Active Dacorum

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Active Dacorum is run by the Community Partnerships team. The areas we cover are sports and physical activity, wellbeing and arts and culture. We provide opportunities for our residents through events, sessions, activities and much more!.

We regularly engage with Dacorum residents through our social media pages, providing the latest information and news. If you want to keep in the loop with what’s going on in Dacorum, please visit our Facebook page or Twitter account.

Active Dacorum events 2021

Throughout the calendar year we run a range of events. Please see the table below for more information. Event details will be updated throughout the year.

Active Dacorum events 2021
Event When Details
Walk Dacorum March  Throughout the month of March we invited Dacorum residents to walk 154,800 steps, which is equal to the population of the borough. In total, £720 was raised for the Mayor's chosen charity, the Daisy Foundation. Congratulations and thank you to everyone who took part. 
Wake Up and Dance March to May At 9am each weekday until the end of May we bring you 10 minutes of dance. Join an online community each morning for a 10-minute boogie to some great tunes. Register now for the Zoom link.
Virtual Wellness Festival  31 May to 6 June This week-long, online health and wellbeing festival will feature activities and information from local facilitators and organisations on a different area of health and wellbeing each day. More details coming very soon!
Armed Forces Day June A day of activities held in Gadebridge Park to show gratitude and appreciation for those serving in the Armed Forces.
Pop Ups in the Park July and August Pack your picnics and join us for free family fun days in the summer holidays at selected parks across Dacorum.
National Fitness Day September Join us for some fitness fun, competitive challenges and a battle of the gyms in Hemel Hempstead town centre.
Fun Palace October Enjoy a variety of free creative and cultural activities with local facilitators and community organisations as part of this national celebration.
Your Town October Support what matters locally and take to the streets of Hemel Hempstead by taking part in our 5k community run.
Window Wanderland December Join the community in decorating your windows this Christmas, to create a Dacorum Window Wanderland!

Community projects and initiatives

Active Dacorum community projects and initiatives 
Initiative When Details
Virtual Chatty Cafes February to May Our Virtual Chatty Cafes are a chance for a relaxed and informal 30-minute chat with others in the area on Zoom, each Monday at 1pm. Anyone aged 18 and over from Dacorum is welcome and the sessions are hosted by Jenny from the Chatty Cafe Scheme. To join the chat, email jenny@thechattycafescheme.co.uk and check our Active Dacorum social media channels for updates.
Shape Up January to March Shape Up is a free weight management course consisting of weekly physical activity and nutritional education sessions. The course is run online for 12 weeks. For eligibility and to find out more, visit the Shape Up website
Colourful Minds  April to June 2021 Colourful Minds is a free online 12-week creative therapy course for those aged 18 and over with mild to moderate mental health issues and conditions affecting mental wellbeing. The course is delivered by a qualified Art Therapist from Herts Inclusive Theatre. Find out more about Colourful Minds.
Seated Dance Online April to July 2021 Free online seated dance sessions for adults with Louise from Dacorum Community Dance. The sessions are run on Zoom each Tuesday and are a fun way to improve flexibility and enjoy moving to music from your chair,  particularly suitable for the less able and those with limited mobility.   
Email dacorumdance@gmail.com to book. 
Your Town - We Are Next  All year round  This is a national campaign to help educate children about the importance of health, wellbeing and exercise and the role the community plays in all three.  Download the free lesson plans for schools, parents and carers to help get the next generation moving.
Street Champions  All year round The Street Champions network of volunteers act as the eyes and ears of the community. They help improve an area by organising litter picks, reporting faults and looking after the environment. Find out more about Street Champions.

Sport and physical activity

Dacorum has a range of fantastic sports facilities and venues, whether you’re a beginner or reaching for Olympic standard, we have something for everyone. Find out what’s important to us and our aims over the next few years through our  Sports and Physical Activity Strategy (PDF 3MB).

We work closely with Dacorum Sports Network to offer opportunities for you to be more active in your local area. Together we work with community clubs, volunteer groups and public organisations involved in delivering sport locally to ensure a healthy and active community.

Active Dacorum Hub

The Active Dacorum Community Hub is run in partnership with Apex in the Community and is a multi-activity, inclusive venue based in Hemel Hempstead. From art groups to seated exercise, dance classes to yoga, the opportunities for healthy, active fun are endless. The venue is also available to hire at affordable rates for the community.

Everyone Active

Boasting eight swimming pools (including a lido), gyms and racket sports courts, our local leisure centres in Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted and Jarman Park Athletics Track are run by Everyone Active. These venues provide amazing facilities for you to enjoy and are home to a huge number of sports clubs, from scuba diving to trampolining.

It’s also the main base for Sapphire Gymnastics, where double Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Max Whitlock started his career.

Meanwhile, at the athletics track, you’ll find an eight-lane, 400-metre floodlit track plus a football pitch, clubroom, shower and toilet facilities.

We work in partnership with the Everyone Active Communities team to deliver a range of activities in the community, such as exercise to music and beginner pilates. Book your Everyone Active session online.

Arts and culture

Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020

Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020 (HYOC2020) is a year-long campaign to showcase Hertfordshire’s creative opportunities, working with Creative Hertfordshire and the other nine district and borough councils. In Dacorum, we support and partner with a range of local groups and organisations to run creative projects and activities.

Creative Hertfordshire

Creative Hertfordshire is the online network for the arts and creative community in Hertfordshire. It is a space for creative individuals, businesses and places to share what they do. If you are an artist, producer, creative organisation, creative business or venue, you can create a profile page and showcase your work to others in Hertfordshire and beyond. This is also another great platform to stay up to date with arts and cultural activities across the county.  

Contact

For more information, please email active@dacorum.gov.uk.

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