Community Partnerships

The Community Partnerships and Wellbeing team is committed to ensuring that Dacorum residents and communities have opportunities to thrive, improve their mental and physical wellbeing and come together to build resilience. Dacorum is an exciting and beautiful place to live, and the team wants to celebrate what is already happening, as well as support new and exciting activities and projects for residents and groups to get involved with.

The team supports a number of different initiatives and projects - from mental health intervention projects, events (such as pop-ups and Armed Forces Day), working with Everyone Active on a comprehensive and accessible physical activity outreach programme, to ensuring there is a diverse range of cultural opportunities and activities made available to all and offering grants to community groups.

Physical activity and sport

Want to be active in Dacorum? One of our main aims is to increase the opportunities for local residents to be more active. We currently have more than 200 sports clubs in the borough, a number of sport and leisure facilities run by Everyone Active and an ever-expanding list of activities for the community. We also have many parks, adventure playgrounds and open spaces that cater for thousands of active residents across Dacorum, including local parkruns.

To find out how you can be more active, please visit our Active Dacorum page.

Fun Palaces

Do you have a talent, hobby or passion you would like to share with others? Would you like to share your enthusiasm and knowledge? Help us make a Fun Palace!

Fun Palaces is a campaign that promotes culture at the heart of community using the combination of arts, craft, science, technology, digital, heritage and sports activities, led by local people for local people.

The local community is invited to come along and share their skills while also having the chance to learn something new on Saturday 5 October 2019 at Hemel Hempstead Central Library.

How to get involved

To get involved, or for information about booking a free table or space for your activity, email community.partnerships@dacorum.gov.uk with your name or group name, contact email and phone number, any Facebook pages or websites and what you would like to do.

More information

For further information, please see our  Fun Palace poster (PDF 521KB).

Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020

Also known as HYOC2020, Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020 is a year to showcase Hertfordshire as a county of creative and cultural opportunity. We're encouraging organisations and individuals from across the sector to get involved.

Five broad objectives have been identified to support the year:

  • Celebrate, share and explore Hertfordshire's arts, culture and heritage 
  • Enable access and participation in arts, culture and heritage for new audiences
  • Increase wellbeing and a sense of belonging through arts, culture and heritage
  • Showcase pathways to education, employment and enterprise in creative and cultural industries 
  • Create new partnerships and new work through skill sharing and new ways of working

Who can get involved in HYOC2020?

Anyone. We want as many people and organisations as possible to get behind this campaign to help Hertfordshire residents find new cultural opportunities. You could be a Parish or Town Council, leisure provider, lunch club leader, arts venue, dance group leader, music teacher, University of Third Age group (U3A), Rotary Club, group of mums, or just a group of friends.

You could be someone who runs a group that has no link to arts, culture or heritage, but would like to encourage your group to try new activities throughout the year.

More information

For further information and to subscribe to the newsletter, please visit the Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020 website. You can also download the  HYOC2020 fact sheet (PDF 160KB). To find out how you can get involved locally, email community.partnerships@dacorum.gov.uk.

Colourful Minds arts wellbeing programme

Colourful Minds is a free arts therapy course. Studies have shown that taking part in an arts activity has a positive influence on mental health and general wellbeing. It can increase self esteem and confidence, reduce feelings of isolation and give those involved a sense of personal achievement. For times, dates and location, please see our  Colourful Minds flyer (PDF 1MB).

To find out more, and register an interest in joining the course, please visit our Colourful Minds page.

Street Champions

Street Champions are volunteers who act as the ‘eyes and ears’ of the community to improve their local area. They can also act as community organisers, helping to motivate and encourage fellow residents to get involved in community events.

The sooner a problem is reported, the sooner it can be resolved. As a Street Champion, you will be helping us to remedy problems quickly by getting the information to us. The scheme is entirely voluntary and you can do as much or as little as you like.

Working with faith and cultural groups

The Neighbourhood Action team is committed to working with faith and cultural groups in Dacorum and will promote integration in and between these groups. New structures are being put in place to work with these groups and ensure that their views are incorporated in Neighbourhood Action plans.

Friends of Gadebridge Park

The Friends of Gadebridge Park (FOGP) is a group of volunteers whose primary function is to represent the views of the public and to provide a link between Dacorum Borough Council, its partners and the residents of Dacorum to ensure that Gadebridge Park is kept in good order for the residents and its visitors.

Looking ahead, the FOGP would like to engage with other groups and businesses to develop the park facilities to increase the number of visitors. By expanding its membership, it can provide a strong voice and be more representative when engaging with official bodies.

The park continues to evolve with many new and exciting developments scheduled. If you are interested in getting involved, please email rob.beauchamp56@gmail.com.

Contact us

Email: community.partnerships@dacorum.gov.uk
Telephone: 01442 228000