Funded by, and in partnership with Herts County Council’s Community and People Wellbeing team and HertsHelp, this is the third year that we have worked together to deliver 3,000 Bags of Kindness. It was first conceived during the Covid lockdown in 2020 to reach those who were shielding. However, it still remains as relevant and important as ever in showing support and connecting with vulnerable people across Hertfordshire including carers, people with disabilities and those who have been bereaved.

We were delighted to be joined by Councillor Tony Kingsbury, Executive Member for Adult Care, Health & Wellbeing and Tim Napper, Senior Development Manager at Herts County Council, who very kindly came to help pack our Bags of Kindness. It was a wonderful opportunity for them to be a part of our volunteer team whose hard work make a difference to the lives of so many.

Tony commented, ‘We’re delighted to have been able to fund so many of these bags and I’d like to say a special thank you to the volunteers who have given their time to support the project. As well as spreading some happiness along the way, it’s vital that residents know we’re here for them this winter and anyone in need of a little extra help can get in touch with HertsHelp on 0300 123 4044.’

With the help of our amazing Small Acts of Kindness volunteer family, 3,000 Bags of Kindness were packed in just 5 days. Individuals, families and teams from Hilton, Viatris, Affinity and Student Beans all joined us.

Bags include a fleece blanket and scarf, box of biscuits, hot chocolate, a box of chocolates and instant soup, hand sanitiser, a thermometer and our Purple Pages Information Pack containing literature about essential services from key organisations in Hertfordshire, as well as a hand written message from the person who packed the bag. 

Liz Burns from The Veteran Support Group based in Abbotts Langley visited us to collect Bags of Kindness for her group. Stopping to talk to our volunteers  she explained ‘ Some have never received a gift and they are opening these bags with tears in their eyes.’

The bags are being distributed through community and statutory organisations including the Fire Service, Hertswise, CDA Herts and Herts MIND.

Click on the link to view Herts County Council's campaign 'We're here for you this winter' which we are delighted to be a part of -