place earlier in November, Public Health England is funding all requests for HIV self-sampling kits made to the national service until 8 January 2018. 

Hertfordshire County Council is signed up to an on-going framework agreement with PHE, so self-sampling kits will continue to be available after 8 January.

The Council supported HIV testing week and used the opportunity to remind people that they can test for HIV in the comfort of their own homes with the free postal kit.

In 2016, there were 1,119 people living with diagnosed HIV in Hertfordshire, however estimates suggest that 13 per cent of those living with HIV are unaware of their infection.

Click Here

The New General Data Protection Regulations - GDPR - Welhat CVS Training 20 Feb 2018

The new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) will come into force next May 2018. They will apply to all organisations including charities and community groups of all sizes who handle personal data. Lack of knowledge will not be an excuse for avoiding the potential hefty fines and other sanctions. This training is essential for any trustees, managers or staff of organisations with responsibility for personal data – including records of donors, supporters, clients, staff and volunteers.

CLICK HERE to read more
Trustee Roles & Responsibilities - Hertsmere CVS Training 25 Jan 2018

This Course will be suitable for anyone who is a new or potential Trustee wishing to understand the roles & responsibilities required for the different roles on a Board. For existing Trustees this would also be a worthwhile refresher session to ensure understanding of current legislation.

Click Here  for more information and how to book.
Hertford Civic Society

Would like your input on their 2018 Calendar of events

We are at an intermediate stage of arranging our 2018 events. Some topics are quite definite, as well as some that are just ideas.  What do you think?  Let us know, by clicking here.  We will probably hold only 4 or 5 evening meetings.

CLICK HERE to read more and have your say
Plunkett Foundation Wants to Talk About #thelittlethings

We are delighted to share with you the latest on our campaign aiming to get people talking about #thelittlethings community co-operative do to help people overcome issues such as loneliness and isolation.We have put together a Thunderclap page where we are asking you to pledge your support and get #thelittlethings trending on social media. Thunderclap is an automated service that gathers people's support for campaigns. If you have a spare few minutes, please pledge your support and let's get people talking about #thelittlethings!

CLICK HERE for more information on #thelittlethings

Something missing at this special time of year? Fill the space in your home and your heart and foster with us.

Hertfordshire County Council is calling on parents of young people who have left home to consider whether fostering might be the way to fill the extra space in their homes and their hearts. Becoming a foster carer can fill that gap and at the same time, help provide a child with the security and stability they desperately need.

Jacqueline, 50, from Stevenage, who is currently fostering three children, including a pair of siblings said: “Christmas can be a difficult time when your children are away. But sharing your home and heart with someone else makes it special. Some of the children we fostered had never celebrated Christmas. Simply sharing a meal with them, seeing the smiles on their faces, sharing a sense of belonging and a place they can call home, even for a short time, was magical. To me that truly is the spirit of Christmas.”

If you are interested in fostering with Hertfordshire County Council, they’ll be there to guide you through the process, every step of the way.

Click Here for more information visit

Be Part Of The Great British Farm Day

Hundreds of farms all over the country will open their gates for LEAF Open Farm Sunday 2018 on the 10th June. As the farming industry’s annual open day, it offers a fantastic chance for people to discover real farming at first hand and see for themselves how their food (and much more besides) is produced. It is also a great way for farmers to shine a light on what they deliver and why supporting British farming matters.

To get involved in LEAF Open Farm Sunday 2018, register your event from the 1st November 2017 here.  All host farmers receive a huge range of fabulous free resources and support. So, no matter how small or large an event, we look forward to you being part of LEAF Open Farm Sunday 2018 - the Great British Farm Day! 

Click Here for more information

Comic Relief - Core Strength Local Communities

The aim of this is to provide funding for groups’ core costs - meaning expenditure that is not connected to delivering projects but focusing on investing in the organisation as a whole, such as basic running costs. Grants will be between £1,000 to £10,000, for up to 12 months, and are available to local community organisations with an annual income of up to £100,000. The grants will be used to support groups that can evidence a sustained beneficial impact on the lives of people who are excluded or disadvantaged. This may be through low income, rural or social isolation, age, disabilities, race, sexuality or gender. Priority will be given to small, locally based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage. 

CLICK HERE to read more and how to apply
Watford & 3 Rivers Trust News
CVS Events & Conferences:
  • Fundraising Conference – March 2018 (date & venue TBC). More information in January!
  • Volunteering Fair, Watford High Street, 11:00 – 14:00 during the Volunteers’ Week.
  • Art & Heritage Conference – June 2018 during the Small Charities Week (date & venue TBC). More information in April!
  • CVS Annual Conference – November 2018 (date & venue TBC).
Click Here for lots more events, information and training
HCC Slipper Swap - Staying Steady This Winter

The chance of a fall can increase as people get older but steps can be taken to stay safe and well. Keeping active and exercising regularly can really help. There are dates throughout the county to come along and swap old slippers for a new anti-slip pair for FREE and get useful tips from our event partners. Find out how to avoid trips and slips at home and when you're out and about. Try out some simple fall prevention exercises to do at home or join a local group to make this a fun, social activity.

CLICK HERE to read more 

A new scheme that provides free or discounted household improvements to help residents stay warm in their homes has been launched by Hertfordshire County Council in partnership with all 10 district and borough councils. 

In Hertfordshire, over 32,000 households are estimated to live in fuel poverty meaning they do not have enough money to adequately heat their home. Colder temperatures can lead to excess winter deaths. Between August 2013 and July 2016, there were 1795 excess winter deaths in Hertfordshire.

Please help us raise awareness of this scheme with the vulnerable residents you are in touch with by publicising it through your own channels.  Anyone can find out more information by contacting HertsHelp on: 0300 123 4044 (local rate) or

Click Here to visit the Herts Warmer Homes website

Gritting and Salting Roads

Find out how HCC keeps our County's roads safe and clear during winter weather.

What are the Routes?
What if the weather gets worse?
Can I grit my road myself?
Guidance on driving in severe weather.

Click Here for further information

View a Gritting Routes map.
Write To Your MP About Hospital Transport

People in rural areas are being asked to write to their MPs and call for a review of non-emergency patient transport services. It follows warnings by Age UK that older people are facing huge difficulties getting to routine hospital appointments. The charity has called for a review of non-emergency patient transport services – and wants people to write to their MPs in support of the campaign. For most people, just having a medical appointment is enough to worry about, it says; but older people also often need to make long and complicated journeys to and from hospital.

Click Here to read more on the Rural services Network website

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CDA Herts Services available to all communities in Hertfordshire

Community Garden St Albans - Plots available
Village Halls Advisory Service - part of the ACRE network
Rural Issues Network
Rural Affordable Housing Needs Assessments and Surveys
HMP The Mount Play Area
Community Energy Network
Management Health Checks
Health & Safety Training, Audit and Risk Assessment
Health & Wellbeing advocacy
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