COVID-19 Latest News

24th March 2020

Covid-19 Communities 1st Voluntary Sector Briefing 24th March 2020

When crisis hits, people step up – and we’re seeing lots of that right now.  So I’d like to thank all those people volunteering their time and everyone managing and coordinating volunteer efforts.

20 March 2020

Covid-19 Communities 1st Voluntary Sector Briefing 20th March 2020

We are grateful to everyone who submitted answers to our survey or spoke to us on the phone yesterday 19 March.  We have managed to gather data about your readiness for managing volunteers and supporting local people from so many of you and this has been fed in to planning at local, regional and national government level.

17 March 2020

COVID-19 Community Volunteer Sign Up

Communities 1st is registered charity working all year round for a more connected and resilient districts of Hertsmere and St Albans. During this difficult time, we want to make sure that our residents are looking out for one another to help everyone stay safe and healthy.

14 March 2020

Community Action Response to COVID-19

In the wake of the £30 billion emergency fund announced in the Budget yesterday and anticipated switch to the delay phase of the Government four-part plan, leaders from different sectors have today joined forces to launch the Community Action Response to encourage everyone to do what they can to support their communities and particularly vulnerable and isolated people during Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

19 February 2020

Handy Person Vacancy

Communities 1st are looking for individuals who can live and breathe our values; to work in partnership, deliver quality, adapt, be positive and be inclusive.

We are looking for people with great skills in communications, who are proactive in their approach and able to work with colleagues and volunteers to deliver amazing services for the benefit of the people and communities of districts of Hertsmere, St Albans and Welwyn/Hatfield.

Closing Date: 9am on Wednesday 26 February 2020

Interviews will be held on Monday 2 March 2020.

3 February 2020

Mayors Pride Awards

The Mayor’s Pride Awards are held to celebrate extraordinary people and outstanding organisations that make a positive contribution to the local community. Ensure these inspiring individuals and worthy organisations get the recognition they deserve by putting them forward to receive an award. 

4 November 2019

St Albans City & District Community Grants Fund 2019/20

The Community Grants Fund aims to provide Voluntary and Community Groups with a flexible funding opportunity to support the delivery of projects and activities that benefit the local community and help to deliver the objectives set out in the St Albans City & District Inclusion Strategy.

14 September 2019

Older People’s Day at the Alban Arena

Older People’s Day at the Alban Arena, Wednesday 16th October between 10.00am – 1.00pm – FREE ENTRY

14 September 2019

Coming soon

St Albans & District Community Grant Fund November round - opening 4th November.

Watch this space for more information

1st August 2019

Community Open Day – launch of Aberford Community Bowling Green

Communities 1st welcomes budding bowlers to test their talent at the Aberford Community Bowling Green, in Borehamwood.  Visitors of all ages will have an opportunity to learn new skills and make new friends.

13th May 2019

St Albans & District Council Community Grants 2019/20

The St Albans District Council Community Grants fund 2019/20 opens on Monday 13th May at 9.00am

8th January 2019

NEW! Guide to Services for Older People in St. Albans City & District

Communities 1st (formerly known as Community Central or the CVS for St. Albans and District) are happy to announce the publication of a brand new “Guide to Services for Older People”.

19 October 2018

Guide to Community Transport - Released!

The Guide to Community Transport has been released.

It provides details about Community Transport and Minibus Hire in St Albans District.

You can find it here.

15th October 2018

Chair of Communities 1st appointed

Stuart Nagler MBE has been appointed Chair of Trustees of the new organisation, Communities 1st, bringing the merger between Community Central St Albans and Community Hertsmere another step closer.

3 August 2018

Paid Employment Opportunity with CVS for Broxbourne and East Herts

Paid Employment Opportunity with CVS for Broxbourne and East Herts (CVSBEH) (Full-time 1 year contract)

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join CVSBEH’s successful team as a Mentor within the Building Better Opportunities Programme. Have you got a passion to help those furthest from the workplace? Can you work with a varied case load of participants who face multiple barriers to employment? Are you able to work independently and creatively? If this is you then they would like to hear from you. Please click here for more details.

26 July 2018

New Training Courses Announced!

We are pleased to announce our training sessions for the year.

For more information click here.

25 July 2018

The next batch of Stronger Together Meetings are on the horizon!

If you would like more information or to book yourself on one of the days please contact Isobel at or phone her on 020 3559 3559.

25 June 2018

Hertfordshire Hearing Advisory Service - Change of Venue

15 June 2018

Wanted - Immediate Temporary Support [Vacancy Filled!]

We are looking for a someone to help us promote and administer a small charity which supports old people across St Albans District.

You’ll need excellent organisational skills, a great memory, the ability to think laterally, excellent oral and written communication skills and be comfortable using Microsoft office. You’ll need to enjoy talking with old people, liaising with partner organisations and working at pace.

22 March 2018

The District’s First Community Fair!

Over 45 small, local charities within our District are coming together at The Alban Arena on Wednesday June 13th to invite the public to meet them and see how they can help locally.

8 May 2018

Community Grants Fund 2018 IS NOW OPEN!

Exciting news – the SADC Community Grants Fund is now open. And we are looking for organisations to apply for funding for exciting and innovative projects, these may be existing projects that you are developing or a brand new project idea.

26 April 2018

[Deadline Passed] Want to Join our Team? We are recruiting!

Business and Volunteering Projects Coordinator

13 March 2018

Next Batch of Stronger Together Partnership Meetings Announced!

17 January 2018

First time in Hertsmere: Junior Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge

This year Community Hertsmere held the Junior Dragon’s Apprentice Challenge for the first time. Six teams across four schools entered the Challenge with more than 100 students participating.

7 June 2017

New! Computers and a Cuppa

Communitiy Hertsmere are working in partnership with Affinity Sutton are launching ‘Computers and a Cuppa’ to promote and support the use of digital technologies by older people.

4 April 2017

Opening in Radlett New Community Hertsmere's Outreach Hub

Communitiy Hertsmere are delighted to announce the opening of a new outreach hub in Radlett on Tuesday 4 April 2017.

9 March 2017

Hertfordshire Students’ Union and Communities 1st working together to promote volunteering opportunities

Hertfordshire University Students’ Union (HSU) and Communities 1st have signed an historic agreement to work together to promote volunteering opportunities across Hertfordshire to HSU students..

1 March 2017

Opening in Bushey New Community Hertsmere Outreach Site

Communities 1st are delighted to announce the opening of a new outreach site  in Bushey on Wednesday 1 March 2017.

1 February 2017

Community Hertsmere Activities and Events for 2017

Thank you for all your support in 2016, Community Hertsmere are planning on providing lots of activities and events for all ages throughout this year.