News from DENS – January 2024

Oscar’s story

When Oscar first visited the Day Centre, he had been living on the streets of Dacorum for several years after experiencing a family breakdown. Facing social exclusion, he did not have the confidence to reach out for help to improve his living conditions.

Thanks to the invaluable support of his Key Worker, Oscar’s life has transformed – and he has settled in a new hometown, enjoying full-time employment.

Read Oscar’s full story


Looking back on 2023

Here’s a preview of stats from across our services last year, which can be found in full on our website via the link below:
• 4,140 food parcels were distributed by our Foodbank last year. 10,282 people received emergency food relief, of which 4,258 were children.
• 149 individuals accessed our emergency Crash Pad overnight accommodation, where they may have otherwise slept rough.
• 163 people stayed at our hostel, The Elms, with an average stay of 140 days.

Check out all of our key statistics from 2023


Gear up for an action-packed day of cycling

Ahead of our hugely popular Hillbuster event on Sunday 28th April, we’re encouraging cyclists of all abilities to join us for a fantastic day of pedal power and community spirit!

Whether you are just getting into road cycling or a seasoned rider looking to challenge yourself, with our choice of routes ranging from 25k to 120k, there really is something for everyone.

Book your place for the Hillbuster


Give Up & Give Back

This Lent (14th February to 28th March), we’re challenging you to make a change or give up something you enjoy, and donate to help local people facing crisis.

Could you give up your fancy takeaway coffee, social media scrolling or junk food? Anything goes!

Find out more about our Lent Appeal


How you can help rough sleepers this winter

Sleeping on the streets can be a dangerous and lonely experience, particularly during freezing temperatures.

Check out our video via the link below, or read the article here, featuring five top tips to help someone in need during cold weather.

Watch our top tips for helping the homeless this winter


Join our epic adventure

Join like-minded individuals and trek 24 miles along the Jurassic Coast, England’s only natural World Heritage Site.

Immerse yourself in the area’s stunning, iconic landscape on an unforgettable weekend challenge, suitable for anyone who is reasonably fit and full of determination!

Register your interest for the Jurassic Coast Trek


Put your wits to the test

Assemble your team of masterminds for a fabulous night of fun and entertainment at our annual quiz on Friday 15th March.

Bring your snacks, drinks and bucket-loads of brainpower, then battle it out to be crowned DENS quiz champions!

Book your team’s table for the Spring Quiz


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 tinned ham, tinned soup, long life milk 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


Your donation could…

Make a huge difference for DENS as we look ahead to another year of uncertainty. As the cost of living crisis continues to impact our community and our services, your generosity can help us prepare for the coming months and ensure we are there for whoever needs our support.

Donate today

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