Talk Community 17 December

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17 December 2021

Two new hubs launch in Herefordshire (Oh no they haven't, oh yes they have!)

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, hubs in every town. But the prettiest sight to see, is the hubs that will be, on your own front door!

Sorry, we got a little carried away with a sprinkling of Christmas spirit and the launch of another two fantastic Talk Community Hubs this week!

We’ve now got 33 hubs across the county, after the launch of the LwB Wellbeing Café in Lugwardine and The Lion Café in Kington.

To find out more about our hubs, take a look at

Fantastic children’s activity packs available from The Courtyard (they’re also one of our awesome Talk Community Hubs!)

The brilliant team at The Courtyard, is offering 500 free creative activity packs, guaranteed to keep the kids entertained for hours!

The packs are inspired by The Courtyard's children's Christmas Show, The Snow Queen, and include:

  • A Snow Queen activity book
  • Felt tip pens
  • Pencils
  • Crayons
  • Glitter pen
  • Stickers
  • Colour-in Christmas card
  • Snow globe
  • Bookmarks
  • Wooden snowflake bauble

The Courtyard told us they “wanted to connect with the children and families in our community and give them something fun and creative to do over the Christmas holidays. The packs have been kindly funded by The Garfield Weston Foundation and are full of activities and resources to engage and inspire.”

Families can pop in to The Courtyard from Saturday 18 December 2021 to claim their free activity pack (1 pack per child, whilst stocks last). You can also get 20 minutes free parking, when collecting your pack.

Have you signed up to the Connecting Business & Charity Group?

In September, we were delighted to announce that we’re working in partnership with the High Sheriff of Herefordshire, Jo Hilditch, to provide a fantastic new group to help further develop collaboration and mutual support between the county’s businesses, charities, community groups and parish councils.

Over the last few months, we’ve had some wonderful offers of help and assistance, including…

  • The fantastic team at Swan Brewery has amended its vehicle insurance policy, so its van can be borrowed by community groups and charities to help move items around the county.
  • The Life and Soul Kitchen asked for and received donations for its Christmas Market to help disadvantaged families.
  • Marches Family Network benefitted from some fantastic good quality, second hand clothes, which are being sold to raise funds for sessions for children and young people with disabilities.

We currently have 173 members signed up to the private Connecting Business & Charity LinkedIn group, which is free and simple to use. If you're a Herefordshire business with an offer of help or a local charity, community group or parish council with a request for help and support, it's quick and easy to connect with one another to help make a difference.

If you’d like to join our Connecting Business & Charity group, simply visit the LinkedIn website.

Celebrate Christmas safely in Herefordshire

Herefordshire Council is asking all residents to follow the latest Government Covid guidance, in the run up to Christmas, to ensure we can all celebrate Christmas safely.

Dr Rebecca Howell-Jones, Acting Director of Public Health for Herefordshire Council, said: “We all want to enjoy Christmas, but it’s important to remember that the best present you can give friends and family is their safety. This is why we are asking people to think about who they are meeting, prioritising those who are most important to them and limit other social contacts. We’re also asking residents to take steps to celebrate safely when they do meet friends and family.

“Testing is also a vital part of reducing the spread of this virus. We want people to enjoy themselves while staying safe. So, if you do plan to meet people outside your household you should take a lateral flow test beforehand. If you haven’t yet had your vaccination or booster, now is the time to book.

“Don’t forget the other important measures we should all be taking every day to reduce the spread of the virus. Keep washing and sanitising hands, wear face coverings when out shopping, in places of worship and on public transport, work from home where possible and let fresh air into indoor spaces.

“If you have a temperature, cough, loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, no matter how mild, you need to isolate and get a PCR test as quickly as possible.”

To find out how you can enjoy Christmas safely, visit

Winter Night Shelter now open in Hereford

The Hereford Winter Night Shelter is now open at New Zara House on Whitecross Road.

The shelter, which is managed by Herefordshire Council, is open from 9pm to 7:45am, every night until Thursday 31 March 2022. It provides a safe refuge with accommodation, toilets, showers and laundry facilities for up to 14 men and women on a first come, first served basis.

To find out more, please read the latest article on the Talk Community Directory newsroom.

New funding available to support suicide prevention

The Department of Health and Social Care has announced a £4million Suicide Prevention Fund to help support voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations, which work to prevent suicide. This includes supporting the sector’s ability to continue to meet increased demands or needs for their services, as a result of Covid-19.

The deadline to make an application is Sunday 16 January. To find out more about the Suicide Prevention Fund, please visit the Government’s website.

Can you help spread the word about vaccinations?

Our NHS colleagues are keen to encourage as many people as possible to take up the offer of a free Covid vaccination or booster vaccine. They’re looking for different ways to target residents, particularly while they’re out and about in the county, finishing their Christmas shopping.

As a town or parish council or local community group, if you’ve got any ideas or suggestions, no matter how small or ‘slightly out there’, which can help get the message out, please get in touch with our Talk Community Engagement Team at

Covid-19 update

There is still local and national Covid-19 information and support available.

Local data: Understanding Herefordshire Covid-19 summary website

Local information: Herefordshire Council website

Local vaccinations: Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group website

National guidance: Government website

Urgent medication supplies: NHS website / call NHS 111

Talk Community helpline: The helpline is still available to help residents, who don’t have support from family, friends or their local community, with food supplies, medication delivery or befriending (this includes those who are self-isolating).

Call: 01432 260027
Online: Coronavirus - Talk Community support

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