Community Projects Supported - 21

Awarded in Funding - £145,660.59

We are continually open for new applications



About Us

The Welwyn Hatfield Community Fund is seeking to encourage and develop participation in sport, leisure and recreational participation at all levels and by all sections of the community within Welwyn Hatfield, in the interest of social welfare, physical and mental health and to advance the education of the public in leisure activities.

To find out about our governance, please contact us. Information is available upon request. 



We are very pleased to announce that despite the restrictions on the community last year, we were still able to awarding funding to lots of great projects, taking our funding total to over £100,000. Hitting this funding milestone was a great way to start the New Year.

Read about this here: Welwyn Hatfield Community Fund hits funding milestone - Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council - Working better, together (

It is great to see the WHCF is reaching diverse groups, and is helping projects which enhance the lives of people within our community. We hope to see this success continue.

Read about the recipients of the Welwyn Hatfield Community Fund.

Danesbury Fernery

Danesbury Fernery can be found within Danesbury Park, a local nature reserve in Welwyn. The Friends of Danesbury Fernery are a group of volunteers who maintain the area, and they have recently been awarded a contribution from the WHCF towards some essential work on the Pulhamite rockwork at the Fernery. This garden is open to all without entry charge and is visited by many throughout the year, from individuals and families, to walking parties and horticultural and gardening societies. It provides a place to relax and regenerate, and access to green space is a vital component in relieving stress and promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in our community. Volunteer groups are made up of all ages, from the Scouts to the retired,  creating an interest in gardening and improving both physical and mental health. Work will be complete in June and the gardens will be in full bloom.

North Mymms Cricket Club

North Mymms Cricket Club’s new initiative has received support from the WHCF. The club is setting up new sessions to recruit women and girls, building a pathway to create an U11 team and women’s softball team. The project will increase the provision for girls and women’s sport in the local area, and will encourage participation through the club and local schools. The club have a goal to create teams which will play in wider leagues. As always we greatly support projects with the aim to increase participation in physical activity and especially with groups in the community that are less likely to play a sport, or don’t have the same options. This project is another step to improve this and it is very much welcomed.

The Woodhall Tea Dance

The Woodhall Tea Dance is the most recent beneficiary of the fund. This is a dancing group run for the over 50’s for members of the local community. Monthly meet ups provide those that attend with the opportunity to get active and socialise. Everyone is welcome whether they are a seasoned dancer, a complete beginner or come for the refreshments and a chat. People who use wheelchairs are catered for, and the organiser will get everyone involved as much as possible. The money awarded by the WHCF will help to grow the Tea Dance over the year ahead and increase the amount of sessions run.

Chimera Explorer Scout Unit

The Chimera Explorer Scout Unit based at Our Lady Catholic School in Welwyn Garden City has received funding to enable the group to purchase new tents and outdoor equipment for activities and a minibus to be able to transport Scouts, opening up their opportunities.  It is also being used to increase the number of places they can offer to local youngsters aged 14-18, to benefit from scouting. The unit provides lots of opportunities for physical activity, skill development and discovering the world! We look forward to seeing more young people get involved, and the equipment and minibus in use throughout the next few months.

Hatfield Menshed Bike Project

At the Hatfield Menshed, funding has been awarded for an interesting project combining benefits to users and the wider community. The funding will enable those attending to recycle and fix up unused bikes donated by Hatfield Police; the attendees will learn new skills, working together inter generationally, with a focus for an end product that can be used by them or by others identified as in need in the local community. This will enable freedom and transport as well as the obvious physical exercise benefits and the emotional/mental benefits of being outdoors on a bike. This project will particularly target locals in Hatfield and those with SEN and mental health needs, school refusers, men at risk and those in the refugee community. With its mental, physical and social benefits it will be great to see this project up and running soon.

North Mymms Youth Project

The North Mymms Youth Project has been running since 2010. The project runs meetings, activities and residential experiences for young people aged 9-16. They have recently been awarded funding for some new equipment, to extend the offering of activities to young people attending the youth project. We will look forward to hearing about the sessions.

Culture Wood

The latest project to be awarded funding is Culture Wood, a forest school project based in the parks around the borough. Residents will be able to enjoy the benefits of activities based outside, and around nature, while focusing on mental health.  With the funding they will be able to purchase new equipment for sessions. They will also be running an 8 week course of sessions focused on adults’ mental and physical health, combining well being activities with nature based crafting and wood land management activities.

We look forward to hearing about these sessions once they are up and running.

Centenary Woodland Garden - Update

This summer the WHCF contributed funding to the Centenary Woodland Garden. The Garden can be found in the town centre of Welwyn Garden City to celebrate the town’s centenary in 2020. Now the project is complete, the project lead has reflected on the benefits of the garden to the community. ‘The garden greatly enhances the area, bringing a totally new concept which incorporates the existing trees. It is a place where people of all ages can go to enjoy the outdoors, in beautiful surroundings. Walkways and paths are accessible to those in wheelchairs and new benches have been introduced providing an opportunity to sit and take in the peaceful surroundings.  It provides a long term benefit for all those who pass the garden en route between the town centre, Campus West, the library and the car park area. A further planting of 45,000 bee friendly bulbs in autumn 2021 completes the overall design and will make a wonderful impact come springtime. To ensure the garden remains sustainable a voluntary group, The Friends of the Woodland Garden, has been established and meet regularly to care for the gardens.’

We look forward to seeing this area as it flourishes in the years ahead, bringing benefits to people’s health and wellbeing. 

Digswell Place RDA

We awarded funding to The Digswell Place RDA group for an all weather track so they can provide safe disabled & wheelchair access through their grounds. They will be helping more participants in a different way, by providing non ridden sessions involving fresh air exercise & horse/pony care outside. The safe surface track would also enable us to provide rides through their own land safely & securely. The Group plan to extend their outreach to dementia sufferers. The all weather walkway would also offer a safe route for dementia sufferers who may not be able, or want, to ride to exercise & experience horse & outdoor therapy. The track should be complete soon and we look forward to seeing it in use!

Herts Boat Rescue - Update

The WHCF have helped to purchase a new boat for Herts Boat Rescue!

The craft is now fully operational with a trained team to helm the craft. Speaking about the new addition to the Herts Boat rescue team, the Chairman has said; ‘’The new craft fulfils all we need for rescue and is fully set up to save lives locally in the event of an emergency or at events we attend”. Already in the last few months the team have used the boat to attend local large scale events, including Race for Life and Pretty Mudder at Stanborough Lakes. Their presence enables events to take place, which provide opportunities for local residents to be active. The new boat will enable them to remain an integral part of the community providing water rescue and teaching water safety

Forever Young People

This project will support young men aged 16-30 in Hatfield with mental health issues, through a unique programme designed to help them improving their physical and mental wellbeing, including building confidence, independence, health outcomes and social inclusion. The project offers the chance to be a part of a team and accountability group. There will be weekly session combining football training alongside speaking to professionals about any mental health concerns. The project aims to become an integral part of the community and carry out work within the community. The club will provide a space to help young men grow and develop.

Dellcott Family Tennis Club

Dellcott Family Tennis Club have introduced free to play Pickleball sessions to their club in WGC with the help of the WHCF. Pickleball is a low impact racket sport, which is a cross between tennis, badminton and squash and is played on a badminton size court. The project aims to get more senior people active due to its low impact nature and is accessible to people who have not played sport before. The creation of a regular session will help people stay or become active, therefore improving their mental and physical health. Get down there and give it a go!

Mill Green Community Hub

At Mill Green we have helped to fund a project which will transform the clubhouse into a community hub that actively engages and provides for those of our community currently feeling isolated, lonely and inactive. There will be a weekly program of social activities including golf, table tennis, boccia, curling, archery, carpet bowls, board and card games, walking clubs, singing and art sessions. These events will be free of charge and targeted at those in need. The hub will also provide a space for other organisations to utilise such as Music 24, another project we have funded! It will be great to see these all these activities benefitting people once they begin.



Potential kids is a local charity which exists to develop and promote activities which benefit the life skills and educational needs of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), their parents, carers, siblings and families.

This project will support sporting and physical activities for families in Welwyn/Hatfield. The project will be focusing on encouraging participation in cycling and multi sports activities to benefit the whole family. Each SEND child will have the opportunity to learn to ride a bike confidently and safely. Cycling can bring numerous physical and emotional benefits, and the ability to develop social skills by riding with peers and families.  It will also provide the opportunity to learn road safety, enhance observational skills, coordination and concentration whilst being environmentally friendly accessing local open spaces.

We look forward to hearing updates about the project later in the year.



The Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield Sea Cadets aim to give young people an experience that will help them grow into the person they want to be in a safe and friendly environment. Through various activities and adventures, young people learn teamwork, respect, loyalty, self-confidence, commitment, self-discipline and honesty.

The Sea Cadets were awarded funding to help purchase new equipment. By upgrading and adding to their equipment, they can continue to provide a range of different activities from sailing, windsurfing and powerboating to rock climbing, camping, music and more. This will benefit the local community by ensuring there continues to be opportunities and activities for youngsters to get involved with in the local area.



Music24 provides Dementia services in the local area through music therapy to improve physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Music 24 has been awarded funding to help them launch a new singing café in Welwyn Hatfield for those over 60. With particular support given to those with more complex needs such as Parkinson’s, those recovering from Stroke, living with MS or COPD or other conditions. The group will provide a fun interactive environment, reducing social isolation and loneliness and improve peoples social support networks.

They also plan to support people with dementia and their carers in their own homes and care homes, providing a music therapy programme for individuals.

These projects will support people to actively engage in music at what ever level they are able to participate at. Singing, dance and movement will help to keep peoples brains and bodies active. We can see the work of Music24 making a real difference to the lives of people living in Welwyn Hatfield.



We started running the project mid-November 2019 and promoted heavily via social media, our links with Herts Sports Partnership, at local GP surgeries and by attending Community Navigators meetings.

We have built links with nurses working at the QE2 Hospital in Welwyn Garden City and Lister Hospital in Stevenage, and local cancer support groups. Through this we have received  enquires from  Lung, Breast and Prostrate Cancer Nurses asking about the service we provide and how to access it, and have been invited by Macmillan Nurses to attend one of Lister Hospital’s Wellbeing Events.

We have also been invited to the Lung Cancer Support Group at Isabel Hospice Day Centre to run an exercise session for patients and nurses. Building a good relationship with the clinicians led us to receiving a NHS email account. This is a massive success for us, it means that Hospital teams can refer patients to us directly via email. We hope this will boost the number of participants, as we found that people are more likely to attend if the referral is made by their healthcare professional.

In January we held the first Coffee Exercise for Cancer Rehabilitation session with patients. We are now working to increase the promotion of this session, as it had such good feedback from both cancer survivors and nursing teams in the East and North Herts Trust.

Once again, we would like to thank you for your support.  

Welwyn RFC Rugby Festival - Update


On Wednesday 12th Feb the inaugural Welwyn Hatfield Six nations tag rugby tournament took place at Welwyn rugby club. Glorious sunshine saw the 6 countries represented with the best yr 5 players from throughout the district battling it out for the title.

Teams were created by each secondary school selecting dream teams from the best children in their local primary schools. Organiser Stuart Williams said ''the standard was amazing and it was great to see children from different schools working so well together'' he also praised the standard of refereeing from the Monks' Walk sports leaders who are training with Saracens on an officiating course. 

Similar to the current six nations all teams played each other over 5 rounds with some epic battles that left Ireland with the wooden spoon and the top 3 as a bit of a shock...

Scotland 3rd Wales 2nd Italy 1st. 

This event followed on from a series of world cup competitions in the autumn and thanks to GLL and the community fund for their support of these events.

Students from St Michael's Woolmer Green who represented Scotland and the might Italy....

Monk's Walk Saracens rugby leaders pick up their awards from Head teacher Kate Smith. Following a training program delivered by Saracens the Rugby leaders completed 10 hours of community leadership and officiating during the Rugby World cup through a series of festivals held at Welwyn RFC. The events that saw over 400 local primary children take part were run by the leaders and a great success. The leaders developed their communication and management skills and refereed very competitive games with great skill and enthusiasm.

Welwyn St. Mary’s C of E Primary School


Thanks to the generous community funding our playground has been a huge success. Apart from a slight delay on completion everything went to plan. The children absolutely love it and we had our official opening on 6th November and some of your trustees were able to attend.

Every day the equipment is in full use for all three play times. It runs at complete capacity as it is so popular. Additionally class teachers have arranged activities for their classes in PE lessons and as team building sessions. This must impact positively on our pupils' fitness levels and help them maintain a healthy body weight.

As the nights begin to lengthen we will invite the Beavers, Brownies and Cubs to use the area during their meetings as we are sure they will love it too. 

Thank you all very much indeed. We are very grateful.

Welwyn RFC Rugby Festival


The project headed by Stuart Williams with the Welwyn Hatfield Community Fund helping fund, aims to increase awareness and participation in Rugby for both Primary and Secondary School aged pupils. The project plans to achieve this by providing a series of Rugby Festivals to be held at the Welwyn RFC, just in time for the Rugby World Cup.

We are happy to say that a Rugby Festival held by Welwyn RFC went underway with a range of schools taking part and representing different countries. This is great timing with the Rugby World Cup coming to a close, helping more young children be a part in such a great sport. 

Bushin MMA

Funding was awarded to this local club for the purchase of new protective equipment, to ensure the increased safety of the club members while training.

The equipment allows members to maximise the benefits of martial arts. The senior club trainer has said; “The purchase of the protective equipment has been a great help to the club and will now be an on-going benefit for all members of the club. The members come from all sections of the Community and the juniors particularly benefit by keeping fit and active and out of trouble.”

Having clubs in our community offering opportunities for locals to get involved with activities, brings physical, mental and social benefits.  

Give it a try! School rugby initiative boosted by Welwyn Hatfield Community Fund


Give it a try! School rugby initiative boosted by Welwyn Hatfield Community Fund

GLL is pleased to announce that the Welwyn Hatfield Community Fund has awarded its first grant to Monks Walk School, Welwyn Garden City. 

The project headed by Stuart Williams, aims to increase awareness and participation in Rugby for both Primary and Secondary School aged pupils. The project plans to achieve this by providing a series of Rugby Festivals to be held at the Welwyn RFC, just in time for the Rugby World Cup.

The funding enables sustainable competitive opportunities throughout the year, for children within Welwyn and Hatfield to train and compete, developing a clear pathway for the future of Rugby in the local community.

Matt Perren, Chair of the Welwyn Hatfield Community Fund said: “We’re delighted to be able to announce our first awardee of the WHCF with what we hope will be an excellent initiative which will provide immediate and long term benefits to the local area”.

The Welwyn and Hatfield Community Fund aims to encourage and develop participation in sport, leisure, and recreational participation of the whole community within Welwyn and Hatfield. Applications are encouraged from community groups, clubs, and organisations to promote participation in any form of activity in order to improve health and wellbeing, both physical and mental.

Applications are currently being accepted on a grant basis for sums between £250 and £50,000.

Another two successfully funded applicants as the WHCF has now supported its third and fourth projects


Although the WHCF’s newest funded projects have contrasting outputs, they will aspire to reach people from a perspective of mental and physical health as well as sports participation and development with equally powerful outcomes. The healthy living project which will be run by Pawel Medowski out of Birchwood Leisure Centre will engage people into social and exercise sessions as a form of rehabilitation and recovery for the mind and body. Jim Clarke will lead his project as North Mymms Cricket Club’s development officer and aim to maximise the country’s success at the recent world cup and hope to encourage an influx of participants of all ages and abilities in the local area.

Matt Perren, Chair of the Welwyn Hatfield Community Fund said: “We’re excited to support a further two projects with ambitious but important aspirations, we also look forward to seeing the impact on the local communities around Welwyn Hatfield”.

The Welwyn and Hatfield Community Fund aims to encourage and develop participation in sport, leisure, and recreational participation of the whole community within Welwyn and Hatfield. Applications are encouraged from community groups, clubs, and organisations to promote participation in any form of activity in order to improve health and wellbeing, both physical and mental.

Robin Loader, former Finesse Leisure chair, said: “This community fund was a key element of the merger of Finesse with GLL and I am delighted it is now launched. It will give real help to support and encourage sport and leisure activities for the future in Welwyn Hatfield”. 

Left image above: Background left to right, Paul underwood, Emily Nicholls, Matt Perren, Steve Heard, Louise smith, Cherie Wiper Foreground, Pawel Medowski – Healthy Living Lead. Chris Andrews,

Right image above: Background left to right, Paul underwood, Emily Nicholls, Matt Perren, Steve Heard, Louise smith, Cherie Wiper Foreground,  Chris Andrews, Jim Clarke – Club Development Officer.

Welwyn St Mary’s to benefit from funding awarded by recently launched Welwyn Hatfield Community Fund


The project headed by the schools head teacher, Mary Westley;  will transform the activity and play space used by the schools 430 pupils and will allow them to have at least 3 opportunities a day to use the new space, as  well as extra curricular use. This project comes after a long period of planning and fundraising by the school and the school’s PTA and will mark as a great achievement for all involved, once complete.

Matt Perren, Chair of the Welwyn Hatfield Community Fund said: “We’re pleased  support Welwyn St Marys’ project to transform play and activity space for all their students as a rewarding and worthy cause, especially given their efforts with fundraising themselves”.

The Welwyn and Hatfield Community Fund aims to encourage and develop participation in sport, leisure, and recreational participation of the whole community within Welwyn and Hatfield. Applications are encouraged from community groups, clubs, and organisations to promote participation in any form of activity in order to improve health and wellbeing, both physical and mental.

Robin Loader, former Finesse Leisure chair, said: “This community fund was a key element of the merger of Finesse with GLL and I am delighted it is now launched. It will give real help to support and encourage sport and leisure activities for the future in Welwyn Hatfield”. 

Photo above: Background left to right, Steve Heard, Louise Smith, Matt Perren, Chris Andrews, Cherie Wiper Foreground, Cllr Terry Mitchinson, Ben Ashman, Deputy Head at Welwyn St Mary’s

Getting Active with the Welwyn Hatfield Community Fund!

Working with the Welwyn Hatfield Community

No matter how old you are, what you weigh, or whether you have a disability or not, the Welwyn Hatfield Community Fund is open to you. The WHCF has been formedto help the residents of Welwyn Hatfield to become more active and adopt a healthier lifestyle.

Available to individuals, clubs, and organisations the Fund seeks to identify and help develop new initiatives within the community. The fund aims to encourage participation in any form of activity,in order to improve health and wellbeing, both physical and mental, of the Welwyn Hatfield residents.

Created as a result of the recent merger between Finesse Leisure and GLL (Greenwich Leisure Limited) the Fund is available on a grant basis for sums between £250 and £50,000.


Apply Here

Please download and complete the application form below to be considered for a grant. Bring your completed form in to any Better reception or email to the address below.





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To find out more or to submit your application please contact

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How can I apply?

A. Click here to download the application form.

Q. How much can I apply for? 

A. WHCF will consider grants of up to a maximum of £49,999 for individuals, clubs, teams, or associations, but the funds committee may use its discretion in exceptional circumstances for higher requests.

Q. How will we be paid?

A. Cheque or BACS.


Q. How long will I have to wait for an answer to my application?

A. Applicants will wait a maximum of 8 weeks from the time of application.


Q. Once succesful, how long will I wait until I recieve my payment?

A. Up to two weeks.

Q. What if my club/organisation is not based in Welwyn Hatfield?

A. Clubs/organisations outside of WH can still apply if they can prove that they have current WH resident members/users. The application must demonstrate how the grant will benefit WH residents along with how they will be targeted.

Q. I am operating as an independent coach/instructor running estate-based sessions.  Can I apply for funds?

A. Yes, providing the activity or initiative is inclusive and targets broad numbers of people.

Q. Can schools apply for funding?

A. Yes, under the premise of increasing physical activity, health or wellbeing of pupils/students in a curricular or extra curricular medium.

Q. What do I need to include in my application and what do I need to provide?

A. Clubs/organisations

  • Demonstrate that the club is based in WH or indicate how this will benefit the residents of WH
  • Evidence of how the improvements will be promoted to the community
  • Clubs/organisations recent set of accounts/bank statements, equal opportunity/child protection policy and a copy of their insurance documents.

A. Individuals

  • Provide evidence that you are currently at County Level or above in your sport this must be in the form of a declaration of competitive level from a county or regional organising committee or national governing body in letter form on headed paper.
  • Participants must live in W&H (permanent address in W&H and reside here for more than 6 months of the year).
  • Be able to produce evidence of spend/receipts etc on request

Q. How will you monitor the awards?

A. Funded groups and individuals will be required to keep financial records of how the grant was spent. Successful applicants will receive monitoring forms.

Q. How many times can I apply? 

A. Clubs and individuals can apply as many times as they want, however if a grant is awarded the applicant will only be considered for funding 12 months after the previous award was made. A maximum of 5 individuals per club/organisation can be awarded per financial year.

Q. What won’t WHCF fund?

A. We won’t pay for salaries or ongoing running costs or statutory service on costs. WHCF will not continually fund Clubs/Organisations to deliver the same project/scheme year after year. Clubs/Organisations will need to demonstrate that they are working toward self sufficiency or alternative methods of funding when applying for repeat funding.