Health and wellbeing news, from Welwyn Hatfield. Week ending 22nd July 2022

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

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News for the week ending 22nd July 2022 

Councillors use funds to help create a cleaner, greener and healthier Hertfordshire

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Councillors are provided with Locality Budgets to spend on projects that support Hertfordshire being a county of opportunity for all. These budgets have increased in response to the difficulties brought on by the pandemic. Councillors have been able to support a variety of projects thanks to the additional financing.

  • improving the health and wellbeing of our people
  • protecting and improving our environment
  • supporting the sustainable and responsible growth of our county
  • providing excellent services that are accessible for all

Ensuring that Hertfordshire continues to be a place where people thrive, our places prosper, and our planet is protected.

Benefits for people affected by dementia

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If you are living with dementia, or caring for someone with the condition, you may be eligible for some benefits if dementia affects your ability to work, or if you have extra costs because of it.

Learn about payments from the government to help with paying for care, bills and boosting income.

Benefit Advice

Be mindful with the Samaritans self help app 

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The Samaritans free self-help app is packed with mental health recommendations, plus a handy mood tracker! The app is completely anonymous and allows you to explore your feelings without needing to voice them to anyone.

Samaritans Self Help App

SilverCloud - online self-help programme 

SilverCloud is an online tool to access therapy for symptoms of low mood and anxiety. The online self-help programme consists of evidence-based techniques based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Modules available on SilverCloud include Space from GAD, Space from Depression, Space from Depression and Anxiety and Space from Stress.

After self-referring to the service, patients will be provided with a secure account for SilverCloud and a support worker who will monitor progress throughout and provide guidance and encouragement via regular reviews. SilverCloud is accessible from any device that has an internet connection, at any time of the day, meaning you can work through at your own pace.

Online support | HPFT IAPT Services (

It's Never too Late with the Purple All Stars 

The Purple All Stars is a group of people with learning disabilities who use creative arts to deliver health messages across Hertfordshire. View the Purple Starts video to find out more.

Over 1500 people have already registered for support from the It's Never too Late Campaign, which aims to help older adults in Hertfordshire get more active, and over 600 people have downloaded their free activity pass so that they can start feeling the benefits of moving more.

It's Never too Late to be Active runs until the end of July so there is still plenty of time for you to join in at 

Alternatively, you can call 01992 555627 or drop-in to your local library for help to sign up.

Free Dual Testing Kit collection site coming soon in WelHat 

Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea are the most common sexually transmitted infections in Hertfordshire. If left untreated, Chlamydia can cause a range of problems including infertility. Free and confidential dual testing kits are available for those 15 years of age and over and living in Hertfordshire.

Start looking after your sexual health today!
Order your free Dual Testing kit online

HAPpy camps are back again this summer


HAPpy Camps are holiday activity programmes for children and young people who attend a Hertfordshire school and are in receipt of benefits-related free school meals.

Bookings are now open for more than 45,000 places available at 190 HAPpy (Holiday Activities Programme) camps running across Hertfordshire from 25 July until 31 August.

Eligible children should have already received a booking code from their school. Parents who have not received the code should contact their school office or email

Find out more: HAPpy Activity Camps - Herts Sports Partnership (

Big Summer activities start soon

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BIG Summer will soon be back, and will be taking place between 25 July - 14 August across Welwyn Hatfield. Many fun activities will be available for children, teenagers and families to get involved in.


We've got a fantastic range of activities, from sports to arts & crafts, lined up for you. Whether you're looking for a fun family day out or looking to try something new, there's something for everyone! 

Find all the events and activities on our BIG Summer events calendar.

12th August-Join us at the Woodhall Community Centre Summer Fair


Woodhall Community Centre Peatree

Carers in Herts are calling all Herts Viewpoint service users with mental health issues

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Carers in Herts are seeking up to 6 Viewpoint members to attend their Mental Health Services in Primary Care information session on Friday 29 July.

Speakers: Dr Anna Benson and Dr Rini Saha (GP leads for mental health)
Date: 29 July 2022
Place: The Sportsman Room, Birchwood Leisure Centre, Longmead, Birchwood, Hatfield AL10 0AN
Time: 2.00pm - 3.00pm

To book your place, please email with the subject heading MH Information Event or telephone our office on 01992 586969.

Light sandwich lunch served from 1.30pm

Herts Careline celebrates 40th anniversary of supporting our community

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It's official! Herts Careline's award-winning community alarm and telecare service is celebrating 40 years of providing reassurance and freedom to Hertfordshire residents.

Herts Careline support over 16,000 residents across the county, with support and advice available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, often taking 1,500 calls a day.

They provide assistive technology such as pendant alarms, fall detectors, door sensors, smoke detectors and epilepsy monitors which help those living with medical conditions, old age and vulnerabilities to live more independently in their own homes, in turn providing great reassurance to their families that they are being supported.

New customers who join the service during July and August will receive a gift of bird food Suet Love Hearts as a little memento of the occasion. It's thought that birdwatching is pleasing for improving mental health and wellbeing; and watching garden birds can be a meditative activity, so please enjoy this little life pleasure from us.

If you or someone you know needs help, please visit the careline website 

or call 0300 999 2 999 or email