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

Know a local group who need extra support providing #COVID19 relief?

Know a local group who need extra support providing #COVID19 relief?You can now request support from the Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership.  Just complete the webform with details of the support you need. Types of support available: Transportation or delivery including medicine Personal protective equipment Financial support and advice Specialist training Guidance Mental health support and wellbeing Volunteers Go to the Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership request support service: www.vcsep.support/request-support.

Hertfordshire Equality Council


 Hertfordshire Equality Council – board of trustees from different communities wish to issue a message of “solidarity” after “Black Lives Matters” protests continue to take place in the US, UK and around the world.  The protests came about after the brutal killing of George Floyd was captured on video while he was under arrest by police in Minneapolis 13 days ago. Video footage showed George Floyd, 46, being arrested was killed in police custody in Minneapolis and a white police officer continuing to kneel on his neck even after he pleaded, he could not breathe.  Protesters chanted “I can’t breathe” and “Black Lives Matter”. Hertfordshire Equality Council said: “We acknowledge and understand the anger currently felt by so many, especially those from our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, (BAME) and we stand in solidarity with you in the absolute belief that every individual and all communities should feel they

Welwyn Hatfield Voluntary Sector Briefing 23rd March 2020

We are grateful to everyone who submitted answers to our survey or spoke to us on the phone yesterday 19 March.  We have managed to gather data about your readiness for managing volunteers and supporting local people from so many of you and this has been fed in to planning at local, regional and national government level. Communities 1st is working in partnership with St Albans City and District Council, Hertsmere Borough Council, Broxbourne & East Herts and Welwyn/Hatfield Volunteer Centres, Citizens Advice, Team Herts plus many other member organisations. Without wishing to sound like a wartime poster, we are stronger when we work together and I have been struck by the support there is across the network of members. There is no indication that the COVID-19 outbreak will be over in just a few weeks, so let’s keep working together. Carmen Dillon, Chief Executive, Welwyn Hatfield CVS What Welwyn