A group of Welwyn volunteers improve pathways to woods with Love Welwyn Hatfield

Our clean up, fix up, plant up scheme Love Welwyn Hatfield and the team of volunteers from the Sherrardspark Woods Warden Society have been busy improving the the pathways for disabled and general public access. Do check out the article in this weeks Welwyn Hatfield Times Newspaper and pay the woodlands a friendly visit to see all of their hard work. Well done; stellar work – as the saying goes “One team, one dream”

Hertfordshire County Council’s Assistive Technology study is now live across East Herts!

The Assistive Technology team are exploring ways in which technology is able to support our residents & carers remain safe and independent at home. We would like to invite you & your colleagues to our workshop to find out more about our study, how the study might benefit you, and how you can play your part. Attached to this email you will find our workshop leaflet as well as some information regarding the study; please do forward this information to your teams as we would love to see as many of you as possible at our workshops!! Our workshops are being run on Wednesday 19th May 09:30- 11:30 and Friday 21st May 13:00- 15:00 and will last around 2 hours- you will only need to attend one. To book your place, reply to this email, send an email to us at assistivetechnology@hertfordshire.gov.uk, or give us a call on 01438 844951.

Family Lives reflects on the their year after winning the Excellence in Volunteer Management Award last year.

We spoke to last years winners Family lives on how their year has been after winning the Excellence in Volunteer Management Award last year. Volunteers, now is the opportunity for you to nominate the organisation you volunteer with, for the 2021 Excellence in Volunteer Management Awards: https://surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Volunteering-Herts-Awards-2021 More information: https://tinyurl.com/yrub5b5v

HAPpy Holiday Activity Programme

Grants are available to deliver activities with food in the Summer holidays to children aged 5-16 with those in receipt of free school meals eligible for free. The HAPpy programme is supported by Hertfordshire County Council, funded by the Department for Education and coordinated by the Herts Sports Partnership. We are seeking to fund a diverse range of projects and enrichment activities which are attractive and engaging for all ages and abilities of school children and include physical activity and nutritious food.  The fund is open to the voluntary sector, schools, youth clubs, statutory and private providers who can meet the charitable objectives of the programme.  You can apply for grants to support the provision of activities for four hours a day, up to four days a week throughout a four week period during the school summer holiday ie up to 16 x four hour days between 26 July and 27

Digital Inclusion Project

The Welwyn Hatfield Community & Voluntary Service is working with other voluntary services in the county for the Digital Inclusion Project. The main focus of this project is to help those who are mostly excluded from support services and social circles resulting from a lack of digital ability. If you have a laptop, computer, notebook or tablet you would like to donate to the project, please get in touch with us. Email: c.dillon@whcvs.org.uk or call 01707 274 861

The 7th WGC Girl Guides’ get picking at MoneyHole Park

Cheryl Horton our Project Coordinator for the Love Welwyn Hatfield project has been busy organising litter picking groups in and around Welwyn Hatfield. Today is World Earth Day and we are celebrating all those around our world, working to care for our precious planet. Close to home, we say a big thank you to the 7th WGC Girl Guides for their litter picking efforts at MoneyHole Park this week. Young people, your actions change the world! If you would like to get involved in helping to keeping Welwyn and Hafield looking beautiful, we have litter picking kits ready to go! Email Cheryl E: cheryl.horton@whcvs.org.uk

Waitrose partners with Welwyn Hatfield CVS to “Give a Little Love” at Easter

We’d like to say a big thank you on behalf of our clients for this thoughtful and lovely donation of Easter Gifts organised by Angela Baker-Croft and her team at Waitrose in Welwyn Garden City. W Angela has been one of our volunteers since the 1st lockdown, supporting some of our clients with shopping, prescription collections and befriending. She has provided tremendous support to the organisation and extended this through her usual routine at Waitrose. We were blown away by their generosity and kindness. The gifts were delivered during the Easter weekend to our clients at the Welwyn Hatfield Community and Voluntary Service, some of the clients at Potential Kids and children doing great community service in the Borough; they were very surprised and delighted. The little litter pickers were doing an amazing job at tidying up Ridgeway in Welwyn Garden City. One of them even asked for a litter

COVID-19 restart funding for sports groups

Sport England’s funding programme – return to play, offers grants for sports group activities affected by COVID-19. Grants start from from £300 up to £10,000 to support various areas such as: Return to Play: Small Grants Return to Play: Community Asset Fund Return to Play: Active Together Tackling Inequalities Fund They said “Coronavirus has hit the sport and physical activity sector hard and we know things have been tough, so we’ve modified our funding streams to help people safely return to play and are targeting the places they’ll have the biggest impact”. To find out more information on the criteria and to apply, please visit: https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/our-funds

It was extremely well organised, people were really please to be getting their jab

New Volunteer Terry had his first shift at the large Vaccination centre at the Roche Pharmaceuticals Building in Shire Park, Welwyn Garden City last week. He was very keen to get started and dropped us a little message to let us know how it went. Terry said “It was extremely well organised; people were really please to be getting their jab and there were loads of thumbs up and smiles. Numbers were lower than hoped, but I am sure that will build up. Please pass on my thanks to all concerned. I have two sessions booked for next week and looking forward to it.” We’re glad his first day went smoothly and he is looking forward to the next. We thank him for his all of his support and think his colour coordination is spot on.

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