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Tender Opportunity with Cambridgeshire ACRE

Cambridgeshire ACRE is seeking an organisation to provide business planning services for the development of a Community-Led Housing Hub for the East of England (including CDA Herts). The closing date for the receipts of tenders is midday on Friday 4 October 2019.

A partnership of Rural Community Councils (Bedfordshire RCC; Cambridgeshire ACRE (accountable body/fundholder); Rural Community Council of Essex; CDA Herts; Community Action Suffolk; and Community Action Norfolk) is seeking to develop a Community Led Housing (CLH) Hub which will cover the local government administration boundaries of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

The hub has applied for development funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) Hub Enabling Programme, allowing the partnership to come together and complete a Business Plan which will underpin the next stage of the CLH Hub’s establishment. A decision on this funding is imminent.

The partnership is seeking a suitably qualified person to support it with the first phase of the Hub’s development including establishing the partnership; completing a robust five-year business plan and undertaking an economic appraisal of how income will be generated to sustain the Hub’s work in the future. Coupled with the Business Plan, a second stage application will be submitted to the Enabling Hub Fund by 31 December 2019 to allow the Hub to become established.

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Tampon Tax Community Fund


‘Empowering refugee and other migrant women’

CDA Herts is delighted to announce that it was successful with its application to the Tampon Tax Community Fund.

We will be working in partnership with Herts Welcomes Syrian Families and the grant will provide additional language support to women, especially those with young children who are more housebound and need to have the opportunity to learn and practice speaking English in an informal setting.  The support group meetings will be held in Ware and Letchworth.

There will be a short holiday programme of activities for the young people who will decide and design the programme. We would like to hear about other migrant women who feel that they need to improve their English and be with like-minded women.

We are very excited about empowering women, developing their confidence to integrate and have better settled lives.

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CDA Herts Community Garden St Albans Wins National Community Cohesion Award from Groundwork UK

Our Chief Executive Kate Belinis was thrilled when our Community Garden was chosen as Winners in the Community Cohesion category at a prestigious Awards Evening in London celebrating the Groundwork Community Awards 2018.

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Read the Address from the Right Reverend Dr Alan Smith Lord Bishop of St Albans at CDA Herts Annual General Meeting “Rural Connections” 3 October 2018 :


Another packed house and with 9 Chains in attendance (1 more than last year!) were informed and entertained by The Right Reverend Dr Alan Smith, Lord Bishop of St Albans at our AGM on 3rd October at County Hall Hertford.

Bishop Alan answered our request to speak about Rural connections and spoke passionately about the many challenges facing rural communities, including housing, employment, farming and sustainability.

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Village Halls & Community Buildings Conference 5 December 2017

The 5th Village Halls Conference took place on 5th December in Little Hadham Village Hall and was hailed a great success by all those attending.  We were particularly pleased as we had to make a last minute decision whether to go ahead following an organisational change. 45 people representing Village Halls and Community Buildings, statutory and voluntary agencies and suppliers of services all contributed to an absorbing event.  We heard about Senior Watch, Technology for Hall Management Systems, Social Prescribing, GDPR Data Protection changes, #VillageHallsWeek 22-25 January, Locality funding, a proposal to form a Coalition of Halls and much useful advice and information from ACRE and CDA Herts.

Thank you to everyone involved for their support and making it happen especially CDA Herts, Little Hadham Village Hall, John Harwwod-Bee, Susan Lankester and the Stallholders whose contributions made the event financially possible.

See below a copy of the Programme and a list of Presentations for you to read and download.

To download the Conference Programme please click here

To download the presentation about the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) please click here

To download the presentation about  Peter Lee’s Hall Management System please click  here 

To download the presentation of Deborah Clarke & ACRE Sharing Information & Good Practice please click here

To download the presentation about Hertfordshire County Council’s Locality Budget Scheme please click here
To download the presentation about East Herts Council’s Social Prescribing Scheme please click here


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