Survey for Armed Forces veterans – to help improve support.

Herefordshire’s Armed Forces Covenant Partnership is committed to improve the support available for Armed Forces veterans in Herefordshire. By completing this survey, you’ll be helping to make sure that they work more effectively to ensure the right support and services are available, in the right places at the right time.  They are keen to hear from Herefordshire Armed Forces veterans who have served one day or more at any time in the past and in any occupation in the Royal Navy, Army, or Royal Air Force (including Reservists and National Service personnel).

  • The survey will take no more than 20 minutes to complete
  • It will ask about your time in the Armed Forces and civilian life after leaving
  • They are interested in any challenges you may have faced or are currently facing
  • They need to hear from as many people as possible so please spread the word – your voice matters
  • If you are unable to complete the survey yourself, you are welcome to ask a relative, friend, or colleague to complete it on your behalf
  • The closing date for replies is 7 October 2019
  • Please follow the link below which will take you to the online survey –

Kate La Barre
Armed Forces Covenant Partnership Officer
Corporate Support Division
Herefordshire Council | Plough Lane | Hereford | HR4 0LE
Mobile: 07792 882022
Supporting Herefordshire’s Armed Forces Covenant


Join Local Access Forum if you care about Footpaths

Did you know that there are more miles of Public Rights of Way (2,113m) across Herefordshire than there are miles of road (2,020m)?

This includes long distance promoted routes, loop walks and self-guided trails.

The Herefordshire Local Access Forum (HLAF) is a statutory advisory body that helps Herefordshire Council in this task. The Forum provides views and advice to the council and other organisations, such as Government departments, Natural England, Forestry Commission, English Heritage and Sport England.

The Forum is currently looking for Herefordshire residents or others with a strong interest in using rights of way or views on how access to the countryside should be managed, to become new members.


Bright Ideas Fund supports new community business ideas

The Bright Ideas Fund is now open!

Do you have a bright idea for a community business? Need a bit of help developing it and making it a reality? Then this is the fund for you.

The Bright Ideas Fund supports new community business ideas through the start-up and planning stages with tailored business support, to the implementation stage with grants of up to £15,000. If you’re planning to apply, don’t forget that you need to

  • fill in the eligibility checker by 29 September by 5pm
  • getting your application together by 30 September 2019 by 11.59pm.

Full details available here

Princes Countryside Fund – The Village Survival Guide

The Prince’s Countryside Fund has published The Village Survival Guide, a vibrant, entertaining manual featuring case histories, checklists and practical advice. The guide is intended to help those living in the countryside to utilise the talents available in their own communities to tackle some of the social and economic challenges they face.

Read it online or order a hard copy here:

NEW Volunteering Opportunities – This Summer & beyond!

Onside is a registered charity providing independent advocacy, and mentoring to vulnerable adults facing disadvantage through mental and physical ill health, learning disability and old age, depression, dementia, autism, learning difficulties. We provide our service across Herefordshire & Worcestershire and we are currently looking to train more volunteers from your local area.

NEW to this summer has been social prescribing, within Worcestershire

Social prescribing, enables GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services. It recognises that people’s health is determined primarily by a range of social, economic and environmental factors, social prescribing seeks to address people’s needs in a holistic way. It also aims to support individuals to take greater control of their own health.
Social prescribing can be utilised to address a range of issues that people might be facing eg loneliness isolation, debt, housing crisis. low level mental health issues etc. Individuals will be signposted to other specialist’s services or facilitated to take part variety of activities that may be beneficial Examples include volunteering, arts activities, group learning, gardening, befriending, cookery, healthy eating advice and a range of sports.
We are very keen to involve volunteers in this exciting new project and would be keen to talk with anyone that would like to find out more. Predominantly volunteer roles will involve providing additional support to patients enabling them to attend activities like the ones outlined above, one to one mentoring or support to tackle specific issues e.g. debt, or conflict resolution etc.

Advocacy is a way of supporting and empowering people to ensure that they have their voice heard and their wishes made known to others and we are looking for volunteers to provide this support in their local area.

Mentor volunteers are needed to provide a supportive and reliable relationship to people who would otherwise be socially isolated. Opportunities are also available for telephone befrienders and to support local groups which focus on gardening, art, walking and social activities. We also have our drop in service which provides help for people with Autism, along with one to one support for this project.

Onside’s Volunteer Manager, Claire Watkins, said “Our volunteers provide the support required by the members of our community who might otherwise be ignored. Our volunteers give their time, their passion and enthusiasm we need continued help from willing volunteers who would enjoy supporting adults in their local community.”
Volunteering with Onside is a flexible commitment; as little as 2 hours a month can be given with full training .

Volunteers enjoy the flexible aspect of our work along with the chance to join in at our local support events we run for volunteers including regular coffee mornings. The comment that really sums it up came from one volunteers – “I seem to make a difference every time I visit, she laughs and I do, she had cheered up as she hadn’t seen anyone else all week ”
We are currently arranging our next training course and places are limited.
If you are interested in finding out more, or keen to get started please contact Claire on 01905 27525 or e mail

Decision to pause and review major transport infrastructure projects

Letter from
Cabinet Member Infrastructure & Transport
Councillor J Harrington

Following careful consideration the decision has been taken today to pause two major transport infrastructure projects, the Hereford bypass (part of the Hereford Transport Package) and the Southern link road (part of the South Wye Transport Package), to allow further time to review the schemes in more detail.

 The views of residents, commuters and local businesses are very important to us. It is vital that travel, transport and infrastructure developments in Hereford support the economy, help to improve health and wellbeing and make Herefordshire a better place to live, work and visit. We also need to ensure we effectively respond to the climate emergency declared by Herefordshire Council and the Government.

 As part of this review it is important to consider alternative options. For example this will include infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians (including safe routes to school), an eastern river crossing, and trialling the removal of some traffic signals. It could also include options for an electric bus service, improving school bus services and an ultra-light rail system.

 All options need to be considered as we look to the long term and towards providing a high quality, integrated and low carbon transport system for the whole of Herefordshire, not just for the immediate future but for generations to come.

 The timetable for the review is not yet determined and a further report setting this out and what will be involved will be prepared for consideration and approval in due course. This will be publicly available on the council’s website.

 As you are somebody with an interest in these major transport schemes I am sure you will appreciate the need to thoroughly consider all of the issues before making a decision that will impact on residents in Hereford and across the county.

 You will find further information about this decision on the council website at, by searching for decisions, then clicking on the decisions and documents tab. Please be aware that this decision may be subject to call-in by the council’s scrutiny committee – details of which will be published with the decision notice.

 We will continue to keep you informed on progress. In the meantime, if you have any questions about this decision you can contact us at or call us on 01432 261800.