Monthly Healthy Hub Bulletin Issue NO16 December 1st

Sharing health and wellbeing information to support you through the Covid19 pandemic. This week we are featuring 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence and National Grief Awareness Week 2nd-8th of December

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16 Days of Action Against DV 25th of November to 10th December 2020

16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence is aimed at businesses to support them to take action against domestic abuse and violence.

Employers have a legal obligation to assess dynamic risk and support the health and safety and wellness of their employees.

Spanning across 16 days from 25th November to 10th December, a theme will be identified each day to explore the various forms of domestic violence.

In doing so, the workplace will be better equipped to acknowledge the signs that indicate it may be going on.

Hertfordshire County Council has set up a domestic violence helpline .If you or someone you know needs support. Call Herts Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy Service (IDVA) on 0300 790 6772 (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm).

Free Legal Advice

If you need legal advice and support if you are a victim of domestic abuse or violence the University of Hertfordshire Clinic has a programme were students (supervised) give free legal advice and support via zoom during lockdown. Click on the link to find out more

National Grief Awareness Week 2nd-8th December 2020

Grief awareness week

The National Grief Awareness Week aim is to normalise grief and get people to talk about a typically uncomfortable subject.

The Good Grief Trust is the leading charity for National Grief Awareness Week. They bring all the UK bereavement services together under one central database.

This year's message for National Grief Awareness Week is 'Share Your Story'. Many people have not been able to share their stories of grief this year.

To find out about National Grief Awareness Events click on the link Events - National Grief Awareness Week

Hertfordshire Libraries would like you to 'Share Stories' to help with Bereavement


The bereaved have often felt alone and isolated in particular during the Covid19 crisis. Sharing stories can help those grieving to know that the person who has died will be remembered and can help the bereaved to process their grief.

There are some wonderful examples of people sharing their stories of grief on the shelves of Hertfordshire Libraries (and on our e-library service BorrowBox) The image above shares just a few. Search our catalogue online to reserve a title for collection.

Five Key Messages to Health and Wellbeing  

CONNECT......and share your experiences during lockdown   

Family Support Services at Isabel Hospice

Isabel Hospiceis a registered charity which provides free palliative care and support for patients and their families living with cancer and other life-limiting conditions throughout eastern Hertfordshire. Their Family Support team offer a range of services which include Adult Counselling, Spiritual Care, Children's Service, and Bereavement Counselling/Support. Please note that at this time our Bereavement service has been extended to offer support for anyone affected by issues relating to Covid-19.For further information call: 01707 382500 option number 4 or email:

Hertfordshire County Council Behaviour Change Unit are looking for participants to take part in their feedback project to gather information on social isolation and loneliness due to Covid19.

The Behaviour Change Unit at Hertfordshire County Councilaim is to gather information from residents to help develop measures to improve health and wellbeing in Hertfordshire during the pandemic.

If you would like to take part in this valuable research project then please contact


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Things are a bit different this year but there are still lots of things to do to enjoy the magic of Christmas in Welwyn Garden City.

​Discover all 8 light installations in Welwyn Garden City town centre by following the Christmas Lights Trail on the LoyalFree app

Download LoyalFree and search for Trails and get scanning at each location to win!

KEEP cope with loss

Coping with Loss Digital Course run by Mind in Mid Herts

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This course supports participants to gain a good understanding of the various types of loss and significant changes that can be experienced. The course helps learners to develop their own strategies to support their mental health whilst experiencing loss. By the end of course participants will be able to:

·       Understand the meaning of loss and change

·       Identify typical reactions and responses to loss

·       Understand their own thoughts and feelings in relation to loss and change

·       Recognise the 5 stages of grief

·       Learn effective tools and strategies to support their mental health and wellbeing.

Click on this link to find out more about the Coping with Loss Digital Course - Mind in Mid Herts

Hertfordshire new Library Service 'Ready Reads' is here to keep us reading during the coronavirus outbreak

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The Government has recognised that library services are essential for local communities and for the health and wellbeing of individuals.

During the pandemic our libraries are offering a service allowing customers to collect a pre-selected book pack to read at home.

Customers will be notified when their books are ready for collection from the door of the library while observing social distancing guidelines.

Click on this link to find out more;Ready Reads or Request a pack online. Customers who are unable to complete the online form can contact us on 0300 123 4049 for assistance.

Free Hertfordshire University Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

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HPFT offer a programme of live online webinars designed to help individuals manage common mental health issues. These webinars provide educational and practical help to support you to learn relevant Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques to make positive change in your life. 

These live introductory and specialist webinars are interactive. This means you will be able to see the presenter/s and send direct messages to them over private chat but they won't be able to see you.

Click on this link to find out more about the webinar details. Just Giving to those suffering during the festive season

Refuge believe that no-one should have to live in fear of violence and abuse. On any given day Refuge supports more than 6,000 clients, helping them rebuild their lives and overcome many different forms of violence and abuse. This festive season Refuge are distributing parcels and gifts to woman and children escaping domestic abuse this Christmas. Donate today and help woman and children fleeing domestic violence this Christmas. Christmas - Refuge Charity - Domestic Violence Help

Over the last decade around one in every twelve older people say they often feel lonely

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Mark Hanna, Director of Operations for Age UK Hertfordshire, says: "Many of our clients are struggling with the increased loneliness and isolation, coupled with losing their freedom and the uncertainty about the future."

He continues: "Our vital services really are a lifeline for so many older people in Hertfordshire who have nobody else."

By signing up to Age UK Hertfordshire's '12 days of winter'challenge, you can help them to continue helping older people.

All you need to do sign up online, choose 12 different activities to complete over 12 days (day 1 run 1 mile, day 2 read 2 books, day 3 ring 3 people) and ask people to sponsor you along the way!

Set up a JustGiving page to allow your friends and family to support you throughout your challenge. This can be linked to Age UK Herts page. Support Age UK Hertfordshire's 12 days of winter challenge and help older people this winter - JustGiving

Hertfordshire Community Foundation are offering a free CHARITY CHRISTMAS TREE to help people in need. In return for a donation you can pick up an organic Nordman fir tree from Sacombe Green (SG12 0JQ) between 9am - 4pm on the weekends of 12th and 13th & 19th and 20th of December 2020. Email to find out how to get your Charity Christmas Tree

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TAKE NOTICE.....there is help and support in our community

Do you think you are being abused (or someone you know is)

Domestic abuse

Herts Sunflower's definition of Domestic Abuse is as follows; 'Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse. It could be physical, sexual, financial or emotional abuse, isolation or the destruction of property and pets. It's usually a pattern of controlling behaviour by someone over someone else. You could feel threatened, intimidated or humiliated. It's rarely a 'one-off' incident and can escalate from name calling or threats to physical or sexual abuse.'

Herts Sunflower are here to help and support you if you or someone you know has been abused. Herts Sunflower offer advice and support for all kinds of abuse.

I think I'm being abused (or someone I know is) click here to contact (

Beacon is Hertfordshire Victim Care Centre and is staffed by professionals from both Hertfordshire Constabulary and Catch 22 an independent organisation commissioned to support victims of crime in Hertfordshire. At Beacon their primary focus is to help you cope and recover from your ordeal. Their team of dedicated and trained professionals will support you every step of the way.

Beacon DA help

If you have not reported the crime to police then help and support is still available to you. Beacon offer independent Case Managers from Catch22 who can provide you with;

·       Emotional support; someone to talk to about what happened and how it's impacted you

·       Practical support, information and assistance

·       Signposting to, or contact with, other agencies that can provide specialist help

·       You can contact their independent Case Managers at Beacon by clicking on this link or call 0300 0115 555 (option 3)                      

BE ACTIVE....throughout the festive season     

Grief and Exercise A 2017 study by the Black Dog Institute found regular exercise of any intensity can help prevent depression - and just one hour a week can help.

"Exercise is a very good and positive tool that people can use while grieving, mainly because it triggers that release of neurotransmitters and the release of endorphins," explains counsellor Sharon Stallard, who is trained in helping people cope with bereavement.

There are many ways to be active across Welwyn and Hatfield during the festive season whether you are dealing with a low mood from isolating during lockdown or grieving for a loved one or you have just eaten one too many mince pies during the festive season.

Oh Ladies Running Club in Hatfield have set out a great 12 Days of Christmas Challenge.They suggest some fun and light hearted activities to keep you entertained whilst running in the cold.

12 days till Christmas

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