Civic Awards 2018

The Civic Awards, Welwyn Hatfield Borough’s highest accolade, are presented each year to people for a range of achievements.  These include, but are not limited to, service to the community, bravery/courage, environmental work, arts and sport, education and heritage.


We will need contact information about the person you are nominating as well as the First and Second people making the nomination.


There are also two special categories:


Community Award

Please tick this box if you wish to nominate the person for the Mears sponsored Community Award


Young Person’s Award

Please tick this box if you wish to nominate the person for the University of Hertfordshire sponsored Young Person’s Award for anyone aged 21 or under


Nominations Forms can be completed online:


Awards are given for a wide variety of reasons to people from all walks of life.


Candidates are nominated by you – Welwyn Hatfield’s residents – and from these nominations up to five award winners are selected by a judging panel chaired by the Mayor.  The common factor and criteria in all candidates is the extraordinary commitment, dedication, energy and effort they have shown in their particular field or towards achieving a particular goal.  Each award consists of a personalised trophy, a certificate and a cheque for £250.  The recipients’ names are also entered into an official Civic Awards book where their achievement is recorded for posterity.


Nominations can be submitted at any time.  However for inclusion in the Civic Awards 2018, forms must be submitted by Friday 19 January 2018.  The judging panel will then consider all nominations and the awards will be presented at the Annual Council Meeting and Reception on Monday 21 May 2018.


Further details:


Call 01707 357000 or email

Free HIV Testing Events across Hertfordshire for National HIV Testing Week

National HIV Testing Week kicks off on 18th November across Hertfordshire with a focus on reducing late diagnosis of HIV in the county.

Hertfordshire has a late diagnosis rate of 42.7% which is above the national average. Herts Aid, a local HIV and sexual health charity will be offering events and opportunities to test for people living in Hertfordshire. Testing is free, fast and confidential and gives instant results.

Testing for HIV puts you in control and, thanks to treatment, will stop you from getting seriously ill, enable you to live a normal lifespan and prevent you from passing the virus on to anyone else.

Below is a link to a calendar of all events taking place in Hertfordshire.

For more information please contact Suzanne Bannister on 01920 484784 or email

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 Hertfordshire Year of Physical Activity 2018

From 1st January, 2018 will be designated the ‘Hertfordshire Year of Physical Activity’ and will see a number of organisations from both in, and out of the sporting arena working together in support of making Hertfordshire the most active county.

Driven by the Hertfordshire County Council and Herts Sports Partnership, the campaign builds on previous ‘Years of’ which have already taken place for cycling, walking, mental health and volunteering. Approximately one in every five adults in Hertfordshire currently does less than thirty minutes of activity per week, and so it is hoped that the opportunities for participating in large scale events will help to improve this statistic.

The campaign, known informally as Herts YOPA, will follow a format of themed months which highlight particular target groups including women and girls; New Year, New You; workplace wellbeing and older adults among others. A friendly mascot will be making its way around Hertfordshire to many local events, and to encourage children and adults alike to get involved.

John O’Callaghan, Director at Herts Sports Partnership said: ‘We are pleased to be one of the leading organisations in what will hopefully be a momentous year for sport and physical activity in Hertfordshire. We continually strive to get more people, more active, more often, and are thankful to our partners’ ongoing support in doing so.’

Over the coming months there will be opportunities for clubs and organisations to promote their own activities through social media messages linked to the campaign.

For more information, or to get involved in the campaign, contact Jane Parker at


Last month the Charity Commission launched its consultation about changes to the Annual Return for financial years starting on or after 1 January 2018 (AR18).

NCVO will be responding to the consultation, so we need to hear from our members what they think about the proposals. This blog summarises they key issues and provides an opportunity for you to comment and share your views.

Proposals for the Annual Return 2018: what information should charities be giving?


WELCOME To St Albans M.E Group

We are a local community group run by volunteers providing a self help, support and social group for people with ME/CFS/PVFS/FMS. We have a regular monthly meet up for tea, coffee and a chat, yoga/relaxation and mindfulness/discussion classes, a regular newsletter and facebook group.


More details can be found on our website at:


We have written to you as we are trying to raise awareness of our group. People with these conditions can be very isolated and we are looking at ways to reach them.


If your service users would like to join our group or have any enquiries, they can contact us directly by email at or phone Mondays 10am to 1pm 0203 290 7088 (local rate). They can also be directed to our website.


The group was formed in April 2016, its aim to connect with people, family and carers of people with ME/CFS/PVFS/FMS. It is Hertfordshire’s first active ME group for many years and for our first year we focused on St Albans and District. Now we are entering our second year we will be expanding to the whole of Hertfordshire.


As you see we have attached a copy of our latest newsletter. If you would like an update of our activities we have a regular newsletter available by email. If you would like to be included on our circulation list, or if you would be interested in receiving copies of our group publicity material for display, please get in touch at with full contact details.  


We are made up of volunteers who kindly give their time and skills. If you or anyone is interested in volunteering we have posts available. Please go to the ‘support us’ page on our website or contact us for more details.


Best Wishes

Public Consultation on a new draft Local Transport Plan for Hertfordshire

We are pleased to be able to present our new draft Local Transport Plan which will be used to shape the long term development of Hertfordshire’s transport system.

 By 2031 there will be 175,000 more people living in Hertfordshire using the transport system.

What is this plan for?

This plan sets out how transport can help deliver a positive future vision of Hertfordshire. As well as providing for safe and efficient travel, transport has a major input into wider policies such as economic  growth, meeting housing needs, improving public health and reducing environmental damage. It also considers how future planning decisions and emerging technology might affect the way that transport needs to be provided in the longer term.

Effective transport links and improving accessibility will offer a greater choice and availability of employment, access to education and training opportunities which will improve living standards.

This plan accelerates the transition from a previous transport strategy that was largely car based to a more balanced approach which caters for all forms of transport and seeks to encourage a switch from the private car to sustainable transport wherever possible. The Local Transport Plan sets out the objectives, policies, and key schemes that will achieve this switch.

Hertfordshire County Council would like to hear your views on the new draft Local Transport Plan. To assist you in consulting on the draft Local Transport Plan, and giving your feedback on it, we have set up a consultation page accompanied by a small number of questions.

The full strategy and online survey can be found by visiting

Annual IFG Bring & Share Supper – Thursday 16th Nov 2017 – 7- 9.30pm at the Focolare Centre, 69 Parkway, Welwyn Garden City

It is almost InterFaith week, so in accordance with normal practice, I am attaching a flyer invitation for our Annual Bring & Share Supper, which is always a great success. So do come along, bring some food to share, enjoy good conversations, food, laughter, music & a quiz.

If you have any queries please ring our Chairman Paul Gateshill- 01707 695351

Other dates for your diary:

Monday 11th Dec – Favorite Prayers Evening Mtg 7.15pm at Quaker Meeting House, WGC

Tuesday 20th Feb  – Inter- Faith Dialogue 7.15pm at the Focolare Centre, Wgc

We look forward to seeing you all at the supper & our evening meetings.

Shared supper Nov 2017 A4

Community Safety Event – 7th December 2017

The annual community safety event is just over a month away – if you would like some safety, fire or general crime prevention advice then come along!

Particularly suitable for elderly, vulnerable or anyone who cares for a relative.

Lots of freebies and Mince Pies. !

2-4pm Gracemead House, Woods Avenue, Hatfield AL108HX

For further information please email:

New County-wide Domestic Abuse Refuge Services

Following a successful procurement process Adult Care Services are pleased to announce the new contract for Domestic Abuse community and safe accommodation services has been awarded to the organisation Safer Places and will start from 1st October 2017.

Safer Places is an independent charity which provides a comprehensive range of services to men, women and children affected by domestic and sexual abuse living in Essex and Hertfordshire.

Safer Places will work in partnership with St Albans and Hertsmere Women’s Refuge and Welwyn and Hatfield Women’s Refuge to provide Domestic Abuse refuge services across the county.

All services will be accessed through a single phone number, the Gateway on 03301 025811.

This number will be used for support and referrals and is staffed 24/7. All call handlers are qualified professionals, trained to be able to support both victims and members of staff who are directly involved with victims


Charity Fraud Awareness Week

This week is Charity Fraud Awareness Week, designed to make all those working in or supporting the voluntary and community sectors more fraud aware and resilient. From the 23-27 October (and beyond) everyone working in our sector is encouraged to look out, listen out and speak out, to keep charity fraud out.

Over 40 charities and sector bodies have joined together to run the week-long campaign and there are lots of ways for you to get involved, to learn about fraud and how to prevent and deal with an attack, and to help others become more fraud aware. Follow the online conversation and access a huge amount of shared resources using the Twitter hashtag #CharityFraudOut and visit the Fraud Advisory Panel’s website to see the full schedule of planned activity.