Posted: Friday 19th January 2018
The New Year is the ideal opportunity to make changes for the better and with these inspiring initiatives organised by Hertfordshire County Council, there’s no excuse for why 2018 can’t be a great year for a new you!
Learn something new at your local library
Thought libraries were just about books? Think again. Hertfordshire libraries offer a host of events and activities ranging from crafts, support and advice sessions, family and social groups and local-interest talks and exhibitions. For more information on what’s on in your local library and how you can get involved visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services
There are lots of activities and services to help you meet new people, develop new skills and enhance your community this year. For more information call HertsHelp on 0300 123 4044 or take a look at the new Hertfordshire Directory
Discover a rewarding career in care work
Leading the way in improved working salaries for carers in the county, Hertfordshire County Council has made significant improvements to care worker salaries in a move which recognises the important role played by carers in the county.
With higher salaries and a range of training programmes offered for those new to the industry, there has never been a better time to consider a career in caring. For more information on a career in care and to read case studies of those who work in the industry visit the Hertfordshire County Council website.
Change the way you travel
Tired of sitting in traffic and breathing in fumes? Why not make 2018 the year you spend less time in the car and make the most of the fantastic walking and cycling routes the county has to offer. Visit the Hertfordshire County Council website for a great selection of walking and cycling maps as well as travel advice and route planners. https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/health-in-herts/keep-active
Volunteer to end loneliness
If you have a couple of hours to spare this year why not put them to good use by volunteering your time to stamp out loneliness in your community?
A Government campaign, which was initiated by the former MP Jo Cox and now led by the new Minister for loneliness, Tracey Crouch, has recognised the devastating impact loneliness can have, particularly for elderly people during the winter months. It is estimated that half of people aged over 75 live alone, with many of these people going days or weeks with no social interaction. The health impacts of loneliness can be worse than obesity and as bad as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
Volunteering a few hours of your time to provide companionship for elderly and socially disadvantaged people in your community can make all the difference. For more information on volunteering programmes in the county visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/volunteering.
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