Welcome to our February 2018 eBulletin

CDA Herts builds hope with Affordable Housing Event

On the 20th February, CDA Herts ran a hugely successful Community-Led Housing and Neighbourhood Planning training awareness event in Great Gaddesden on behalf of Dacorum Borough Council. The event was organised to help raise awareness among Town and Parish Councillors of Community-Led and Rural Affordable Housing. 40 delegates packed out Great Gaddesden Village Hall to learn from speakers representing The Community Land Trust, Hastoe Housing Association, Dacorum Borough Council, Thomas and Spiers Architects, Rural Community Council Essex and CDA Herts. A highlight of the day was hearing from Paul Harris, Chairman of Great Gaddesden Parish Council about the four affordable homes recently completed in his Parish by Hastoe Housing Association as a result of a Housing Needs Survey conducted by CDA Herts. (pictured  above)

Click Here to visit CDA Herts website and read and download the Presentations.

Contact for more information.

CDA Herts Community Garden benefits from Bags of Help

A team from FoodSmiles, lead by Anthony Toole & Hilary Heine has done a great job this year in construction our polytunnel. We were very generously award funds from Tesco’s Bags of Help fund, some of which we used to purchase our poly tunnel. The team from FoodSmiles prepared the base, constructed the frame & last week completed the staging tables. We are pleased to announce that FoodSmiles already have started to propogate their own seeds. Members from some of our other groups visited this week & been very impressed & have started to make plans how to use the polytunnel to grow their vegetables & flowers this year.

Click Here to read more about CDA Herts Community Garden St Albans
Click Here to read more about Food Smiles St Albans
CDA Herts Play Area Celebrates 20 Years

Plans are underway to mark the occasion of 20 years supporting children and families affected by a parent or close family member in prison. CDA Herts runs the Visits Hall Play Area providing a welcoming and safe environment for children visiting the Prison.  There are also opportunities for the whole family to spend quality time together.  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.

Click Here to read more about the Play Area or email 


CDA Herts helps out Bees, Bugs and Butterflies

"Come and help create a mini butterfly & bees friendly space with wild flowers & shrubs. CDA Herts working in partnership with FoodSmiles, HERTBEATS & St Albans Beekeepers

As part of the Sustainable St Albans Week 2018 (see we are holding an event on Sunday 22 April, at our Community Garden in St Albans, to create a mini butterfly & bees friendly garden space. During the day we are planning to weed, fill divots & plant with wild flowers & shrubs to attract the butterflies & bees. We are holding the event from 10am until 2.30pm. All welcome.

Please look at our Facebook page CDAH Community Garden St Albans for further details. or Click Here to contact us through the CDA Herts website 
The Police and Crime Commissioner’s Fund

The aim is to support community and voluntary initiatives which will reduce crime and make Hertfordshire a safer place to live by helping to deliver the priorities of the Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan for Hertfordshire (2017–2022).

The fund is made up from funds recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) and empowers local groups to find solutions to community safety problems.
Grants of up to £5,000 are available from the Police Commissioner's Action Fund to support innovative local schemes which aim to reduce crime and make our communities safer. Your project will help deliver the aims of the Commissioner’s Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan for Hertfordshire (2017-2022) which sets out the priorities for ‘Everyone’s Business.’ 

Click Here  to download eligibility and grant criteria

Calor launches £50k rural grant scheme

Rural communities throughout the UK could be eligible for funding from the Calor Rural Community Fund. Established in 2017, the fund from energy provider Calor aims to give off-grid communities the chance to gain funding for projects that will improve local life. Last year’s winning projects included a swing for a community park, a new piano for a community choir, books for a rural school library and the installation of fibre broadband into an off-grid village.

Entries open on 20 March 2018, but rural communities interested in learning more can visit now to register their interest.

Click Here for more information 

Church Spires to Boost Broadband

Church spires across the UK will be used to boost digital connectivity and broadband speeds in rural areas. The decision follows an agreement between the government and the Church of England which is encouraged to use its buildings  to improve broadband, mobile and WiFi connectivity for local communities. Some 65% of Anglican churches are in rural areas. The Diocese of Chelmsford has been pioneering this approach with County Broadband since 2013. In 2011, the Diocese of Norwich created WiSpire. 

Click Here to read more

Energy Alliance Grants to improve your heating

ECO funding is available for replacement Oil boilers, LPG boilers, electric storage heaters and all types of insulation.  The funding is available to eligible tenants / homeowners to improve the energy efficiency of their home whether this be in the form of a new heating system or insulation. To qualify for the funding the tenant / homeowner or someone living in the property must be on one of the following benefits: -
•   Income – related employment and support allowance (ESA)
•   Income – based job seekers allowance (JSA)
•   Income support
•   Child tax credits – (Will need to check house hold income level)
•   Working tax credits – (Will need to check house hold income level)
•   Universal Credit – (Will need to check house hold income level)
•   Pension credit – (Must receive guarantee credit element)

Contact Phil Amin ECO Delivery Manager
T: 0161 654 3640  Ext: 1135   E:

Click Here for the Energy Alliance Website
Snowdrops and Woodpeckers

As winter wanes, there’s still a chill in the air but the promise of spring is hinted at by flashes of colour and sound all around.
You may have already seen clusters of white snowdrops, one of the first flowers of the year to bloom. The delicate white flowers, each one carried on a single stem, can be seen from January to March. Spot them at parks like Panshanger Park in Hertford and nature reserves including Fir and Pond Woods and Gobions Wood in Potters Bar.
Hertfordshire has all three of Britain’s woodpeckers; great spotted, lesser spotted and green. Now is a great time to visit woodlands and hear the distinctive drumming of these lovely birds through the trees while all the branches are still bare ahead of spring. Balls Wood in Hertford and Old Park Wood in Middlesex are beautiful woodlands that give a good chance of hearing woodpeckers what they do best!

Find out more about snowdrops, woodpeckers and your local nature reserves at

Small Charities Coalition

In light of the Oxfam scandal, they have been thinking about how the Small Charities Coalition can make sure that the UK public doesn’t get distracted by the mistakes of one big charity. We used valentine's day to remind everyone to show some love to small charities (who have done nothing wrong). You may remember that we recently asked our members to take part in a survey asking how valued you felt by government. We thought that 14 February would be a good day to launch the results of those findings as an alternative Valentine’s Day message. Namely that many small charities are not feeling loved. We would be so grateful if you could spread the word across your networks and on social media.

Click Here to download and read the Report  - Small Charities:How loved do they feel?

Herts Valleys News and updates
Visit the website to read about the following items and how to have your say on key matters. 

  • Winter Pressures

  • West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust exits special measures

  • Urgent Care Consultation

  • Roll-out of GP extended hours

  • Adult Community Services Recommissioning

  • Your Care, Your Future update

  • Non-emergency patient transport contract

  • Board appointments

  • Strengthening our workforce and capacity

  • CCG 360 Survey

Click Here to read more about all these items

Good News for Hertford's Entrepreneurs!

Local entrepreneurs are encouraged to enter the 2018 Hertford Entrepreneur of the Year competition. Entry to this competition is free of charge to enter and aimed at businesses that are based within Hertford and Hertingfordbury. 

Entrepreneurs that have been operating a business for 24 months and under will enter the ‘Hertford New Business of the Year’ category.

Entrepreneurs that have been operating a business for over 25 months will enter the ‘Hertford Entrepreneur of the Year’ category.

Both winners will be awarded a cash prize of £750.
The closing date for entries is Wednesday 7th March 2018.

Click Here to visit  Survey Monkey to enter the competition today

Herts.Community a new free resource for fundraising

A short registration form will give you immediate, free and unrestricted access to our comprehensive database of funding opportunities. You can browse or search for your own organisation, and also generate reports and save information on funding of interest. Registration is necessary to measure the use and value of continuing to provide this information service.

This service is solely for the use of not for profit organisations operating within this area.

Click Here to register and start browsing funding opportunities

Little Hadham Farmers' Market is banishing plastic bags

Why do you come to Little Hadham Farmers' Market?  Is it to buy good quality ethical food?  Is it to support local producers?  Is it to meet friends and neighbours?  Is it all of these things and more.  Whatever your precise reason, your presence at the market shows you to be a thoughtful and neighbourly individual and we would like to encourage you to support our aim to make Little Hadham Farmers' Market free of all single use and non-biodegradable plastics.
Held at Little Hadham Village Hall on the last Saturday of each month.

Contact Nina Wardrop 01279 771080 email

Click Here to read more

Mind the Gap Project funded by Public Health England

As part of the Mind the Gap Project funded by Public Health England, Herts Aid is offering free sexual health and HIV training across Hertfordshire to mental health managers. 

The free training aims to enable:

• An understanding of HIV and STIs

• How to begin conversations with service users about sexual health

• How to identify risky sexual behaviours

• Where to signpost service users to

• Making every contact count

Click here to find out more

Discover the Hertfordshire Way - a new guide

Passing through peaceful fields, quiet footpaths and lovely villages, The Hertfordshire Way is a long-distance waymarked path that guides you all the way around the county. It’s now easier than ever to enjoy, thanks to a new full-colour edition of the official guidebook which divides the route into 16 manageable legs of between 9 and 15 miles. Each starts and ends as close to public transport as possible and is clearly described with a detailed map, delightful watercolour pictures and photos of highlights along the way. The whole route itself is clearly marked with distinctive green and white roundels and signposts.Cost: £10 (+ £1.50 postage) and is available from the Friends of the Hertfordshire Way.

Contact or visit



Hertfordshire County Council, as Waste Planning Authority for Hertfordshire, is seeking the views of all interested parties on the way forward for waste planning in the county.
This Initial Consultation document is the first consultation that Hertfordshire County Council has published during the process of reviewing the county’s existing Waste Local Plan (WLP).

Click Here to view the Plan, response forms and supporting documents or also available in hard copy during normal office hours at all county libraries, public deposit points and district and borough council offices. Please contact them for opening hours.

Designers changing lives in Herts

DEMAND Design & Manufacture for Disability, a small charity in Abbots Langley, are using design and engineering to help disabled people overcome barriers to inclusion and independence. When there is no equipment available to suit someone’s specific needs, DEMAND’s team can adapt or design equipment from scratch to help them access life enriching opportunities.

Find out about the charity’s recent design projects and exciting fundraising events, including a masterclass in cocktail making by visiting

Rural Shops Report

"Rural Shops Investing Heavily in New Services for Local Customers" says new report from the Association of Convenience Stores, the voice of local shops. The UK’s rural shops have invested over £315m over the last year, introducing services like contactless payment, in-store bakeries and Post Office counters to meet the needs of customers in rural areas.

Other key findings from the 2018 Rural Shop Report include: 

  • There are 19,164 rural shops in the UK, making up over a third of the whole convenience sector
  • Rural shops employ over 143,000 people in the UK
Click Here to read more and access the Report 
Herts Help Hospital and Community Navigation Service

This is a new expansion of the existing Community Navigator and Hospital Discharge service across Hertfordshire.

This new, countywide service will be known as the  Herts Help Hospital and Community Navigation Service  and has been formed from the integration of the West Herts Community Navigator Scheme, Age UK Hertfordshire’s Home and Hospital support service, British Red Cross Hospital Discharge Service, Herts Help @ Home and Herts Help IDT services.

Click Here for more service updates and news

#TeamHerts Volunteering

CVS for Broxbourne and East Herts in partnership with North Herts CVS is running Volunteer Coordinator Network Forums as part of the #TeamHerts Volunteering ( initiative. This exciting project aims to get the people of Hertfordshire volunteering and supports organisations with best practice in volunteer management.
This Volunteer Coordinator Network Forum is ideal for volunteer managers, recruiters or supervisors to come and learn about best practice in volunteer management, network and share experiences of managing volunteers. You will particularly find this session useful if you are new to your role or are looking to introduce a volunteer program within your organisation. For those who already have a program in place, it is the ideal time to refresh and share experiences with others in the same position as you. Thursday 15th March session is on Diversity.

Please call 0300 123 1034 or email Abbie to book your place now.
Church Conservation Grants – William & Jane Morris Fund

The Morris Fund was formed in 1939 following a bequest to the Society of Antiquaries from May Morris, the younger daughter of William and Jane Morris. May Morris required that grants should be made only to work that is carried out according to the principles of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB), which was founded by her father.
Grants are awarded to churches, chapels and other places of worship in the United Kingdom for the conservation of decorative features and monuments, but not structural repairs. This includes stained glass windows, sculpture, furniture, internal monuments and tombs and wall paintings. The decorative feature, monument, etc must be dated before 1896 (the date of William Morris’s death). Applications for features dated after 1896, even if they are in churches dated before 1896, are not eligible. The deadline for applications is 31 March 2018.

Click Here for further information 
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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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