Health and wellbeing news from Welwyn Hatfield week 7

This week we are featuring news for the last week in February

Spring Time in Welhat

Week 7 in Welwyn Hatfield...Spring is on its way

The HAPpy Holidays Activities Programme-Starts this Easter

HAPpy Activities programme

Hertfordshire County Council has joined forces with the Herts Sports Partnership and the Hertfordshire Community Foundation, to organise a programme for the forthcoming Easter Holidays aimed at countering the triple inequalities facing Hertfordshire's most disadvantaged young people - holiday hunger, physical inactivity and social isolation.

Programmes can be led by a range of organisations from public, private and community & voluntary sectors.

Delivered across Hertfordshire throughout the Easter holidays, the HAPpy: Holiday Activities Programme will be a welcome boost to some of those facing the greatest need at this time. In the light of ongoing restrictions and uncertainty, the programmes - subject to any prevailing lockdown restrictions - will be held at a range of venues including schools, community halls, parks and leisure centres. Additionally, the scheme is being twin tracked to include a comprehensive online menu of opportunities for young people to stay active and keep connected.

The grants programme for the Easter holidays is being administered by the Herts Community Foundation and will open on the Wednesday 10th February. Anyone hoping to deliver at Easter is encouraged to find out more about the criteria of the programme.

The HAPpy programme will also be running for four weeks of the summer holidays and one week at Christmas. Further details for these holidays will be released in due course.

For more information please contact Jane Shewring at 

Febuary 22nd-28th is National You Can Care Week 

You Can Care Week is run by Homeinstead

The main objective of the #YouCanCare is to encourage people who haven't thought about working in care to apply. Especially as Homeinstead look for CAREGivers who are passionate about care and would like to give back by supporting and encouraging the elderly to access the community and maintain their independence.Click this link to find out about their vacancies

Age UK Carer's checklist

Youcancare Age UK

Whether you've just started looking after a loved one or have been supporting someone for a while, this checklist will help you get the support and information you need. Click the link

Free PPE poster

If you are an unpaid carer supporting someone who is ill, disabled, has a mental health condition or misuses drugs or alcohol, and you would like to access some free PPE please contact Carers in Herts on 01992 58 69 69 or email  with 'PPE for carers' in the subject line and include your name, address and contact details. Click the link to find out more

Now spring is here why not listen to the RHS Gardening Podcast-What have plants ever done for us?


Writer, broadcaster and houseplant obsessive James Wong encourages us to face our fear of killing plants and reap the incredible benefits of indoor gardening. There's never been a better time to think outside the (plant) pot, curating miniature worlds at home and getting creative with alternative planting spaces such as terrariums.

Head of RHS Libraries Fiona Davison explores the history of plant medicine prior to next week's launch of the Healing Garden online exbitition.

'Gardening with the RHS' offers seasonal advice, inspiration and practical solutions to gardening problems. Trusted gardening professionals give you the latest horticultural advice, scientific research and tried and tested techniques to bring out the best in your garden.

Click the link to access the podcast

Take part in Hertfordshire Healthwatch Vaccination Surveys

vaccination site

Share your thoughts

The national COVID-19 vaccination programme is well underway in Hertfordshire, with both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneza vaccines being given to local residents. Whether you have had the vaccine or not, Healthwatch want to hear from you.

  • If you have already received the vaccine, please share your experiences here.
  • If you have not yet received your vaccine, please share your views here.

By sharing your views, you are helping local NHS services understand you better and improve things where needed. Both surveys are open until 11th May 2021.  

Click the link to take part