Hertfordshire families can now sign up to the new Family Centre Service which is now fully operational.
The new service will bring together Children’s Centres, Health Visiting and the School Nursing Service to deliver a shared purpose for families from pre-birth through to 19 years to have the best possible start in life and throughout childhood.
Hertfordshire County Council commissioned three providers to support the new service; Barnardo’s, One YMCA and InspireAll will deliver the Family Support Contracts (pre-birth to 11 years). Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust will continue to provide the contract for Health Visiting and the School Nursing Service (pre-birth to 19 years).
For more information on the new Family Centre Service, and to register, please visit the Family Centre website
The family centre service can help before your baby’s born, right through to when they want to play and get messy.
Anyone can come along, whether you’re coping fine or having a struggle.
You don’t have to pop in to a centre – check out our parent’s survival kit with info and advice you can trust.
Shape Up sessions are due to be held in Potters Bar from 22 April, every Monday between 7.30pm and 9pm at Cranborne Primary School.
The Shape Up programme is aimed at men aged 18 to 65 with a Body Mass Index of 30 or over and consists of a 90 minute weekly session, which breaks down into a 30-minute educational segment followed by a 60-minute physical activity session.
For more details and to register, please visit the Shape Up Website
Just Talk is a multi-agency campaign, steered by young people.
In 2017, a group of professionals from various agencies in Hertfordshire came together to discuss the issue that current mental health services, projects and campaigns were better meeting the needs of girls than boys.
As a result of this meeting, extensive research and consultation took place with teenage boys across Hertfordshire.
The Just Talk campaign was born.
Coordinated by the Public Health team at Hertfordshire County Council, partners have given their time and expertise to ensure that the quality resources and information available here, and the direction of the campaign, meets the needs of young people.
To find out more visit the website for lots of resources and information.
We have had to move Monday evening yoga for two weeks as there will be no heating at Allum Hall. Please note on Monday 21 & Monday 28 January Yoga will take place at Meryfield Primary School, Theobald St, Borehamwood, WD6 4PA. Same time 6.30-7.30pm
Yoga will lengthen and strengthen your muscles while you reconnect your mind to your body. Yoga focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing.
A qualified instructor will be on hand to advise you on the best poses for your ability. There is no need to book.
Take a mat if you have one, though the instructor will have some spare. Wear loose, comfortable clothes and no shoes are needed as yoga tends to be performed bare foot.
If you have any queries please call 020 8207 7801 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can now book a six-week block of yoga classes for a discounted rate for the following courses:
Monday evenings 6.30-7.30pm Allum Hall, Borehamwood £6 per week or £30 for 6 weeks or £60 for 12 weeks. Dates Monday 7 January – Monday 25 March.
Tuesday lunchtimes 1-1.45pm, 96 Shenley Road, Borehamwood, £5 per week or £25 for 6 weeks or £50 for 12 weeks. Tuesday 8 January – Tuesday 26 March
Thursday evenings 7.30-8.30pm, Bushey Arena, £6 per week or £30 for 6 weeks or £60 for 12 weeks. Thursday 10 January – Thursday 28 March.
Friday mornings 10-11am, King Charles the Martyr Church, Potters Bar, £6 per week or £30 for 6 weeks or £60 for 12 weeks. Friday 11th January – Friday 29 March.
To book your place, please call 020 8207 7801 or email email@example.com
Hertsmere residents who are looking to get active have a unique opportunity to try a new, fast growing sport at a taster session.
The Pickleball sessions will be taking place at Bushey Grove Leisure Centre on Aldenham Road between 1-2pm starting on Thursday 10 January for six weeks and are aimed at older adults.
The game of Pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island in Washington and is similar to tennis and badminton, but instead of traditional racquets, players hit a ball over a net using paddles made from plywood. The game is named after the Pickle boats familiar to English yachting. The court on which the game is played is similar to a badminton court and measures 20ftx44ft, while the ball is served under arm from behind the baseline.
Point scoring is similar to tennis and play ends when one side commits a fault, such as hitting the ball into the net.
Councillor Caroline Clapper, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Health, said: “This is a unique opportunity for Hertsmere residents to have a go at a new sport or for those who would like to lead a more active lifestyle to try a game that is good, healthy fun and easy to understand.
“If you are looking for an activity that gets you moving, but isn’t too physically tiring, then Pickleball may be the perfect sport for you.”
Sessions cost just £3.50 and can be booked at reception or by calling 01923 470140.
To view a video on Pickleball, visit https://binged.it/2IattSm.
Lace up your trainers and head down to Oakmere Park to play on the first interactive sports court in the country!
The multi-purpose sports court has four goals and is controlled through a game console. It takes all the best elements of outdoor team sports but adds a new dimension. Impact-sensitive panels measure and react to the ball, and the vivid LED lights and audio speakers give players feedback and encouragement on their performance.
The interactive sports court is as entertaining as video games, yet fun, healthy and socially constructive just like outdoor play. With five games to choose from, even regular users of the interactive sports court won’t get bored. It’s aimed at young people in junior school and upwards, so grab your parents, carers, grandparents or friends and head down to the park!
The interactive sports court was funded by Section 106 money – which is money given to the council through the planning process for local development.
As well as the interactive football court, we have also installed a new Crusader rope swing, which gives people of all ages the challenge of standing or sitting to create the swing motion. This will be opened in mid-November once the safety surface has been fitted.
The equipment is modern, which will hopefully entice more young people to our local parks to use the wonderful facilities that are on offer.
To find out more about the facilities in our parks, visit our website: www.hertsmere.gov.uk/parkfacilities
Join Watford Cycle hub as they aim to cycle 423 miles… the same distance as the Rickshaw Challenge!!
Starting from Watford Cycle Hub, The Pavilion, Holywell Community Centre, Tolpits Lane, Watford WD18 9QD, cycle as many 1 mile (traffic free) loops as you can to help make up the total distance. Each loop will be counted and the miles plotted against the Rickshaw Challenge route.
£1 to enter. Wear yellow or spots and maybe even decorate your bike!!
Get a sponsorship form and be sponsored for each loop you complete. Can you spare an hour or two and lend a hand either being a route marshal, collect money or even a lap recorder! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org We would really appreciate your support as these events!
Topgolf and The Professional Golfers’ Associations’ We Love Golf campaign will team up this month to get the women of Watford and Hertsmere playing golf. The project, that has been designed following several months of research and development by the We Love Golf campaign, will drive women’s interest in trying out golf, give women the chance to hit their first golf ball in a fun and friendly environment, and provide a clear pathway to continued engagement at their local golf club.
The project begins with a free We Love Golf taster session, which will take place at Topgolf Watford, on Tuesday the 20th November. The event will be hosted by Topgolf’s team of PGA Professionals who will be on hand to take participants through the basics, help them hit their own targets and make sure that everyone has fun. This event will help women take the first, often most difficult, swing into golf but the team behind the event will also help direct their route into continued participation.
The We Love Golf campaign launched by The Professional Golfers’ Association earlier this year has identified that learning in groups is one of the key principles to retaining women’s interest in the game. As such, the women who attend the taster session at Topgolf will be offered the chance to sign up to a series of group beginner sessions running through the winter at Aldenham Golf Club. It is hoped that by feeling part of a new community from day one will help build confidence, encourage those next steps and establish the friendship groups that keep women coming back to golf.
General Manager at Aldenham Golf Club, Paul Lancaster, is delighted to be the first Golf Club to benefit from the association between We Love Golf and Topgolf, “The WeLoveGolf campaign in association with Topgolf is exactly the type of activity that the golf industry needs to embrace to get more non-golfers, especially women and girls, engaged with the game of golf. Starting off in the relaxed and fun environment of Topgolf before progressing to our 9 hole Village course is a great route into the game so many of us love and enjoy.”
The PGA’s We Love Golf campaign will continue into 2019 with plans to work in collaboration with industry bodies to stimulate interest in golf and deliver that interest to the people, places and products that support growth of the game.