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Volunteer NOW! June 2022

20/06/22

Volunteer NOW! June 2022 35 voluntary groups/organisations are looking for volunteer support. Have a look at our latest newsletter to find out where you can help  Click Here to view Volunteer NOW! June 2022 If you'd like to join our mailing list to receive Volunteer NOW!, please email talkcommunity@hvoss.org.uk

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Heavy is the Head that Wears the Crown

09/06/22

Heavy is the head that wears the Crown Heavy is the Head that wears the crown is a young people’s creative response project to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee led by artist Toni Cook. Working with young people from a range of organisations the project explores young people’s attitudes to responsibility through creative methods including poetry, portrait and statements, drama and visual art. The work is celebrated through community lunches and afternoon teas with older people, empty shop window take…

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Queen's Baton relay

09/06/22

The Birmingham 2022 Queen's Baton relay will visit Herefordshire on Tuesday 5th July 2022 as it makes its way to Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games. The Baton Relay began on 7 October at Buckingham Palace when Her Majesty The Queen placed her message to the Commonwealth into the Baton. This message will be read at the Opening Ceremony in Birmingham, following an epic journey across the Commonwealth visiting all 72 nations and territories, embracing unique cultures and sharing stories. As part…

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Waterworks Museum awarded Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

07/06/22

The Waterworks Museum in Hereford has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in The Queen’s Birthday Honours. The Waterworks Museum at Broomy Hill in Hereford has been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS). This is the highest award a local voluntary group can receive in the UK and is equivalent to an MBE. The Waterworks Museum was opened in 1974. The museum is one of Herefordshire’s leading visitor attractions. It is wholly run by volunteers. It is, ‘A working mus…

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Wellbeing for Carers at The Cart Shed

02/06/22

The Cart Shed is pleased to be offering a new course for Carers. ‘Wellbeing for Carers’ is for unpaid carers who are looking after family members or friends. It will take place on Mondays the 11th, 18th and 25th of July from 10am - 3pm at The Cart Shed. These sessions offer opportunities to connect with those in similar situations to share experiences and learn from one another. The programme will focus on: Common concerns and experiences Where to go for help Coping strategies Looking after you…

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Count Your Hours

01/06/22

This June, we are excited to launch #CountYourHours Are you someone that gives your time and skills voluntarily as a trustee, member of a parish council or whilst carrying out your volunteer role? We are inviting you to record every hour that you give over the next 12 months. Does your organisation or group in Herefordshire work with volunteers? We would welcome you to log their hours to highlight the incredible amount of time that is given across the county. Start Counting Your Hours from 1st…

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In Clover Ross-on-Wye Community Development Trust Social Prescribing Event

26/05/22

Register for your free place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/in-clover-registration-334514049527

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Riding for the Disabled Association Volunteer Drive 2022

25/05/22

We believe our supportive environment can help many more people with all kinds of social anxieties. We want to try and help!As you may know, Holme Lacy is home to up to ten RDA horses, a range of dedicated volunteers and two staff. Everyone is trained and qualified to deliver the best possible riding experiences – based on user needs, personal ambitions and therapeutic goals. VOLUNTEERS ARE KEY TO OUR DELIVERYDemand is currently outstripping supply for our range of therapies, so we have initi…

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Blue Light Card

23/05/22

Find out if you are eligible today... Blue Light Card provides those in the NHS, emergency services, social care sector and armed forces with discounts online and in-store. Blue Light Card also works with small and large companies across the UK to get involved in supporting the Blue Light community through offering our members discounts through Blue Light Card. Find out more, download the app, sign-up for discounts today: CLICK HERE

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Crafternoon for Refugee Week 2022

19/05/22

Click here to RSVP: mandy.furniss@hvoss.org.uk

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hart launch

04/05/22

HVOSS (HEREFORDSHIRE VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS SUPPORT SERVICE) TO LAUNCH NEW VOLUNTEERING RESPONSE TEAM   This month sees the launch of hart – the hvoss active response team. Set-up to provide dynamic volunteering support to groups, organisations, communities, events and residents across the county, hart is an agile, responsive team of multi-skilled people who are on stand-by to support a variety of activities, tasks and emergencies across Herefordshire. This team builds on the county’s dedicate…

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Midlands Learning Together

22/04/22

Midlands Learning Together programme is FREE to join, as part of Thriving Communities, which aims to support community health and wellbeing groups sustain their work for Social Prescribing. Thriving Communities is a new national support programme for voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise groups, supporting communities in England, working alongside social prescribing link workers. The learning together programme will help you understand the developments of Social Prescribing and how…

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How do you see the future of planning?

22/04/22

How do you see the future of planning? Local Plan Policy Options consultation now live As part of the preparation of a new Local Plan for Herefordshire, our existing planning policies need to be re-assessed to determine their effectiveness, consistency with national planning policy and to consider whether they would help to deliver key aspirations of the Herefordshire County Plan.  The Local Plan 2021-2041 Policy Options consultation will run for 6 weeks from Monday 4 April to 16 May 2022. It se…

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Community Bank Accounts

11/03/22

hvoss has created an overview of the current bank accounts available for groups and community organisations within Herefordshire. Choosing the correct bank account is a crucial decision as supporters making donations expect their contributions to be protected and managed effectively.   NatWest Community Account Requirements At least one of the parties named in the application must be an existing NatWest customer - if there is no existing NatWest relationship your application will be declined…

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hvoss Community Renewal Fund

22/02/22

New project aims to reach and engage people who are most isolated or whose voice is not often heard, including younger people, those who live in rural areas or feel they have few opportunities hvoss, Herefordshire’s independent local infrastructure support and development charity, is delighted that we have been awarded funding through the UK Community Renewal Fund (CRF), a UK government programme 2021-22. The programme aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to run …

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Volunteer NOW! out now....

03/02/22

Volunteer NOW! out now..... 34 voluntary groups/organisations are looking for volunteer support. Have a look at our latest newsletter to find out where you can help  Volunteer NOW! If you'd like to join our mailing list to receive Volunteer NOW!, please email talkcommunity@hvoss.org.uk

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Herefordshire Local Plan 2021-2041

31/01/22

Herefordshire Local Plan 2021-2041 Consultation on the Spatial Options will run from 17 January 2022 until 28 February 2022 Following a review of the Core Strategy 2011-2031 and the decision in November 2020 that an update is required, preparation of the Local Plan 2021-2041, which will replace the Core Strategy is underway. The new document will help shape growth and development across the county up until 2041, ensuring that we deliver the required housing, alongside the jobs, infrastructu…

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hvoss AGM 2021 - A celebration of a remarkable year

21/10/21

hvoss Herefordshire Voluntary Organisations Support ServiceAnnual General Meeting 2021  was held on Wednesday 20th October at Kindle Centre, Hereford The business of the meeting was followed by - A remarkable year - panel discussions with participants in hvoss projects Building Better Opportunities including ‘Baking a Difference’, No Wrong Door, Volunteer Bureau and Talk Community. Our guest speaker was - Paul Walker, Chief Executive, Herefordshire Council. View the presentation slides here.…

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BBO Book Launch and County Celebration!

12/10/21

BBO Project at hvoss - September 2021 The BBO project at hvoss has had a very busy few weeks, with our volunteers taking part in a wonderful celebration event at the Kindle Centre on Wednesday 22nd September, along with all the other projects in Herefordshire. (Pic. All the projects involved in BBO Herefordshire at the celebration event at the Kindle Centre) This was to celebrate everything the project has achieved and featured many moving and inspiring testimonies from people involved, i…

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Falls Prevention Resources Talk Community has launched a new online falls prevention resource

07/10/21

Falls Prevention Resources  Talk Community has launched a new online falls prevention resource (https://herefordshiresafeguardingboards.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ea611918c42bb49280bc90c7f&id=3de4d7d34e&e=42024ad7a9) , It is estimated that 1 in 3 adults aged over 65, who live at home, will have at least one fall a year, with around half of these having more frequent falls.  Although the majority of falls don’t result in serious injury, there’s always a risk that a fall could lea…

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‘The wait is over! A year in the making and baking, the hvoss book ‘Baking a Difference’, has arrived in glorious technicolour

01/09/21

‘Baking a difference’ ‘The wait is over! A year in the making and baking, the hvoss book ‘Baking a Difference’, has arrived in glorious technicolour. A book that celebrates all we have overcome. A historical record of a very different year and way of working, with moving personal lockdown stories from 13 participants at the Building Better Opportunities Project, matched with practical, fun baking recipes, photos and paintings. ‘this book really captures the passion and enthusiasm of everyone…

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Herefordshire Young & Young Adult Carers would like to say A HUGE THANK YOU to the Masonic Charitable Trust for their very generous donation

01/09/21

Herefordshire Young & Young Adult Carers would like to say A HUGE THANK YOU to the Masonic Charitable Trust for their very generous donation of £14,420. Also A HUGE THANK YOU to our local Hereford Freemasons Lodge, for their kind donation of £750.   So who are young and young adult carers? They are any child or young person  between 8 and 25 with a caring responsibility for a family member with a long term illness, disability, drug or alcohol addiction or a mental health condition. Young…

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Herefordshire Young & Young Adult Carers first post-lockdown trip to Dunfield House, Kington,

01/09/21

Herefordshire Young & Young Adult Carers would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to Alison and Daniel from Dunfield House, Kington, for offering us such a fantastic day full of a wide variety of activities, including plenty of fun and glorious sunshine! They even funded a minibus from Ledbury Community Wheels to transport most of the young people to the venue, for which we are so grateful. We received such a warm friendly welcome on arrival and throughout the day they were on hand to make s…

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NEW Hereford Veterans Meeting Centre

27/08/21

Following the success of the pilot Hereford Veterans Dementia Wellbeing Group last year Age UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire are pleased to say they are launching their new Hereford Veterans Meeting Centre based at Drybridge House in Hereford. The new meeting centre will be open on Monday’s starting on 2nd August 2021. The meeting centre will be held at Drybridge House Centre, Hereford, HR2 7SG. We are offering free taster sessions, prices thereafter will then be £45 per person, per sessi…

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Meeting Room Hire in Hereford City Centre

27/08/21

EF Bulmer Trust - Fred Bulmer Centre Our Meeting Room has recently received a lick of paint and is looking very dapper! The meeting room is available from £10 per hour, but does get booked up rather fast! Call us now to make a reservation. Centre Telephone Number: 01432 271 293 We look forward to welcoming you!   For more info -  centremanagerefbulmer@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/Fred-Bulmer-Centre-102297771629575/ https://www.efbulmer.co.uk/

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Safe Haven now open 7 nights a week

27/08/21

Herefordshire Mind's Safe Haven is now open every day from 5pm-10pm. Based at our Community Hub, Safe Haven can provide empathy, support and safety to anyone over 18 experiencing high emotional distress and/or suicidal thoughts. It offers a safe space, a respectful listening ear and an exploration of coping strategies. Safe Haven can help: - Improve your wellbeing - Support in a crisis - Support your recovery - Signpost to long-term support Contact us on 01432 372407 or at safehaven@h…

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Hidden Herefordshire: Lottery funding encourages everyone to record wildlife

27/08/21

Cultivating Learning and Nature CIC in partnership with the Herefordshire Biological Records Centre (HBRC) has received £98,900 supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, Hidden Herefordshire: discovering its wildlife and wild places, aims to connect people, young and old to recording wildlife wherever they are. During the Covid-19 pandemic there has been a massive increase in people’s appreciation of nature and the resulting mental health benefits.T…

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Citizens Advice Hereford and hvoss Working Together

27/08/21

Herefordshire Citizens Advice welcomes our newest volunteers Louise Taylor and Andrew to our team. Louise came to us through hvoss and has already started training for our admin/reception team. Louise will progress to full adviser training later in the year and we are confident her great personality and can-do attitude will be a big hit with our clients and colleagues alike. Louise joins a team of 30 volunteers who give people the advice they need for the problems they face which can range from…

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Energy Advocacy Service - Help for those in need of support with their home energy

27/08/21

If you work with people in the community and think that someone is in need of support with their home energy, you can refer them to the energy advocacy service. For anybody in Herefordshire feeling overwhelmed by home energy, who needs a helping hand, or is struggling to pay their energy bills and keep their home warm, energy advocate Amy can offer them friendly, professional advice. The energy advocate can work along side people to help with; understanding and managing bills, fuel debt…

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We can help with your DBS checks...

27/08/21

Ross Community Development Trust is a 'Registered Body' for the checking, countersignature and submission of DBS applications. A small team of dedicated volunteers have been trained to conduct these checks to the necessary DBS standard. Additionally, Ross CDT is prepared to act as an agent for other organisations that require DBS checks for Staff and Volunteers. The cost of DBS Checks managed by Ross CDT is: • DBS Check instigated by employer for an employee: Fee £50 (£40 DBS Fee + £10…

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Cancer Support Groups - with Yeleni Therapy and Support

27/08/21

Ovarian Cancer Support Group We are pleased to be hosting a new Herefordshire cancer support group, here at Yeleni.Laura, of Ovacome, will facilitate the get-togethers, the first of which will be held on the 21st October between 1.30pm and 3.30pm.The goal is to improve the experience of anyone affected by ovarian cancer. Cancer Support Group  Members of our Yeleni community are working hard behind the scenes to establish another support group. We hope that this too, will be starting in…

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Next Volunteer Manager CHAT event - 16th September

20/08/21

Next Volunteer Manager CHAT event is on 16th September  Are you a Volunteer Manager? Do you want to find out more about DBS? Join us for the next Volunteer Manager CHAT event on Thursday 16th September, 2-3pm via Zoom. We will be joined by a specialist Adviser from the Disclosure and Barring Service. Find out more information and book you free ticket here

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Leominster Dementia Awareness Week 23-28 August

17/08/21

Come and join Leominster Dementia Awareness Week

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Herefordshire Community Partnership Event

06/08/21

An invitation to all involved in the Herefordshire voluntary and community sector... Wednesday September 8th 10am-12.30 at The Kindle Centre Join Healthwatch Herefordshire for this Community Partnership event. See details below, registration via eventbrite essential - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/herefordshire-community-partnership-tickets-164119968243

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Debt Awareness training for professionals who, through their work, are in contact with people who struggle with finance.

06/08/21

Debt Awareness training for professionals who, through their work, are in contact with people who struggle with finance. About this event How Debt Aware are you? As Herefordshire gets back to work, some households will be left behind and at risk of debt. Our Debt Awareness training is for professionals who, through your work, are in contact with people who struggle with finance. This session will explain what you can do to help by signposting the various routes to appropria…

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Free CPD accredited 2 hour online training session on the topic of women and gambling related harm

06/08/21

The subject of gambling and its associated harms is currently a hot topic and is acknowledged by experts as a serious health issue with far reaching consequences. In the UK, we are seeing huge cultural shifts in the gambling context with the gender gap rapidly decreasing. The evidence suggests that more and more women are accessing online gambling activities and putting themselves at risk of developing gambling problems. The evidence also firmly points out that women are significantly more like…

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Job Vacancy with Community Wheels, hvoss

30/07/21

We are looking for a Community Transport Administrator to join our Leominster based team to ensure efficient day-to-day planning and administration of all hvoss community transport services. Visit www.hvoss.org.uk/jobs for the full job description and application form. Applications close at 12 noon on Monday 16th August.

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Rejuvenate! Re-launch and AGM

29/07/21

Rejuvenate! Creative Carers Group     Rejuvenate! Re-launch and AGM in the new Nell Gwynn room at The Courtyard on 2 September- 10.30 - 12.30   It has been eighteen months since our last Creative Carers' Group at The Courtyard and we are thrilled to announce our re-launch and AGM on 2 September at 10.30 in the new Nell Gwynn room at The Courtyard.   There will be a guest speaker, refreshments and activity pack but numbers will be limited.   To book your pla…

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Healthwatch Seeks New Chair

20/07/21

Non-Executive Chair of Healthwatch Herefordshire Board of Directors.  Healthwatch Herefordshire has an important role to play in making sure local people have a say in how health and care services develop and holding health and social services to account.  Our Board of Directors ensures that we are well run and meet our statutory duties as a local Healthwatch.  The Chair will have a key role as an ambassador in influencing leaders of the local health and care systems. You will: Be passion…

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Free Musical Workshops for Veterans Living With Dementia

20/07/21

Orchestra of The Swan are delighted to announce that with generous funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Trust, The Swan will be starting a new and exciting weekly musical workshop, Café Muse, starting from Wednesday 4th August 2021, at the The Courtyard, Hereford, for Armed Forces veterans living with dementia. It is a weekly opportunity for #ArmedForces veterans affected by #dementia (including carers and/or family members) to meet. It is intended to be fun, relaxed and friendly, with in…

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Long Covid Study - how is your community doing?

02/07/21

The CCG is working with partners to develop local services for people with Long Covid. To help us to plan services for this group of people, we would be grateful for your assistance in understanding how many people there are in Herefordshire who are struggling with symptoms twelve weeks or more following a diagnosis (or suspected diagnosis) of COVID 19.   The problems we are seeing most commonly are severe fatigue, muscle pains and anxiety. In addition, some people continue to experience breath…

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Horizon Centre, Ross on Wye - June 2021 Newsletter

02/07/21

Horizon Centre Ross on Wye would like to share their June 2021 newsletter with you. You can read the newsletter here To receive future newsletters directly, please email - maria@horizoncentre.co.uk clarissa@horizoncentre.co.uk

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hvoice - June issue - news from and for the voluntary and community sector of Herefordshire

29/06/21

Click here to read - https://conta.cc/3AcoFaK New issue of hvoice ready for your Herefordshire community and voluntary sector reading pleasure!  This month includes - hvoss project updates from Where's Rosie? BBO at hvoss and No Wrong Door - HVOSS Youth Project and Talk Community Invitations to 4 FREE hvoss events, including 3Funding Support Events in July 6 training opportunities, FREE or discounted for VCS groups 9 pieces of sector support, resources and funding tips 4 local jobs A…

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Free Signs of Safety Training for professionals who work with children

24/06/21

Herefordshire Council are running virtual Signs of Safety courses for multi-agency professionals, to improve how we all work with children and young people as partners.   This is an essential course for professionals who work with children and young people in Herefordshire.  It aims to provide the background on the Signs of Safety approach in children’s social care and enables candidates to think through how they can use the Signs of Safety/Wellbeing/Success model in their every-day work, or …

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No Wrong Door Social Project and Beyond -‘What do you need?’ The answer was a resounding ‘This! More of this!’

23/06/21

NWD SOCIAL PROJECT AND BEYOND  THE THINKING BEHIND IT…  No Wrong Door has been working collaboratively with partner agencies providing wrap-around support (and easy access to this) to young people in Herefordshire for several years. At its heart is listening to what young people need and building trusted relationships to then help guide them through whichever ‘door’ they need to enter.  As with many organisations in the sector, the Covid pandemic had the potential to hinder the …

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hvoss Building Better Opportunities volunteer at The Knife Angel in Hereford

23/06/21

Knife Angel Volunteering Day 21.6.21 After 15 months working from home and meeting over Zoom, the BBO staff team and participants met in person to volunteer at The Knife Angel in Hereford; stewarding, meeting, greeting, and counting visitors, taking donations, answering questions and helping to staff the base station. It was wonderful to see everyone again; some members of staff and participants met for the first time and its surprising how different everyone looks away from our computer scree…

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Hereford Hospital Radio - Broadcasting since 1972!

23/06/21

Hereford Hospital Radio has been broadcasting since 1972, following a project set up by the Herefordshire County Youth Service and Hereford Lions Club. Over the years the station has been heard at many of the Herefordshire hospitals but now focuses its broadcasts at the County Hospital, where it has its studios. Each year volunteers from the station attend many events around the county raising funds to keep the station on the air. Our volunteers' efforts provide the majority of the funds to …

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Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire BRAND NEW COURSES!

18/06/21

We have an extremely exciting opportunity of some new courses provided by Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire which are now live. The two initial courses include: Managing Challenging Behaviour This 90-minute workshop aims to support you in developing strategies to manage challenging behaviour. The workshop explores barriers to participation and risk-taking behaviour, alongside strategies to facilitate behaviour change and create an inclusive environment. Bookings Close: 20/06/2021 Locat…

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Walking Football Welfare Support in Herefordshire for veterans

18/06/21

Herefordshire FA and DMWS have come together to offer Walking Football Welfare Support in Herefordshire for veterans. It is available to veterans of all ages, physical ability and also their family members and/or carers. Walking Football is for both women and men.

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All bus travel FREE at weekends

Hereford Council has taken very positive action in making all bus travel FREE at weekends, and introducing new routes on Sundays.  Everyone is urged to support this initiative by using the new routes and the free weekend services, to show the council that the demand for better bus services is there, and that if they provide even more public transport, people will use it. The project, which started at the beginning of September, is fun…

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