Health and wellbeing news from Welwyn Hatfield week 6

This week we are featuring news for the half term period this February

Half term food vouchers

 Week 6 in Welwyn Hatfield

Just Talks Young Person Webinar 17 February

It may feel stressful or overwhelming for young people due to the impact of COVID-19, especially with all the changes we are having to make to our normal routines.

The aim of this webinar is to:

  • Provide an overview of COVID-19
  • Update on what's happening in Hertfordshire
  • Address some of the questions raised by young people
  • Or just want to know about the issues

Register now


£15.00 Food Vouchers for February half term

Half term food vouchers

Did you know you could receive a £15 food voucher for the February half term, if your child is eligible for a Free School Meal? It is not too late to apply. Click the link to find out more . The process is quick and easy.

If you're entitled to free school meals, speak to your school or college who are arranging food parcels or national food vouchers whilst pupils are at home.

Infant aged children (reception, years 1 and 2) will only get support while at home if families are in receipt of qualifying benefits - to check or apply,

Here for you NHS

Here for you logo

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) and Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) have launched a new support service in response to the pandemic, specifically for people who work in healthcare, social care, the voluntary sector or not-for-profit sector.

Here for you is an overarching service which prioritises staff needs, signposts you to the right help at the right time, provides a priority referral if needed and helps rebuild resilience levels. It is run by experts in the mental health field and confidentiality is paramount.

Whether you need to talk to somebody, seek advice on where to find specific resources, receive counselling, attend a group sessionor organise a team debrief from a particular situation, they are here for you.

You can call them 24/7 to confidentially talk through any problems you're facing, whatever they may be, on 0344 257 3960. Alternatively, you can email:

Library Facilities and Information Service is now OPEN


Welwyn Garden City Library is re-open for browsing

Social distancing measures will be in place at our libraries, including:

  • queue management
  • screens on enquiry desks
  • hand sanitiser stations
  • and quarantine areas for returned books

Click to see the latest library updates

Libraries Events and things to do are still online

We aren't able to run events and activities in library buildings, but we have events, reading groups and lots more available online.Join us on Facebook for one of our Baby Rhyme Time or Story Time session by clicking on this link

The Daylight hours are getting longer-Time to start gardening


Now spring is on its way there are so many gardening jobs to do indoors or in a greenhouse to get ready for planting outside.You can start to grow your own Chillies, Peppers and Tomatoes from seeds indoors in February.Click the link to find resources and advice from RHS

Dog Thefts have reached an unpresidental high during lockdown


Dog theft increased by 250% in 2020 as demands for puppies during lockdown has grown. Sadly, many pedigree dogs are being stolen from peoples back gardens and used for intensive breeding.

As the number of dog thefts reach an unprecedented high, it's important for owners to know how to prevent their dog getting stolen and to take preventative steps to keep their pet safe.

Take a look at these 13 tips to help prevent your dog from being stolen by Clicking the link