In this issue:

Tell the government what you would like included in the Down's Syndrome Act (all ages)

The government is creating some new guidance to help make life better for people with Down's Syndrome in England. If you care for a child with Down's Syndrome, or are a young person with Down's Syndrome, you can share your thoughts and ideas about what should be included. 

Down Syndrome Act 2022 guidance: call for evidence (easy read) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Inclusive Football Training - Everett Rovers Football Club, Watford (for ages 7 - 16, and 16 - adult)

Award Winning football training for boys, girls and adults with physical or learning difficulties. Learn to play football in a fun and enjoyable environment run by FA qualified, DBS checked coaches.

For Ages 7 to 16 and 16 to adult.

For more information please contact Mark Collins on 07808 030512 or mark.2.collins@bt.com

The official website of Everett Rovers FC

Not based in Watford? 

Other inclusive football clubs are run around Hertfordshire as a part of Herts Youth Inclusive Football.

View all the clubs around Hertfordshire: Clubs – Herts Youth Inclusive Football

Help to manage the cost of living (all ages)

We all need a little support from time to time. If you're finding it hard to make ends meet at the moment, check out this page for advice and practical help to manage your finances and make savings.

Hertfordshire County Council | Help to manage the cost of living

Getting your GCSE or A Level exam results? (Ages 16 - 18)

Young people who are getting their A-level and GCSE results this summer can get support from our Services for Young People (SfYP) team as they consider their next steps.

Young woman sitting opposite an adviser

Whatever the results, SfYP advisers are on hand with the latest information and impartial advice to help young people make the best choices for them.

Whether the results are better or worse than expected, or they want to rethink their plans, they can help young people explore their options at this pivotal time.

Getting your A-level or GCSE results? Services for Young People is here to help! (hertfordshire.gov.uk)

Get help to buy healthy food and milk - NHS Healthy Start (pregnancy - 4 years old)

Are you pregnant or have a child under 4, and in receipt of certain benefits? Did you know you could be missing out on free fruit, vegetables, or milk worth at least £220 a year and free vitamins?

If you are more than 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under 4 years old, and in receipt of certain benefits, you could be entitled to a Healthy Start prepaid card worth £4.25 per child per week, to spend on healthy food and milk.

If you are entitled to Healthy Start, you will also get free vitamins designed to help pregnant and breastfeeding women and growing children.

Pregnant women and parents of children over 1 and under 4 years old can apply online for a new Healthy Start digital prepaid card which will be topped up every 4 weeks. Parents of children under 1 year old can get £8.50 per week. If you have had these vouchers previously, you must re-apply to continue getting help.

Check your eligibility and apply at NHS Healthy Start.

You can also use the benefit-checker on the Hertfordshire County Council website, and access free information about benefits that you might be missing-out on.


SEN Soft Play Session at DJ's Jungle Soft Play, St. Albans (SPACE)DJ\'s Play Jungle logo

Saturday 20 August, 9.15am - 11.15am, £7.06 per child, parent carers go free

SPACE are pleased to offer this soft play session for children with additional needs, suitable for children aged 12 and under.

Pop-in picnic, Hatfield (Potential Kids)A view of the garden at Potential Kids

Tuesday 23 August, 12.15pm - 1.45pm, free, just drop in

Come and join us at Potential Kids for some summer holiday fun!  Bring a picnic, catch up with friends and enjoy the garden. This is a FREE non-structured session with lots of games and activities.

All about Us Festival, St. Albans (Trestle Theatre)

Singing and choir on Monday 22 August, 1pm- 3pm, at St Albans Cathedral, free but must be booked in advance

Arts and crafts on Wednesday 24 August, 11am- 1pm, at Trestle Arts Base, free but must be booked in advance

Come and have a taste of something different this August! A series of free accessible workshops held at a variety of the city’s most vibrant venues, which will be followed by a week-long festival in October showcasing the brilliant work of the groups involved and finally a culmination of the project resulting in a month-long exhibition hosted by St Albans Museum + Gallery. 

The workshops bring together some of the most exciting performers, Artists and facilitators working in the district to provide a series of free and fully accessible summer workshops.

Colourscape - Cassiobury Park, Watford 

From 20 - 29 August 2022, from £3Colourscape pictures

Colourscape arrives from 20 to 29 August in Cassiobury Park, Watford. Don a coloured cape and immerse yourself in a fusion of sound and colour as you wander through a labyrinth of coloured chambers and tubes creating your own journey and experience. Musicians play in a large dome which will fill the chambers with music. Colourscape is for all ages, enjoyed by all from babies to 100 year-olds. It’s also great for those who need SEN support!