How can my school or group get involved?

The best way to help is to talk about what we do and help us raise awareness about our work or raise funds so we can continue supporting thousands of unpaid carers living, working or caring in Hertfordshire each year.

We can provide speakers to talk to your group or students about Carers in Hertfordshire.

You could also nominate Carers in Hertfordshire as your Charity of the Year or Charity Partner – more information on this can be found on our Charity of the Year page.

We can support you with any fundraising you wish to undertake and provide tips to make it a success or material about the charity.

To talk more about this, contact Linda Cudmore, Fundraising and Development Manager, on 01992 58 69 69 or email

One way students and schools support us is by taking part in the Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge, a business challenge. The Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge involves team of students from Hertfordshire schools and colleges being matched with a local business mentor (their dragon) and a charity or community group. Each team received £100 to start up their businesses and have an agreed amount of time to make their ventures a success and raise £1,000 or more. Any profit is then donated to their partner charity.

For the 2017/2018 challenge we have been paired with four teams:

  • Students from Adeyfield School, Hemel Hempstead, taking part in the Connect Dacorum challenge;
  • A team of students from The John Warner School in Hoddesdon taking part in the challenge run by the Community Voluntary Services for Broxbourne and East Herts;
  • Pupils from the North Herts Education Support Centre in Hitchin, taking part in the North Herts CVS challenge; and
  • Youngsters from the Samuel Ryder Academy in St Albans taking part in the St Albans Centre for Voluntary Service (CVS) Junior Challenge for primary and junior schools.

Team Carers@Heart from Adeyfield School, Hemel Hempstead

.The team is being supported by Linda Witts from Witts Moloney Solicitors in Hemel Hempstead. They have already begun their bid to turn £100 into £1000 for our charity and have held a Halloween School Disco and Sweet Tombola and raised just over £600. They also plan to hold a bingo night, cooking class and have a fundraising stall at the Christmas light switch on, in Hemel Hempstead on Sunday 26th November.

Linda Cudmore, our Community Fundraising Lead, said: “It’s great to have had several productive meetings with team Carers@Heart and they have already made brilliant progress in turning their seed fund of £100 into a really big donation for our charity. My thanks also goes to our volunteer Michelle Coulson who is working with the team as our charity representative on this challenge. The big bonus is she brings a wealth of business experience which she can share with the students!” 

Team Sell Out from the John Warner School, Hoddesdon

The team is working with mentor Jo Beazley, from the Community Voluntary Services for Broxbourne and East Herts. They are one of 13 teams from 10 schools and colleges involved in the competition and they have between October and mid-December to run their business ventures and raise as much profit as possible.

The team is thinking about holding cake sales, selling branding clothing such as hoodies and t-shirt and having a football tournament as Fifa 2018 takes place next year.

Chief Executive of Community Voluntary Services for Broxbourne and East Herts (CVSBEH), Ian Richardson, said: “This is our fifth year of delivering the Challenge and it continues to grow in this part of Hertfordshire. We are excited to see which school team will be crowned the winners this year and they will be announced at our Awards Evening set for the beginning of March 2018.”

Linda said: “I’m looking forward to hearing about how the team are going to start their entrepreneurial activities to increase their £100 seed money. They certainly understand the need to raise the profile of unpaid carers, which is just as important as the donation they will make to us at the end of the challenge.”

Team 'A La Carte', from the North Herts Education Support Centre in Hitchin

Team 'A La Carte' prepare for the Dragons' Apprentice ChallengeEight students aged between 14 and 17 are involved in the challenge and are working with their mentors Marie and Paul Clinton, owners of Restaurant on the Green, in Stevenage Old Town.
They are making items including chutney from apples the restaurant has donated.

Their first fundraising event takes place on Saturday 25th November when they will have a stall at Jordans Mill Christmas Craft Fair. The Fair takes place from 10am – 4pm at Jordans Mill, Southill Road, Broom.

Kate Robinson Lead Teacher - Food Preparation & Nutrition and Lead Teacher – Enterprise, at North Herts Education Support Centre, said: “North Herts Education Support Centre is excited to be taking part in the Dragon’s Apprentice Challenge 2017. We are working closely with our nominated charity Carers in Hertfordshire, a charity that resonates strongly with the Centre as many of our students are actually young carers or are a child looked after themselves.

This project will involve most students at the Centre, helping to improve their confidence and social skills by working as part of a team along with increasing their organisational and job related skills. Subject areas have been bought to life with the opportunity of running a live business.

Our Business and Enterprise team are busy developing their entrepreneurial skills, maths groups are reviewing the costings and projected profits, the art team are preparing promotional posters and invitations and the vocational teams are preparing a wide range of top quality products to sell on market stalls, ranging from wooden insect houses, Christmas wreaths, chutneys and Christmas cakes.”

The team also plans to have a stall at Hitchin Market on Tuesday 5th December and have a High Tea Event and Christmas Buffet Evening at Restaurant on the Green.

Team Brainstormers from the Samuel Ryder Academy, St Albans

This Junior Team is made up of eight students and they are being supported by a Sixth Form Student, Khadija Zaman, who took part in the challenge last year.
The team is one of six competing in the Junior Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge run by St Albans Centre for Voluntary Service.

Linda said: “This is an interesting challenge for Carers in Hertfordshire as we have not been part of the Junior Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge before. Our first meeting went well and the children were very enthusiastic! It was also a very good opportunity to explain the challenges our young carers face in their day to day lives. They were very shocked to hear our youngest carer is just four-years-old.”


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