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JOCA FEST 2022 Volunteers needed!

We are delighted to announce that JOCA FEST is back for 2022! Our local community festive will take place on 18th June 2022 in Welwyn Garden City and we are looking for volunteers to join our friendly, fun-loving team to support with setting up on 17th June, helping...

Vote now and help JOCA in Ashton’s Life for Great Causes Campaign

JOCA are very excited to be a shortlisted charity in Ashton's For Life's Great Causes online poll campaign where charities can receive a share of a £10,000 donation! From 14th January 2022 votes can be cast at www.lifesgreatcauses.co.uk . Like many charities...

Carol Singing Fundraiser – Thank You Old Hatfield

The residents of Old Hatfield were in fine voice on Sunday 12th December, for their annual carol singing charity event in Salisbury Square. JOCA was very fortunate to be selected as the local charity of choice by the Old Hatfield Residents Association.  Over 100...

Mayor’s Quiz Night Success

Another extremely successful fundraising evening at the Mayor's Quiz night , held at The Campus West Welwyn Garden City . The evening was well attended with 109 players battling for bragging rights . Each player was well fed with a great choice of hot food...

Pat Lovell donates bicycle to JOCA

Welwyn Rugby Club member Pat Lovell has kindly donated his almost new bicycle to JOCA , this will be raffled off at our next fundraising event. A big thank you to Pat for this kind gesture!

Thank you Darren and Stevenage Striders!

I am proud to be a supporter of JOCA , my only regret is that I hadn't known or been involved with this great charity even sooner. I have always been someone keen to be apart of the community and give back and that is seen in my business, personal life and with my...

Mayor’s curry night raises £1,000 for JOCA

The Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, Councillor Peter Hebden hosted a top charity curry night on 18th October 2021, raising £1,000 for JOCA. Hosted by Bengal Paradise Indian Restaurant in Brookmans Park, the event was well attended - by over 75 guests! We would like to...
JOCA FEST 2022 Volunteers needed!

JOCA FEST 2022 Volunteers needed!

We are delighted to announce that JOCA FEST is back for 2022! Our local community festive will take place on 18th June 2022 in Welwyn Garden City and we are looking for volunteers to join our friendly, fun-loving team to support with setting up on 17th June, helping...

Vote now and help JOCA in Ashton’s Life for Great Causes Campaign

Vote now and help JOCA in Ashton’s Life for Great Causes Campaign

JOCA are very excited to be a shortlisted charity in Ashton's For Life's Great Causes online poll campaign where charities can receive a share of a £10,000 donation! From 14th January 2022 votes can be cast at www.lifesgreatcauses.co.uk . Like many charities...

Carol Singing Fundraiser – Thank You Old Hatfield

Carol Singing Fundraiser – Thank You Old Hatfield

The residents of Old Hatfield were in fine voice on Sunday 12th December, for their annual carol singing charity event in Salisbury Square. JOCA was very fortunate to be selected as the local charity of choice by the Old Hatfield Residents Association.  Over 100...

Mayor’s Quiz Night Success

Mayor’s Quiz Night Success

Another extremely successful fundraising evening at the Mayor's Quiz night , held at The Campus West Welwyn Garden City . The evening was well attended with 109 players battling for bragging rights . Each player was well fed with a great choice of hot food...

Pat Lovell donates bicycle to JOCA

Pat Lovell donates bicycle to JOCA

Welwyn Rugby Club member Pat Lovell has kindly donated his almost new bicycle to JOCA , this will be raffled off at our next fundraising event. A big thank you to Pat for this kind gesture!

Thank you Darren and Stevenage Striders!

Thank you Darren and Stevenage Striders!

I am proud to be a supporter of JOCA , my only regret is that I hadn't known or been involved with this great charity even sooner. I have always been someone keen to be apart of the community and give back and that is seen in my business, personal life and with my...

Mayor’s curry night raises £1,000 for JOCA

Mayor’s curry night raises £1,000 for JOCA

The Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, Councillor Peter Hebden hosted a top charity curry night on 18th October 2021, raising £1,000 for JOCA. Hosted by Bengal Paradise Indian Restaurant in Brookmans Park, the event was well attended - by over 75 guests! We would like to...

JOCA’s pride for Jen’s latest triathlon

JOCA’s pride for Jen’s latest triathlon

JOCA are immensely proud of Jen Asciana who has recently completed her annual triathlon in memory of her brother Ciaran. To mark the 10 year passing of Ciaran, Jen has completed an indoor triathlon raising an amazing £1,879. We are humbled and delighted that JOCA have...

Mayor supports suicide prevention charity

Mayor supports suicide prevention charity

Picture: JOCA - Sue Topham, Justin Burgess, Deputy Mayor cllr Barbara Fitzsimon, Mayor cllr Peter Hebden and Chris Bowden Welwyn-based mental health charity JOCA has been chosen by new Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, Cllr Peter Hebden, as his charity for the year. Suicide...

JOCAfest goes virtual

JOCAfest goes virtual

It was with great sadness that we had to announce JOCAfest 2020 would not be going ahead this year due to the Coronavirus situation. However we were able to hold a virtual event which was a great success - a bith thanks to the organisers and those who took part...

JOCA makes the top three for for Ashtons life’s great causes

JOCA makes the top three for for Ashtons life’s great causes

We are absolutely thrilled and delighted that we were voted 3rd in Ashton’s fantastic initiative. Thanks to every single person who voted for us. To a small charity like us this money means the world, as an example it could buy 44 hours of specialist counselling. Well...

JOCA makes the shortlist for for Ashtons life’s great causes

JOCA makes the shortlist for for Ashtons life’s great causes

JOCA is thrilled to have made the shortlist of 20 local charities for Ashtons life's great causes. Ashtons raised £10,000 through various charitable activities, and now wants the community to decide which local great causes most deserve a little extra help...

Jen Asciana raises £1,110 for JOCA

Jen Asciana raises £1,110 for JOCA

On the 6th July Jen and Antonio and rode 112 miles in one day around the beautiful Ring of Kerry in memory of her brother Ciaran. A big thank you from everyone at JOCA to Jen and Antonio. Read Jen's story at: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/jen-asciana

JOCA Fest returns

JOCA Fest returns

JOCA Fest returned on a warm Saturday in June and was bigger and better than ever. All the tickets were sold, there was a great atmosphere and the bands as ever were brilliant. A big thanks to everyone who helped to make this the best JOCA Fest to date. JOCA Fest will...

JOCA Fest 2018

JOCA Fest 2018

The JOCA Team would like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to everyone who made JOCA Fest 2018 possible. We was overwhelmed with the support from you all this year, you are all amazing. Thank you from all of us! Images from JOCA Fest 2018 at Welwyn...

JOCA expands into Hitchin Rugby Club

JOCA expands into Hitchin Rugby Club

JOCA is delighted and proud to announce the expansion of our family in welcoming JOCA at Hitchin, to be based in Hitchin Rugby Club. It is an exciting time for us expanding the message around mental health.

Our club is a family – we look after each other.

We aim to nurture a culture within the club where we talk to each other, and support each other rather than bottle things up and allow them to get out of control.

We start this with our minis buddy system and promote this ethos right from 7 to 70 across the club.

JOCA is your welfare committee dedicated to promoting and ensuring pastoral care and general well-being for all members of our club.

Our Aim #1

To offer WRFC members, players and VP’s, support, guidance and a friendly ear

Our Aim #2

De-stigmatise mental illness in young men and women of all ages

Our Aim #3

To get our young men and women to talk and be open with each other

Our Aim #4

To improve mental well-being and make it as important to physical fitness

Our Aim #5

To notice the signs and to offer support

Our Aim #6

To change the whole ethos of the rugby club from 7 years to 70 years as regards mental health support and general well-being