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Sat 14 Sep 2019

Older People’s Day at the Alban Arena, Wednesday 16th October between 10.00am – 1.00pm – FREE ENTRY

Sat 14 Sep 2019

St Albans & District Community Grant Fund November round - opening 4th November.

Watch this space for more information

Wed 10 Jul 2019

We’d like to invite you and your colleagues to our FREE annual conference which is taking place on 18 July from 2pm to 6pm at The Trestle Theatre on Russett Drive in St Albans.

On the day there are talks from several external speakers, on topics including

  • How to generate more income
  • Why the voluntary sector still matters
  • Financial literacy

Mini masterclasses including

  • Funding
  • Recruiting and retaining volunteers
  • Measuring the impact of volunteering

As well as 1:1 funding advice sessions from the National Lottery, HCF and others

To book a place please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/voluntary-and-community-sector-conference-tickets-64671373820.

For an enquiries please call 020 3559 3559 or email memberservices@communities1st.org.uk 

Mon 13 May 2019

The St Albans District Council Community Grants fund 2019/20 is now open.

Constituted voluntary and community groups are invited to apply for grants from a £55,000 fund run by St Albans City and District Council.

Every year St Albans City and District Council offer this financial aid to groups who do valuable and important work in our community to support vulnerable people.

Their community fund has benefitted thousands of people across the District and they want that success to continue in the year ahead.

Groups from Hertsmere can apply, however, beneficiaries of the project will need to be from St Albans & District.

St Albans & District Council in conjunction with Communities 1st will have a Community Grants Information Event on Monday 20th May between 5.30 – 7.00pm at The Hub, St Albans Civic Centre, St Peters Street, St Albans AL1 3JE. No need to book but please email cgf@communities1st.org.uk to let us know you would like to come along.

There will be Open Advice Surgeries to discuss project ideas & give advice on applications (turn up no booking required)

Dates and venues:

Open Advice Surgeries

St Albans, Wednesday 29th May 2.00 – 4.00pm

Communities 1st, St Albans Civic Centre, St Peter’s Street, AL1 3JE

Redbourn, Wednesday 5th June 10.00am – 12.00pm

Guide Room, Redbourn Village Hall, 63 High Street, Redbourn, AL3 7LW

Harpenden, Tuesday 11th June 2.00pm– 4.00pm

Council Chamber, Harpenden Town Hall, Leyton Rd, Harpenden, Al5 2LX

A second round of Advice Surgeries to discuss completed draft applications (bookable for previously emailed applications)will be held at:

Redbourn, Wednesday 19th June 3.00 pm – 5.00pm

Guide Room, Redbourn Village Hall, 63 High Street, Redbourn, AL3 7LW

St Albans, Tuesday 25th June 10.00am – 12.00pm

Communities 1st, Boudicca room, St Albans Civic Centre, St Peter’s Street, AL1 3JE

The St Albans District Council Community Grants fund 2019/20 closes at midnight on Sunday 7th July

An Application form can be downloaded here and the Criteria and Guidance can be found here.

Thu 9 May 2019

Coming soon!

The St Albans District Council Community Grants fund 2019/20 will be opening week commencing 13th May 2019

Constituted voluntary and community groups are invited to apply for grants from a £55,000 fund run by St Albans City and District Council.

Every year St Albans City and District Council offer this financial aid to groups who do valuable and important work in our community to support vulnerable people.

Mon 29 Apr 2019

Communities 1st (formerly known as Community Central or the CVS for St. Albans and District) are happy to announce the publication of a brand new “Guide to Services for Older People”.

Produced with support from St. Albans City and District Council the guide includes useful information about activities and support available throughout the District. Readers will be able to easily look for help through the booklets colour-coded edges for each section which include Benefits, Bereavement, Care Support, Community Care, Mental Health and Wellbeing Services, Getting Online, Eyesight/Hearing, Equipment Hire, Finance, Housing, Pets and Transport.

Copies of the Guide can be picked up from the Communities 1st office of the Civic Centre Reception at the Civic Centre (Council Offices, St. Peter’s Street). A reference copy will be available at Libraries, the town and parish councils.

Stephen Craker, Chief Executive, Communities 1st says “This easy to use new guide will be a valuable tool for older people, helping them find services and community groups that can provide the support they need.”

An online version of this guide is available on both the St. Albans City and District websites www.stalbans.gov.uk/community-and-living/olderandyounger/older as well as Communities 1st website www.communities1st.org.uk

8 January 2019

Sun 24 Mar 2019

The Community Hertsmere Volunteer Coordinator Network  provides a supportive environment for volunteer managers across Hertsmere to share resources, knowledge and best practice in order to maximise the potential of volunteers and provide an excellent service to their placement organisations.

The Community Hertsmere Volunteer Coordinator Network Forum is ideal for managers, recruiters or supervisors to come and learn about best practice in volunteer management, network with partners and share experience of managing volunteers.  

The event is free if your organisation is a full member of Community Hertsmere and £15 per person for non–members.  For details of membership benefits and costs please go to 'become a member' page or email memberservices@communityhertsmere.org.uk

Community Hertsmere Volunteer Coordinator Network  Forum Events 2018
Tuesday 15 May, 9.30am - 12noon
Tuesday 23 October, 9.30am – 12noon

 

Sun 24 Mar 2019

The Community Hertsmere 3rd Sector Network aims to bring together volunteers and officers working in voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises from across Hertsmere to act as a hub, providing a mechanism both for sharing information, collecting views and to further enable partnership working.

The Community Hertsmere 3rd Sector Network Forum is open to volunteers and officers working in voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises from across Hertsmere to encourage partnership working, promote networking and provide support. At each event there is a short presentation on a relevant theme, followed by a chance to network and share good practice.

The event is free if your organisation is a full member of Community Hertsmere and £15 per person for non–members.  For details of membership benefits and costs please go to 'become a member' page or email memberservices@communityhertsmere.org.uk

Community Hertsmere 3rd Sector Network Forum Events 2018/19

  • Tuesday 27 February 2018, 9.30am – 11.30am
  • Tuesday 19 June 2018, 9.30am – 11.30am

 

Wed 7 Mar 2018

Community Hertsmere working in partnership with Affinity Sutton are launching ‘Computers and a Cuppa’ to promote and support the use of digital technologies by older people.

Sessions will start on Tuesday 4 July from 2pm – 4pm at our Outreach Hub at Radlett Community Centre.   and will be held every first and third Tuesdays,. The funding from Affinity Sutton has allowed this initiative to be held in Community Herstsmere’s community hubs in Borehamwood, Radlett and Potters Bar.

Getting people online not only offers practical assistance, but a whole host of benefits such as improved attention, communication and memory skills and less dependence on medication. Engaging the elderly in learning activities, improves the quality of their lives and reduces the costs of health and social care.

Stephen Craker, Chief Executive Community Hertsmere says "We are delighted to be working with Affinity Sutton to provide a much needed service for older people. A lot of older learners say that learning gives them confidence and a second chance to learn things they were not able to do before. We really wanted to increase older people’s services across Hertsmere and the funding will allow us to do that."

If you'd like to get involved to either learn about using computers, or to help out at any of these sessions email engagement@communityhertsmere.org.uk

Tue 28 Mar 2017

Hertfordshire Students’ Union and Community Hertsmere working together to promote volunteering opportunities

Hertfordshire University Students’ Union (HSU) and Community Hertsmere have signed an historic agreement to work together to promote volunteering opportunities across Hertfordshire to HSU students.

This new alliance will see volunteering opportunities from Community Hertsmere and its accredited members advertised to HSU students, giving them access to hundreds of volunteering opportunities across Hertsmere.

This agreement is the first of its kind in the county and will enable students to gain constructive work experience, whilst supporting a wide range of social, health and environmental organisations.

Stuart Nagler, Chair of Community Hertsmere said ‘This is a fantastic chance for HSU students to reap the rewards of volunteering and for Hertsmere to benefit from the amazing work of volunteers.’

Grainne O’Monghain, President of HSU said ‘Volunteering offers a fantastic opportunity for our students to gain essential workplace skills, whilst supporting the local community. We are delighted to be working with Community Hertsmere for the future of HSU students and Hertfordshire’.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Jude Holt, Volunteer Centre Co-ordinator, Community Hertsmere:

Tel: 020 3457 7537     Email: volunteer@communityhertsmere.co.uk

 

Steve Owen, Assistant Student Engagement Manager, Hertfordshire Students’ Union

Tel: 01707 286151      Email: s.owen3@herts.ac.uk

 

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