Welcome to Communities 1st




Visit our COVID-19 News and Updates page for the latest local Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and support.

If you're in an at-risk group and need help or support - please complete our online form here.  The purpose of this form is to collect your contact details so we can help connect you to support from a volunteer in your community. If you need any help completing this form, please contact Communities 1st on 020 8207 5115 or email help@communities1st.org.uk

To volunteer - if you would like to volunteer and become a Compassionate Community Connector click here

To be #PartOfTheSolution and volunteer to support the local response to the Covid-19 pandemic - click here

If you are from a charity or community group which needs volunteers or help, complete our Support for voluntary sector organisations form here or visit our Resource Hub for useful information, guides and resources

For ideas and inspiration for fun things to do at home, please visit Covid19Ideas

We would like to thank all of our volunteers for all their hard work during the pandemic and have created a video from us at Communities 1st to show our appreciation, you can view this video here.

Communities 1st is working in partnership with St Albans City and District Council, Hertsmere Borough Council, Hertfordshire County Council, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust, Herts Valley CCG and East & North Herts CCG, Broxbourne & East Herts and Welwyn/Hatfield Volunteer Centres, VolunteeringHerts, #TeamHerts, Citizens Advice, HertsHelp, Hertfordshire Independent Living Service, Small Acts of Kindness plus many other member organisations.  Communities 1st is a delivery partner of Community Help Hertfordshire.


Who we are

We are a membership organisation dedicated to supporting the Voluntary Community, Faith, CIC, Social Enterprises and small-medium sized Business based or working in the districts of St Albans and Hertsmere.

Our Mission

To work with people across all sectors to make a positive impact on the wellbeing of local people through Support, Knowledge, Voice, Infrastructure and innovation.

Our Vision

Working to build inclusive, empowering and vibrant local communities.


Quick Links

  • Help for charities and groups – please visit our member’s areatraining and services
  • If you would like to volunteer for either us or another local group or charity, please visit us here
  • If you’re an organisation that would like volunteers, please click here
  • To book a game of lawn/green bowls, visit our page at Aberford Bowls
  • For people who would like to use our trusted handyperson service, you can visit us here
  • To book one of our halls (Aberford Community Centre, Farriers Way Centre and Windsor Hall, visit us here
  • To find out what community activities, training or day trips are happening, visit our calendar of events