Our aim is to provide you with as much information as possible about the support which is available to you. Please find below a list of our members who we work closely with and useful links to support services which may be of assistance.
Members of the Welwyn Hatfield CVS
Gracemead Church is part of the wider Elim family & a real mix of different cultures & backgrounds that span right across the world… all with one thing in common – thier love for Jesus Christ and a desire to serve Him where they are. They believe as a body that God has got amazing things planned for the town of Hatfield.
If you are just discovering Gracemead Church for the first time, we would love to welcome you some time!
Rotary Club Hatfield have about 20 members active in our community. They are working to benefit local and international communities. With You, they could accomplish more!
They raise funds through events and have a great time and fellowship doing it. COVID has forced us to move to Zoom meetings and virtual fundraising but we still aim to support charities.
Potential Kids is an award winning charity based in Welwyn/Hatfield providing learning, social and sports opportunities to Neurodiverse children / young people (Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Tourette Syndrome amongst other conditions), their siblings and families.
We offer after-school and weekend activity sessions for neurodiverse young people. These are kept small enough in numbers to reduce social anxieties and fears.
In 2008 with just a £500 “start-up” grant from Hertfordshire Community Foundation an idea and a determination to help people who wanted help to help themselves, Resolve began supporting people in the Welwyn Hatfield area to stop the cycle of misuse and work to make a new life, substance free, healthy and happy, contributing to the community in which they live.
Resolve has grown from strength to strength and now delivers full-time evidence based Community Services from Welwyn Garden City and North Herts Service Centres. The Community “Pay What You Can” Café and ReStart (Resolve’s Homeless Project) brings people off of the streets, who are often homeless and sleeping rough into accommodation and onward into independent or supported living as appropriate.
We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why we provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis. We are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.
The Herts Sports and Physical Activity Partnership is an award winning organisation that was established in 2003. We are one of 43 Active Partnerships across England. We work collaboratively to create the conditions for an active nation and use the power of sport and physical activity to transform lives.
Known as HSP, the Partnership is led by an executive board of voluntary representatives and has a core team of full and part-time professionals all of whom are passionate about the work carried out by the Partnership.
The HSP team works alongside numerous partners from the public, private and voluntary sectors, bringing together expertise, resources and ideas from all parts of the sports, health and physical activity arena in Hertfordshire and beyond. The team is passionate about the Partnership’s vision:
“Working together to encourage more people to be more active more often”
Hertfordshire Community Foundation exists to tackle deprivation in Hertfordshire and beyond. In the last year it has issued more than £1million in grants to local charities and community groups in the county.
They also provide workforce development and capacity-building for the voluntary sector, giving access to learning opportunities within the most disadvantaged groups and wards in the county.
Peartree Wellbeing Project is a voluntary organisation supporting the residents of Peartree and the surrounding areas to improve physical and mental wellbeing.
Our aims to engage with local public service, statutory agencies, local groups and clubs to deliver either free of charge or a very small amount of fee for participating our activities to the community. Due to uncertainty of the current situation with the Coronavirus 19 pandemic, we had to suspend some of our wellbeing activities. However, we are aiming to offer some activities such as ; a Babies Rhyme Time for babies, toddlers and their parents and a Community Café for all the ages as well as the Befriending service for adults this year (2021) once the government ease the restrictions and safe for us to deliver the service.
The working watermill is made of 18th and 19th century wooden machinery which has been restored to full working order. It is in regular use to grind organic wheat for a local bakery and for retail sale.
Visitors can explore the mill, see the magnificent watermill in action and find out about this ancient craft from our friendly millers. They can also take a walk through the beautiful grounds, home to the ‘Golden’ jubilee garden created in commemoration of Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee. Also, the Tudor Twist knot garden based on a design dating from 1577 by Thomas Hill
With an attractive riverside setting, you can hear the rush of the River Lea as you sit in the garden.
The Club helps and encourages people of all ages and abilities, including non-swimmers, with both physical and or mental disabilities. They have the pool and changing rooms exclusively to ensure privacy and time for those who need it.
The pool is accessible by a hoist or special steps, designed for people who have a disability.
The Ludwick Family Centre vision is to provide a pleasant and welcoming community building and garden which gives people of all ages, cultures, backgrounds and beliefs the chance to enhance their quality of life, have fun and make new friends, through participating in a wide variety of activities.
They have a range or activities and venue facilities to offer .
Herts Young Homeless (hyh) is an independent charity and has been supporting vulnerable people in Hertfordshire since 1998.
Homelessness can lead to, and indeed result from, issues of drug and alcohol dependency and poor mental health. Their experts work with people of all ages to support them in overcoming these challenges.
There experience has enabled them to develop mediation, education and other specialist prevention services with the purpose of avoiding the misery of a breakdown in family relationships.
They have a variety of FREE services open to all 16 – 24 year olds who are homeless or threatened with homelessness. They also have a Health Service which has no upper age limit.
Jubilee House Care Trust is a charity run by a board of voluntary trustees and directors.
We are based in Welwyn Garden City and have six properties providing different types of care and support for adults and children with learning disabilities within Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Enfield. Our services are also available to people from Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Barnet, Camden, Islington and other North London areas.
Our services cover a wide spectrum of learning disability needs, including those with associated mobility and physical disabilities. Our care is tailored to meet the individuals needs.
Nyaka UK is a newly registered charity that works with communities in southwest Uganda to provide care for orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children, as well as the grandmothers who care for them.
Our current focus is to provide much needed funding for Nyaka AIDS Orphan Project.
There has been a local Citizens Advice in the Welwyn Hatfield area since 1940. They are able to offer free, independent, confidential and impartial advice on your rights and responsibilities.
They provide the advice people need for the problems they face and improve the policies and practices that affect their lives. They value diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination.
To find out more about Citizens Advice Welwyn Hatfield, please see our most recent annual report.
“We are too poor to afford an education, but unless we have an education we will always be poor”
Those words explain why the Red Rubber Ball Foundation exists – to provide opportunities for young people across Africa, but primarily in Kenya, to get a full education.
No Barriers Radio is an online radio station that takes you deeper into the things you love and care about. A powerful influential voice and amplifier for music, culture, film, theatre, lifestyle, travel, comedy, and the important human stories that leave an indelible mark on the heart of a global community.
Some of the UK’s most accomplished and award-winning industry talents, present an eclectic, intelligent and inspiring mix of music, witty intelligence, debate and informed topical discussion shows, original documentaries and series, sophisticated and light-hearted introductions to theatre, film, and the arts all wrapped in the coolest soundtrack around.
Whoever you are, wherever you are, you’re welcome at No Barriers Radio.
“You don’t need no ticket, you just get on board”
The Friends of Acacia Mews support the work of the home situated within Hatfield, Hertfordshire, Acacia Mews is a purpose-built care home offering Dementia, Nursing, Residential, Respite and End of Life care. Acacia Mews Care Home also provides specialist care for young people with physical disabilities.
The Friends aim to improve the quality of life of the residents of the care home by working with staff, residents and relatives.
The Friends of Acacia Mews Care Home are looking to develop services on the site. We have found that this is particularly valued by some residents who through deteriorating health do not have the confidence to come out of their rooms. Alongside this, we support the care homes’ activities’ coordinators by providing extra pairs of hands during organised activity sessions and outings.
Herts Area Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Centre (HARCSAC) has been operating since 1986 and is located in Hatfield. We are a registered charity (No. 800325), currently undergoing the process of becoming a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).
HARCSAC is run as a collective by a group of twelve women volunteers who have undergone specialist training in rape and sexual abuse counselling, one paid part-time office manager and one paid part-time administrator.
They receive regular external clinical supervision to facilitate group development and ensure best practice. This is provided by Julie Hay, Psychological Intelligence Foundation CIC.
We got our start back in 1977, when a group of magistrates in Sussex noticed a pattern. They saw people going to prison, being released with no home to go to, re-offending and being sent back to prison, over and over again.
So they decided to do something about it.
Recognising that homelessness was the basis for the pattern, they pooled their resources and bought a house. From there, they started offering accommodation and support to people leaving prison. They called their charity the Sussex Association For The Rehabilitation of Offenders, or Saro for short. (The house is still part of Change Grow Live today.)
Kingdom Light Church is a parish under the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), the denomination led by the General Overseer, Pastor E.A. Adeboye. The church (Kingdom Light Church); headed by Pastor and Deaconess Femi Oludare was planted by Jesus House for All Nations, London, United Kingdom. in November 2006.
As a church, they have a mandate to ‘Restore Hope, Live by Faith and Fulfill Destiny’ within the community in which we reside (Hatfield) and its environs.
Their vision is to bring hope and restoration that impacts lives with the good news of Christ.
We are a registered charity (number 1141581) operating as a social enterprise.
We collect donated furniture (and electrical goods) from the local area to reduce the amount going into landfill. We sell the furniture to help cover our costs and to provide affordable furniture to those on benefits or in need. We rely solely on our trading, donated items from members of the public, and the support of Mears Ltd.
Free Books Hatfield was established in June 2016 as an independent local charity run entirely by volunteers with the aim of saving unwanted books from landfill and promoting literacy in the local community. We offer each customer 3 free books per day. We also accept donations of unwanted books for re-homing.
We are Welwyn Hatfield Community Services. The charity supports the less privileged in the community, we aim to reduce loneliness in the community . Currently, we hold sessions in Woodhall Community Center where we repair and amend any clothing or materials . In these sessions, we do alterations while you wait and have a cup of tea or coffee. We reach out to the elderly who are unable to come to our sessions and do their alterations. We also extend our hands to law-offenders to prevent re offending by teaching sewing as a skill for life, as well as women who have suffered domestic violence so that we can give them the courage to continue with their lives.
CDA Herts (Community Development Action Hertfordshire) are a countywide voluntary organisation with a Board of Trustees who provide support to communities, voluntary organisations and work to raise awareness of the needs of rural communities, farmers and businesses.
We bring together people and communities, champion the disadvantaged and provide advocacy for minorities and excluded groups.
We have a long history of providing relief of the effects of poverty in the Hatfield area, and although we offer a range of help and assistance, if your needs are not precisely described we may still be able to help. Please feel free to contact us with your specific requirements.
At Men’s Shed we enjoy what we do we don’t over-stress about what time we roll in and we either complete our own projects or work together on a project together. We have some pretty major projects, some continuing projects, some sponsored projects and some ‘mindfulness’ projects.
For further information please contact HatfieldMen@outlook.com
We provide free, specialist care for adults in Luton and south Bedfordshire, and children from Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Milton Keynes, who have life-limiting and terminal illnesses. Our excellent specialist care supports adults and children to live pain and symptom free, to spend untroubled time with their family and friends, to understand what’s happening to them, to stay out of hospital and to make the most of the time they have.
Carers in Herts provides advice, information and support to hundreds of unpaid carers. We support carers of all ages, children & adults if they live, work or care in the county. Advice. Information.
Age UK Hertfordshire offers many services for over 50’s in Hertfordshire.
Due to COVID-19 our services may look a little different to what you will see, but we are still offering support to people who would normally receive our support. Our services include, Active Ageing, Befriending Service, Dementia Support, Health & Wellbeing, Help in the Home and Information and Advice
Family Lives was formed over forty years ago by volunteers, with the aim of ensuring that all parents had
somewhere to turn before they reached crisis point. We know that the right support at the right time makes all the difference.
Family Lives provides targeted early intervention and crisis support to families who are struggling.
The issues we support families with include family breakdown, challenging relationships and behaviour, debt, and emotional and mental wellbeing.
Through a range of direct and indirect services Herts Vision Loss has the mission to serve the county’s estimated population of 22,000 people with severe and permanent sight loss. This number is set to rise to 32,000 by 2020, according to the Royal National Institute for the Blind.The Society has up to 6,000 consultations/contacts with visually impaired people, their family members and carers annually.
Isabel Hospice is a local charity caring for hundreds of people across eastern Hertfordshire each year.
Our vision is of a world where communities talk openly about death and dying, everyone lives life to the full and dies with dignity in the place of their choice knowing their loved ones are supported.
We support patients and their families who are living with life-limiting illnesses and conditions, including cancer, heart failure or respiratory illness, and neurological conditions such as motor neurone disease. We help people to live pain- and symptom-free so they can make the most of the time they have left.
Knebworth Football Club is a community based organisation with over 420 members, offering health and well-being activities for boys and girls 4+ through to men and women 50+, run entirely by volunteers.
The Club is proud to have received Three-Star accreditation from the FA, recognising the governance put in place by our volunteers and the player development pathways we have created.
We are one of only 714 clubs to achieve this, out of 92,959, putting us in the top 1% of clubs in England. An incredible achievement for a volunteer run village club.
Willow is the only national charity working with seriously ill young adults aged 16 to 40 to fulfil uplifting and unforgettable Special Days.
Since 1999 Willow has fulfilled more than 17,000 Special Days for young adults living with life-threatening conditions such as cancer, motor neurone disease, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy and Huntington’s disease.
Guideposts is a UK-based charity working with people in local communities to help them access the support, opportunities and skills they need to overcome social inequalities, improve their wellbeing and change their lives.
We run a range of services that are focused on helping people to achieve their potential regardless of their circumstances. We connect people together so that they can experience the joy that comes from friendship, activity, learning, purpose and occupation. We love what we do and we love seeing people flourish.
Supporting the Voluntary Sector
If you need information to support local voluntary and community action then look at the NAVCA web site; NAVCA believes voluntary and community action offers solutions to the challenges we face.
NCVO are committed to supporting, enabling and celebrating volunteering in all its diversity. Volunteering is someone spending time, unpaid, doing something that aims to benefit the environment or someone who they’re not closely related to. Volunteering must be a choice freely made by each individual.
NCVO doesn’t broker or place volunteers in charities directly but we have a selection of resources to help you find a suitable opportunity.
If you want to find out whether a charity is up to date with its report and accounts, then look at the Charity Commission which regulates charities.
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions on more than four million people every year.
Do you need local help with your DBS, call WHCVS on 01707 274861 or email email@example.com
If you run a social enterprise, or support social enterprise, look at SEEE which is the membership organisation for social enterprises in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.
If you’re interested in volunteering, or need a volunteer, then look at the web site which provides a focus for everyone in Hertfordshire who has an interest in volunteering. Explore the site to find information for volunteers, organisations and businesses: Volunteering Herts and also have a look at the Do-it web site
OWL provides members with the latest local alerts and crime prevention advice sent by email, telephone or SMS. It is used by Hertfordshire Constabulary and local coordinators to communicate with thousands of watch members across the county.
Hertfordshire has the largest Neighbourhood Watch network in the UK with 1 in 3 homes registered on OWL.
Which has an informative article on how you can protect yourself against identity theft and fraud. It details information on the most common ways people’s identities and personal information are targeted and stolen online, including key warning signs that you might be a victim of fraud (e.g. loss of services on your utilities or unexplained payments coming out of your account).
Local Support Services
HertsHelp is an independent information and advice services in Hertfordshire. If you need help and don’t know where to turn, if you have a question or problem, you can contact Herts Help. They will listen to what you need and if you would like them to, they will telephone people and make arrangements on your behalf; hey can also put you in touch with organisations that can help. They will then call you to make sure you have found the help you need.
These links contains information about third party services . The information is not advice or recommendations from WHCVS, and should not be treated as such.