Health and wellbeing news from Welwyn Hatfield week beginning 15th November

Sharing local updates on health and wellbeing services, events, training courses, funding etc

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News for the week beginning 15th November 

Welhat Healthy Hub Monthly Pop Up Clinics - Find your happy!

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Our Healthy Hub Pop Up Clinics are taking place every 3rd week of the month

  • Tuesday at Hatfield Library and Hatfield Foodbank

  • Wednesday at Wewlyn Garden City Library 

Our team will be there along with special guest services operating free programmes to sign up to for the following programmes;

Weight management, NHS Health Checks, Mental health support, Addiction support, Digital Inclusion Projects, Stop Smoking, Personal Development courses, Healthy eating, Homelessness support services, Energy Saving services and much more! 

November's Healthy Hub Pop Up Clinic special guest is Herts Viewpoint and Mind in Mid Herts

Herts Viewpoint and Mind in Mid Herts will be with our Healthy Hub Team to sign people up to their amazing addiction and mental health support programmes.

When and where

Tuesday November 16th

  • Hatfield Library 10.00am-1pm-Mind in Mid Herts
  • Hatfield Library 10.00am-4.30pm-Healthy Hub Staff
  • Hatfield Foodbank 12.00pm-2pm- Healthy Hub Staff

Wednesday 17th November

  • WGC Library 10am-4.30pm-Herts Viewpoint and Healthy Hub Staff

You can just turn up to see us no need to book.

To find our more get in touch with us by email or complete the Healthy Hub Enquiries form here

Dementia Café thriving after local community donations by Home Instead


A local Dementia Friendly Community Café has received £1,000 in donations thanks to local fundraising efforts. The donations will be put towards the Digswell-based café's activities, community events and social outings.

Welwyn Garden City Runners donated £800 which they raised at a local village fundraising event in conjunction with the organisers of the Welwyn Festival.

The Mayor, Cllr Peter Hebden bequeathed £200 in support of the Locality Budget Scheme.

The Café is ran by Home Instead Welwyn and Hatfield's dementia trainer and champion, Jane Andrews, the donations will also go towards the café's annual Christmas party on the 21st of December which is open to everyone from the community for 3 hours of Christmas joy, entertainment plus social interaction.

The café provides a safe and welcoming environment and helps reduce the stigma associated with dementia by supporting those affected plus educating the local community on the neurological condition.

Dementia Champion at Home Instead Welwyn and Hatfield, Jane Andrews commented: "We have been overwhelmed by the generosity and hard work of the community, we can't thank them enough for their kind donations. It's brilliant to see local community events up and running after a year of little activity due to the pandemic, and we are very excited to welcome everyone on 21st December."

Owner of Home Instead Welwyn and Hatfield, Aakash Pattni said: "A huge part of our services offered at Home Instead is our specialist dementia care. Our CAREGivers are trained to support those living with the condition continue to live well independently in their own homes.

"The café has been a huge part of educating the community on dementia and Jane has been at the forefront of this effort. It's fantastic to be able to host events like our Christmas party and we look forward to doing more in the future."

To find out more about the Dementia Friendly Community Café and Home Instead's Welwyn and Hatfield home care services visit Click here or call 01707 240 650

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Bereavement and Loss Workshops with NESSie

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Free workshop for parents/carers supporting children with additional needs

This online training aims to enable parents/carers to develop their confidence in supporting their children with bereavement and loss.Exploring strategies to support their children to discuss aspects of bereavement and loss, including divorce and separation.The workshop provides a space to look at and identify effective support and management for the whole family.

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Date: Tuesday 30 th November 2021

Time: 1:00 - 2.30pm Venue:

Online. A link will be sent out via email on the morning of the training.

Cost : FREE. Funded by Hertfordshire County Council.

Booking essential!

 To book a place click here

Pop up vaccination clinic now available in Hatfield Town Centre on 21st Nov and 4th Dec 

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Queensway Health Centre Hatfield, AL10 0LF Sunday 21 November AND Saturday 4 December 10am-3.30pm


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Click here to find out more

Dog TV: A new TV channel for dogs launches in the UK

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Dog TV will help to alleviate some of the behavioural problems that can arise when dogs are left alone

If your dog barks when it sees a fellow pup on the screen, then you'll be pleased to know that a brand new television channel created specifically for dogs launched in the UK on Monday 8th November.

Following three years of research, Dog TV is a unique streaming service that has been designed to alleviate stress, anxiety and loneliness in dogs throughout the day. With programs scientifically made to provide the right company for our furry friends, owners can look forward to shows including The Dog ChefRoad DogsPaws For LoveThings We Woof AboutThe Adoption Show, and Meet The Breed.

Dog TV was developed after researchers looked into the physiological and psychological needs of animals, as well as what can help them feel more stimulated or relaxed when needed. Unlike normal TV, the colours, audio frequencies and camera alignment have been altered to cater to dog senses.

Step2Skills November Courses late additions

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Some late additions to our November calendar of courses. These are 2-week courses, of which many do have evening options. Some are running online and others are running in our Hertfordshire venues. They are all FULLY-FUNDED, meaning there is no cost to Hertfordshire residents;

  1. Understanding your mind
  2. Festive Creative Paper Crafts
  3. Crochet for Beginners - Festive Snowflakes
  4. Getting to Grips with Google Apps
  5. Introduction to Customer Services
  6. Festive Bunting Making - Knitting for Beginners

For Hertfordshire residents looking to gain English or maths qualifications who would prefer to discuss the different options to someone face-to-face, Step2Skills are running some 'Meet the Teacher' sessions at Borehamwood, Stevenage and Waltham Cross over the next month.The person can come along, meet one of the English and maths curriculum team and discuss any questions they may have about embarking on a qualification course.

Find out more here

FREE mental health and wellbeing webinars taking place next week as part of Just Talk week 15 - 21 November 2021

Over 35 partners in Hertfordshire work together to promote good mental health and wellbeing as part of the Just Talk campaign. The webinars have been split up by audience; parents and carers; young people; and professionals.

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We CAN Cancer Exercise Rehabilitation classes launch in Hertfordshire

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We CAN is a cancer exercise rehabilitation programme for people affected by cancer living in Hertfordshire.

The 12-week bespoke group exercise programme is designed to help people overcome the side effects of cancer treatment. It's also a great opportunity to make friends and get ongoing support.

The programme is delivered by a qualified Level 4 Cancer Exercise Rehabilitation Specialist. If you wish to talk to them before joining, please call 07902 133707.

The local We CAN location is: Birchwood Leisure Centre, Longmead, Hatfield, AL10 0AN

The programme criteria and referral form can be found at Herts Sports Partnership's website,

or contact the Programme Coordinator Alicja Polak on 07902 133707 or email to make an enquiry.

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