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Dragon's Apprentice Challenge



The Dragons' Apprentice Challenge is a community initiative providing a platform linking students from schools with local businesses and local charities/community groups. 

The Dragons' Apprentice Challenge offers Year 12 students the opportunity to experience setting up and running a business, gaining organisational and job related skills and learning about the work and beneficiaries of their designated charity.

When the Challenge commences, teams of young people are matched with a local business mentor (their dragon) and a local charity or community group. Their challenge is to turn £100 into £1,000 for their designated charity/voluntary organisation.

Dragons provide support in the form of advice and access to resources to help their team achieve their business goal and funding target.


All profits made by the teams go directly to their allocated charity/community organisation (all of whom are North Herts CVS members). The challenge runs annually from October to March.


We are always looking for new business mentors to act as Dragons so if you are interested in taking part in future challenges please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information. Download the registration form and terms and conditions


We are always looking for schools and colleges to engage with the Dragons' Apprentice Challenge. If you would like to register a school team for the upcoming challenge you can download the form here




North Herts CVS run the Challenge across North Hertfordshire and Stevenage but it also operates across Hertfordshire.

Please visit for further details of other areas.



Welfare and Distress Fund

North Hertfordshire Welfare and Distress Fund is a small independent charity fund administered by North Herts CVS.
It is a very small fund and was set up from an investment made in the 1940's when the fund was known as the Letchworth Air-Raid Distress Fund.

Its main aims are to support those North Herts residents who are ‘in need’ with a small grant that may be used to purchase furniture, white goods or other household necessities.


The maximum grant awarded is £250.

In 2016/17 66 grants were distributed to families and individuals in need, totalling £11,700.

Applications must be made by professionals such as North Herts Citizens Advice Bureau, Tenancy Support Officers, Social worker's or Children’s Centre staff.
Individuals looking for assistance should first contact one of these and have them refer their details through to us, do not contact us directly as we cannot process a grant without a proper referral.

Applications for assistance should be made by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call to check for eligibility.



In addition to the range of information, support and services provided to voluntary groups, NHCVS also manages:

  • Valuable respite playschemes for children and young people with special needs;
  • A busy community transport scheme operating in North Herts and Stevenage, to help those with special access needs;
  • Furniture Link, a furniture re-use project which provides low-cost furniture to the general public and those in receipt of benefits;
  • The #TeamHerts Volunteering project, which is your one-stop hub for all volunteering opportunities across Hertfordshire.
  • Stoneyhall Community centre in the Pin Green area of Stevenage;
  • The Dragon's Apprentice Challenge for North Herts and Stevenage
  • There is also a community coffee bar for local residents from all walks of life;

Please click on the links below for more information on these projects