News and Information

COVID-19 Latest News

We will be posting the latest information and updates on Coronavirus COVID-19 here.

Communities 1st is surveying the local voluntary and community sector to find out how local organisations are responding to the challenge.  Please complete the survey as soon as possible.

Until the results are published we will be collating the information and updates on a temporary page here.


COVID-19 Resource Hub

These pages are to support local charities, community groups, voluntary organisations and social enterprises on issues relating to covid19 / coronavirus. We will be sending out regular bulletins with information and updates as more is posted here.

You can also keep up to date with the latest news from us on Twitter #1stCommunities


Communities 1st Covid-19 Workplace Risk Assessment

This Risk Assessment is for dealing with the current Covid-19 situation in the workplace. It is not likely to cover all scenarios.  Employees, volunteers, visitors and users are asked to take reasonable steps in considering their own unique circumstances. 


News and Information

Communities 1st produces a wide range of reports, reviews, directories and factsheets to assist with the groups and communities of Hertsmere and St. Albans. Materials can be found throughout our website by visiting the various pages. There are also many ways in which Communities 1st can assist in promoting or featuring the work of community and voluntary groups across the districts of St. Albans and Hertsmere. These are:

Through our website

We welcome community and voluntary groups submitting information to include on our website. The website is visited by over 70,000 users each year providing a valuable resource for up-to-the-minute information.

Through our social media platforms of Twitter and Facebook

We use information from our web news pages and e-shot to generate short informative communications on both Facebook and Twitter received by around 2600 people online.

Through our regular e-newsletters

Communities 1st produces a monthly e-newsletters received by many hundreds of local organisations across the districts of St. Albans and Hertsmere.

Through the notice boards and leaflet racks within our facilities

Footfall across our four facilities averages around 250 visitors per day – creating a ready-made audience for your information to be disseminated and shared.

Submitting copy

If you are interested in submitting copy, then please ensure you have read and understand our guidance