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The Healthy Hub

Service Update

Due to the current Coronavirus outbreak, all organisations working from The Hub have moved away from face to face contact to other methods such as telephone calls.  

Please refer to the organisations' websites or Facebook pages for details of how to contact them currently.

For further update on the services the Hub Partners are providing at this time please read the St Albans Healthy Hub Newsletter April Edition further down this page. 

The HubThe Healthy Hub

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’ residents. Please see our current Hub Partners below. 

You can read more about the Healthy Hub project here.

Advice

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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:  03444 111 444 | 01727 811118

Website:  https://www.castad.org.uk/ 

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 Hertz Help

The Herts Help 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
Website:  https://www.hertshelp.net/hertshelp.aspx 

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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.

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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                                                                               

 Email: info@smallactsofkindness.co.uk

Visit: www.smallactsofkindness.co.uk

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

Addiction & Dependency 

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GamCare

 

 

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

Telephone:  0143 848 7003

Email: hertfordshire@gamcare.org.uk 

Visit: https://www.gamcare.org.uk/get-support/find-local-treatment/gamcare-hertfordshire/ 

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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
Website: https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/Health-in-Herts/Smoking/Stop-Smoking-Service.aspx 

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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)
Email:  enquiries@livingroomherts.org 
Website:  www.livingroomherts.org

Family & Relationships

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 Herts Practical Parenting Programme

Supporting parents and carers of children aged 12+ to access relevant services via volunteer advocates.

Please phone for an appointment:  01992 638000
Website: https://www.hertfordshireppp.co.uk/

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InspireAll's Family Support Service offers support to families, with children 0 - 11 years. Their offer includes universal support such as Stay & Play sessions, Rhyme Time and a range of public health services such as breastfeeding support and healthy eating as well as 1:1 support and group work for families. 

Call: 0300 123 7572

Email: stalbans.fcsenquiries@inspireall.com 

Visit: https://www.hertsfamilycentres.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/stalbansfcs/

Instagram: www.Instagram.com/dacorumstalbansfcs

 

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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.

Website:  https://sahwr.org.uk/ 

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.

Website:  https://www.shaw-trust.org.uk/ 

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 St Albans District Credit Union

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
Website: www.stalbanscreditunion.co.uk 

Getting Active

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1Life

 

 

1Life offer a free mini-health MOT in the Hub every third Wednesday of the month. 

This is a short 15 minute health check which includes height and weight measurements, body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, lung capacity and waist circumference checks. Where appropriate, you may be signposted to various health-related initiatives, programmes or services.

For more information contact: Rowell.gordon@1life.co.uk

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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
Email:  info@beezeebodies.co.uk
Website: https://beezeebodies.com/ 

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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.

Email: Rhys.Ratcliffe@watfordfc.com

Visit: https://www.shapeupherts.com/

Call: 01923 496 391

Housing 

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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. 

Email: community.herts@emmaus.org.uk

Call: 01727 817 294

Visit: www.emmaus.org.uk

Mental Health

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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 admin@mindinmidherts.org.uk
Website:  https://www.mindinmidherts.org.uk/ 

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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:  contactus@theolliefoundation.org       Call 07715 311891                  Visit: www.theolliefoundation.org     

Twitter @THE_OLLIE_FOUND          Facebook @TheOLLIEFoundation      Instagram @_the_ollie_foundation

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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.

Email: info@youthtalk.org.uk

Call: 01727 868684

Visit: www.youthtalk.org.uk

Volunteering & New Activities 

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 Age UK Hertfordshire

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
Email:  Info@ageukherts.org.uk
Website:  https://www.ageuk.org.uk/hertfordshire

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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
Email:  us@communities1st.org.uk 
Website: https://communities1st.org.uk/ 

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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.
Email:  hawaherts@gmail.com 
Website:  http://hawaherts.co.uk/ 

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

Telephone:  01727 737000
Email:  info@oaklands.ac.uk 

Local Schemes responding to COVID 19

Across the District there are a number of local schemes that provide great support to residents during the COVID 19 crisis. More information on these local schemes can be found below:

Colney Heath Community Support Group

The purpose of Colney Heath Community Support Group is to match people in need with someone who can help. Their activities include: co-ordinating support initiatives by community organisations and being a point of contact for requests for help and offers to volunteer. They help people in need by connecting them with someone who can help if required and they communicate with their community, sharing information, ideas and issues. If help is required please visit their website. 

Harpenden Cares

Harpenden Town Council is supporting a new initiative Harpenden Cares, which is a community-led response to the coronavirus. Harpenden Cares offer a befriending service for local vulnerable and/or isolated people, it helps deliver essential supplies and medication to vulnerable and/or isolated people. It offers street-level support to engage vulnerable and/or isolated people and acts as a general trusted source of information.

The helpline is open Monday – Friday 10am – 2pm - 01582460 457

London Colney Good Neighbours Scheme

To help residents during the COVID 19 crisis the London Colney Parish Council has set up a Good Neighbour Scheme. They match people in need with a volunteer who lives locally to them, in the same road or a neighbouring road. The volunteers can help with: shopping, posting mail, prescription collections and have friendly phone calls with people in isolation. 

If you need help during isolation, please call 01727 261104 (Monday to Friday between 10am -1pm)

Redbourn Care Group

This group has set up street co-ordinators in every street within the Redbourn Parish through. This group can help Redbourn residents with: shopping and delivering to doorsteps, posting mail, collecting urgent items e.g. pharmacy prescriptions and conduct friendly phone calls. 

For more information please call 01582 794550 (10am-4pm)  Or email: info@redbourncaregroup.co.uk

St Stephen Parish 

Bricket Wood Neighbourhood Assistance: email help@bricketwood.org or Tel 01727 260963

Sparshott home deliveries - Email info@sparshott-fruiterers.co.uk call 01923 674896 / 661167

Chiswell Green - Post Office & stores home deliveries 01727 854803

Park Street & How Wood - Twinsco home deliveries 01727 874455 / 07843 330174

 

Helpful Resources

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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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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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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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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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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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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 projects@yesenergysolutions.co.uk

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