Vandalised Community Hub Receives Help From University of Hertfordshire Free Of Charge

By Zoe Fripp

The University of Hertfordshire Estate’s team has helped to clean carpets, toilets and the kitchen at a local Hatfield community hub, which was recently vandalised.

The Hatfield Connect premises above the Pump Gym, in Beaconsfield Court, was due to host Potential Kids: a group designed to be a safe place for children on the autism spectrum or with ADHD, to make friends in an environment designed to help them flourish, but was vandalised at the end of February.

The Welwyn Hatfield Times reported that the offenders broke in and vandalised walls and furniture, ripped out the security cameras and lights from the ceiling and also barricaded the exits and kicked the walls.

Police have confirmed that they are conducting enquires but no arrests have yet been made.

Anthonia Offiah, the Community Support and Liaison Officer at the University of Hertfordshire visited Angela Gaughan, the creator of the Potential Kids group when she heard the news with the aim of exploring how the University could work with the hub to get it back on its feet.

Antonia said: “As soon as I heard about the damage to the community hub, I contacted Angela to see how the University could help. The University is proud to support and be a part of the local community. Thank you to everyone who has donated their services, and we can’t wait to see the launch of Potential Kids.”

As well as the University having offered their services, Pexhurst, a renovation company based in Welham Green, have offered to fix the partitioning.

Angela Gaughan told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “We are very thankful to everyone that donated and offered their help.

“We couldn’t accept people’s help straight away as we had to find out what needed to be done, as we don’t own the building this took time.”

Potential Kids is set to launch before World Autism Week running from March 26 to April 2, but a few more jobs must be completed before it can be opened.

They have asked that if anyone would like to donate soft play equipment and toys, or is able to help with replacing three fire extinguishers, helping with lights and internal locks or can offer cleaning services, email Angela at

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