March 2021

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St Albans & Dacorum News Bulletin

March 2021

We are collating the updates we receive for the services into district bulletins. If you would like to include your service update/news for this area please email and please put "Newsletter update" in the subject box, thank you.

YCH Services for Young People

View the projects and programmes for young people in Dacorum

View the projects and programmes for young people in St Albans

Delivering Special Provision Locally - Dacorum (DSPL8) Parent/Carer Communication & Herts Parent Carer Involvement (HPCI) Leaflet

Please click on the following links to review the parent/carers communication from DSPL8 and leaflet from HPCI

Creative Learning - Basic Computing Course

Creative Learning are running their next Basic Computing course, starting on 12th March. Please review this flyer for more information and please share information about this course with your contacts. The course will be online, and is free to Hertfordshire residents.

Colourful Minds: next online Colourful Minds Course starts on Friday 9th April 2021.

Colourful Minds is a free 12 week Creative Therapy Course for adults in Dacorum (aged 18+) with mild to moderate mental health conditions, such as stress, anxiety and depression. The course is run by a qualified Art Therapist from Herts Inclusive Theatre and funded by Dacorum Borough Council. Application to the course is by referral only from a GP, health professional/agency or support agency/worker. 

We are pleased to be able to offer this opportunity free of charge to anyone who may need support. Sessions are run weekly on Zoom and no previous art or creative experience is needed. Materials are also provided.

If you know anyone who may benefit from attending the course, please complete a booking form with the client/patient via the website. No creative or art experience is needed, just an openness to engage creatively in a supportive, confidential group setting.

If you know anyone who may benefit from attending the course, please complete the online booking form with the client/patient. Alternatively, you can forward the link for your client/patient to complete at home. 

To apply visit:

When a booking form has been submitted, you/the referrer will receive a link to a short online form to complete. Once both forms have been submitted, the Art Therapist will contact the client/patient.

Please review the ‘Notes and Information for Referrers’ for more details. A hard copy or Word version of the booking form is also available if required. To be sent a booking form via email or in the post, please contact

If you have any questions, or would like to discuss anything about the course, please get in touch.

Please use this link for a leaflet about the course and please share information about Colourful Minds with your networks. 

Wake Up and Dance!  (All ages)

From 1st- 26th March, BEEE Creative CIO will be hosting 10 minutes of music to dance along to everyday at home but with others online – a fun way to get the body and mind active and ready to start the day! There is no dance instruction, you just click on the Zoom link, be greeted by your Wake Up and Dance daily host and then all dance along, in any way you like, to the day’s music playlist. There is no commitment to attend every session, you can drop in whenever you can. To find out more and register for the Zoom link, please visit: Wake Up and Dance! – BEEE Creative CIO (

Wake Up and Dance is run by Active Dacorum, BEEE Creative and Dacorum Community Dance.

Seated Dance (adults living in Dacorum)

Louise from Dacorum Community is running seated dance sessions at 11am each Tuesday during term time. The sessions are delivered on Zoom and are a fun way to improve flexibility and enjoy moving to music from your chair, as well as connecting with others. The sessions are particularly suitable for older adults or those with limited mobility. To book a place, please email   

The Seated dance sessions are run by Dacorum Community Dance in partnership with Dacorum Borough Council Supported Housing and Active Dacorum.

Further details about the above dance sessions can also be found on the Active Dacorum webpage, Facebook and Twitter accounts. Please feel free to share this information with your networks, on your socials, and with anyone you know how may be interested in joining any of the sessions.

Hi all, this is just to let you know that South Hill Centre (SHC) will be acting as a Census Support Centre for Dacorum from 1 March until May 4 2021

It would be appreciated if you would circulate this help sheet to your staff/volunteers/clients so that we can reach as many of the ‘hard to reach’ or digitally excluded  individuals as possible.

The Centre will have PCs available (by appointment) for those who do not have appropriate IT equipment at home to complete the survey. We also have pop up support locations in Berkhamsted and Tring where similar help (by appointment) can be provided.

Empower Programme - Hemel Hempstead

Empower is a 48 week project that aims to improve young people’s mental health through the use of physical activity. Each session is 90 minutes in length and consists of 60 minutes of physical activity, typically in the form of a sport session such as dodgeball, football, basketball, badminton or dance. Following the physical activity, we complete a 30-minute wellbeing workshop, which is a facilitated conversation between participants, Watford FC Community Sports and Education Trust Coaches and a NESSie psychotherapist. If session is a mix of genders and the age range is 9-12 years old.

The project is split into three phases (Detailed below). Each phases scales down in contact time with participants, coinciding with psychotherapeutic approaches and NICE guidelines.

  • Phase one (Developmental) consists of 12 weekly sessions
  • Phase two (Maintenance) consists of 6 sessions occurring fortnightly
  • Phase three (Reflection) consists of 6 sessions occurring once a month

In the upcoming phase, Empower session dates are:

  • Hemel Hempstead (Held at JFK school) – Starting from May 2021 (For 48 weeks) - 5- 6:30pm or 6:30pm – 8pm

Please use this link to download the editable referral form and please review this poster for more information about the project.



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