Health and wellbeing news from Welwyn Hatfield week 23

Health and wellbeing news from the community

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Week beginning 14th June

This week we are celebrating Small Charity Week to say thank you to all the small charities that have worked so hard throughout the pandemic!

Earthworks a local small charity in St Albans have created a lovely video to capture the beautfy of a garden throughout a day 

Watch a day unfold in their eco-gardens in their slow video.The natural world supports our wellbeing. So slow down. Relax. Find inspiration in the rhythms of nature at Earthworks.

Communities 1st are celebrating Small Charity Week too!

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If you are a small charity then check out what Communities 1st have to offer during Small Charity Week. They are hosting lots of free webinars and advice sessions to support their member organisations, as well as taking the opportunity to shout about the amazing work you are all doing.

Click here to find a list of events happening throughout the week

Join us this week on the Heart Bus at Campus West Car Park WGC on June 16th 10am-4pm and Birchwood Leisure centre Hatfield on the 17th and 18th of June

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Drop in for a cuppa, a chat & a chance to learn about Mindfulness and the benefits it can bring. It's a great way to quieten our minds by focusing on the 'here & now.' and feel more relaxed.

The Heart Bus are offering taster sessions in;

Mindfulness Taster sessions (20 minutes)

-          Mindfulness Workshops (35 minutes)

-          Introduction to Listening Space (15 minutes)

-          Listening Space workshops (45 minutes)

-          Heart Intelligence Practise with biofeedback sensors (20 minutes)

Find out more about The Heart Bus 

Herts Health Walks is open again...Welcome back !

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Pre-book your Health Walk today!

Health Walks are delighted to relaunch their Covid-19 Safe Health Walks. They would like to say a big THANK YOU to all their wonderful volunteers for helping to bring back so many much-loved walks.

Please take a look at our website to find your local walk programme.

Please also read our Covid-19 guidelines for walkers before booking your walks.

To book your Health Walks please call on 01992 555888 Monday to Friday 9am - 3pm.

Booking is required and you will be able to book walks several weeks in advance.

If you are new to Health Walks and have not yet registered please register here.

It's Learning Disability Week from 14th -20th June

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The theme is art and creativity. Mencap have found that people with learning disabilities are up to twice as likely to experience mental health problems due to the challenges they face which can include discrimination.

Being creative is a great way to boost positivity and help those with learning disabilities to connect with others. Click on the links for more information and some great activities: https://www.mencap.

Click here to find out what what our local learning disabilities service has to offer Hands on Day Centre


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Yep, that's right, Wednesday 16th of June is the first ever #WorldRefillDay, a global public awareness campaign to prevent plastic pollution and to help people live with less waste...

What the campaign will be doing?

Getting reusables back on the menu and show the world it's easy to #ChoosetoReuse, helping individuals live with less plastic and encouraging them to refill. Say NO to using more pointless single-use plastic, and join the millions across the globe.

How can you get involved? It's easy! 

 Download the Refill App Here and use it to find places near you to refill your reusables

New Leaf Recovery and Wellbeing College Launches New Website

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New Leaf Recovery and Wellbeing College has launched a new website. As well as new pictures, content and a sleeker design, the new site allows for more functionality and better accessibility; making it easier to use different browser features as well as mobile and tablets.

Visitors can read the stories of students who have attended the student development programme and visit the 'what can help' section, which encompasses all blogs, informative recovery focused articles and previous newsletters.

The website shows upcoming courses on the new 'book a course section' as well as detailed information about each of all the courses that the college runs on the Course A-Z page.

Student account

Visitors can also send in new course suggestions, submit their interest in a course not currently running and students who log into their account will see a history of their past and present courses bookings.Once in their account, students can also view access only materials and cancel their place on courses they can no longer attend with a click of a button!

To make this new website possible, the college worked collaboratively with staff, designers and developers, as well as with the student council and those enrolled on the college development programme. The programme allows all students enrolled in the college the opportunity to move forward in their recovery, gain additional skills and contribute to various projects within the college.

Check out the new website:

Complete this survey and have your say about violence against woman

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Following the death of Sarah Everard earlier this year, the County Community Safety Unit (CCSU) are currently producing a needs assessment on Violence Against Women and Girls. As part of this piece of work, they are undertaking a public survey of Hertfordshire residents to understand their experiences and feelings of personal safety.

The survey is now open and will remain open until Friday 9th July and can be accessed using the web link below.

The survey is open to all.

Access the survey here

Welwyn Hatfield Community Fund 

The Community Fund has been set up to encourage and develop participation in sport, leisure and recreational participation at all levels and by all sections of the community within Welwyn Hatfield, in the interest of social welfare, physical and mental health and to advance the education of the public in leisure activities.

The fund has so far supported a variety of projects over the past 2 years, and welcomes applications for new initiatives that promote physical and mental health for the local community. The fund is always open with no deadlines for funding, applications are discussed monthly.

Click here to find out more about the fund