Welcome to our April 2018 eBulletin
CDA Herts Play Area Celebrates 20 Years

CDA Herts Staff, Board Members and special Guests will be gathering 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 
Tewin Community Minibus to continue for another 12 months

CDA Herts on behalf of the Tewin Community Transport Steering Group is pleased to announce that funding has been received which will enable the weekly service to continue for another year.

Thanks to grants from Tewin Parish Council, Friends of Tewin and East Herts Council, the residents of Tewin who rely on the Saturday Minibus will be able to continue to enjoy their trips to Welwyn Garden City, Hertford and Stevenage.
for further information 
CDA Herts is pleased to be participating with our Community Garden Bees and Butterflies Project which has been a great success.

Click Here
to see the full timetable of Sustainable St Albans Week. 

Photos of the Community Garden Project below.
GDPR Compliance Opt In Notification - your involvement in our work is important to us but so also is your consent.

In order to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation CDA Herts will be sending you an email to enable you to Opt In.  By Opting In you will be giving your written consent to CDA Herts to store and process your data in line with our business activities.  We will undertake not to share your data with a third party nor use it for unsolicited marketing or sales activities.  If we no longer have a legitimate need to store your data it will be securely deleted from our systems. You also have the right to remove your consent at any time. Look out for our Opt In email soon. 

If you have any queries please contact CDA Herts at:
01992 289060

Low Carbon Workspaces

We are now able to support pure electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, water efficiency measures, waste reduction methods, renewable energy technologies and battery storage systems.

Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 are available to SMEs to cover up to a third of project costs. 

Latest successes
NRG Gym, in Watford Town Centre, has reduced its annual electricity bill by £2,000 by upgrading fluorescent lighting to LEDs.
Satellite Creative, a design agency in Tring, has taken a whole-office approach to reduce its energy bills and carbon footprint.

Click Here to find out more

East Herts Council is pleased to announce that the first funding round of its Community Grants Programme will open on 01 May 2018.
53 grants totalling around £119,000 were awarded to community projects around the district last year including grants to improve facilities, pay for equipment and help support young sporting talent. 

Click Here  to find out more about the council's health and wellbeing priorities, whether your not-for-profit organisation might be eligible and how to submit a successful bid.

For further assistance you can email:

YAMA Young Person’s Photography Competition

Young people can win £100 Amazon gift card, with just the press of a button! An easy activity to run in a session with your children and young people!

The brief: What makes you feel good?

Online entries can be submitted by
Clicking Here
Or submit by email to 

Big Lottery Fund "Our new approach to funding"

We've made changes to our funding so that it's easier to apply for National Lottery funding. We have nearly tripled the number of staff we have across England, and they will be working more closely ith communities that we support. This means you'll have the same local point of contact throughout your application. We're also moving away from standardised application forms so that we can focus on supporting the best ideas, not the people who are best at filling in forms. You can now submit your ideas online, by phone or in person.

Click Here to find out more 

Charity Commission changes to online services

The Commission has launched its new digital services portal for charities, which now needs to be used for a number of services, including:
Changing a charity’s name
Changing a charity governing document
Removing a charity from the register
Sending in a charity’s annual return
Your charity’s Charity Commission password will be required to complete the forms.

Click Here to view the Commission's online services

Spring Birdsong!

April, and the sunshine it brings, means one thing – birdsong in abundance! Now is a brilliant time to get out and get your ear into local wildlife. Right now you could hear chiffchaffs, black caps and sedge warblers on a sunny walk.  Chiffchaffs are around the size of a blue tit and one of the first summer visitors to arrive in Britain in the spring. They will often be seen at the top of trees and bushes, their song easily recognised as they say their name out loud “chiff chaff chiff chaff”.  As its name would suggest, the Blackcap has a distinctive black marking on its head, the female a chestnut marking. Blackcaps have a beautiful song ranging from chattering to rich flute-like notes. The Sedge Warbler has a dark streaked cap paired with a distinctive eye stripe. This bird is a great mimic and never sings the same song twice.
For more information on birds and local nature reserves, visit


May is National Walking Month

To tie in with National Walking Month, we’re celebrating walking in a big way this month across Hertfordshire. Walking is one of the easiest ways most of us can become a little bit more active – whether that’s aiming to increase your daily steps gradually, walking to work or to school, or exploring your local countryside. Keep up to date with Walking Month activity via #HertsYOPA18 Facebook and Twitter.

Acoustic Sheep Clouds from the Woolly Shepherd

Sounds funny doesn't it but this sustainable, natural product has proven to be an ideal solution for large meeting rooms and community halls with acoustic problems.

The folks at Woolly Shepherd produce sustainable acoustic solutions from natural fibres. Their products enhance your environment, reducing background noise and improving speech intelligibility, thereby creating a more productive and pleasant space.

Click Here to find out more
CVSBEH Midsummer Conference

Our popular annual Summer Conference will be taking place at the Nigel Copping Community Building in Stanstead Abbotts on Monday, 18th June 2018 from 12 noon until 3pm. More information to follow, but to save your place please email James Campbell.

To read all our news in our April eBulletin Click Here
Herts Help Hospital and Community Navigation Service 

Community Navigators compliment Herts Help, Hertfordshire County Council’s telephone advice service, by taking referrals of people who would benefit from the services that Herts Help can provide, but who are unable or unlikely to access it directly. There is now at least one Community Navigator in each district, skilled at finding solutions to a broad range of issues.

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

Click Here for more information
Village Voice Celebrates 200 in May!

The Newsletter for Hinxworth, Edworth, Caldecote and Newnham will issue it's 200th edition in May and will be having a Party at the Three Horseshoes in Hinxworth at 8pm on May 9th.

However, sadly the much loved village paper may be publishing its final edition in January 2019 as long serving Editor Patrick Forbes is retiring and cannot find anyone to take over.  If you or anyone you know would like to talk to Patrick about keeping the Village Voice going you can contact him as follows:

Telephone 01462 742015 or email
Major National Survey seeks views on Rural Crime
Rural residents are being urged to have their say in a major new survey about crime in the countryside. 

The National Rural Crime Survey aims to determine the true personal, social and economic cost of rural crime and anti-social behaviour across the country.

The last survey took place in 2015, when 13,000 people responded to give their impressions of crime and anti-social behaviour.

The results revealed the cost of rural crime to the country was significant – around £800m every year.

Click Here to access the Survey at the National Rural Crime Network

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 Resources

Welcome to New Leaf College; a wellbeing college for Hertfordshire

Our courses and workshops enable you to take better control of your wellbeing, learn some practical skills and an opportunity for reflection on your own situation and how you can build on your strengths to achieve better wellbeing.

Our courses are free of charge and available to anyone aged over 18 living in Hertfordshire.  Courses are offered from various campuses across Hertfordshire. We understand that there may be a range of accessibility needs so please do discuss these with us so that we can support your access to the college.

To find out more about the college, take a look around this website or contact the Team on 01442 64966 

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to visit the 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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