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Half term Covid – 19 ‘Relax and Vax’ Sessions for Nervous Teenagers

Half-term COVID-19 ‘Relax and Vax’ sessions for nervous teenagers With half-term approaching (week commencing 14 February), COVID vaccination centres across Hertfordshire and west Essex are running ‘Relax and Vax’ sessions to help young people who are nervous about having the vaccine to get protected from the virus.

Specially trained vaccinators will be on hand to help young people overcome worries like a fear of needles or other concerns. Friendly vaccinators will be available for a chat about the vaccine, using simple and clinically effective relaxation techniques to help reduce tension and support them through the process.

Relax and Vax sessions are aimed at 12 to 18-year-olds for the half-term break but are open to anyone who needs extra support to get their vaccination. Children aged 12-15 need to be accompanied by a consenting parent or carer. On arrival people just need to mention they’re nervous and the staff will make adjustments to ensure they’re given plenty of time and support.
Relax and Vax sessions will be available at the five large vaccine centres during half-term week at the following locations:
Timetable
The Hive at the Jim McDonald Centre, Hatfield will also be running a Relax and Vax session between 10am – 1pm on Saturday, 12 February, where anyone aged 12 and above can drop in for a chat about the vaccine over a cup of tea or a soft drink. If they feel reassured and comfortable to get the vaccine, they can have it while they are there.

Site Sat 12th  The Hive, Jim McDonald Centre, Hatfield AL10 8HR 10am – 1pm  

Vaccination centres across Hertfordshire and west Essex have received countless positive reports from people who were worried about having the vaccine at first but with extra support felt comfortable and reassured to have their jabs.

People aged 18 and under must wait 12 weeks after a positive COVID-19 test before having the vaccine. Anyone 18+ needs to wait 28 days.

Hear about why some 12-15 year olds and their parents decided to get their COVID jabs by clicking here.

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccines and the roll-out of the vaccination programme in Hertfordshire and west Essex, go to: covid.healthierfuture.org.uk


Hire of Organ Hall in Borehamwood

Hire Organ Hall in Borehamwood for Your Class or Activity!

Are you looking for somewhere to host your group, class, or birthday party? Communities 1st are now managing Organ Hall and are hiring it out to community groups or individuals.

Organ Hall is a large, furnished space with a foyer, main hall with a large kitchen and small enclosed outside area.

Whether you’re hosting a dance class, knitting group, children’s birthday bash or community support service, Organ Hall has room for you!

The hall will be open from 9am – 10pm, depending on activity.

Bookings can be made by calling 020 8207 5055, emailing bookings@communities1st.org.uk or visiting www.communities1st.org.uk/hall-hire.

37 Bairstow Cl, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire WD6 4TB.

‘We CAN’ Cancer Rehabilitation Classes

‘WE CAN’ CANCER REHABILITATION CLASSES TO ENCOURAGE AND SUPPORT IN HERTFORDSHIRE

WE CAN Cancer rehabilitation program offers people affected by cancer in Hertfordshire, a stable environment to engage in physical activity and build a network of new friends.

We CAN aims to engage adults through a 12-week programme of bespoke group exercise, designed to help overcome the side effects of cancer treatment. In addition, part of the session focuses on socialising over refreshments to create friendship groups, thereby supporting participants to continue their journey beyond the three-month period.

Public Health England shared that regular activity can reduce the risk of developing breast cancer by 20% and colon cancer by 30%. These classes encourage participants to engage with their physical fitness that will not only benefit their health but mental wellbeing. Proven to improve depression and reduce fatigue, exercise is also a communal activity that can bring people together.

Speaking on her experience, member Pauline said: “The We Can exercise rehabilitation class is perfect for me. Following six months of chemotherapy and three rounds of surgery I really needed something to help me get stronger as part of my recovery. I was initially quite nervous but Alicja delivers an exercise class that not only meets my needs but is also friendly, fun and relaxed. Best of all, I am starting to feel so much better – both mentally and physically too. Thanks We Can and Alicja for your help and support.”

This program is available to individuals 18 and over, and has received a cancer diagnosis in the last three years. To find out where the closest class is to you or to access the programme criteria and referral form, please visit www.sportinherts.org.uk/wecan.

If you are interested in contacting the Cancer Exercise Rehabilitation Specialist before joining, please call us via 07902 133707

For further enquires contact Programme Coordinator Alicja Polak on 07902 133707 or at a.polak@herts.ac.uk. Referrals are now open.

Communities 1st Training

One of the highlights in recent news has been the proposed law to make British Sign Language a legally recognised language. This has received government backing and marks a significant step for those living with deafness. It will give the community greater access to services, helping those with deafness to reach their potential.

In partnership with Herts Hearing Advisory Services, we are offering free introductory sessions on communicating with those living with deafness and hearing loss. Our February British Sign Language class is now full! You can still sign up for our April session below.

This week we have also added our popular Dementia Friends Information sessions. These informative sessions give you the opportunity to learn more about Dementia and provide support and understanding to those living with the condition. 

What training would you like to see available in the future? Which sessions have you found beneficial? Please email your suggestions and feedback to training@communities1st.org.uk.

FEBRUARY
Social Prescribing through Arts, Culture and Heritage  Delivering wellbeing services through creative arts, cultural activity, and connections with heritage are vital elements of the holistic Social Prescribing offer. We aim to bring you a webinar packed full of ideas from organisations who are doing incredible work to get people to connect with who they are by exploring their culture and heritage.   9th February 2022
12pm – 1:30pm
Register here
Foundation Communication Skills – Tier 1 Level Training This day-long course aims to help in the delivering difficult conversations and give tools to support communication. The training is for for health care professional or non-health care professional who would like to learn more about communication.  Training will be done via zoom.   16th February 2022 9:00am – 12:30 pm
Register here
Spot the Signs Suicide Awareness Prevention Training This training will increase awareness and knowledge of suicide, introduce practical steps about how to respond and make you feel more confident in spotting the signs of suicide.   21st February 2022
1:30pm – 4:30pm Register here
Skills Workshop – Compassionate Friends – Tier 1 Level Training
This course aims to teach about body language, the spoken word and how taking the time to listen can make a real difference and turn that understanding into action.
Training will be done via zoom. 24th February 2022
10:30am – 12:30 pm
Register here
MARCH
Dementia Friends Information Session  This session will give you the opportunity to learn more about what it is like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action.  3rd March 2022
11am – 12 Noon.
Register here
Talk Cancer Online Workshop Our online workshops help you to raise cancer awareness in your community by increasing your knowledge of key messages around cancer prevention, screening and early diagnosis. This will help you talk to the public about cancer and encourage people to make healthy changes, access local services and visit their GP promptly with any concerns.  8th March 2022
10:30am – 12:30pm
Register here
Deaf Awareness Training sessions Participants coming to this session will gain the confidence and basic skills to communicate with those who are living with deafness and hearing loss. This session will enable to understand deafness, signs that someone can’t hear you, body positions and communicating. Training will be done via zoom.   23rd March 2022 10am – 12 Noon Register here
Skills Workshop – Compassionate Friends – Tier 1 Level Training
This course aims to teach about body language, the spoken word and how taking the time to listen can make a real difference and turn that understanding into action.
Training will be done via zoom. 23rd March 2022
02:00pm – 04:00pm
Register here
Spot the Signs Suicide Awareness Prevention Training
This training will increase awareness and knowledge of suicide, introduce practical steps about how to respond and make you feel more confident in spotting the signs of suicide. 28th March 2022
9:30am – 12:30pm
Register here
APRIL
Skills Workshop – Compassionate Friends – Tier 1 Level Training
This course aims to teach about body language, the spoken word and how taking the time to listen can make a real difference and turn that understanding into action.
Training will be done via zoom. 26th April 2022
10:30am – 12:30pm
Register here
Foundation Communication Skills – Tier 1 Level Training
This day-long course aims to help in the delivering difficult conversations and give tools to support communication.
The training is for for health care professional or non-health care professional who would like to learn more about communication. Training will be done via zoom. 27th April 2022
9:00am – 12:30pm
Register here
Basic BSL Training Sessions An introduction to the British Sign Language and how it can be applied effectively to communicate with those living with deafness and hearing loss. Training will be done via zoom.   27th April 2022
10am – 12 Noon
Register here
Dementia Friends Information Session  This session will give you the opportunity to learn more about what it is like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action.  27th April 2022
2pm – 3pm
Register here
MAY
Death, Dying and Loss Awareness training section The Compassionate Communities Coordinator at Peace Hospice Care is offering this introductory training course, designed to help you have conversations around death, dying and loss within your local community.   23rd May 2022
2pm – 4pm
Register here
Deaf Awareness Training sessions
Participants coming to this session will gain the confidence and basic skills to communicate with those who are living with deafness and hearing loss. It will enable to understand deafness, signs that someone can’t hear you, body positions and communicating. Training will be done via zoom. 25th May 2022
10am – 12 Noon
Register here
Skills Workshop – Compassionate Friends – Tier 1 Level Training
This course aims to teach about body language, the spoken word and how taking the time to listen can make a real difference and turn that understanding into action.
Training will be done via zoom. 25th May 2022
06:00pm – 08:00pm
Register here
TRAINING FROM OTHER ORGANISATIONS
New Leaf College New Leaf Recovery and Wellbeing College hosts a number courses that teach people how to manage their mental health and provides practical skills that help people overcome and challenges or negative feelings they may be experiencing, including those around isolation and loneliness. Read more or sign up.


Council Offices

The Council Office is now back open from today, Monday 31st January 2022.

Our opening hours are Monday – Thursday 10am – 1pm.

Further funding available to make homes in Hertsmere warmer, greener and cheaper to run

People across Hertsmere are being encouraged to check if they are eligible to receive help under the second phase of the Green Homes Grant scheme being launched to help local householders be warmer in their homes, lower their carbon emissions, and save money on their fuel bills this winter.

Under the Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery scheme, delivered by Warmworks on behalf of Hertsmere Borough Council and through funding from the UK Government, householders can apply to receive improvements to increase the comfort and warmth in their home.

The scheme offers a wide range of insulation measures and renewable heating technologies which are designed to support homes to reduce their impact on the environment, including air source, ground source, and hybrid heat pumps.

The Green Homes Grant scheme is open to homeowners, private tenants and people in social rented accommodation, where the home has a low energy rating and a low annual income.

Warmworks will arrange a survey in the homes of eligible householders to agree the work that will be carried out. An accredited and registered sub-contractor team then completes the installation of the agreed heating and energy-efficiency measures, before an independent inspection assesses the completed work against rigorous quality standards. Where required, Warmworks will also then arrange for a full annual service to be completed 12 months later.

Councillor Seamus Quilty, Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “As the cold weather continues and we depend on our heating systems more, the Green Homes Grant scheme offers vital improvements that could help many people across Hertsmere. Residents who are on a low income and finding it hard to heat their home could benefit from measures that will help them have warmer homes, reduce their bills and decrease their home’s impact on the environment.

“Warmworks has a strong track record of delivering schemes that have helped more than 25,000 households across the UK to improve the heating in their homes, and be happier, healthier and more comfortable in them.

“I’d encourage everyone in Hertsmere to check if they are eligible to receive help from the Green Homes Grant scheme”.

Ross Armstrong, Warmworks Managing Director, said: “On the back of the COP26 conference in Glasgow, I’m delighted that Warmworks is working in partnership with Hertsmere Borough Council to deliver the Green Homes Grant scheme.

“Not only do the funded energy efficiency measures that the scheme provides give local people an opportunity to reduce their carbon emissions and support the transition to Net Zero, but as the colder weather hits, one of the most important benefits we can offer through the scheme is to help people feel warmer, healthier and happier in their homes during these winter months.

“A few minutes to complete our short application could help your home stay warmer for years ahead.”

You can find out if you are eligible for the scheme by completing the short application form at https://surveys.est.org.uk/s/GreenHomesGrantSchemeLAD/ or call 0808 196 8255.

Homes that signed up for the first phase of the scheme, being delivered in partnership with the National Energy Foundation, are now in the process of getting measures installed.

Cllr Quilty added: “Households in specific areas are also being contacted by letter, so we would urge you to consider if you qualify and then make contact with our respective partners on the number given in the letter.”

To find out more visit: www.hertsmere.gov.uk/greenhomesgrant

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Off the rails at Elstree and Borehamwood Museum

Model of how the Tube line to Elstree would have looked

Did you know Elstree was almost a part of the London Underground? With not one but two Tube lines?

How this would have affected the town is explored in Elstree and Borehamwood Museum’s latest exhibition ‘Off The Rails – The Line That Never Was’.

An 18-feet scale model recreating the Elstree extension from Edgware shows where the Tube lines would have run and information boards tell the story with photographs, drawings and plans starting with the initial idea and long term effects of the post-war cancellation.

‘Elstree South’ underground station, as it would have been, has been recreated and the museum’s display cabinets are filled with Tube and bus memorabilia and artefacts. There is also a video explaining the story from planning to being cancelled.

Elstree and Borehamwood Museum is currently open three days a week, Tuesday and Thursday between midday and 6pm, and on Saturday from 10am to 3pm. It is free to visit.

Please visit Elstree and Borehamwood Museum’s website: https://elstree-museum.org.uk/ for more information on exhibitions.

To find out more about our local museums or volunteering opportunities, please visit: www.hertsmere.gov.uk/museums

The Story of Our Shops

Take a nostalgic trip along Watling Street with Radlett and District Museum’s latest exhibition ‘The Story of Our Shops’, which is now open for visitors.

The museum is exhibiting a pictorial journey to show how the town’s shops have changed over the past hundred years, where visitors could buy anything from a lawnmower to a pheasant.

The exhibition is a part of the museum’s popular timeline documenting the development of Radlett through Roman pottery, artefacts, maps and books.

Councillor Meenal Sachdev, Portfolio Holder for Community, Leisure, Culture and Health, said: “This latest exhibition is an interesting look in to how Radlett’s shops have changed and evolved during the last hundred years. Beautiful images will take visitors on a visual journey back to the thirties.

“If you grew up in Radlett, the exhibition will transport you back to your childhood or the memories you may have heard parents or grandparents reminisce about. I would encourage people – both young and old – to come along to support their local museum.

“The dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers at Radlett and District Museum are always looking for new and interesting ways to explore our town’s history. The volunteers have worked hard to put together a timeline of Radlett’s history.”

The museum is situated in the garden behind the Radlett Village Institute. It is open between 10am and midday on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Admission is free.

To find out more, go to Radlett Museum’s website: www.radlettmuseum.com.


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Radlett Museum

Have your say on Hertsmere’s Draft Budget

Have your say on Hertsmere’s draft budget
A hand inserts coins into a piggy bank with a speech mark above saying 'Have your say'

There’s a chance to have your say on our budget for the next financial year (2022/23). The draft budget offers a detailed insight into the current economic and other external influences on the budget including the ongoing and unprecedented financial impact and lost income resulting from the Covid pandemic, and also explains how central government funding has helped to offset some of this shortfall.

In order to help fund the proposed budget, a £5 increase in our share of council tax bills is being proposed, the same rise as last year. This would represent less than 10p increase per week per average household for the coming year. With the high cost of living at present, this proposed 2.7 per cent increase is well below the current rate of inflation showing that we are doing all we can to minimise the impact on our residents whilst continuing to maintain our services.  

The proposed council tax charge will fund key services we provide including waste and recycling; local planning; housing; parks and open spaces; street cleaning and environmental health; benefits administration and contributions towards Police Community Support Officers and the Citizens Advice Bureau.

The draft revenue budget is open for public comments until Sunday 13 February, before it is put forward for final approval at a full council meeting on 23 February.

More information can be found here.
Hertsmere’s Draft Budget
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