Updated: 03/05/2022

Here is the latest information on Health and Wellbeing, Money Advice, Community Learning, Sports and Fitness sessions which are available for residents in to access.

Please share the update with your community, you can download a PDF version here. You can also visit Become a Community Information Champion to find out more about the voluntary position and how you can help us further.

While we learn to live with COVID-19,

There are some important things we should all keep doing to protect ourselves, our families and our communities. If you test positive for COVID-19 you should:

  • Stay at home, avoid contact with others.
  • Not attend work during that time.
  • Avoid inviting anyone into your home and cancel routine medical or dental appointments.
  • Tell people you’ve met with recently about your positive test result.

COVID-19 vaccination expands to all 5-11 year olds

From this week parents and carers of children aged 5 to 11 can book their child’s first COVID-19 vaccination. Bookings can be made at the national booking service for some pharmacies and GP surgeries as well as weekend appointments at vaccination centres. Some GP surgeries will also be offering bookings directly.

Vaccination centres have been made child friendly with a range of fun activities available and staff have decorated the centres to make them welcoming for children.

Appointment slots have been made longer so that parents and carers have plenty of time to talk to vaccinators and ask questions.

National Booking Service: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) information leaflet

As we get used to living without restrictions, we understand that some people may feel nervous about returning to normal life. This may be particularly true if you are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) or have been shielding. We have created an information leaflet with 5 steps that might help you plan and manage for this next stage and a reminder of HertsHelp who can support you with mental health and wellbeing, financial advice, shopping and much more.

Download the leaflet: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/media-library/documents/comms-team/campaign-toolkits/living-with-covid/living-safely-with-covid-cev-leaflet.pdf

It’s Never Too Late to be Active

Hertfordshire’s ‘It’s Never Too Late to be Active’ campaign is back, to help older adults become more active.

The campaign offers a free 7-day activity pass to a local leisure centre, ongoing support and the opportunity to win prizes. You could also help your local school win £1000.

Just 20 minutes of physical activity a day provides enormous benefits to your physical and mental health, both now and in the future.

So, let’s give it a go. Sign up and keep your body strong, your mind sharp and spark the energy you need to keep doing the things you love.

Sign up at: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/nevertoolate from 1 May 2022. Alternatively call 01992 555627 or drop-in to your local library.

This Girl Can in Herts 2022

Women’s Mental Health and Physical Activity

Tuesday 10th May 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Details: Explore some of the factors that impact a woman’s mental health and wellbeing, and consider what we can do to support women in our community.

We Are Undefeatable (Long Term Health Conditions)

Tuesday 14th June 7pm – 8pm

‘We Are Undefeatable’ is a movement supporting people with a range of long-term health conditions, developed by 15 leading health and social care charities and backed by expertise, insight and significant National Lottery funding from Sport England.

Health Walk – National Walking Month

To attend a Health Walk you must be a registered walker, or arrive 10-15 minutes before the start of your first walk to complete registration. Booking is now optional.

Email: healthwalks.cms@hertfordshire.gov.uk or call 01992 555888 (between 9-11.30am & 2-3pm, Mon-Fri) to ask any questions you may have.

Time for a Cuppa?

Make time for cup of tea and a chat this week with a neighbour’s or friends. You can also reach out to someone new and form a new friendship.

Why not set a date to meet at one of your local charitable community cafes.

Sometimes reaching out to each other with as little as three words can make a big difference.

Find out other ways you can help tackle loneliness.


Managing Anxiety

If you’re struggling to cope with your feelings during this period of uncertainty, you’re certainly not alone. Hertfordshire’s mental health trust, HPFT, has put together a series of live webinars to help you learn relevant Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques to make positive changes.  

The webinars are interactive while still protecting your privacy. If you feel you’d benefit from additional support after attending a webinar, you can self-refer online after the session. Webinars | HPFT IAPT Services (hpft-iapt.nhs.uk)

Hertfordshire Sports Partnership

Women’s Mental Health and Physical Activity Webinar 10th May from 7.30pm to 8.30pm

Mental ill-health among women is on the rise with 1 in 5 women experiencing a Common Mental Disorder (such as anxiety or depression). Join Herts Sports Partnership to explore some of the factors that impact a woman’s mental health and wellbeing and consider what we can do to support women in our community to take care of their minds as well as their bodies.

  • Discuss stats – and the unique challenges the face women
  • Some of the barriers women have accessing physical activity due to their mental health
  • Signs and symptoms
  • What we can do to support

Find out more at: www.thisgirlcanherts.org

Register at: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wnrlUpqOSM2sZciOSbAEcg

Summer Training Timetable

New Leaf Recovery and Wellbeing College have announced the release of the new summer term timetable! You can book onto courses online at www.newleafcollege.co.uk/book-a-course.

Online Free Weekly Art Club with H’arts in Mind

Different topics weekly on Fridays 1.30-3.00pm. All are welcome at any level.

Zentangle Art Sessions

Sessions run fortnightly on Tuesdays 11am – 12:30pm and 7:30pm – 9pm via zoom

For details email: hartsinmind@gmail.com 

This information has been provided by Public Health Hertfordshire, NHS and affiliates. If you would like to make any comments on the the Community Information Champion Update, please give your feedback below.

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