Arts and culture projects
Creative Hertfordshire is a directory website for cultural organisations and the public. It aims to increase engagement in the arts, museums and libraries in Hertfordshire. Whether you're an organisation or a Hertfordshire resident, you can find a way to be involved.
- Culture and Wellbeing Conference - Creative Hertfordshire’s first Culture and Wellbeing Conference, ‘The Art of Wellbeing’ was held on 15 October 2015. This event focused on how participation in culture and creativity can have significant health benefits and increase wellbeing.
- Youth Activities, Music and Arts (YAMA) Festival - the county’s first YAMA festival took place on 26 September 2015, hosted by Pro-Action in conjunction with Hertfordshire Sports Partnership and Creative Hertfordshire. The event welcomed 150 young people from 20 youth clubs across the county to try out ‘alternative’ activities that will encourage young people to be more active.
- Creative Hertfordshire Flame Awards 2014 - the Creative Hertfordshire Flame Awards 2014 were an inaugural countywide celebration of creative enterprise and talent. They were organised by Creative Hertfordshire, in association with the Heart of Flame Festival, to try and raise the profile of creative talent in the county.
Sport, physical activity and lifestyle
- Year of Physical Activity - 2018 was Hertfordshire’s Year of Physical Activity, which aimed to make Hertfordshire the most active county in the country and raise awareness of local physical activity opportunities.
- Herts Disability Sports Hub - through Sport England funding, Herts Disability Sports Hub in Welwyn Hatfield promotes the development of disability sport. It supports inclusive training and coach development opportunities for participants, coaches and day service staff.
- Forever Active East Herts - this 3 year community programme was delivered between 2017 and 2019, and provided exercise and activity sessions for adults aged 50+ in the district. There were a range of activities on offer in community venues, with an aim to provide gentler versions of popular sports.
- Healthy and Active in Herts - this 3 year programme ran from 2015-18 aiming to support people who have mental health issues or long-term health conditions by building more activity into their lifestyles. The project is now being delivered locally in each of the four local authorities; Broxbourne, Hertsmere, Stevenage and Watford, by highly experienced and supportive Get Active Specialists. The key principles of Active Herts are present in all of their local projects, so participants can continue to be fully supported along the way.
- Herts Learning Disability Games - organised by Dacorum Sportspace, the games offer an opportunity for adults with learning disabilities to compete in an annual fun and exciting day of races and agility challenges.
- Hertfordshire Health Walks - our Countryside Management Service coordinates a countywide programme of free health walks. These are short, regular walks run by volunteers, which provide an opportunity for people to get active outdoors, socialise and reap the many health benefits.
- Parkrun UK - free, weekly, 5km timed runs that take place in parks and open spaces across Hertfordshire.
Partner organisations working together
The Hertfordshire Lifestyle Network creates opportunities for partners and organisations to work together. For individuals interested in volunteering, find opportunities from a huge range of organisations, with different levels of involvement and timeframes to suit your needs. The Hertfordshire Compact is a written understanding to help organisations continue developing positive working relationships for the benefit of the community.
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- HCC Community Innovation Fund - Hertfordshire County Council and Crowdfunder have teamed up to support projects primarily benefitting adults (age 18+) to make communities in Hertfordshire stronger, more connected, capable, active, safer, fairer and inclusive.
The funding aims to help communities gain more control to achieve the things that matter most to them. This fund is for projects run by the voluntary and community sector and members of the public.
- Green Aiders Project - the Green Aiders project helps elderly, disabled, or vulnerable adults take control of their overgrown gardens through a one-off gardening service. It is run by Groundwork Hertfordshire, the community charity with a green heart, and supported by volunteers who help with the gardening.
- Countryside Management Service - enjoy Hertfordshire's countryside through a variety of volunteering opportunities.