Academic Discussion Panel, Saturday 27 January

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Quiz Night Friday 2nd February

Rotary Club of Hatfield are holding a quiz at Onslow St Audrey’s School on  at 7:00 pm, doors open from 6:30. Teams of between 6-8 people at £8 per person including a ploughman’s supper Quizmaster is John Hopley, probably the best Quizmaster I’ve come across. To book your table contact

Herts Aid Training Opportunities

HIV: Modern Essentials for Professionals
Over 100,000 people in the UK are living with HIV, and almost half of all diagnoses in Hertfordshire are late, when the immune system is already significantly affected. What do you know about modern treatment and prevention, the psychological impact, aging with HIV, and current laws around stigma and discrimination?
We have two upcoming dates for this training morning, at only £30:
Wednesday January 16th Ware, Tuesday March 14th Watford

Sexual Health Update
Get a crash course in current sexual health concerns, STIs, testing options and prevention methods. This 2 hour session is hands-on, relaxed and practical, and only £20.
Wednesday January 31st Ware

LGBTQ+ Awareness: Supporting Clients
Whether you are a complete beginner on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning issues, or just feel you need to update yourself, this training morning is for you. This is a space to ask all the questions you can’t ask your clients. Review contemporary thoughts on gender identity, discuss what ‘queer’ can mean (particularly for young people), specific health and wellbeing needs for LGB+ and trans people and what small steps you can take.
Herts Aid has been working with the LGBTQ+ community since it opened in 1992, and continues to work with closely with Herts Pride and the Hertfordshire LGBT*Q Health and Wellbeing CIC. Take advantage of our expertise for only £30.
Wednesday February 21st Ware

Discussing Intimacy, Sexual Health and Sexual Abuse
This intensive, course considers methods and practicalities of approaching and discussing difficult subjects with service users. Sex can be an important element of a client’s wellbeing, and some of your clients will need someone to help them, whether that is accessing services, breaking down barriers, discussing relationships or exploitation. Covering difficult subjects such as capacity to consent, disability and dementia, disclosure of sexual assault and revictimisation, with practical questioning activities and reminders of sexual health services and signposting that can be provided. This course runs until 4pm and costs £50 for the whole day.
Wednesday March 27th Watford

We also deliver a range of topics and activities to service users and young people, run bespoke sessions, and can visit your organisation if that suits you.

Find out more: Visit our new website
Contact us at Ware 01920 484784 / Watford 01923 803440, Or email

How to Win High Value Grants and Contracts

Is this the right course for you?

If you are the person whose main responsibility is fund-raising for your organisation, and you want to improve your chances of winning higher value (i.e. £10k+) grants and contracts – then this course is for you.

The practical exercises on this interactive course will help to understand the language and perspective of funders and commissioners, develop your writing skills and avoid the common pitfalls causing unsuccessful applications.

What will the course cover?

  • Strategic and business planning
  • Project planning
  • Budgeting
  • Developing your fundraising strategy
  • The income spectrum – donors, grants, contracts and trading

The course will focus on writing grants and bidding for contracts, with emphasis on:

  • Evidencing needs
  • Engaging service users
  • Working in partnership
  • Adding social value
  • Evidencing outcomes

Key learning outcomes:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recall what must be in place before you write bids or applications
  • Identify 3 key reasons why bids/applications are unsuccessful
  • Describe what is required to score highly and win applications and tenders
  • Find resources and further training to improve income generation effectiveness

Trainer: Vivian Lawman and Jacquie Hime

Vivian is an independent trainer and has been delivering training for 30 years in both the Commercial and Voluntary sector. Jacquie is Director of North Herts CVS and will be sharing her experience of what makes a successful bid with attendees on this course.

Date(s): 14/03/2018

Time:     9.30 -16.30

Venue: Focolare Centre , 69 Parkway, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 6JG

£35 VCS – CVS members
£45 VCS – non members
£90 private/statutory

How to book:
Email your completed booking form to:

Booking form is available on the HCF Training Courses Directory.

Safeguarding Adults at Risk Level 1

***Includes key changes from The Care Act April 2015 that affects all VCS organisations***

Is this the right course for you?

For all staff and volunteers working in a voluntary sector social care environment and who have not attended a course within the last 2 years.

NB This course is relevant for safeguarding leads/designated persons, but does not provide all the training required for this role.

What will the course cover?

  • How to define abuse and identify a vulnerable adult
  • The legal framework (The Care Act) within which to operate as it applies to you
  • How to identify if a vulnerable adult is being abused or exploited
  • Who to talk to and what to do if you have concerns
  • HCC multi-agency policy and procedures and your roles and responsibilities

Key learning outcomes:

Participants completing this course will be able to:
• Identify the three key criteria of an adult at risk
• Name the key principles of safeguarding adults
• List at least 5 out of the 10 recognised types of abuse
• Specify at least three symptoms or indicators of abuse
• Differentiate the three key roles in safeguarding

Course Details:

Trainer: Moreen Pascal
Moreen is accredited by HCC to deliver Level 1 and Designated Person Safeguarding Adults at Risk. She is also one of HCF’s team of VCS advisors.

Date(s): 07/02/2018

Time:     9.30 -16.30

Venue: Focolare Centre , 69 Parkway, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 6JG

£35 VCS – CVS members
£45 VCS – non members
£90 private/statutory

How to book:
Email your completed booking form to:

Booking form is available on the HCF Training Courses Directory.




The 8 week National Workplace Challenge begins on Monday, 8th January 2018. This is being led by the Herts Sports Partnership.   Organisations from across the county will be taking part.  It is a FREE 8 week challenge which encourages staff to avoid sitting at their desks all day and to build activity into and around their working days.

The message for the campaign is to “make every minute count!”. The aim is to do at least 10 minutes of activity per day.

Research conducted by the British Heart Foundation has shown that staff who have taken part in the workplace challenge in previous years have reported improvements in mood, concentration and sleep.   Mental health has improved with a 30% reduction in risk of depression and sickness absenteeism has reduced by an average of 0.6 days per employee. The companies involved in the challenge have reported boosted company morale, improved relationships between staff and employer, increased networking and communication between employees and departments and an achievement of core business aims.

To sign up, individuals need to click on the link below to register:

Once signed up, they need to log their activity each week either on the workplace challenge website, via the workplace challenge app or by syncing a Fitbit to the website. Everyone who logs activity will earn activity points. There are prizes to be won throughout the challenge.    There are prizes for the companies that log the most points but also spot prizes given to individuals who log their activity.  This challenge isn’t just for the ultra-fit and active.   It is about encouraging those that do very little to try and fit 10 minutes of activity into their daily lives. This can be by parking the car a little further away in the car park, taking the stairs instead of the lift or going for a brisk 10 minute walk.

Throughout the 8 week challenge, individuals will be sent motivational messages and receive information about where to get active in the county. After the 8 week challenge, we will continue to encourage staff to keep up their new active lifestyles through various activities and other challenges throughout the year.
For further information, please contact Fiona Deans,


EU Residents of Welwyn Hatfield speak, 25 January 2018, Hatfield Fire Station Address: Wellfield Road, Hatfield AL10 0DA, 19:00 – 20:30

New Europeans are inviting European citizens living in Welwyn Hatfield for a meting and Q & A session with our local MP, Grant Shapps and Samia Badani from NE which will allow participants to ask questions & clarify UK’s position on e.g. securing the rights of EU nationals. 


Michal Siewniak, Regional Coordinator for New Europeans in East of England said: New Europeans do a huge amount of work here in the UK as well as in Europe to highlight some of these issues and challenges. In partnership with other similarly minded organisations, we are trying to use every opportunity to make our voices heard. It is very important, particularly now when many fantastic EU citizens living in Britain are still portrayed in a negative light. We hope that our meeting will be an opportunity to raise our concerns and continue dialogue with our leading politicians.  For more information please follow the link below

EU residents of Welwyn Hatfield speak

Social Investment Workshop – Tuesday 6th February 2018

In partnership with Herts Community Solutions, Herts Sports Partnership is running a Social Investment Workshop, at the University of Hertfordshire on Tuesday 6th February 2018 from 10am-1pm. An outline agenda is attached Social Investment Workshop 060218.

The workshop is aimed at commissioners – from both local government and the NHS – as well as potential delivery organisations.

The free event is being delivered by Good Finance and Big Society Capital and aims to demystify social investment – and to look at when such investment is a good tool to use and whether it might be a good fit locally.

If you are interested in learning more about this subject matter and/or you are just want to better understand whether it might work for your organisation, please use the link below to register your attendance:

Numbers are strictly limited, and places are offered on a first come first served basis. The workshop is free of charge, but any no-shows will incur a financial penalty of £50.

New scheme launched to help Hertfordshire residents stay warm in their homes

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.

The Hertfordshire Warmer Homes scheme aims to make homes easier and cheaper to heat by offering free or discounted energy efficiency measures, such as insulation and heating repair, or fuel switching advice to low-income and vulnerable households.

The World Health Organisation recommends that homes should be heated to 21°C (70°F) during the day and 18°C (64°F) at night.  This is especially important for those with a young family, the over 75s or those with a long-term health condition, such as respiratory or cardiovascular disease.

The Hertfordshire Warmer Homes scheme will be managed by the National Energy Foundation, using funding from the national Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and some local authority contributions. It will run to 31 October 2018.

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 Alternatively, please visit

Further information and a communications toolkit to help publicise the campaign is available on the Health in Herts professionals pages