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Health and Wellbeing

Hertfordshire County Council's Public Health team have been working with us to fund a number of projects which aim to improve our residents' health and wellbeing. The list below details the projects, which are delivered by local businesses, groups and charities in the community. All initiatives are free to take part in and all advice services are confidential.

For enquiries, please email alex.care@dacorum.gov.uk  or call 01442 228436.

Please note: exact date and time of activities in the list can be confirmed direct with the main delivery organisation.

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Health and Wellbeing projects 2016 - 2018

  • M-ASK Wellbeing Drama Programme

    Delivered by Trestle Theatre Company/Old Town Hall/Resident Services

    A 12-week programme held at The Old Town Hall in Hemel Hempstead using theatre techniques for young people aged over 11 suffering from stress, anxiety, depression and other conditions affecting mental wellbeing. You don’t need any experience to take part; all Dacorum residents are welcome, from absolute beginners to the more experienced. Runs from 26 January 2017 to 4 May 2017, programmes available every Thursday evening (term time only). For more information, visit www.dacorum.gov.uk/M-ASK.

  • ParksHerts app

    ParksHerts app: interactive Hertfordshire map for parks/open spaces

    An app to encourage physical activity and leisure use of parks and open spaces in Hertfordshire, which will launch in spring 2017. This will provide a variety of information including opening times, events, walking/cycling pathways, children’s equipment, nature trails, disabled facilities and access routes. Currently under development with the University of Hertfordshire. For more details visit the ParksHerts website.

  • Assist

    Delivered by Dacorum Community Trust

    Support for individuals, families, organisations at times of crises, providing face-to-face and financial support to improve their overall lifestyle. Starting with an assessment, you will be fully supported and receive guidance on how to sustain a good level of wellbeing. For more information, please visit the Dacorum Community Trust website.

  • Community Outreach

    Delivered by Citizens Advice Dacorum

    This advice service is open to everyone in the community. Advisors are trained on a variety of topics including benefits, employment, housing, education, health and family issues.

    Appointments are available at the following GP surgeries: Parkwood Drive Surgery in Gadebridge every Monday morning, Parkwood Drive Surgery in Warners End every Tuesday afternoon, Coleridge House Medical Centre in Woodhall Farm every Monday afternoon. And at the following children’s centres every Thursday morning on a rotational basis: Cedar Tree in Woodhall Farm, Green Lane in Leverstock Green, Windmill in Adeyfield. For more information please see the leaflet below.

     Health and Wellbeing in the community (PDF 1MB)

  • Housing Tenancy and Wellbeing

    Targeted support for council and private housing tenants who are vulnerable and in high need of additional assistance through face-to-face engagement to ensure they sustain a successful tenancy and good level of wellbeing. Set to launch in October 2016, trained staff can support, where required, on health and wellbeing, debt and money advice, employment and training, home and repairs. Contact your housing officer for more information.

  • Conflict Resolution Training

    Delivered by Mediation Hertfordshire

    Launching in September 2017, training will be available to specific groups in the community, including residents aged over 60, care leavers and young carers to ensure they are empowered to deal well with conflict in daily life. This will explore skills including active listening skills, recognising feelings, becoming aware of emotions, how they affect action and individuals, understanding what conflict is and how it can escalate. For more information, please visit the Mediation Hertfordshire website or call 01442 268044.

  • Smokefree Play Areas

    A borough-wide refresh on signage in all Dacorum’s play areas to include Smokefree guidance and regulations. Set to launch in spring 2017. It's designed to encourage good practice around children and young people.

  • Exercise Referral Scheme

    Delivered by Sportspace

    Support for Sportspace to ensure successful delivery of the Hertfordshire Exercise Referral Scheme in Dacorum. This 12-week exercise scheme is offered to residents if they meet certain criteria - for example, if they are inactive or have an unhealthy Body Mass Index / blood pressure levels. For more information, please email james.sexton@sportspace.co.uk or call 01442 507107.

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Health and Wellbeing projects completed 2014 - 2016

  • Green Active Explorer
    Encouraged more than 15 families to travel sustainably to 14 visitor attractions and increased physical activity levels. A 10-week campaign period, with a prize draw as an incentive.
  • Health, Exercise and Nutrition for the Really Young (HENRY)
    Delivered an eight-week health, exercise, nutrition programme aimed at improving parenting skills, emotional wellbeing, and encouraging a healthier lifestyle. Fifteen families attended from target areas identified as experiencing significant health inequalities. A crèche was provided, ensuring childcare was not a barrier to attending.
  • Eat Better, Start Better
    Delivered two cooking sessions for 20 families in target areas with high child obesity. It educated families on how to cook specific meals together. They learnt about healthy recipes, food choices, safety and hygiene routines. Each family received a cooking club folder to encourage sustained behaviour change.
  • Local Food Co-ordinator

    Delivered by: Sunnyside Rural Trust

    Educated residents on healthy lifestyles, cooking on a budget, local food and ‘grow your own’. More than 10 community events were held, with focus on families in areas of high deprivation and older people. Twenty-four weekly intense growing courses were held for around 40 residents, plus school sessions. A cookbook was created and given out to more than 500 residents. A local food survey to aid future engagement was completed by more than 1,000 residents.

  • Self-Harm Fast Track Service

    Delivered by: Signpost

    Offered priority access one-to-one counselling via a fast-track referral process which reduced the level of self-harm and reduced the likelihood of accident and emergency admissions. Sixteen young people were supported through a total of 156 counselling sessions, evaluated using the CORE tool.

  • Families Feeling Safe

    Delivered by: Sure Start Children's Centres

    Delivered an eight-week programme which improved parents' effectiveness, increased parental satisfaction, decreased emotional and behavioural issues to overall improve social relationships with children. Twenty-one families attended from target areas identified to experience significant health inequalities. A crèche was provided.

  • Youth Action Entertainers
    Targeted 55 socially isolated older people and engaged them in performances by 20 youth volunteers including dance, poetry and singing. Participants and performers experienced increased wellbeing through activities and learning about other opportunities in the area to engage, including Get Set, Go: Let’s Dance.
  • Let’s Talk

    Delivered by: Mediation Hertfordshire

    Provided high-level long-term mediation support to nine families in dispute with health issues affecting attainment and attendance. Support included one to one and round table sessions.

  • Dementia Community Support Service

    Delivered by: Age UK Dacorum

    Delivered a dementia friendly community. Set up four new ongoing Cogs clubs and provided intense support for more than 100 residents with dementia and their families/carers. New volunteer base created, with more than 40 volunteers specifically trained to support via text, email, telephone, as well as home and centre face-to-face visits.