The Bishop’s Stortford Flyer July 2020

Citizens Advice East Herts

Since lockdown it has supported over 1,800 people on issues such as employment rights, benefits, bereavement, mental health and food bank referrals. Within 24 hours of its advice centres closing it moved to a home advice service with volunteers giving advice by phone, email and webchat.  It has also been calling some of the most vulnerable people in the community, providing support to around 1 in 3. Laura Hyde, the charity’s Chief Executive, expects demand for its services to increase as government supports falls away and is recruiting specialist money advice caseworkers in readiness.

The charity, which does not receive funding from national government, is fundraising to help cover some of the costs of its Covid-response (equipment, training and staffing).

Hertfordshire Families Work Out at Home

In a ground-breaking initiative, the Herts Sports and Physical Activity Partnership (HSP) recently arranged for the distribution of 2,000 packs of sport and physical activity equipment to be delivered to some of Hertfordshire’s most disadvantaged families.

Included in the packs were balls, skipping ropes, a hula hoop and activity cards, to enable those families to undertake some much needed physical activity during the current Covid-19 restrictions.

With funding from Sport England, the packs will ensure that families who for whatever reason are unable to access online offers, do not miss out on any opportunities to undertake some sport and physical activity during the lockdown restrictions.

HSP Partnership Director, John O’Callaghan said:
“We are indebted to the fantastic support received from David Rock and his Team at Complete PE, who compiled the activity cards which feature innovative and enjoyable physical education and physical activity programmes; to the Herts Full Stop supplies unit for sourcing the equipment; and to Families First – Hertfordshire County Council’s Intensive Family Support Team – who undertook the distribution of the packs.”

The packs were targeted at families with children of primary school age and early feedback from recipients has been very positive.

If you would like to support or find out more about its work please see www.citizensadviceeastherts.org.uk, email comms@citizensadviceeastherts.org.uk or call Message Line 01920 459 944.