News from DENS – June 2024

Jamie’s story

After a relationship breakdown led to homelessness, Jamie turned to The Elms hostel. His Key Worker has supported him for over 18 months, guiding him through challenging times and some great achievements.

When Jamie’s children were taken into care, DENS helped him through successful court proceedings to gain more contact with them. Now, Jamie sees his children regularly, while also living independently in his own council flat.

Read Jamie’s full story


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Help local people like Jamie as they navigate a journey from homelessness to a brighter, stable future.

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Booking now open for the Castle Walk

Join us at Berkhamsted Castle on Saturday 14th September for a wonderful day out, with your choice of a 10 mile walk or a 2 mile family and dog-friendly route.

We’ll also be a hosting a Community Day at the castle, with fun activities, a raffle and refreshments for all to enjoy!

Book your place for the Castle Walk


Our Foodbank needs your help

We need the help of our community to replenish the stock of the key items below that go into the Foodbank’s emergency parcels:

Jars of cooking sauces
Tinned ham
Sponge puddings

Your donation, no matter how big or small, can make a difference for local individuals and families facing food poverty.

Find out how to donate to the Foodbank


Celebrating our amazing volunteers

We kicked off Volunteers’ Week at the start of the month with a wonderful evening at our annual Volunteer BBQ & Awards.

Pete and Irene Murray were the winners of the Derek Baulch Award for exceptional volunteering. They have supported the Fundraising team for more than five years. Come rain or shine, they are with us in the early hours to help set up our events. They also do great work helping to spread awareness, by placing posters, flyers and banners all around Dacorum.

DENS would like to say a huge thank you to Pete and Irene, and all our other amazing volunteers, for their outstanding commitment and support.


Could you be a volunteer this summer?

If you are feeling inspired to support DENS as a volunteer, we would love it if you could spare a few hours to help us at our next big fundraising events:

Hillbuster cycle ride – Saturday 13th July
Castle Walk – Saturday 14th September

If you can help, please email us on or call 01442 800268.


Win big with our Summer Draw

Don’t miss your chance to win, while helping us rebuild the lives of local people facing crisis!

Prizes include tickets to popular family attractions, vouchers and some luxurious experiences at Shendish Manor. There are a whopping 15 prizes up for grabs, and it costs just ÂŁ2 per entry.

Enter our Summer Draw

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