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Last Modified March 08, 2018

Community Hertsmere


Community Hertsmere provides support and services to local organisations, charities and businesses and individuals in Hertsmere. These services include:

Community and Voluntary Services (CVS) –To help voluntary and community organisations thrive by offering a membership to allow access to different services, equipment and marketing opportunities.

The membership package includes:

- Specialist volunteering support

- Specialist funding advice and support

- Professional representation within the sector

- Help and guidance with managing your organisation

- Free and discounted training and events

- Plus access to their discounted services

To find out more, please contact Member Services via email: memberservices@communityhertsmere.org.uk

Hertsmere Volunteer Centre and Timebank – Provides support to local volunteers and timebankers and additional training and development opportunities. For more information, please contact the Volunteer Centre via email at: volunteer@communityhertsmere.org.uk

The Community Shop – A hub for the local community on Leeming Road. Lots of services are provided here such as: smoking cessation, PCSO drop ins and other activities and events are arranged such as trips and family outward-bound days. For more information, email: activities@communityhertsmere.org.uk

Community Centre Management – Community Hertsmere manage two centres. One being Windsor Hall and the other being Farriers Way Hall. For more information please email:venues@communityhertsmere.org.uk

Skills Development & Wellbeing Services –Work in partnership with many organisations to effectively deliver a range of wellbeing and skill development services for adults and families. For more information please contact the wellbeing service at wellbeing@communityhertsmere.org.uk

Community Hertsmere also hold a range of events and activities for residents to attend. More information can be found on their website .You can also contact the organisation on 020 8207 4504 or email: us@communtiyhertsmere.org.uk

Hertfordshire's Warmer Homes

Keeping warm is important for your health, especially if you have a young family, are over 75 or have a long-term health condition such as respiratory disease. Energy efficiency improvements such as insulation will help you both to live warm at home as well as reduce the cost of your energy bills.

The Hertfordshire Warmer Homes scheme offers free or discounted household energy improvements to eligible vulnerable and low income households.

The World Health Organisation recommends that safe indoor temperatures for older people, young children and those with a long-term health condition is 21°C (70°F) during the day and 18°C (64°F) at night.

The types of improvements that may be available include:

  • Loft insulation
  • Cavity wall insulation
  • Solid wall insulation
  • Boiler repairs

For more information or to check if you're eligible, contact HertsHelp:


      0300 123 4044

More information is available for professionals here.

Hertfordshire County Council has produced a Statement of Intent setting out who is eligible to benefit from the Hertfordshire Warmer Homes initiative. Please read the Statement of Intent.

Hertsmere foodbanks

Foodbanks give three days of emergency food to local people in crisis and enable communities to help each other.

Food is given out via a voucher scheme following a referral from one of a number of agencies. If you need help you can obtain a voucher from your case worker, Citizens Advice Bureau, Affinity Sutton, Job Centre Plus, the Borehamwood and Elstree Children's Centre, Homestart, Crossroads, Mencap and others. Vouchers are also issued at The Civic Offices, Elstree Way, Borehamwood WD6 1WA. The voucher can only be redeemed at the Borehamwood Foodbank.

Borehamwood Foodbank is open on Mondays 1pm till 3.30pm and Thursdays 10am till 12.30pm at St Teresa's Church Hall, Shenley Road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, WD6 1TG.

Potters Bar Foodbank is open on Thursdays 1pm till 3pm at Oakmere Community Centre, Fetherstone Close, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, EN6 5NS.

The foodbank has a stock of non-perishable food such as soup, pasta, rice, tinned meat and fruit.

Donations are welcomed. Please drop off any items to the foodbank during its opening times.

For further information please email info@borehamwood.foodbank.org.uk or info@pottersbar.foodbank.org.uk

Safe and Well visits

The Safe and Well visit project is a joint initiative run by the county council’s fire and rescue service and public health department. It is being piloted in Hertsmere, with the aim of rolling it out across the county by next year.

Crews from Borehamwood and Potters Bar fire stations have now been trained to give advice to vulnerable residents across the borough on a range of health issues - such as avoiding loneliness, keeping a home warm enough, eating and drinking properly and avoiding a fall - and point them towards the specialist support services available.

If you would like to request a free Safe and Well visit (which includes a home fire safety check) for you or someone you know, please visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/safeandwell

For information about other health initiatives in Hertfordshire, visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/healthinherts

School Nursing Service

The NHS has also rolled out live websites that are specific to children and teenagers, aged 4-19 years old. These websites will be useful for children, parents and school nurses in regards to understanding health and illnesses. The two websites are:

  • Health for Kids  - an Interactive website for children aged 4-11 years old, where children can play games and learn facts on how to stay healthy and how to identify if they are not well.
  • Health for Teens  - a website aimed at adolescents aged 11-19 years old, where teenagers can visit the website to read about the best tips on staying healthy and school life, research symptoms/experiences they may be facing or understand how to tackle their own health issues.

Chat Health

Secondary School children can ask for advice on health through the texting service Chat Health. This service allows children to have the chance to ask for help, confidentially, on a range of issues. Text messages sent to the dedicated number – 07480 635050 – are delivered to a secure website where they are responded to by a school nurse on duty. The service runs from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, including the school holidays.

Sexual Health Services in Hertfordshire


Sexual Health is an important part of physical and mental health. It is important to take care of your sexual health to maintain good emotional and social wellbeing. If you think you have an STI, don’t panic. You simply need to get tested so you can get the right treatment. Many people with STIs don’t get symptoms, so it’s worth getting tested even if you feel healthy.

Sexual Health Hertfordshire offer services to help you stay healthy, including; long term contraception, condoms, STI testing and emergency contraception. Advice can be delivered over the phone or by visiting the clinics in either Borehamwood or Potters Bar.

For confidential advice, or if you want to find out more about the sexual health services in Hertfordshire, including where you can have an HIV test, go to Sexual Health Hertfordshire or give them a call on 0300 008 5522.


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