Welcome note from Jo
Welcome to the September edition of CS News and my first one as Director of Children’s Services so I’m very excited.
I hope you’ve managed to enjoy a break over the summer or maybe you still have one planned this month. It’s always important to take that well deserved rest.
The new school year has now started and thanks to those of you who have supported with the return. Hopefully we will see a more settled year for everyone.
As always, lots has been going on and we are already in full swing as we head into Autumn, although the weather is far from autumnal at the moment!
I know many of you will be following the emerging and tragic situation in Afghanistan and will be interested in how the council is working with key partner and charitable organisations to provide support to those arriving from Afghanistan.
In partnership with the British Red cross and local charities we have been co-ordinating the many donations collected from across the county at the temporary sorting centre. Volunteers have been busy sorting and preparing the myriad of items donated by residents to support the families arriving in the county. The generosity that has been shown by the people of Hertfordshire is just incredible. A Just Giving site has been set up - Hertfordshire helps Afghan arrivals and refugees - JustGiving. We will, of course, continue keep you up to speed as the situation is constantly changing.
This month we will be celebrating National Inclusion Week and you can read more about our Diversity & Inclusion journey and the milestones we have reached in this edition. Keep the 28 September free as we will be holding a special event and more details will follow in my weekly emails.
And finally, spaces are still available for colleagues to attend the next Future Workforce virtual roadshow on Wednesday 15 September, which will focus on job families. The event will take place between 1pm to 2pm on Microsoft Teams. Book your space today via Eventbrite.