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The Healthy Hub

Healthy Hub Newsletter - Autumn Winter 2021-22

The Hub       St Albans District Healthy Hub Logo

At the Civic Centre in St Albans, you’ll find lots of advice, information and guidance on offer from all these local organisations. In line with Hertfordshire County Council’s ‘Healthy Hubs’ initiative, all of our partners seek to improve the health and wellbeing of St Albans’ district residents. Please see our current Hub Partners below. 

You can read more about the Healthy Hub project here.

If you have some time, please complete the Healthy Hub Customer Feedback survey which can be found here. 

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 Citizens Advice St Albans and District

Provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities.

Telephone:  01727 811118   or  0800 144 8848


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 Hertz Help

Herts Help is a free service which can put you in touch with practical help and emotional support in your area. You or your carer may also be eligible for support, discounts or certain benefits which could help with paying the bills. Community Navigation Service empowers individuals to access the different sources of help, advice and support available within the wider community to address the underlying causes that are affecting health and well-being.  

Telephone:  0300 123 4044



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Hertfordshire Independent Living Service
Hertfordshire Independent Living Service (HILS) is a charitable, not-for-profit, social enterprise, providing a variety of independent-promoting support services to help older and vulnerable people remain happy, healthy, and independent at in their own home.
HILS offers a 365 day-a-year meals on wheels service. Delivered hot and ready to eat between 11:30am and 2:00pm, you can order meals as a one-off, temporarily, or for as long as you would like them. HILS also provides breakfast and tea packs, as well as meals for religious, cultural, and dietary needs



Call: 0330 2000 103           Twitter:HertsindLiving                     Facebook:HertsindLiving


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The Royal British Legion logo

The Legion is here to help members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, veterans and their families.  We support serving and ex-serving personnel and their families’ all year round and our support starts after one day of service and continues through life, long after service is over.  The welfare services include benefit, debt and money advice; support with housing; finances; health both mental and physical; independent living and employment.

Call: 0808 802 8080



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Reads as Small Act of Kindness and their contact details

Their aim is that every older person feels warm in their home and connected to their community. They source and distribute practical gifts and information that reduce the negative impact that feeling lonely and isolated can have on older people’s physical and mental wellbeing, sending out over 5,000 Warm in Winter Gift Bags each winter. They are distributed free of charge to older people aged over 55 across Hertfordshire.

Telephone: 01923 372717                                                                               



Facebook:  Small Acts of Kindness          Twitter - @smallkindact                        Instagram - @smallkindact

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 Thrive Young Person's Clinic

The service offers confidential afternoon appointments for young people registered with a GP in St Albans or Harpenden where support and advice can be given on any physical, mental or sexual health matter.

The clinic is currently held at Parkbury House Surgery in St Albans on Thursday afternoons from 3.30 - 7pm. 

To book an appointment, please contact your own GP and ask to make an afternoon appointment for the young person's clinic.

Addiction & Dependency 

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Offers free, confidential and non-judgemental treatment services for individuals impacted by their own or someone else’s gambling. 

Telephone:  0143 848 7003


Visit: GamCare

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 Hertfordshire County Council Stop Smoking Service

Provides free, confidential and non-judgemental advice and support to everyone on stopping smoking.

To book an appointment, please call:  0800 389 3998 or 01442 435 071


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 The Living Room Logo

The Living Room saves and transforms lives by providing people and their families with the opportunity to attend community-based rehabilitation treatment and support, to help them break free from the generational cycle of addiction.

Please phone for an appointment:  0300 365 0304 (local rate)



Family & Relationships

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Logo for Carers in Herts

Carers in Hertfordshire provides advice, information and support to unpaid carers - people looking after someone who is elderly, disabled, has a physical or mental illness or who misuses drugs or alcohol. Their service is free and they support carers of all ages - children and adults - if they live, work or care in Hertfordshire.


Call: 01992 586969


Check our: and Twitter: @carersinherts

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Hertfordshire InspireAll Family Centre Service logo

Hertfordshire’s Family Centre Service offers support to families with children 0 - 11 years. The service is made up of the Public Health Nursing Service (Health Visitors and School Nurses) and the Family Support Service. Our purpose is to support children and families to have the best start in life, develop well and thrive through 1:1 support and group work for families.

Call: 0300 123 7572






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 St Albans Women’s Outreach

Offers information and advice to men and women who may be struggling to make difficult relationship decisions and support them in making informed choices about their future.


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Walk the walk logo - family support service

Walk The Walk is a caring supportive organisation that works with families, young persons and victims of domestic abuse to provide a caring, supportive package of support around your needs, to help you thrive and grow as a family, young person or survivor of domestic abuse.

Please phone for an appointment:  01992 638000



Financial Advice & Employment 

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  Shaw Trust

A national charity providing employment opportunities, skills development, training, and health and wellbeing services as well as promoting inclusion and independence for those with disabilities and barriers to work.


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 St Albans Community Bank logo

Members are encouraged to save, and these savings provide funds from which loans to members are made. Free life insurance is provided on loans (subject to conditions).

Telephone:  01727 859135


Physical premises (when open): 55 Catherine Street, St Albans, AL3 5BN

Getting Active

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Working in partnership with local medical professionals, the Exercise Referral scheme provides discounted gym membership, additional sessions and support for adults with a range of medical conditions. Clients can choose from 1 of 4 Leisure Centres across St Albans. And enjoy 12 weeks of structured support and rehabilitative programming to tend to their specific condition. The program currently tends to fourteen specific mental and physical conditions as diagnosed by the referring medical practitioner. Ask your GP, physio and or chemist for more information. For more information contact: or

Arts on Prescription St Albans provides 9 week courses in different art forms for  St Albans District residents experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression or stress. Previous courses have included art, photography, creative writing and drama.  Sessions cost £2 or £5 for those in full time employment. Please ask your GP or Support worker for a referral or contact for more information.

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The Adda Club logo

Diabetes and lifestyle coaching  for members of the South Asian Community who have Type 2 Diabetes. A 4 week course designed to help you change your mindset and lifestyle in relation to managing diabetes.




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Beezee Bodies logo

BeeZee Bodies are a child weight management service that work with young people aged 5 to 15 years. We offer free 14-week programmes that provide a mixture of nutritional education and physical activity.

Phone:  01452 717262



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 Watford FC CSE

The Shape Up Programme educates men to develop a healthy relationship with food and change unhealthy behaviours and habits that cause weight gain. The programme engages men in a fun and effective way and uses group exercise and sport to improve fitness and support weight loss.



Call: 01923 496 391


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​ Emmaus

Emmaus offers accommodation, meals, and support for formerly homeless people in return for 40 hours volunteering for our social enterprise. 


Call: 01727 817 294


Mental Health

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Harts In Mind offer support via art projects. Free Online Expressive Art Discussion tea & chat Zoom groups and online Art techniques ‘join in and learn’ sessions. 

Email to join the Expressive Art Discussion Group starts early February, email to reserve place!



Call: 07568368191

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 Mind in Mid Herts logo

Mind in Mid Herts works with people to prevent them from developing mental health problems as well as supporting people who recover and prevent relapse.

Mind in Mid Herts can also be contacted at 11 Hatfield Road, St Albans AL1 3RR or

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New Leaf College

They offer opportunities to learn about wellbeing and recovery by providing unique courses designed to increase knowledge, understanding and skills to equip people with the tools to live a meaningful, productive and fulfilling life. 

Call: 01442 864966



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 The Ollie Foundation

The OLLIE Foundation provides suicide awareness, intervention and prevention training, plus Mental Health First Aid,  Goal setting and IHEART training. OLLIE empowers people (including parents, teachers and professionals) to support young people, ensuring no one feels that suicide is their only option.

Email:       Call 07715 311891                           Visit:     

Facebook @TheOLLIEFoundation                 Twitter @THE_OLLIE_FOUND        Instagram @_the_ollie_foundation

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South West Hertfordshire Samaritans

Whatever you're going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. They're there 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

24 hour helpline: 116 123

Visit the branch website:

Email: or

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 Youth Talk

Youth Talk offer a counselling service available to 13–25 year olds who live, work or attend school/college in the District of St Albans (Harpenden, London Colney, Redbourn, St Albans, Sandridge and Wheathampstead). We work on a self-referral only basis.


Call: 01727 868684


Volunteering & New Activities 

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Age UK logo

Age UK Hertfordshire is an independent local charity working to alleviate loneliness and isolation, tackle poverty and build resilience in the community for older people in Hertfordshire who need our help.

Telephone:  0300 345 3446



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 Communities First

Communities 1st recruits volunteers to help voluntary and community groups deliver vital services across the District and the wider Hertfordshire community.

Telephone:  020 3559 3559



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 Hertfordshire Asian Women’s Association logo

Provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice and guidance to BME community in St Albans District. 

Please call 07401 079970 or 07480 934282 for enquiries and to pre-book an appointment.



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 Oaklands Logo

Initial information and advice on full-time and part-time courses.

Telephone:  01727 737000


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The Trust gives free items and services worth £200,000 each year, household items, personal Items, mobility aids, regular cleaning, meals on wheels, care alarm, financial support,  small home repairs, boilers, funeral support to people aged over 60. 


Telephone:  01727 260 701  or  07541 659 442



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The groups purpose is to provide support to all residents in Redbourn regardless of age or background, to connect the community together and to support community projects. Services include assistance with transport to medical appointments, outings in the minibus, friendly telephone calls, shopping, prescription deliveries and other social activities.

They can be found at Redbourn Village Hall, High Street, Redbourn, AL3 7NQ from 10am-2pm on weekdays.

Telephone:  01582 794550



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Helpful resources

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Sign up to the Couch to 5k, a running plan for absolute beginners which will get you gradually working towards running 5k in 9 weeks.

Each week you can download a podcast to help keep you motivated and you can connect with likeminded people on the forums by downloading the app. Sign up here

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For expert advice and helpful tips regarding your mental health and wellbeing access the website here

By answering 5 quick questions, you can receive a mind plan specific to your needs that will help tack your anxiety or stress. 

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These well researched steps encourage you to think about your current mental health and how it can be improved.

For the fives steps click here. 

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It is important to fuel our bodies with the right food and nutrients as after all you are what you eat.

For healthy and tasty recipes that will fuel your body with the right nutrients click here

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Hertfordshire County Council has created a webpage of useful health and wellbeing apps and to help the apps  have been grouped into categories to help you find suitable apps for yours needs. All the apps are free to use, although some have in-app purchases.

An extensive list of these apps can be found here

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Hertfordshire County Council want to reach 5,000 families who may be missing out on free Healthy Start food and vitamin vouchers. 

To be eligible you should be in receipt of certain means-tested benefits. Check your eligibility on

For more information call: 0345 607 6823 or visit

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Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) provides an online portal for mental health services in Hertfordshire and West Essex and Mid Essex.

To access this portal, please visit here: 

Via this online portal you can: 

  • Make a referral 
  • Attend a webinar 
  • Access self-help resources
  • Receive service updates 


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Playing Out poster

Playing Out is a nation-wide concept where residents choose to apply to close their road to traffic to allow the children to come out onto the street and cycle, scoot and play together in the road. It is a great way to build communities, offering neighbours a chance to build support networks and children the opportunity to get fresh air and exercise, as well as learn to play in an unstructured manner with other children of all ages. 

To find out more information, click here. 


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Herts Help

A little help through the winter period - get information and advice to help you stay healthy and warm during the colder season.

Herts Help

St Albans Warmer Homes 

The St Albans Warmer Homes Scheme aims to make it easier for local householders that need it, to access funding to improve the energy efficiency of their home. We do this by accessing Energy Company Obligation (ECO) funding from the energy suppliers. Energy suppliers are legally obligated to provide support for people on certain benefits, with health conditions, young children or those in cold homes. 

We are working in partnership with YES Energy Solutions Ltd. to make it easier for local households to get the help they need.

You could be eligible for low-cost or free: 

  • Loft Insulation
  • Cavity Wall Insulation
  • External Wall Insulation
  • Underfloor Insulation
  • First-time Central Heating
  • A+ Rated Boiler Upgrade

Your needs will be assessed and your home will be surveyed to determine what you might be eligible for. We will also explore other sources of funding that may be able to assist you. In some cases, there may be only part-funding available and you will need to make a contribution. 

To refer yourself or someone else to the scheme, please contact YES Energy Solutions on:

01422 880100 or

Yes Energy Solutions

Energy Efficiency 

We have created an energy efficiency page to provide you with up-to-date advice and information about how to conserve energy and make your home more energy efficient. 

Energy Efficiency

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Hertfordshire's Moving More Activity Finder is where you can find thousands of different opportunities to keep you active... and they are right on your doorstep!

The Moving More Activity Finder has all sorts at your disposal, from one-off sessions and local clubs to community groups.

Following lockdown, looking after our health and wellbeing has become more important than ever and being physically active plays an important role in that! Being active not only allows us to develop and build upon our physical abilities; but it can also introduce us to new people - bringing people together with their community!

The Moving More initiative is for everyone and is powered by Herts Sports & Physical Activity Partnership.

Providers can list their activities and sessions on the Activity Finder as well, you'll find all the details on our website.

Covid-19 resources

COVID 19 Support - Mental Health Organisations across Hertfordshire Toggle accordion

This is an important document that lists the mental health organisations across Hertfordshire. 

These organisations are delivering services that can help everyone look after their mental health and wellbeing during the difficult times of the COVID 19 crisis. 

It covers support for: 

People on the autism spectrum                      Bereavement                                          Dementia 

Carers                                                             Drug and Alcohol Services                     Domestic Abuse 

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The COVID-19 Mental Health and Wellbeing Recovery Action Plan sets out an ambitious, cross-government, whole-person approach to promoting positive mental health and supporting people living with mental illness to recover and live well.

While this plan sets out what government will do in the coming year, it is also a call to action for the whole of society, for local communities, families and for individuals, who can take simple steps to look after their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of those around them – and can reach out for support, including from mental health services when necessary.

The Action Plan can be found here. 

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Mind in Mid Herts are offering free digital wellbeing support to front line workers. 

Mind in Mid Herts see front line workers as those providing services directly to communities; especially support to those that are vulnerable during these uncertain times. Front line workers may include; medical workers, community health and social care workers, first responders, pharmacists, funeral workers and carers (those supporting their loved ones with their health and wellbeing)

Access the support here

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Due to Covid-19, Sexual Health Herts are offering services in a different way to keep you and staff safe.

They have reduced their face to face appointments to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection but they will be able to triage and consult by phone and, where needed, see urgent, priority or vulnerable clients in person. 

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NHS England:

This video explains how the vaccine is given, and gives clear evidence that the vaccines work and are safe.

The videos have been produced in the following languages:

Arabic, Bengali, Gujarati, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Spanish, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu, Yoruba