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Here at CDA Herts we have been shaken at the sudden and tragic situation in Afghanistan. The speed of this crisis has been breath-taking and now bewilderment has set in as to what can be done here in Herts. I am working closely with Herts Welcomes Refugees and other associated women's groups on how we can help and support women and families when they arrive in Herts. It is early days and I am aware that Herts County Council and all stakeholders are working hard to deal with this emergency. If you feel that you can help or support, please contact me via email and I will ensure that we make all the links with colleagues in both the voluntary and public sectors. This is not a transition but a medium to long term commitment to helping people adjust to their new environment, different culture and leaving loved ones behind.
CDA Herts Covid Recovery BAME Project
As part of the response to the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on Hertfordshire’s BAME communities, CDA Herts, working in partnership with Herts Clinical Commissioning and Herts County Council, has been commissioned to deliver the Covid Recovery BAME project (CRB). It is a countywide project which is split into East and West Hertfordshire.
The aim of the project is to address inequalities and improve the wellbeing and health of BAME individuals and communities in Hertfordshire and we will:-
Facilitate Social Prescribing pathways for BAME communities
Support BAME communities to make better connections with health and social care providers
Work with partner organisations, public health and commissioners to guarantee that BAME communities’ health inequalities are effectively reduced or prevented
Improve access to advocacy services for BAME communities
Cabinet Office COVID-19 Stakeholder and Influencer Toolkit
The Cabinet Office National Resilience Hub produces a weekly toolkit providing the latest government information on COVID-19 and giving you assets to communicate the latest safety advice. For example ...
"All people aged 16 and 17 in England will be offered a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Monday 23 August to give them protection before returning to school. People who are fully vaccinated, or aged under 18, are no longer legally required to self-isolate if identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. Everyone is encouraged to take a free rapid lateral flow test twice a week to help stop the spread of COVID-19."
What are people telling us about the COVID-19 vaccines?
In February, Healthwatch Herts launched two surveys about the COVID-19 vaccine. One survey looked at people’s attitudes towards receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, and the other looked at the experiences of people who had already had the vaccine. Healthwatch has now published it's report: ‘What are people telling us about the COVID-19 vaccine?’ which can be found along with a summary document on the website.
The report details findings and includes recommendations to service providers across Hertfordshire on how they can improve information, communication and access to the COVID-19 vaccine.
Community Picnic Event - Clarence Park, St Albans on Monday 23rd August 2021
It was a perfect day for a picnic when three Community groups from St Albans : Active Lifestyles, Hertfordshire Asian Women's Association (HAWA) and Herts Welcomes Refugees met on Monday 23 August at Clarence Park to bring members of the Afro Caribbean, Herts Asians and Middle Eastern communities together. It was a successful event, with food provided by the three community groups which was enjoyed by all. A chance to engage and find out more about each other's groups and the activities that are done. The children also enjoyed playing with each other . The event was ended by a quiz which was hosted by the organisers. The goal is invaluable as it stresses the importance of different demographic and Cultural diversity which can only be beneficial to all enabling contributions from a broader range of perspectives and skills. A big thank you to Cllr Jacqui Taylor, from St Albans District Council, who funded this very well attended event. Click below for links Hertfordshire Asian Women's Association Herts Welcomes Refugees Active Lifestyles
Here is our latest featured Rural Support Network, still providing support to the elderly, isolated and vulnerable in rural Hertfordshire.
Do you need HELP while we STAY AT HOME?
Residents of Bricket Wood have co-ordinated a group of volunteers to offer basic help to those who have no family, friends or neighbours to support them. They are working together with The Rotary Club, Neighbourhood Watch, St Luke’s Church and The Residents Association.
All those who live in Bricket Wood and are in isolation and need help or support can get in contact through the above organisations or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Now we have moved into this new stage of the Government's Roadmap, Hertfordshire Health Walks (as part of Hertfordshire County Council) will be working closely with Public Health colleagues, and Health Walk volunteers, to explore what this new stage will look like for Health Walks. Keep an eye on our Hertfordshire Health Walks website for the new Autumn (September-December) walks programmes!
Would you like to feel more in control of your finances?
Try checking out the new ‘Couch to Financial Fitness’ programme - a free and flexible nine-week plan. The weekly steps and helpful tools can help you cut your spending, and create better habits for the future.
Singing is so good for you - why join a friendly group?
Somewhere 2 Sing offers weekly, local based adult singing groups across Hertfordshire. The music is popular, the classes are informal and it doesn’t matter whether you’ve been in choirs before or are coming along as a complete beginner, as you’ll be welcomed with open arms. Groups range from about thirty to seventy members in each choir, with members spanning all ages. Whether you want to just come for the music, to make new friends, to perform in public or to keep your general mental health and well-being ticking over nicely, you can! Try a local singing group to have fun and feel energised. No audition or experience required.
ENVIRONMENT, CLIMATE, HOPE - 11 SEPTEMBER (10.00 – 16.00)
All Saints Church, St John’s Hall and Churchyard
The wonderful wildlife areas in easy reach of Hertford will be celebrated. Alongside this, the day will promote an awareness of just how much our wildlife means to our wellbeing. There will also be suggestions of how to live more sustainably and to protect the environment, taking into account the ravages of climate change, but finding ways to point to hope for the future. The wider issues surrounding climate change will also be considered.
A full listing of talks, presentations, stalls and displays available by clicking on
A bridge carrying a popular local bridleway over the A120 bypass has opened, meaning an end to the diversions that were in place. The Mill Mound Bridge will now enable a safe route directly over the bypass for wildlife and pedestrians as well as farm access.
East Herts Council has successfully achieved local nature reserve status for Pishiobury Park in Sawbridgeworth in recognition of its biological, geological and historical interest under the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949.
Impact, the community-scale carbon footprint tool, was launched on 26 February. The aim of Impact is to give small communities (parishes and towns) usable data on their carbon emissions that is easy to understand, easy to share, and which gives them a clear idea of their main ‘impact areas’ – those places where focused community-based action can make the biggest contribution to cutting local emissions. The tool has been designed with a simple user interface and dynamic visual representation of data that’s easy for a layperson to interpret.
Herts Pride is Hertfordshire’s biggest LGBTQ+ celebration, is a non-profit organisation and run by volunteers supporting the LGBTQ+ community both locally and nationally. We run an all inclusive event where anyone is welcome. This year, Herts Pride was be bigger and better than ever before with a wide range of exciting stalls, fabulous catering, a main stage with a diverse mix of entertaining acts, and of course our legendary dog show. We are proud of our achievements in having established an annual event where everyone is welcome to attend and celebrate diversity. Herts Pride includes people of all races, faiths, abilities, sexualities, and genders.
Low Carbon Workspaces offers small and medium-sized businesses in Hertfordshire grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to cover up to a third of the cost of making energy improvements.
The programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and managed by Ngage Solutions, a not-for-profit company that specialises in the design and delivery of grant schemes and business support programmes. We are part of the Buckinghamshire Business First Group and we work closely with other Growth Hubs, Local Enterprise Partnerships, local authorities, business organisations and other grant schemes in each area.
Harpenden Farmers' Market takes place on the 4th Sunday of the month from 10.00am to 2.00pm and is run and organised by us at Harpenden Town Council. The Farmers' Market accommodates approximately 70 stalls and is temporarily taking place at the Rothamsted Research Car Park; it normally runs northbound along the Lower High Street from Sainsbury’s Supermarket to Strutt & Parker.
Remaining 2021 dates:
Sunday 26th September
Sunday 24th October*
Sunday 28th November* (12noon till 6pm, in line with Christmas Carnival)
Sunday 19th December (moved to 3rd Sunday due to Christmas period)
Harry Bott's September Farming, Wildlife and Garden Reports
Harry reports on local good news with the hatching of two Barn Owl chicks, a successful harvest and straw baling and an increase in earthworms indicating improved soil health. Harry also ponders triumph and despair in the vegetable garden!
Read the full report and more from Harry by clicking below.
Click Hereto download and read Harry Bott's September Countryside Notes.
A new photography competition launches for wildlife lovers in Hertfordshire
Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust have launched Wild Snaps, a photography competition to showcase the best wildlife of Hertfordshire and Middlesex.
The competition invites hobby photographers across Hertfordshire and Middlesex to submit their best wildlife images. Entries are open until 16 September, after which the winner will be chosen by a public vote.
The winning image will be featured in Wildlife Matters, the Trust’s membership magazine. The winner will also receive a £300 voucher for wildlife watching equipment, kindly sponsored by Opticron. Two runners up will each receive a pair of Wildlife Trust binoculars.
The opportunity to catch up with familiar faces over a cup of tea is a special occasion that, under normal circumstances, our tea party guests look forward to every month. As our tea parties slowly re-start across the UK, we have taken great care to ensure that they only re-start when our volunteers and older people are ready and feel comfortable and safe.
STEP2Skills formerly Hertfordshire Adult & Family Learning Service
August is a very exciting month for us as we launch our new brand, Step2Skills; the result of a long journey of developing what we do to meet the needs of the people of Hertfordshire. We started with only Community Learning and we are now very proud to have a wealth of opportunities for Hertfordshire residents looking to move towards, and into, employment or to gain new skills. Our monthly newsletter will continue to bring you the latest from across our programmes and projects, meaning that you, as a Hertfordshire resident, can hear about it first.
A scheme to help people move off the streets and into longer-term homes will launch this month, following a successful bid for government funding. In partnership with charity One YMCA, Clarion Housing Group and Hertfordshire County Council (HCC), we've transformed a former under-used hostel at Shenwood Court, Borehamwood into a 24-room accommodation and complex needs support service which will help vulnerable people who have been sleeping rough or are at risk of doing so. The scheme builds on our proactive approach to rough sleeping, which launched with our No Second and No First Night Out scheme, aimed at ensuring no-one spends a night on the streets. Funding for the project was secured from a successful £165,000 Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government's (MHCLG) Rough Sleeping Initiative bid.
Skills key to unlocking Hertfordshire's recovery from Covid-19
We are delighted to announce that bookings are now open for our yearly National Rural Conference 2021. The conference is a week long event which will take place from Monday the 13th to Friday the 17th September.
The theme for this year's conference is Levelling Up to Revitalise Rural and it will feature a selection of expert speakers.
Our conference is aimed at Senior Members and Officers from Rural Local Authorities and all other colleagues working for organisations delivering services in rural areas.
Please let us know if we have missed anything and if you have any suggestions for October. Thank you.
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