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Community response to current events in Israel and Gaza – 19/10/2023

19 October 2023

Following the meeting held on Monday of this week, please see below this week’s shared information briefing. Each organisation’s social media channels are linked below. Please follow these as trusted sources of information. 

Hertsmere Borough Council

A news article has been released by the Council following a meeting of Community and Faith Leaders on Monday:   ‘Hertsmere Together’ – Communities unite in response to the Hamas terror attacks and resulting war – Hertsmere Borough Council

Mental Health Services

The following services are available to residents of Hertsmere to support their mental health.   We are working with partners to see how provision can be bolstered. 
The TogetherAll, which is an online anonymous mental health community monitored by professionals. It offers a range of support, courses and advice. Hertfordshire residents over 16 can register for free – just select ‘my area is registered’ and enter your postcode.
NHS Every Mind Matters – Get expert advice and practical tips, try the ‘How are you?; quiz or create a tailored self-care plan to support your mental health and wellbeing
The Five Ways to Wellbeing – feel happier, more positive and able to get the most from life
Jami – provides mental health support to the Jewish Community
Herts Mind Network – provide services including peer support, group activities, counselling and a crisis helpline. Provided  online, over the phone or from Number 10 on Leeming Road, Borehamwood.
Hertfordshire County Council have produced a mental health resource booklet providing information about services available in the community. Should anyone wish to order physical copies of this, please contact

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Hertfordshire Constabulary

The constabulary continues to work in close collaboration with partners at the Community Security Trust and Hertsmere Borough Council, to reassure residents and respond quickly to any behaviour that may be causing a concern.

Additional officers have been drafted in to allow this support to be put in place while daily business is also maintained as usual.

We want to ensure that everyone within the community can continue to go about their lives without fear.

If you have any concerns, these should be reported to police straightaway. If you believe a crime is in progress or someone is in danger, please call 999 immediately. Any other concerns or information can be reported to police via the non-emergency reporting methods.

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Community Security Trust

CST and Police are recording an unprecedented increase in antisemitic incidents and hate crime.

CST are also recording an unprecedented increase in ‘non-incidents’ (that having gone through CST verification process do not include a clear antisemitic motivation) – mainly ‘suspicious behaviour’, demonstrating the vulnerability that the Jewish community are feeling right now.

Mainstream political support for the Jewish community has been excellent.

Operational policing – both in operational support and visibility, and policing of antisemitism and policing of the glorification of proscribed terrorist organisations, has been excellent so far, both in Herts and nationally, and this should continue as is. CST_UK | Instagram, Facebook