Charity of the Month: Stevenage Credit Union

There 57,000 Credit Unions in 105 countries around the world, helping 217 million members take advantage of affordable financial services. Stevenage Credit Union is just one of them, having been in operation for over 20 years. They are supported by … Continue reading

Charity of the Month: Carers in Hertfordshire

Carers in Hertfordshire is a countywide charity that was set up in 1995 to support unpaid carers, whatever the caring circumstances or condition of the person they care for. There are at least 109,000 unpaid carers in Hertfordshire – people looking after a loved one, who is elderly, disabled, has a learning disability or mental health condition or who misuses drugs or alcohol. Continue reading

Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge Awards Night

The Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge Final Awards Ceremony took place on 22nd March at the Icknield Centre in Letchworth.  Over the past 4 months, six teams from across North Herts and Stevenage competed in the Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge in order to … Continue reading

Love Your Neighbourhood: Coombes Fun Day 28th October

Coombes Community Centre hosted a community fun day for last event of the ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’ campaign. Royston residents were invited to the last event of the Love Your Neighbourhood campaign, a community fun day set up for local families. … Continue reading

Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge: Launch Update

The Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge launch event took place on 6th October at the Icknield Centre in Letchworth. This year seven teams from schools across North Herts and Stevenage are competing in the Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge. The school teams aim to … Continue reading

The Herts-made Project at International Women’s Day

My name is Anne Taylor. I am a Development Worker, supporting community groups in North Herts and Stevenage.

A couple of weeks ago I went along to the International Women’s Day celebrations in Stevenage Town Centre. It was a perfect day for it, all blue skies and sunshine, though there was a chill in the air. It was organised by The Stevenage World Forum for Ethnic Communities. Funding for the event came from Herts County Council, Stevenage Borough Councillors and the World Forum itself.

It was good to catch up with some of our member groups. For example, The Herts-made Project is a fledgling group of women working hard to make a living from selling beautiful hand-crafted goods. I was delighted with the lovely necklace and bracelet I couldn’t resist buying! I was also tempted by some lovely hand-painted vases and jewellery boxes produced by one of their members.

Another member group taking part was the Irish Network, who were just one of the organisations putting on a wonderful and colourful display of national dance.

There were plenty of tasty snacks also on offer. I especially enjoyed a home-made scone packed with fruit, from Carers In Herts.

There was lots of information about issues affecting women. Blood pressure checks were offered and taster vouchers for Stevenage Leisure Centre.

Kate Belinis of the World Forum said: ‘International Women’s Day was a huge success, enjoyed by all those present; women, young people, families and the many voluntary and public organisations who gave up their Sundays and supported the event’.

Support your local charities by sharing your professional skills

Skills Share Herts is a new ground breaking project developed by the Volunteer Centres across Hertfordshire. It matches employees and unemployed individuals that have professional skills with charities that require expert advice or help with short term pieces of work. This may include helping an organisation to create marketing materials, build a website, develop a database or it may involve providing advice on HR policies or assisting them with their business plans.

Skills Share Herts provides a way for charities to access professional and business skills which could help to improve the management and delivery of their services and gives companies the opportunity to show that they are supporting their local communities. It provides a means for companies to develop, measure and promote Corporate Social Responsibility and also provides opportunities for staff training and allows employees to gain valuable skills and experience whilst helping a good cause which can boost their morale.

It is also great for individuals with professional skills who may be unemployed. It gives them the chance to develop themselves, improve their CVs and career prospects as well as giving them the opportunity to gain access to new networks and create links in the community that they otherwise may not have made.

Skills Share Herts operates by using an online social networking platform. When employees or individuals register themselves they can create a profile for themselves and state what skills and experience they have and what they might be able to help with. Charities are also able to register their volunteer opportunities that require professional skills and browse the expertise on offer. Both parties are able to communicate with each other directly through the site.

If you are interested in joining Skills Share Herts please contact the Stevenage Volunteer Centre by calling 01462 424307 or emailing info@volunteerstevenage.org.uk. Alternatively you can request to sign up to Skills Share Herts by visiting the Skills Share website.