Community Inclusion Partnership Group: Compassionate Neighbours

Compassionate Neighbours is a community led social movement, tackling loneliness and social isolation, seeking to pair up local people based on shared interests and experiences. We are currently recruiting Compassionate Neighbours over the age of 18 to join this movement in their local area. Please see below our upcoming training dates:

Our next Compassionate Neighbour training days are:

Tuesday 30th July and Friday 2nd August

Thursday 29th and Friday 30th August OR

Saturday 21st and Saturday 28th September

You will be required to attend both days at any of the training events. The course runs from 9.30am – 5pm at Living Well with Isabel at Hall Grove WGC. This is a free training event and lunch will be provided. To confirm your attendance please email or call 07703 808 640.

Set your wellbeing learning goals with us in 2018!

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Did you know people who write down their goals are more likely to achieve them? This January we offer Setting Your Learning Goals workshops throughout Hertfordshire. Head on over to to book your free place;

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New Leaf College Team

Tel 01442 864966

Trefoil House | Red Lion Lane | Hemel Hempstead | HP3 9TE

Mind...Moving in New Directions - Stephen Paul Bunce

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4-30 October 2017

In championing the positive effects that creativity can have on health and wellbeing, Artistsmeet are delighted to feature the work of Stephen Bunce, a resident of Three Rivers who came to work with Hertfordshire Mind, following an enforced stay at a mental health in patient unit in Radlett.

Left with nothing but a biro, Stephen continued to produce art work as a means of survival and a route to recovery. In the unit he met Mind staff who encouraged him on the ward and at discharge, to exhibit his work in order to inspire others.

Hugely influenced by the work of Francis Bacon, Stephen offers an insight and visual guide to the reasons behind his development with regard to knowing what he likes, needs and wants in order to successfully blend all three with the medium of ink

Stephen believes that the collapse after his psychological dilemma led him to experience pure insight and clarity, which has been the driving force to his latest work.

Open Monday-Friday 10am-4pm

Entry is free

Artistsmeet at Watersmeet
High Street

Click here to view the event poster in full

Hertfordshire Community Commissioning - Provider Engagement Events

Dates for your diary… Provider Engagement Events

All four Adult Care Commissioning teams are jointly hosting a series of conversations with local, regional and national organisations. We will be exploring a number of themes from July onwards

We want:

·       To engage with local, regional and national providers who want to be involved in service delivery across Hertfordshire

·       To stimulate growth and cultivate a competitive commissioning market

·       To obtain feedback and innovate the current ways transformation, integration and services are being delivered across the county

·       To learn from best practise in other areas of the UK

·       To feed into and inform the review of our Market Position Statements – documents setting out our commissioning intentions for the coming years

Theme, date and venue

Working with the Community First Strategy

1-5pm, 14th July – Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage

Changing Community Services Together

9-1pm, 12th September – Hampson Park Community Centre, Stevenage

Transforming Supported Living for all

9-1pm, 28th September – Gadebridge Community Centre, Hemel Hempstead

 Providing Support in People’s Homes (Spot Accreditation for All Client Groups)

9-1pm, 16th October – St. Nicholas Community Centre, Stevenage

Launching the Accommodation Strategy

1-5pm, 13th November – Welwyn Civic Centre, Welwyn

Supporting individuals with substance misuse issues

1-5pm, 8th December – St. Nicholas Centre, Stevenage

Please email with the date or dates you are interested in, titled Provider Engagement Events. Agendas will follow closer to the event.

Please click here to view the full flyer.

Between the Ears Deaf Awareness Communication Tactics

What is Between the Ears Project?

Between the Ears Project aims to provide opportunities for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or experiencing hearing loss to meet and enjoy creative activities in a stress-free environment while also building confidence to pursue personal goals and be sign-posted for ongoing support for their condition. Come and meet new people in a friendly environment!

Upcoming groups:

-Deaf Awareness Communication Tactics (For the professionals) Dates: 6th or 23rd May 17 Time: 4pm - 6.30pm Venue: Ludwick Family Centre, Hall Grove, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL7 4PH Email:

-Managing Your Hearing Loss Dates: Saturday, 6th May 2017 Time: 10.30am-1pm (including light lunch) Venue: Wellfield Road, Hatfield, Herts, AL10 0DA Email: or enquiry,

-Finale Dates: Wednesday, 24th May 17 Time: 6pm-8.30pm Venue: United Reform Church, Church Road, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL8 6PS Email:

All groups are free, however booking is essential

General enquiries about the project, please contact us on email:

Please click here to view the timetable for future (and past) events.

Adult secure low and medium mental health services 90 day public consultation


As part of the mental health service review programme NHS England has launched a 90 day public consultation on the two new service specifications (and two separate appendices for the Adult Secure Low and Medium Mental Health Services on 10 February 2017. The closing date for responses is 11 May 2017.

Please click on the text to access the consultation: 90 day public consultation on the two new service specifications (and two separate appendices

 These specifications have been developed and tested with the support of lead clinicians and patient and public representatives. This approach has ensured that the views of stakeholders have informed the development throughout the process. To support the consultation we are hosting two webinars on the following dates:

Wednesday 15 March 2017  

10.00 am – 11.00 am

Wednesday 22 March 2017

1.30pm – 2.30pm

Please register your attendance for any of these events by emailing:

Attendance is free for carers and their supporters and lunch is provided. Travel expenses are paid in line with NHS England's expenses policy

In addition to these two events Rethink through the Adult Secure Service User Recovery and Outcome Groups  will be hosting events throughout March 2017 aimed at service users and staff in different geographical locations throughout England.

Cathy Edwards

Operational Delivery Director (National)

Specialised Commissioning

NHS England

“High quality care for all, now and for future generations.”

B-eat Group Meetings

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B-eat (the national Eating Disorders charity) have recently started a monthly emotional overeaters support group in St Albans.  The group is free to attend and on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Trinity Church on Beaconsfield Road, St Albans.  They are keen to spread the word to people living in the area so would it be possible to share the attached flyer with people from your local networks. 

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Hatecrime Awareness Week


GIRES - Hate Crime Week

The LGBT Hatecrime Partnership, of which GIRES is a member are launching a campaign today, 9th October 2015 from noon to coincide with next week’s Hatecrime awareness week, and we need you to be part of it... involving ‘selfies’ with a speech bubble banner to push out through social media...

For further information including templates, suggestions and hashtags needed for this campaign please visit the GIRES website at:

Provider Engagement Event - Learning Disability‏

Hertfordshire County Council is looking at new ways of creating person-centred day services.  These will take account of current and future need in Stevenage and St Albans for people living with Learning and/or Physical disabilities.

We are currently assessing all those attending in house day services for Stevenage and St Albans for adults with Learning disabilities and physical disabilities.  We are also gathering data from transition teams and colleges on future need.

Once we have gathered this data we will create a service specification that takes account of the diversity of need. As a provider of social care services we would like to invite you to one of our provider engagement events to discuss these opportunities further.

Dates are:

Thursday 4th June at Fowden Hall, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Herts for St Albans Learning Disabilities day services.

Tuesday 9th June at Cromwell Suite, Cromwell Hotel, Old Stevenage, Herts for Stevenage Learning Disability and Physical Disability day services.

 You can express an interest in this opportunity and confirm your attendance at either one of these events by logging onto/or registering with Supply Hertfordshire.

Once you have logged in and found this opportunity, please click correspondence and send details of the following:

  • the names of those attending
  • which organisation you are from
  • whether you have any additional requirements (e.g. disabled access/vegetarian)

Your booking will be confirmed shortly afterwards.

Please note that there will be a maximum of 2 attendees per organisation permitted and no guarantee of attendance if you do not book.

Kind regards,

Sent on behalf of Gemma Brace – Integrated Community Support Team

Become a Conference Maker for HPFT!

Call out for Conference Makers

We have an exciting opportunity for people interested in volunteering their help for our annual recovery conference.

The role of a Conference Maker will be to help the conference run smoothly and make sure people have a good day. The role is voluntary, and all expenses will be paid.

There will be a training session on Wednesday 3 September, 10am – 12pm at Robertson House in Stevenage. A range of roles will be available to suit people's preferences, interests and skills. 

These include: 

* Welcoming people on reception
* Meeting and greeting speakers
* Conference photographer
* Journalist

If you are interested in being a conference maker this year, please email the conference office at: or call James on 01727 804206; saying that you are interested in being a conference maker. 

Human Library for Health & Social Care Professionals in Hertfordshire

The “books” in a Human Library are people with expertise in a specific area. When you “borrow” the “book”, you talk to it instead of reading it! 

If you have any specific questions or areas of uncertainty about the Mental Capacity Act or Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards come and ask the experts! 

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