Support Us

Our vision for the future is a top-class, sustainable service for all voluntary and community organisations based or operating across the districts of St. Albans and Hertsmere.

To achieve this, we need funding.

Any money given to us helps not just one frontline service, but many - we can multiply the effect of your money to make it achieve more.

We are a charity, and struggle to find funding to keep our services going, like most charities.  Full information on our funding is included in our annual reports.

We are incredibly grateful to everyone that has supported us over the past year and helped to make this possible. If you would like to support us this year here are some easy ways you can do so...

  • Raise money for us, for free - by shopping online through  
  • Play the ‘Give and Win’ community lottery
  • Leave a legacy to Communities 1st in your will
  • Set up a Standing Order
  • Donate Online
  • By Cheque 
  • Take on a Challenge and Fundraise for us!
  • Pro bono work 

Leave a lasting legacy to the communities of St Albans and Hertsmere by including a gift in your Will to Communities 1st

Why leave a gift to charity in your Will?

Writing a Will is an important way to ensure your wishes are carried out and that your savings and possessions are given to the people you choose to receive them.

Charitable legacies are exempt from Inheritance tax, which means you can reduce the overall tax bill for your loved ones by naming a charity in your Will.

Leaving a gift to charity does not have to mean leaving a large amount of money. A small gift can make a huge difference to a local charity. Charitable legacies are vital in enabling Communities 1st to continue our work across the districts of St. Albans and Hertsmere.

To leave us money in your will, consult your solicitor. You can leave either a set sum or a percentage of your estate (perhaps after giving the majority of it to family). It is important to give your solicitor our full name: Communities 1st and our Charity Number: 1127066. Please get in touch with our chief executive if you need any more advice on this.


Donations by Cheque

If you would like to make a donation towards our work you can do so by cheque. Please make your cheque payable to ‘Communities 1st’ and post it to the address below:

Chief Executive
Communities 1st
1st Floor
Ver House
Park Industrial Estate
St Albans

Take on a Challenge and Fundraise for us!

Over the past year some wonderful volunteers have fundraised for us by running, swimming, dancing, swishing and holding a coffee morning! If you would like to take part in a sponsored walk, run, cycle or swim in aid of Communities 1st please get in touch - we would love to hear from you.

We can provide you with an online donation page for your fundraising, publicity, T-shirts and sponsorship forms. Please contact for more information.


Pro Bono

Our support services enable local good causes to develop and grow. We are always looking for professional expertise, especially legal, and welcome support for local groups either at pro-bono or low rates.

To discuss whether your company or you, as an individual, could work with us please contact our Services team on or phone 01727 649940.



Give as you Live

Give as you Live is a free and easy way to raise money for your favourite charity such as Communities 1st just by shopping online.

Once you've signed up, you can browse our website for the store you want to shop with. Click 'shop now' to go to their website, then continue to shop as normal.

You'll then receive an email within 1-7 days to know how much you've raised.