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Learning & development

Outcome Star Training

Before workers can use the Outcomes Star with service users they must attend the one day introduction to Outcomes Star training.

This training session is being offered for Family Schools Workers and Intensive Family Support Team staff who have not accessed the training, and work with families on a one-to-one basis. The next training will be held on Wednesday 24th April 2019, 9:30-15:00 at the Hertfordshire Sports Village, Hatfield.

The training will cover:

Caring Dads Course

Please see below details of HACRO’s Caring Dads course due to start 21st March in Hemel, followed by re the current information for the rest of 17 week Caring Dads Programme for 2019/20.

Please use the latest Caring Dads referral form which includes a question about involving the dads in assessing their success in achieving outcomes set plus another asking your view on HACRO’s delivery of Caring Dads that prompted you to make a referral. Please note self-referrals can only be considered if a Section 7 CAFCASS report is available

This is all particularly important in gathering sufficient and relevant feedback on the Caring Dads programme for all funding grants and the new Herts TPF contract.

Hemel 2019

Course length - 17 weeks

Course time – Thursdays 7 to 9 pm

Course dates – start 21st March 2019

Course venue – Cedar House, The Chapel, Featherbed Lane, Apsley, Hemel Hempstead,

Herts, HP3 9DJ.

Broxbourne 2019

Start late Spring or Autumn 019

Watford 2019

Will start in the Summer 2019 term

Hatfield 2019

Possible start late Spring or Autumn 2019 - depending on funding

Please call 01727 854727 for further information on the Caring Dads programme and suitability of possible referrals.

HACRO’s Caring Dads office is only open on Mondays and Thursdays.



ADHD Foundation’s Parent and Carers Skills Building Programme

SPACE are pleased to announce that we are the only organisation licensed to deliver the ADHD Foundation’s Parent and Carers Skills Building Programme in Hertfordshire. This programme has been developed over a number of years and is well established in many parts of the Country.  

Parent/Carers will gain further understanding and knowledge of their young persons condition and build a toolbox of strategies to support family life.  This in turn will help to significantly improve outcomes for the young person in a variety of settings including education and leisure.

This can be delivered as a five week course or on a modular basis.  The modules consist of:-

  • Understanding and Managing ADHD
  • Praise and Criticism
  • Organisational Aids
  • Learning Styles
  • Diet and Nutrition 

We can also deliver this full package over an intensive two day period so this will maximise accessibility for all.

The optimum number of participants in each module is 15.

If you would like further information and/or costings for the above programme, please contact us at spaceherts@gmail.com.

Money Advice Unit Spring Summer Training

The Money Advice Unit’s Spring & Summer 2019 training programme is now available to view.

To book, please complete and return the booking form on page 9.

The courses are popular and operate on a first come first served basis. Please note the MAU limit places on any one course to a maximum of 2 people per organisation.

Mix Up Meal Times with Community Kitchen

FREE 8-week course for families to rediscover the fun in cooking.

After a highly successful first course last year, the Community Kitchen project is back to help families to get new ideas on cooking healthy, fun meals without breaking the bank and most importantly, cooking as a family.

Sessions are being held at Marriotts School on Saturday afternoons, 3:30pm-6pm starting on 16th March and are totally FREE, with spaces for 8 families per course.

As well as sharpening culinary skills, families will also be given some top tips on topics like sugar swaps, planning meals, getting in 5 a day and more.

Led by Stevenage FC Foundation, sessions will be delivered by Healthy Lifestyles Officer, Hannah Marsh, whose role is to help improve health and wellbeing in the community through physical activity and healthy living programmes.

Hannah said “The Community Kitchen is such an exciting project for the Foundation. Getting people thinking about ways in which they can make subtle tweaks to their time in the kitchen and enjoy cooking as a family is something we feel can have a big impact in the town. This isn’t a weight loss or physical exercise programme, just simply about coming together as a family and enjoying an activity that we all do every day.

“There’s a fantastic social element to it as well, getting families socialising with other families whilst taking part in a fun and friendly activity. The support we’ve had so far from the partners of the programme has been phenomenal and unprecedented for a new project of ours. We’ve received funding from Public Health, SBC and individual councillors as well as great support from Co-Op and North Herts College with creating the content. We’re really excited to get started”.

Stevenage Borough Council’s Sport and Wellbeing Manager, Joe Capon explains “The Community Kitchen is a great local project. It’s not just about helping families to eat well and improve their cooking skills. It’s also about bringing the social aspect of meal times into family life, so families can reconnect over a nutritious meal and spending quality time cooking it together.

“It’s also educational for the children as they can get stuck into the food preparation and increase their knowledge and interest in where ingredients come from and how they go together. With so many demands on family life now it’s sometimes hard to find the time to cook fresh all of the time, but with the right know how and a small budget, families can have a healthy meal on the table in 20-30 minutes.”

As well as support from organisations across the county, the project is part funded by Public Health Hertfordshire and has received support locally from Stevenage Borough Councillors Sarah Mead, Liz Harrington, James Fraser, John Gardener, John Mead, Elaine Connelly, Joan Lloyd, Jeannette Thomas, Ralph Raynor, Graham Lawrence, Sara-Jane Potter, Simon Speller and Richard Henry.

For more information and to get your family’s place on the course please visit www.stevenagefcfoundation.com/communitykitchen or contact Hannah at the Foundation via email hannahm@stevenagefc.com or call 01438 223223 (Option 6).


Shadowing made simple!

Workforce Shadowing is an exciting opportunity to "spend a day in someone else’s shoes" and is open to the entire Families First partnership. 

Accessing the Workforce Shadowing scheme has been simplified into 3 easy steps:

  1. Choose your shadowing opportunity from this list (on the Families First Portal)
  2. Simply send an email to FamiliesFirst.Shadowing@hertfordshire.gov.uk  copying in your manager to indicate their support of your application
  1. Get shadowing!

Could your service host shadowing?
If you would like to offer a shadowing opportunity within your organisation:

  1. Nominate a contact in your team
  2. Email Shadowing@hertfordshire.gov.uk and we will be in touch.

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