Hearts Helping Herts
Meeting of Minds Craft Cafe – COMING SOON!
As discussed this morning, we are currently planning our next project named, Meeting of Minds Craft Cafe. This is a social group that will run in conjunction with The Food Pantry service from The Beaumont Community Centre. We anticipate to deliver our first group on Tuesday 8th April from 2-4pm (TBC) and it will run on a weekly basis.
Although we have been blessed with funding from Comic Relief to deliver this project (mostly for group/art therapy sessions), we plan to ask for a small donation of £2pp to be used toward the costs of craft materials. Refreshments and snacks will be provided free of charge’ donated by Tesco (Lynn) and Morrisons (Clare).
Join Francine Swaby & Lesley Chance for their award-winning Handling Anger in Your Child with Autism or ADHD course is running again on zoom: 
Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm to 8.30pm 
April 20th 27th 
May 4th 11th 18th 25th 
Only 12 free places available for parents living in Hertfordshire parenting children of primary school age


New online Tai Chi course
Wormley & Turnford Big Local, in collaboration with Community Voluntary Services for Broxbourne and East Herts (CVSBEH) have plans to run a free six-week online Tai Chi course, starting by the end of February.
We would greatly appreciate your comments regarding the best times to do so.
Please complete the following questionnaire if you are interested in the course.

School Closures 8.2.2021


We have been notified that some of our schools are closed today due to the weather conditions.  Please check your school is open before leaving home today




What a busy week the team have had …………………
We have:
What a fantastic achievement – I really do appreciate my team.  They make me proud every day, every week.  They always go beyond their job role, because they genuinely care for the families they support
So very proud to be their manager


Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

As the number of cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK grows, the Council is working closely with Hertfordshire County Council, Public Health England and partners to respond to the situation. 

National lockdown measures

From Wednesday 6 January, Broxbourne, along with the rest of England was placed under national lockdown measures. 

You must stay at home, other than for legally permitted reasons such as:

Non-essential retail and close contact services, such as hairdressers and beauty salons, must close.

 All hospitality venues, such as restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars must close but can continue to operate take-away or delivery services.  

The wearing of face coverings in many indoor settings is mandatory unless you are exempt. Information on where this is applicable can be found on the use of face coverings page. 

People should work from home if they can.

Leisure centres, gyms and swimming pools must close. Outdoor sports sessions cannot operate.

All schools and education settings are closed to pupils, other than those children of key workers or vulnerable children.

You can meet one person from another household or support bubble outdoors for exercise purposes only. You must not meet anyone indoors.

This overview of what national lockdown measures mean for residents and businesses is a useful, at a glance guide. Full details are available here.

New national NHS letters issued – inviting patients to book their own vaccination appointments

These are letters from the national NHS system and are being sent out to people aged 80 and over. If you’ve already had your first dose of the vaccine at either a local vaccination hub run by GPs or in a hospital, you can ignore this letter. The practice or hospital is responsible for arranging your appointment for your second jab.  

If you haven’t had your first vaccination yet (and you are aged 80 or over), you can choose to book an appointment for yourself using the web address or phone number in the letter you have received.  If you book in this way, your vaccination will take place at a venue called Robertson House, close to the centre of Stevenage.  Alternatively, you can choose to have your vaccination in your local area instead. Your GP practice will contact you as soon as possible to offer you an appointment – you do not need to contact them.

How the Council is responding to the situation

The Council is monitoring the situation and can reassure residents and businesses that contingency plans are in place that set out how services will operate in the event of disruption to normal business. The Council will seek to continue to deliver day-to-day services although as the virus spreads throughout the community, reduced staffing levels may mean it is not possible to do so. 

The Council has a responsibility to protect the community (especially those who are vulnerable), protect staff and to maintain priority services. The Council has prioritised the following services and will redeploy staff as necessary:

Council facilities that are closed

Following the government’s announcement and to protect the public and staff, the following Council facilities are closed to the public until further notice:

The Council will keep this under review as the government’s guidance changes.

Current guidance from Public Health England

Current advice is that those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) should take particular care to follow social distancing measures. This group of people includes those who, for example, are:

This is not an exhaustive list.

Hands. Face. Space.

There are three simple actions we must all do to keep on protecting each other.

What to do if you have symptoms

Book a test if you have one of the following symptoms: 

To book a test, visit

How long to stay at home

Guidance on how long you need to self-isolate for depending on different circumstances can be found on the NHS website.

Free parking for NHS staff and social care workers

If you work for the NHS or work in social care, the Council will provide you with free parking for the duration of the lockdown. You can register for your free pass by sending an email to parking control from your NHS email address. The email must contain your vehicle registration number. If you do not have an NHS email address, you can send us a letter from your employer as confirmation. 




Our 2020 Christmas appeal has again supported so many families, but this year, during a pandemic, we excelled with the support from the community and local organisations.   

This is our newsletter update with all the people that made this possible…


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