October 2020

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St Albans and Dacorum District Bulletin

St Albans and Dacorum - News Bulletin

October 2020

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 familiesfirst.support@hertfordshire.gov.uk and please put "Newsletter update" in the subject box, thank you.


Healthy Start Vouchers

The County Council is trying to reach over five thousand Hertfordshire families who are missing out on £100’s of food and milk vouchers.

Please see our article on the Healthy Start Vouchers and see the figures below from the NHS (August 31st 2020), which details the numbers of individuals taking up the Health Care Vouchers in your districts.

For more information, please contact Barbara Alexander or Gary Vaux at HCC’s Money Advice Unit on 01438 843456.


Dyslexia Support Group

For more details of the Dacorum online Dyslexia support group and the upcoming meeting, please click here.


Community Dacorum Action

CAD are running some FREE English for Speakers of other Languages courses. 10 weekly interactive lessons, more information can be found here


The Henry Programme

Working alongside BeeZee Bodies, Henry offers parents with children under 5 an online healthy families programme.

The programme is completely free for families and runs online for 1 hour each week over 8 weeks. We currently have programmes running on a Tuesday morning, Wednesday evening and Thursday afternoon.

Over the 8 weeks we cover the following topics using a partnership approach which is strengths based and solution focused.

  • Session 1: Let’s get started (what’s a healthy person? Goal setting)
  • Session 2: Balancing acts (balance of foods and looking after self in terms of ‘me’ time)
  • Session 3: Needs and demands- parenting strategies
  • Session 4: Tuning into mealtimes- healthy habits
  • Session 5: Time to be active
  • Session 6: Eating Healthily- lunchboxes, Portions and food labels
  • Session 7: Let’s focus on feelings (listening and empathy)
  • Session 8: The way forward (celebrating what parent have achieved and handing out certificates)

Please view the Henry flyer and a Henry Programme referral form gives the referral criteria so please do refer any parents who are eligible.


Dacorum Borough Council - useful links for activities

Arts and culture

Herts Year of Culture – countywide activity:https://www.creativehertfordshire.com/whats-online/

Herts Year of Culture  - Dacorum activity:http://www.dacorum.gov.uk/home/community-living/community-partnerships/hertfordshire-year-of-culture

Electric Umbrella – inclusive music charity offering a programme of online music activities ‘EUTV’ https://www.electricumbrella.co.uk/

Herts Inclusive Theatre –live and interactive activities online including drama, yoga and games/arts & crafts https://hit-theatre.org.uk/whats-on/events

Sport and Physical Activity

Herts Disability Foundation Online Activity Sessions: https://www.hertsdisabilitysportsfoundation.com/online-sessions-1

Herts Sports Partnership – Work out from Home Platform: https://sportinherts.org.uk/workoutfromhome/#content

Active Dacorum

Active Dacorum Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ActiveDacorum

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