News from DENS – April 2024

Aaron’s story

Aaron had been sofa surfing following a relationship breakdown. During this immensely stressful time, he also lost his job. Arriving at The Elms hostel, Aaron was motivated to get back into work and he soon found support with updating his CV, preparing for interviews and more through DENS’ Employment & Skills Coach.

Aaron’s hard work paid off when he landed his dream job as a Retail Assistant. Now, settled into a new home and a job he loves, Aaron is thriving and looking ahead to a brighter future.

Read Aaron’s full story


A special award win

We are incredibly proud to have won a High Sheriff of Hertfordshire Award for our achievements in supporting local people experiencing homelessness!

The ceremony was a truly special occasion that celebrated the work of some inspiring charitable organisations from around the county, and we feel privileged to be among those honoured.


Save the date for our Castle Walk

Put your best foot, or paw, forward as our walking fundraiser returns by popular demand on Saturday 14th September!

Choose from a 10-mile route, or a new 2-mile dog walk, starting at the historic Berkhamsted Castle and winding through the area’s picturesque countryside.

Register your interest for the Castle Walk


Hillbuster update

Unfortunately, due to extreme weather conditions putting the safety of our cyclists at risk, we made the difficult decision of cancelling our Hillbuster event on Sunday 28th April.

However, we are pleased to confirm that our events team is working hard to secure a rescheduled date within the coming weeks. We will share news about this as soon as we can across all our official platforms.


High Needs List

Our Foodbank has a good supply of many food, hygiene and household items. However, there are some specific items that we are in need of, such as: jars of cooking sauces, tinned mackerel, teabags, carrier bags and sanitary products.

If you are able to donate any high need items, please find out more via the button below.

View our latest High Needs List


Support for our Foodbank at your fingertips

By downloading the BankTheFood app on your mobile phone, you can follow our Foodbank to always stay up to date with our most needed items.

The app will also send you a helpful reminder of these items whenever you are shopping in your local supermarket!

Download the BankTheFood app

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