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Hertfordshire Children's Fund

Hertfordshire Community Foundation, Foundation House, 2-4 Forum Place, Fiddlebridge Lane, Hatfield
Hertfordshire, AL10 0RN

Practical and direct help for disadvantaged children in Herts. Managed by Herts Community Foundation

To provide help for low income families to buy essential items that directly benefit children such as beds, bedding and washing machines where real need exists and statutory funding is insufficient. A small grant can make a huge difference.

Why the community needs us

The Fund makes over 100 grants a year to families really struggling to provide for their children - families for whom there is very often nowhere else to turn. The Fund bridges the gap between what a family can hope to obtain from statutory funding and what a child actually needs - a bed and clean bedding for a good night's sleep, a cooker for healthy meals, a washing machine for clean clothes or perhaps a special piece of equipment for a child with a disability.

Our impact on the community

The Fund is volunteer-led and managed by Hertfordshire Community Foundation whose Fund Manager liaises with health visitors and other professionals who apply for grants for clients. In some cases, the Fund is a family's last hope of practical help. Low overheads maximise the number of children we can help.

Hertfordshire Children's Fund projects

Grantmaking in Hertfordshire

In response to requests from health visitors, social workers, school nurses and other professionals, we make grants of up to £300 to families with children aged from 0-18. The grants manager and a trustee from Hertfordshire Community Foundation ensure that grants are properly managed. For example, a mother and her 6 children were forced to flee an abusive relationship. They had to leave their home and all belongings. 5 boys had to share 2 beds. A grant for 2 sets of bunk beds helped greatly.

Why they need our service

Although perceived as a wealthy county, some areas in Hertfordshire rank amongst the highest for all round deprivation in the UK with many children lacking the very basic needs of everyday life. This level of disadvantage affects a child's life chances, general health and self-esteem. A grant from HCF provides not only practical help but also much needed care and support from the community.

Plan and expected results

Supporters hear about us through word of mouth, speaking opportunities, networking and now, hopefully internet interest. Children are the innocent victims of poverty and hardship - your donation will help them when they need it most. The measure of our success will be an increase in the number of children we can help in difficullt times.
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Our supporters

David Brewer
I made a donation to Hertfordshire Children's Fund
14/10/2014
£30
Anonymous
I made a donation to Hertfordshire Children's Fund
24/05/2014
£20
Anonymous
I made a donation to Hertfordshire Children's Fund
23/07/2012
£0
Anonymous
I made a donation to Hertfordshire Children's Fund
14/05/2012
£5
Anonymous
I made a donation to Hertfordshire Children's Fund
16/12/2011
£200
Anonymous
I made a donation to Hertfordshire Children's Fund
23/10/2011
£25
Anonymous
I made a donation to Hertfordshire Children's Fund
28/07/2011
£10
Anonymous
I made a donation to Hertfordshire Children's Fund
16/12/2010
£5

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Charity information

Hertfordshire Children's Fund

Hertfordshire Community Foundation, Foundation House, 2-4 Forum Place, Fiddlebridge Lane, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 0RN
Tel 01707 251351
Visit our website


Registered charity no. 299438

Causes that concern us:
🎀   Community Support & Development
🎀   Disability

Validated by:
Localgiving Foundation
Established in: 1996
Full time staff: 0
Part time staff: 2
Volunteers & helpers: 2

What your gift could provide

£25

Helps buy a cot for a new baby

£50

Helps buy a bed and bedding for child sleeping on blow-up mattress on floor

£100

Helps buy a cooker/washing machine to provide healthy meals/clean clothes

Fundraise for us! Volunteers required!

Volunteers required


To work as part of a small team of volunteers to help with administration and promote the work of the Hertfordshire Children's Fund. An ability to mix well and to take on organisational tasks, be flexible and creative in introducing new ideas.

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