The Healthy Hub
At the Civic Centre in St Albans, you will find lots of advice, information and guidance on offer from the local organisations listed below. 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.
The Healthy Hub St Albans City and District is currently offering both remote and some face-to-face services.
For further information or if you had any questions please email: Healthy.Hub@stalbans.gov.uk
The Civic Centre Hub is open: Monday to Friday - 9:00am-4:30pm. Please come by the Hub to speak to an advisor from the following organisations:
About the Healthy Hub Project
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.
To find out more about our wide range of hub partners and to get in touch with them for advice and support, please view the list below.
Citizens Advice St Albans and District Toggle accordion
Provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities.
Telephone: 01727 811118 or 0800 144 8848
Herts Help: Community Link Workers Toggle accordion
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. Our Community Link Workers empower 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
Hertfordshire Independent Living Service (HILS) Toggle accordion
Hertfordshire Independent Living Service (HILS) is a charitable, not-for-profit, social enterprise, providing a variety of independence-promoting support services to help older and vulnerable people remain happy, healthy, and independent 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
The Royal British Legion Toggle accordion
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
Small Acts of Kindness Toggle accordion
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.
Thrive Young Person's Clinic Toggle accordion
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.
Autism Hertfordshire Toggle accordion
Autism Hertfordshire offers a variety of support to those living with Autism in Hertfordshire.
Post Diagnostic support – for individuals who have received their diagnosis within the last 12 months. We provide support via up to 8 1:1 sessions where we can support with understanding their diagnosis, completing forms, managing emotions etc.
Skills courses and Workshops – we run a range of 6 week Skills courses and individual workshops on topics such as managing anxiety, understanding my autism and tips for managing social exhaustion etc.
Steps to Independence, transitions service – we provide for young adults, age 16-25) transitioning into adulthood, and their carers. This service includes Skills courses and Workshops for the young adults on topics such as Friendship skills, building confidence and self-esteem, money management etc. There will also be Parent/Carer support with a range of seminars on various topics.
Parent and carer support groups – online sessions where parents/carers can meet and discuss various topics such as understanding autism, understanding the sen process and welfare and benefits. Also an opportunity to meet and chat with parents/carers in a similar situation to yourself.
Helpline – A helpline between the hours of 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, for all information, advice and guidance or general enquiries.
Helpline: 01727 743246
Macmillan Cancer Support Toggle accordion
If you are living with or are affected by cancer and would like to use your experiences to help shape cancer support services in your area, your local Macmillan Engagement Lead wants to hear from you. The Macmillan Engagement Lead works with and talks to local communities about their views and experiences of cancer, working with them to establish cancer support that addresses their needs. Their work involves signposting to information and support services available through Macmillan Cancer Support and providing Support Grants for support groups and peer support to help people affected by cancer. They deliver cancer awareness events, support group outings and celebrations and work with community projects to provide education sessions for people living with cancer. Their work aims to reduce health inequalities, collaborating with communities to provide equitable and inclusive support, helping to bring more direct experience into shaping and improving services.
Munashe Munyukwi is your Macmillan Engagement Lead. Tell her about your experiences of treatment, care or living with a cancer diagnosis:
Addiction & Dependency
GamCare Toggle accordion
Offers free, confidential and non-judgemental treatment services for individuals impacted by their own or someone else’s gambling.
Telephone: 0143 848 7003
Hertfordshire County Council Stop Smoking Service Toggle accordion
Provides free, confidential and non-judgemental advice and support to everyone on stopping smoking.
The Living Room Toggle accordion
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
Carers in Hertfordshire Toggle accordion
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
Hertfordshire Family Centre Service Toggle accordion
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.
We run lots of FREE sessions, groups and courses for St Albans families, such as our antenatal course Preparing for Parenthood, through to Baby Groups and First Aid courses. To find out What’s On in St Albans District, please visit https://www.hertsfamilycentres.org/events/whats-on-at-family-centres-in-hertfordshire.aspx
Call: 0300 123 7572
St Albans Women’s Outreach Toggle accordion
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.
Walk The Walk Toggle accordion
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
Shaw Trust Toggle accordion
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.
St Albans Community Bank Toggle accordion
Your not-for-profit community bank, run by members for members. 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
Everyone Active Toggle accordion
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: StAlbansreferrals@everyoneactive.com
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 ArtsOnPrescription@everyoneactive.com for more information.
The Adda Club Toggle accordion
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.
Beezee Bodies Toggle accordion
Are you worried about your child's weight?
Phone: 01707 248648
Watford FC Shape Up Toggle accordion
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.
Email: shaun.murphy@WatfordFC.com / sadie.walden@WatfordFC.com
Call: 01923 496 391
Oviva (replacing WeightWatchers) Toggle accordion
From 7 May 2022, Oviva in partnership with Slimming World, will be delivering Hertfordshire’s Tier 2 Adult Weight Management service.This new service includes a face-to-face programme, which will be delivered by Slimming World and a digital programme, which will be delivered by Oviva. Both programmes will support residents for 12 weeks and offer a multi component lifestyle weight management approach designed for adults who are overweight and obese.
To qualify for this free service, people will need to be aged 18+, live in Hertfordshire or be registered with a Hertfordshire GP and have a BMI 30+ or 27.5+ for BAME or people with comorbidities. Self-referral to both services (Slimming World and Oviva) is available by visiting https://oviva.com/uk/en/hertfordshire-weight-management/, or referrals can be made by a healthcare professional using the referral form provided.
Harts In Mind Toggle accordion
H’arts in Mind is a mental health arts charity and prides itself on the friendliness and support of our groups.
H’arts in Mind has provided well-being services for over five years to the community.
- We provide free online art sessions for well-being weekly
- Friendship days out
- Friendship Group St Albans Museum, meet view exhibitions tea and chat
- In person art club
Occasional exhibitions/opportunities where possible to showcase what you have made
Mind in Mid Herts Toggle accordion
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.
New Leaf College Toggle accordion
New Leaf Recovery And Wellbeing College offers free courses about mental wellbeing, supporting personal recovery. The ethos is to increase students’ knowledge and skills and help them take control by learning self-management strategies to help their mental health and wellbeing. Anyone living in Hertfordshire over 18 can join, with or without a diagnosis of mental health challenges.
Call: 01442 864966
The OLLIE Foundation Toggle accordion
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.
South West Herts Samaritans Toggle accordion
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: https://www.samaritans.org/branches/watford/
Youth Talk Toggle accordion
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
Age UK Toggle accordion
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
Communities 1st Toggle accordion
Communities 1st recruits volunteers to help voluntary and community groups deliver vital services across the District and the wider Hertfordshire community.
Telephone: 01727 649950
Hertfordshire Asian Women’s Association Toggle accordion
Provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice and guidance to BME community in St Albans District.
Oaklands College Toggle accordion
Initial information and advice on full-time and part-time courses.
Telephone: 01727 737000
St Albans Old People’s Trust Toggle accordion
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
Redbourn Community Group Toggle accordion
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
Computer Friendly St Albans Toggle accordion
Computer Friendly St Albans provides free and low cost support and training on Laptops, Android Tablets & Phones and Apple iPads & iPhones at drop in sessions. They also offer courses from beginner to advanced on eBay, Facebook, Family History, Microsoft Office and much more.
Computer Friendly can be found in the Hub on the 1st Wednesday of every month from 9.30am-12.00pm from the 4th January 2023. Just Drop In or book a 1 to 1 by contacting our friendly booking team:
Phone: 01727 617359 (Mon, Weds, Fri 10am - 1pm. Answerphone at other times)
Telephone: 01727 617359
Alzheimer's Society Toggle accordion
Dementia Support Workers offer information and practical guidance to help you understand the condition, cope with day-to-day challenges, and prepare for the future.
We will support the person with the diagnosis, their family, friends and carers.
Face-to-face, over the phone or in writing they will help you to:
Telephone: 01707 378365
Couch to 5K Toggle accordion
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.
Every Mind Matters Toggle accordion
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.
Five ways to wellbeing Toggle accordion
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.
Healthy Food Recipes Toggle accordion
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.
St Albans District libraries Toggle accordion
The District has five libraries: St Albans; Marshalswick; London Colney; Harpenden and Wheathampstead. The locations and opening times of each can be found on the County website here: https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/libraries-and-archives/library-opening-hours/library-opening-hours-and-locations.aspx
There are many activities which are hosted in the libraries each week, a selection of which can be seen below:
Baby rhyme time in St Albans library Tuesdays from 10.15-10.45 and from 11.30-12.00.
Storytime for children aged 2-5 every Monday at St Albans library from 2.15-2.45
Weekly sessions for Ukrainian refugees in St Albans library every Friday from 10.30-12.30.
Storytime for children under the age of 8 in St Albans library every Saturday 2.15-2.45.
Knit and Natter every Friday at St Albans library from 2.00-3.30pm.
A coffee morning on the last open Monday of each month at Harpenden Library from 10.30-12.00.
Health & Wellbeing Apps Toggle accordion
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.
Healthy Start Food and Vitamin vouchers Toggle accordion
Hertfordshire County Council want to reach 5,000 families who may be missing out on free Healthy Start food and vitamin vouchers.
For more information call: 0345 607 6823 or visit www.healthystart.nhs.uk/healthy-start-vouchers/how-to-apply/
Online Portal for Mental Health Services in Hertfordshire Toggle accordion
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: https://www.hpft-iapt.nhs.uk/
Via this online portal you can:
- Make a referral
- Attend a webinar
- Access self-help resources
- Receive service updates
Playing Out Toggle accordion
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.
Winter Health Toggle accordion
A little help through the winter period - get information and advice to help you stay healthy and warm during the colder season.
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:
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.
Hertfordshire's Moving More Activity Finder Toggle accordion
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.
Hertfordshire Health Walks Toggle accordion
Enjoy the countryside and local green spaces with the FREE Hertfordshire Health Walks led by qualified volunteer leaders.
Please follow this link to find the most up to date timetable.
Hertfordshire Heroes Toggle accordion
What is Hertfordshire Heroes?
The Hertfordshire Armed Forces Covenant Board, promoted locally as Hertfordshire Heroes, works in partnership to deliver the Armed Forces Covenant locally. It brings together business, military organisations, charities, NHS and local authorities in a shared commitment to:
- Ensure that veterans and those in the Armed Forces are not disadvantaged in accessing services
- Ensure that the sacrifices made by members of the Armed Forces Community are recognised and remembered
- Encourage the integration of service life into civilian life.
Cost of living support Toggle accordion
Advice and support is available from St Albans City and District and a range of voluntary and community groups across the District - we're here to lend a hand to support you through the increased cost of living.
More details here.
Health and Wellbeing Resources in Hertfordshire
Mental Health Organisations Toggle accordion
This document lists mental health organisations across Hertfordshire. These organisations are delivering services that can help everyone look after their mental health and wellbeing.
It covers support for:
People on the autism spectrum Bereavement Dementia
Carers Drug and Alcohol Services Domestic Abuse
Support for Frontline Workers Toggle accordion
Mind in Mid Herts are still 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.
Sexual Health Services Toggle accordion
Please visit Hertfordshire Sexual Health web page for information about sexual health services across Hertfordshire: https://www.sexualhealthhertfordshire.clch.nhs.uk/
To find a clinic near you, please visit: https://www.sexualhealthhertfordshire.clch.nhs.uk/find-clinic
COVID 19-Vaccine Information - Community Languages Toggle accordion
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