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 Dragon's Apprentice 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 until the end of March to make their ventures a success and raise £1,000 or more. Any profit will be donated to their partner charity.

For the 2016/2017 challenge we have been paired with three teams:

  • A team of year 12 students from Onslow St Audrey’s School in Hatfield taking part in the Welwyn and Hatfield challenge run by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council;
  • Students from Yavneh College, Borehamwood, taking part in the Hertsmere challenge.
  • Pupils from Greenside School in Stevenage, which is a special school for children aged 2 to 19 with a range of complex, severe and profound learning difficulties. They are part of the North Herts CVS challenge.

Team Renaissance from Onslow St Audrey's School, Hatfield

The team is made up of nine Year 12 students and they are being support by two people who work at The Galleria, Hatfield, as their Dragons - Viki Twohig and Alison Vaughn, from Land Securities.

The team have already begun their bid to turn £100 into £1000 for our charity. So far they have held school discos, two quiz nights and had a Halloween stall in The Galleria selling sweets and our branded merchandise.

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In the run up to Christmas the team had a pop-up Santa’s Grotto and fundraising stand in The Galleria over a weekend. They sold decorations, reindeer hot chocolate packages, sweets and more.

Alison said: “Viki and I are enjoying mentoring such lovely students, they each bring something different to the challenge and we believe that their confidence is growing as it progresses. From day one they have been focused and keen to raise as much awareness and funds as possible for Carers in Hertfordshire. Along the way the students have learnt how young people like themselves are caring for someone in their family as well as trying to have a life of their own. We have great expectations for the team and are so pleased they are all so competitive! We all work very well together and have had lots of laughs along the way too!”

Linda said: "It has been great working with the team from Onslow St Audrey’s School so far. They are organised and enthusiastic and I am confident they will go a long way towards raising the profile of carers in their community, especially young carers in their school. They are showing great entrepreneurial skills and have already raised lots of much needed funds.”

We’d like to thank Team Renaissance and their Dragons for their support and wish them the best of luck for the remainder of the challenge.


Elegantly Enterprising from Yavneh College, Borehamwood

The team is made up of 10 year 12 students and their Dragon business mentor is Johnathan Lipitch, a coach and psychologist who runs his own consulting firm – Lipitch Consulting.

Jonathan said: “The Dragon's Apprentice challenge provides opportunities for participants to learn about business and contribute to the community. By taking responsibility they can make a real difference not only to their own lives but to the lives of others. The experience is something new for the team but through the challenge, I can see every team member is learning and growing along the way.”

The team set up a tuck shop at school selling sweets and drinks in March 2017. We will share updates about any other activities once we have them.Yavneh College students set up a tuck shop for the Dragon's Apprentice business challenge

Greenside School, Stevenage

Greenside School WebFive pupils along with a teacher and teaching assistant joined Linda Cudmore, our Fundraising and Development Manager, on a fundraising stall in Hitchin Market Square as part of the challenge on Tuesday 31st January. They sold various items they had made such as handmade cards, hot chocolate, mosaic tiles and Valentine’s Day gift boxes.

The learners have also run tuck shops, a pop-up café, and are selling their cards in a couple of shops as part of the challenge and on March 19th held a Bring and Buy Sale at the Greenside Studio in Stevenage and raised £200. Post 16 learners from Strawberry Class sold bric-a-brac, homemade crafts and refreshments at the event.

Jacquie Hime, Executive Director for North Herts CVS said: “This is the first time North Herts CVS have piloted the Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge in a special education setting, and it is wonderful to see the enthusiasm of the school, charity and the businesses involved as they work together to raise funds for Carers in Hertfordshire. The learners have worked really hard, and it is great to see their accomplishments being acknowledged.”

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