Active Dacorum

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Active Dacorum is run by the Community Partnerships team. The areas we cover are sports and physical activity, wellbeing and arts and culture. We provide opportunities for our residents through events, sessions, activities and much more!.

We regularly engage with Dacorum residents through our social media pages, providing the latest information and news. If you want to keep in the loop with what’s going on in Dacorum, please visit our Facebook page or Twitter account.

Active Dacorum events 2021

Throughout the calendar year we run a range of events. Please see the table below for more information. Event details will be updated throughout the year.

Active Dacorum events 2021
Event When Details
Wellness Festival  May Showcasing a variety of health and creative wellbeing activities,
delivered by local facilitators at the Active Dacorum Hub.
Armed Forces Day June A day of activities held in Gadebridge Park to show gratitude
and appreciation for those serving in the Armed Forces.
Pop Ups in the Park July and August Pack your picnics and join us for free family fun days
in the summer holidays at selected parks across Dacorum.
National Fitness Day September Join us for some fitness fun, competitive challenges and a
battle of the gyms in Hemel Hempstead town centre.
Fun Palace October Enjoy a variety of free creative and cultural activities with local facilitators and community organisations as part of this national celebration.
Your Town October Support what matters locally and take to the streets of Hemel
Hempstead by taking part in our 5k community run.
12 Days of Christmas  1-12 December Join us for some festive fun on our Active Dacorum Facebook page as we count down to Christmas. We'll be posting a Christmas-themed activity each day that you can do at home and with your family. Get creative and active this Christmas.

Community projects and initiatives

Active Dacorum community projects and initiatives 
Initiative When Details
Shape Up January - March Shape Up is a free weight management course consisting of weekly physical activity and nutritional education sessions. The course is run online for 12 weeks. For eligibility and to find out more, visit the Shape Up website
Colourful Minds  January - April 2021 Colourful Minds is a free 12-week creative therapy course for those ages 18 or over with mild to moderate mental health issues and condition affecting mental wellbeing. Find out more about Colourful Minds.
Street Champions  All year round The Street Champions network of volunteers act as the eyes and ears of the community. They help improve an area by organising litter picks, reporting faults and looking after the environment. Find out more about Street Champions.

Sport and physical activity

Dacorum has a range of fantastic sports facilities and venues, whether you’re a beginner or reaching for Olympic standard, we have something for everyone. Find out what’s important to us and our aims over the next few years through our  Sports and Physical Activity Strategy (PDF 3MB).

We work closely with Dacorum Sports Network to offer opportunities for you to be more active in your local area. Together we work with community clubs, volunteer groups and public organisations involved in delivering sport locally to ensure a healthy and active community.

Active Dacorum Hub

The Active Dacorum Community Hub is run in partnership with Apex in the Community and is a multi-activity, inclusive venue based in Hemel Hempstead. From art groups to seated exercise, dance classes to yoga, the opportunities for healthy, active fun are endless. The venue is also available to hire at affordable rates for the community.

Everyone Active

Boasting eight swimming pools (including a lido), gyms and racket sports courts, our local leisure centres in Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted and Jarman Park Athletics Track are run by Everyone Active. These venues provide amazing facilities for you to enjoy and are home to a huge number of sports clubs, from scuba diving to trampolining.

It’s also the main base for Sapphire Gymnastics, where double Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Max Whitlock started his career.

Meanwhile, at the athletics track, you’ll find an eight-lane, 400-metre floodlit track plus a football pitch, clubroom, shower and toilet facilities.

We work in partnership with the Everyone Active Communities team to deliver a range of activities in the community, such as exercise to music and beginner pilates. Book your Everyone Active session online.

Arts and culture

Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020

Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020 (HYOC2020) is a year-long campaign to showcase Hertfordshire’s creative opportunities, working with Creative Hertfordshire and the other nine district and borough councils. In Dacorum, we support and partner with a range of local groups and organisations to run creative projects and activities.

Creative Hertfordshire

Creative Hertfordshire is the online network for the arts and creative community in Hertfordshire. It is a space for creative individuals, businesses and places to share what they do. If you are an artist, producer, creative organisation, creative business or venue, you can create a profile page and showcase your work to others in Hertfordshire and beyond. This is also another great platform to stay up to date with arts and cultural activities across the county.  

Contact

For more information, please email active@dacorum.gov.uk.

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