February 2020

As an alliance of four local business partners, ARISE Hatfield’s mission it is to breathe life into local community projects and initiatives and inspire Hatfield to thrive.

With the extensive redevelopment of the town centre focussing on improving Hatfield’s infrastructure, the work of ARISE Hatfield concentrates on making positive contributions to the town’s people. 

The four business partners providing an annual fund of money to support initiatives and socially based activities that improve the lives of groups or individuals in Hatfield are Landsec (The Galleria), Ocado, Gascoyne Estates and Incentive FM. 

A further committee, consisting of representatives from local businesses meet quarterly to select projects eligible for funding.

The latest projects to benefit from funding from ARISE include Countess Anne School’s community room; this room is to be community based and is to provide multiple uses for both community and school.  One of the uses will be to provide a setting where the school’s pupils can host events for the local elderly community. The school have established a positive working relationship with Acacia Mews Care Home, who are keen to pursue these cross-generational initiatives having seen benefits to their residents from the school’s termly visits to see them.

The school was granted funding of £976.32 for the purchase of 48 banqueting chairs to provide comfortable seating for events including a ‘boards and cards afternoon’ as well as ‘Afternoon tea and flicks’ events.

St. John’s Youth and Community Centre will also benefit from funding of £500 for the provision of replacement pads for the defibrillator they purchased with funding from ARISE in 2017. The defibrillator has been used three times since its installation in the Hilltop community – significantly increasing a patient’s chance of surviving a cardiac arrest, while awaiting the emergency services.

The fund can be awarded, up to a maximum of £1,000, to any group, organisation or individual based in or living in the Hatfield area. Anyone who is involved with or knows of a project no matter how big or small that would benefit from a cash boost can apply online via the APPLY tab on this website.



The school received £976.32 of funding for banqueting chairs.  The school is continuing with its development of their annex building and is now looking to redevelop the large first floor room.  The room is to be community based and is to provide multiple uses for both community and school.

One of the uses is to provide a setting where the upper junior children can provide an events afternoon for the local old age residents. This events afternoon would include hosting a boards and cards afternoon and an ‘Afternoon Tea and Flicks’ event (the room is being equipped to provide cinematic events).

The school believes that such events would be invaluable for both their young people and for the elderly. They have equipped the annex with a ramp and a lift to the first floor to ensure access and already have a working relationship with Acacia Mews Care Home – whom their pupils visit on a termly basis.


Back in 2017 ARISE Hatfield provided £500 towards purchasing a defibrillator for the Hilltop community in Hatfield.  Since the defibrillator was installed it has been used three times and the community were seeking funds to enable them to purchase x3 sets of replacement pads for the defibrillator, ARISE Hatfield wanted to support their project and so provided another £500 to enable them to purchase more pads. 


Once again ARISE Hatfield has appeared in The Galleria Community Matters magazine reminding groups in the Hatfield area that if their group/project needs financial help of up to £1,000 then they should apply for funding here >>

November 2019

On the 12th November 2019 the ARISE Hatfield committee met to review the applications received for funding.  On this occasion they awarded funding to 5 different projects, Herts Vision Loss, Young Enterprise, Young Life International, The DeHavilland Community Project and Lemsford Football Club.  See below for full detail of their projects.


This group received £1,000 of funding to support the setup of the `Sight Life Support Group’ which they estimate will support over 20 people per month.  A dedicated Vision Loss Advisor will be present at the groups and affected people will be able to go through any issues that are affecting them, socialise with others and learn new things for example about specific technology that is available.  They will run cooking sessions as well as employment sessions.  There will be a trained counsellor present who will see people as required. The funds will help to provide a Vision Loss Advisor/Facilitator for 20 hours to set up and establish the group, travel and transport, room hire and activities/trips.  Check out their website:  https://hertsvisionloss.org.uk/


Received £900 towards their sports engagement project.  They currently run weekly youth clubs for young Hatfield people aged 11-18, they hold weekly discussion groups for the young people to discuss faith and life skills.  Adult mentors volunteer in the local schools to support, coach, and encourage young people.  They also provide monthly trips with the club kids, outside fun or sports (trampolining, trips to London, swim parties, pamper nights etc.)  They applied for funding so that they could rent an AstroTurf pitch for football and basketball courts for monthly training sessions for the Hatfield Youth.  Check out their website: https://ylinternational.org/england


Received £150 for training equipment.  Lemsford F.C. has been part of village life for over 100 years and is still thriving today. The funds received for new equipment will really help the team. 


Received £1,000 towards the Young Enterprise Launchpad Programme at Onlslow St Audrey’s School.  The children from Onslow will take part in a business challenge, the teams will work together on developing a business idea. This programme will help students recognise key life and business skills such as communication, financial capability, teamwork, resilience.  With the support of business volunteers, students benefit from real life stories of career paths and opportunities within businesses.  The funds that ARISE are providing will enable 33 students to participate in this programme.  Check out their website:  https://www.young-enterprise.org.uk/


Received £465 towards their community Christmas kids party.  Community Cohesion in Salisbury village, Hatfield is poor with poor shared useable facilities.  These parties, including their summer fun days, aim to bring families together to have fun.   Salisbury village has a fair amount of social housing and families struggle to find things on a limited income to entertain their children.  This group offer a virtually free afternoon for these families.  They are holding a Christmas fun afternoon on the 14th December 2019 for the families in Salisbury Village in Hatfield.  The plan is to have a couple of hours of crafts and entertainment from a children’s entertainer and/or a balloon modeller, then a visit from father Christmas and concluding with a nativity service.

August 2019

On the 5th August 2019 the ARISE Hatfield committee met to review the applications received for funding.  On this occasion they awarded funding to 3 different projects, Herts Young Homeless, Kingdom Light Church & Jimmy Mac’s.  See below for full detail of their projects.


Received £1,000 for their photography project – a professional photographer will work with the young Live Life members to train them in photography skills and take photos of what homelessness means to them.  They will then use the resulting images along with poetry and stories written by the group to raise awareness of issues facing homeless young people.


Received £1,000 to purchase some new garden furniture for their Secret Garden at the Jimmy Mac’s Centre located in Hatfield.  This charities purpose is to avid people becoming lonely or isolated due to retirement or disability and provides activities such as chair based exercises, line dancing, bingo, board games, indoor bowls, dance evenings etc for their members.


Received £1,000 to enable the group to purchase an electric guitar and amplifier (they already own a keyboard and drum kit) and hire a music tutor to teach guitar to the young people who live in Hatfield targeting young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and their families who are not able to afford to take their children to music classes.


We’re delighted to have been featured in The Galleria Community Matters magazine!


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