I am thrilled to let you know that the charity that Connect Dacorum is part of, Community Action Dacorum (CAD), has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service by HM The Queen.  The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their own communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the Queen’s coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.

The citation for the award states that it has been given to us for “working to overcome barriers and improve the quality of life and wellbeing for individuals and community groups.”  CAD was nominated for the award by the former Mayor of Dacorum, Bob MacLean and his wife Wendy.  In the official notification of the award from the Government Department the letter states that:

“The work your group does for the community was much admired by the Independent Assessment Committee, chaired by Sir Martyn Lewis CBE
This represents a tremendous achievement for your organisation, and we hope that everyone involved, and particularly your volunteers, will feel immensely proud of it”

I would like to thank you all for your membership of Connect Dacorum, whether you've been members for many years or have recently joined.  We couldn't be helping charities in the unique way we do without you and I'm sure it would be a service sorely missed if it was not here.

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The Hospice Lottery Partnership, have been selected as one of the beneficiary charity/not-for-profit organisations taking part this year in the Dacorum Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge which links school teams of Year 12 “Apprentices” with local businesses and charity/not-for-profit organisations in a challenge to turn £100 into £1,000 or more. 

Our apprentices, The Laureate Fire Lions, are holding a fundraising Quiz Night at the Laureate Academy School Hall, on the 24 January 2019. There will be a raffle on the night and we are looking for people that can help by donating a prize. All contributors will be mentioned and thanked at the event.

If you can help please contact Team Leader, Raheem Khan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Also if anyone is interested in attending, we would love to see you there, please see poster for details

christmas lunchPlease find attached the invite to the annual Connect Dacorum & Dacorum Community Trust’s Christmas Lunch. This is the 10th year we have been running this hugely popular joint event and this year it is being held at Shendish Manor Hotel in Apsley on Friday 14th December at 12.00 midday. The lunch is sponsored by Shendish Manor Hotel, Osbornes, B&M Care, NGK, Maylands Business Centre and UK Power Reserve.

With usually around 130-150 attendees including 3 Mayors, 2 MPs and our guest speaker who this year we are delighted to have Dan Dark, Senior Vice President of Warner Bros Stuidos in Leavesden, this event is very popular and is an ideal event to invite some of your key staff or valued customers along with you. In honour of Dan this year we will be naming the tables after Warner Bros Leavesden films.

Tickets remain this year at only £30.00 each (or a table of 10 for £275) and include a traditional 3 course Christmas lunch.

Please send your reply slip with payment to Dacorum Community Trust, The Forum, Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead, Herts. HP1 1DN.  Do please let us know of any special dietary requirements.

It would be great to see you all there to celebrate another great year for our community.

If you are able to offer any raffle or auction prizes please do let me know, this would very much be appreciated.

poster smallDacorum Careers Fair – Wednesday 24th October 2018


Shendish Manor Hotel, London Road, Apsley, HP3 0AA                     




About this event:

This interactive event brings students from the nine mainstream Dacorum schools, in direct contact with employers and training providers in one venue with the overall aim of:

  • Helping young people gain meaningful encounters with employers
  • Teaching young people about a variety of local jobs and industries
  • Educating students about the varied routes into work
  • Enabling teachers and school staff to interact and network with employers

Employer/Exhibitor guidelines:

The event targets students in Y11 and Y12 (ages 15-17)

We encourage you to bring along employees who will enjoy getting out from behind the stand, engaging with the young people, and talking to Teachers and Careers Leads too

Where at all possible, please have an interactive activity on your stand - please inform us if you need power or have any other requirements for your stand

We would like Employers/Exhibitors to please talk about the sector your company represents as well as your specific company – this helps young people to understand the breadth of jobs both within your company and the sector as a whole, e.g. the building sector doesn’t just employ building/manual roles, they also employ marketeers, accountants, IT staff, etc., etc.

Employers/Exhibitors are asked for a £25 suggested contribution to the fair – Shendish Manor have kindly donated their venue free of charge for the Fair, the nominal charge for stands enables us to provide refreshments for Employers throughout the day as well as subsidising the marketing and promotional materials for the event

The Organisers

This event is led by the team of Enterprise Advisers who support the participating Dacorum schools. An Enterprise Adviser is a business volunteer who supports an individual school to achieve the Gatsby Benchmarks which, in turn, help develop a school’s overall careers programme.  The Enterprise Adviser Network is a national programme owned by The Careers and Enterprise Company, which in Hertfordshire is managed jointly by Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and YC Hertfordshire.   For more information see here  This is the first event of its kind created by Enterprise Advisers.  This event is supported by Connect Dacorum and Dacorum Borough Council.

We are currently sorting out the booking link, size of area available, and finer details and as soon as I have that I will update you. If you would like to book a stand please let me have the details of who will be the main contact (including email and telephone number), what industry area your company is in, what types of roles you would be looking for, how many people would be coming from your organisation (maximum 2).