Wellbeing Centre


Safer Places

Safer Places is an independent charity which provides a comprehensive range of services to adults and children affected by domestic and sexual abuse who live in west Essex, mid Essex, east Hertfordshire and Southend.

Telephone: 03301 025811

Twitter: @saferplacesuk

Website: www.saferplaces.co.uk

Email: [email protected]

Herts Sunflower

Information about abuse, including support for children and young people, is now available.

Herts Domestic Abuse Helpline: 08088 088 088

Monday-Friday, 09:00-21:00, Weekends, 09:00-16:00

Website: www.hertssunflower.org

Future Living

Future Living Hertford is an Award Winning registered charity (number 1155145) and an independent service for those in recovery from addiction and domestic abuse, providing a safe, non-judgemental therapeutic environment.

Website: www.futurelivinghertford.co.uk

Herts SARC (Sexual Assault Referral Centre)

Herts SARC offers free support and practical help to anyone in Hertfordshire who has experienced sexual violence and/or sexual abuse. If you would like to talk to someone about something that has happened to a friend or relative, they can talk you through their services and offer emotional and practical support. If you would like to speak to someone they are available 24/7.

Telephone: 08081 784 448

Website: www.hertssarc.org

Victim Support

As an independent charity, Victim Support work towards a world where people affected by crime or traumatic events get the support they need and the respect they deserve. They help people feel safer and find the strength to move beyond crime.

For out of hours support call our support line on – 0808 168 9111
Website: www.victimsupport.org.uk

Herts Domestic Abuse Helpline

Support and more information on the different types of Domestic Abuse including coercive control and financial abuse.

Herts Domestic Abuse Helpline: 08088 088 088 

Monday-Friday, 09:00-21:00, Weekends, 09:00-16:00

Website: www.hertsdomesticabusehelpline.org

For Baby’s Sake

For Baby’s Sake is a programme for expectant parents, whether together as a couple or not, who want to bring an end to domestic abuse and create the best possible start in life for their baby. For Baby’s Sake helps both parents to make the lasting changes that they want for themselves and their family.

Website: www.stefanoufoundation.org

Herts Rape Crisis

Free and confidential counselling for females who are over 18 and survivors of rape, sexual assault and/or childhood sexual abuse – no matter how old you were when this happened.

Every Thursday: 19:30 – 21:30 calls are answered by a counsellor.

Telephone: 01707 276 512

Website: www.hertsrapecrisis.org.uk

Relate – Hertfordshire

They offer a range of services to help you with your couple and family relationships, whether you’re young or old, straight or gay, single or in a relationship. They can help with the big relationship threatening problems as well as the issues that just make things a little less than perfect. Even if things are going well for you, we can help keep things that way.

Website: www.relate.org.uk

Women’s aid

Since 1974, Women’s Aid have been at the forefront of shaping and coordinating responses to domestic abuse. As a federation of over 180 organisations, they provide just under 300 local lifesaving services to women and children across the country.

Helpline: 08082 000 247

Facebook: @womensaid

Twitter: @womensaid

Website: www.womensaid.org.uk



Cruse Hertfordshire

Cruse exists to promote the well-being of bereaved people and to enable anyone suffering bereavement caused by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss. Cruse Bereavement Care Hertfordshire offers support when you need it most.

Telephone: 01707 278 389

Website: www.cruse-hertfordshire.org.uk

Stand by Me

Stand-by-me bereavement support is here to help children and families in North Herts and Stevenage when someone close to them has died or is dying.

Telephone: 07469 255 163

Website: www.stand-by-me.org.uk

Road Victims Trust

Provides emotional and practical support to those affected by fatal and serious injury road collisions in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

Telephone: 01234 843 345

Wesbite: www.rvtrust.org.uk


Sands offer support to those whose baby has died through late miscarriage, stillbirth or neo-natal death.

Telephone: 08081 643 332

Website: www.uk-sands.org

Listening Place – Ware

The Listening Place is for those who need a place to share their experiences of grief and loss. It offers a safe place where individuals can find a ‘listening ear’ and support in times of loss for any reason.

Website: www.leasidechurch.org.uk

The Counselling Foundation

The Counselling Foundation is a leading charity that has provided counselling and counselling training for the better mental health of communities in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire for over forty years. They offer free NHS and subsidised weekly counselling for anxiety, depression and bereavement for those aged 16+, as well as grief support groups for those who have experienced a similar loss and to help promote healing through education and support after the bereavement of a family member, friend or colleague.

Website: www.counsellingfoundation.org

Cancer Support

Lister Hospital Prostate Cancer Support Group

We aim to provide non-professional mutual support, by inviting anybody who is or has been affected by this devastating illness, to join us at our meetings.

Website: listerprostatecancersupportgrp.jimdo.com

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust: Specialist Palliative Care Service

This service offers Palliative Care to people who have a life limiting illness such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and HIV/AIDS. It can be given at any stage of an illness but is particularly important for people who require end of life care or have advanced disease. The aim is not to cure but to relieve suffering relating to physical, psychological, spiritual and pain management issues, improving the quality of life of the person who is ill and supporting the people caring for them.

Website: www.hct.nhs.uk

Live Better With Cancer

Making day to day life a little bit better for people living with cancer.

Telephone: 08001 182 705
Open Monday – Friday – 08:00 – 17:00

Facebook: @livebetterwith


Website: www.livebetterwith.com

Email: [email protected]

Macmillian Hertfordshire

Macmillan improves the lives of people affected by cancer locally. They provide practical, medical, emotional and financial support and push for better cancer care. Cancer affects us all. We can all help. We are Macmillan in Hertfordshire.

Telephone: 03001 000 200

Website: www.macmillan.org.uk

Cancer Research UK

Free information service provided by Cancer Research UK about cancer and cancer care for people with cancer and their families.

Telephone: 03001 231 022 (general enquires)

Telephone: 08088 004 040 (Cancer related enquires)

Facebook: @cancerresearchUK

Twitter: @CR_UK

Website: www.cancerresearchuk.org


Young Carers in Hertfordshire

The main focus of the service is to work with children, young people and their families to help them find support locally to reduce the amount of caring young carers have to do.

Twitter: @ycherts

Website: ycih.org

Carers in Hertfordshire

Carers in Hertfordshire staff and volunteers work with and for carers, 1-1 and in groups.

We provide information, problem solving and support. We also arrange a variety of ways for carers to have a voice and influence service improvements.

You can self-refer to this service by completing our referral form, alternatively you can use the contact information below.

Telephone: 01992 586 959

Website: www.carersinherts.org.uk

Email: [email protected]

Kids Hub

The HUB offers information and support for parents and carers of disabled children and young people aged 0-19 in Hertfordshire. The HUB provides free and impartial support over the phone, by email or face-to-face (including home visits).

Website: www.kids.org.uk/hub

Angels Support Group

Angels is a parent led charity set up in North Hertfordshire to support parents and carers of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and/or Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC).

Website: www.angelssupportgroup.org.uk

Carers UK

They’re here to make sure that no matter how complicated your query or your experience, you don’t have to care alone.

Telephone: 0808 808 7777

Website: www.carersuk.org

Email: [email protected]

Up on Downs

Up on Downs is a parent run organisation which supports families of children with Down’s Syndrome which welcomes parents and professionals from all over Hertfordshire. They support other parents by sharing information and creating opportunities for families to socialise and learn together.

Website: www.upondowns.com

Headway Hertfordshire

Headway Hertfordshire works closely with people who have a brain injury, their carers and families. They aim to reduce social isolation, improve health and wellbeing and give carers a break. They also aim to raise awareness with local groups, professionals, statutory authorities, charities and others through presentations, talks and face to face meetings.

Website: www.headway-herts.org.uk

Child Health and Young People

MOGO Listings

Local activities and events for young people.

Website: www.mogolistings.org

Young Pride in Herts

Young Pride in Herts offers support, info and advice to the young LGBTQ community and those who may be struggling with their sexuality or gender, in Hertfordshire. If you need support, want to get involved in changing services in the county or are a friend/parent or carer who needs advice, please contact them through their contact page.

Website: www.youngprideinherts.org

Hertfordshire Student’s Union

A charity run by students, for students. The charity provides information for students on things such as events, jobs, representation as well as support and advice services.

Website: www.hertfordshire.su


NESSie provides arts therapies and counselling to support children and young people with positive mental health in schools and educational settings across North Hertfordshire and Stevenage. NESSie provides a wraparound service delivery model to ensure children and young people are accessing the right level support to meet individual needs.

Website: www.nessieeducation.com

Childhood illness visual guide

Use this visual guide to help you identify common conditions and illnesses that may affect your child. Includes conditions such as measles, slapped cheek syndrome, chicken pox and warts.

Website: NHS: Visual Guide for Childhood illnesses


FUTUREhope is a free, confidential service working holistically with young people aged 11-19 across Hertford and Ware. Their primary goal is to empower young people to have hope for their future and reach their full potential through their four key areas of work: outreach, education, support and development.

Website: www.future-hope.org.uk

Hertfordshire Charity for Deprived Children

A Hertfordshire Charity for Deprived Children awards small grants to children living in the administrative county of Hertfordshire who are facing difficulties that compromise their well-being and self-worth.

Website: www.mgtact0.wixsite.com

Who not What

Who not What is a group of young people who have come together to represent the voice of the young lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and questioning community of Hertfordshire. They are looking at services available throughout the county and will be working towards improving these services for young LGBTQ people aged 13-24 who live, work or are educated in the county. They conduct regular consultations to hear the views and opinions of young LGBTQ people aged 13–24 who live, work or are educated in the county.

Website: www.ychertfordshire.org

YC Herts

YC Hertfordshire provides youth work projects and programmes, information, advice, guidance, work related learning, outdoor education and support for young people. YC Herts can help young people with the issues which are important to them such as jobs, careers and education, relationships, sexual health, confidence, self-esteem, substance misuse, staying safe, housing and independent living skills.

Website: www.ychertfordshire.org

Vaccination planner

Download a personalised vaccination calendar, which highlights the dates your child needs to have their vaccinations by.

Website: NHS: Vaccination Schedule

Community Groups

Hertfordshire Health Walks

Walking is a really positive thing for your health and wellbeing. It has been shown that walking can prevent, help manage and also rehabilitate from illness. Hertfordshire Health Walks are an ideal way of taking regular exercise. There are local walks to suit all ages and abilities and it’s completely free.

Walks take place weekly in Hertford, Bengeo, Ware, Stanstead Abbotts and Watton. They range from a 20-30 minute comfortable pace walk with plenty of stopping places, up to a more brisk 90-minute walk. Health Walks are the ideal opportunity to meet new people and explore your local area in a safe and supported way.

All you need to do get started is to turn up! No referral or pre-booking is required.

For more information and to sign up as a new walker visit the Health Walks website: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk

East Herts Community Transport

East Herts Community Transport is a project of the CVS for Broxbourne and East Herts, aiming to facilitate community transport in the district. This includes a Community Car Scheme, run by the CVS as well as initiatives and options of other providers: door-to-door services, car schemes, minibuses for hire as well as other services that make life easier if you are struggling to get out and about.

Telephone: 0300 123 1677

Twitter: @EastHertsCT

Email: [email protected]

Waterford Womens Institute

We have fun, enjoying outings, coffee mornings and eating out as well as our monthly meetings.

Visitors and new members are welcomed.

Telephone: 01920 426569

Website: directory.hertfordshire.gov.uk

Watton-at-Stone Sports Facilities

Most of the sports activities are centred on the village Sports Field (often referred to as the Meadow) which is located just off the High Street, opposite the Bull public house.

DSPL (Delivering Special Provision Locally)

DSPL is a Hertfordshire-wide partnership approach where parents, carers, staff in early years settings and schools, further education colleges, local authority officers and representatives from other agencies, work together as part of an Area Group, to ensure that there is a range of provision and support services available in their local community.

Website: www.dspl7.org.uk

YMCA Central Herts

YMCA deliver a range of programmes and services that tackle issues facing local people and ensure there are opportunities for young people throughout our work from apprentices, to work experience, and childcare to youth work. They work with all ages, faiths, backgrounds and have served the communities in Hertfordshire for over 127 years.

Website: www.ymca.org.uk

Herts Help

HertsHelp are a network of community organisations in Hertfordshire working together to listen and help you find independent support, guidance and information you need to get the most out of life.

Telephone: 0300 123 4044

Email: [email protected]

Meetups in Hertford

Meetup brings people together in thousands of cities to do more of what they want to do in life.

Family Lives

Family Lives work closely with local communities through their services for families, and a local network of volunteers. Find out what they’re doing near you and how you can get involved.

Telephone: 01163 666087

Activities held at Benington Village Hall

3 Walkern Road, Benington SG2 7LN

More details can be found in the Benington parish magazine.

Mondays Art Club: 10am – 2pm
Chair Exercises: 2:30pm – 4pm
Tuesdays Tuesday Club for over 60’s: 2pm – 4pm on alternate weeks
Whist Club: 2pm – 4pm on alternate weeks
Badminton: 7:30am – 9:30am
Wednesday Yoga/Pilates: 10am – 11am
Thursday Coffee morning: 9am – 11:30am
Friday Badminton: 10am – 12pm

Jenny Cobb: 01438 869348

Community Development Agency for Hertfordshire (CDA)

CDA Herts’ primary role in the Voluntary and Community Sector is to be the voice and advocate for the communities in Hertfordshire. They achieve this by exchanging information between the public, private and voluntary sectors, influencing strategies, supporting and working in partnership, and delivering projects.

Website: www.cdaherts.org.uk

Groundwork East Hertfordshire Projects

Through a range of projects across the County, Groundwork work towards a vision of a society of sustainable communities which are vibrant, healthy and safe, which respect the local and global environment and where individuals and enterprise prosper. Creating these sustainable communities means developing initiatives which cut across economic, social and environmental issues.

Website: www.groundwork.org.uk

Depression, Anxiety and Stress

Change, Grow, Live (CGL)

We provide help and support to adults, children, young people and families. Our services cover a wide variety of areas including health and wellbeing, substance use, mental health, criminal justice, domestic abuse and homelessness.

Facebook: changegrowlive

Twitter: @changegrowlive

Website: www.changegrowlive.org


Free anonymous online chat for young people to discuss your mental health issues.

Website: kooth.com

The OLLIE Foundation

OLLIE is a charity dedicated to delivering suicide awareness, intervention and prevention training by empowering professionals and young adults in their own communities to lead suicide prevention activities. It is widely accepted in society that with appropriate support and education, suicide can be prevented.

Website: www.theolliefoundation.org


Rethink provide expert, accredited advice and information to everyone affected by mental health problems.

Telephone: 0300 5000 927

Website: www.rethink.org

Email: [email protected]

Hertfordshire Partnership Wellbeing Service

The Wellbeing Service offers free and confidential talking therapy and practical support for Hertfordshire residents experiencing a wide range of mental health problems such as: worry, low mood, insomnia and stress.

We also provide support for carers, people who are struggling with the reality of living with long term physical health conditions or who are experiencing low mood and anxiety during or after pregnancy.

Facebook: HPFTWellbeing

Twitter: @HPFT_Wellbeing

Website: www.hpft.nhs.uk


Samaritans offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal. Call Samaritans free, 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

Telephone: 116 123

Website: www.samaritans.org

Email: [email protected]

Young Minds

Young Minds are leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges.

Parent Helpline: 08088 025 544

Facebook: @youngmindsuk

Twitter: @YoungMindsUK

Website: www.youngminds.org.uk

Hertfordshire Mind

Hertfordshire Mind Network is an independent charitable provider of mental health services. We work across Hertfordshire, offering support to anyone in the county who is over the age of 18 and facing a mental health problem, or caring for those who are.

Telephone: 0203 727 3600

Twitter: @HertsMind

Website: www.hertsmindnetwork.org

Email: [email protected]

Drugs and Alcohol

Change, Grow, Live (CGL)

We provide help and support to adults, children, young people and families. Our services cover a wide variety of areas including health and wellbeing, substance use, mental health, criminal justice, domestic abuse and homelessness.

Facebook: changegrowlive

Twitter: @changegrowlive

Website: www.changegrowlive.org

Drinkaware Online Tools & Apps

Online trackers and apps from Drinkaware to help you avoid harm from alcohol.

Download from: www.drinkaware.co.uk

Hertfordshire Complex Needs Service

The service provides 1:1 community support to people recovering from mental health issues and additional complex needs, including drug and alcohol misuse. It works across Hertfordshire and can support you in your own home or within your local community. They work together with you to design personalised support packages that reflect your individual needs, offering high quality support to help improve your quality of life enabling you to face the future with confidence.

Website: www.hertsmindnetwork.org


Resolve supports the whole family through structured programmes, values and services for people with alcohol and substance issues, their family members, carers and loved ones. Today Resolve delivers services across the County of Hertfordshire with service centres based in East & North.

Website: www.resolve-online.org


If you’re worried about your own or someone else’s drinking, you can call this free helpline, in complete confidence.

Telephone: 0300 123 1110

Talk to Frank

If you have a problem with drugs Talk to Frank for friendly, confidential drugs advice.

Telephone: 0300 123 6600

Text: 82111

Website: www.talktofrank.com

Email: [email protected]

Spectrum – Hertford Drug & Alcohol Services

Spectrum – Hertford is a free and confidential drug and alcohol service for adults. Our Hertford service is also open to people living in Waltham Cross, Ware, Cheshunt and Bishops Stortford.

We will help you to make and sustain the changes you need to make to reduce and, ultimately, stop your drug and/or alcohol use. We aim to empower you to identify and realise your goals throughout your recovery journey, in order to live a healthier, safer life.

Telephone: 01992 500161

Website: www.changegrowlive.org

Email: [email protected]

One You Days Off – Mobile App

The One You Days Off app is a simple and easy way to track the days you drink alcohol and the days you don’t.

Download from: Google Play: One You Days Off

Download from: iTunes: One You Days Off

The Living Room

The Living Room Hertfordshire is an award winning addiction recovery charity, founded in 2000. With centres in Hertfordshire in Stevenage and St Albans, staffed by highly-trained counsellors with lived experience of addition themselves. They offer free, day-time, group counselling, peer support and workshop therapies using the 12-step programme.

Telephone: 01438 355 649

Website: www.livingroomherts.org

Supporting Herts

Supporting Herts offers housing-related support to drug and/or alcohol users within Hertfordshire. They work in partnership with Druglink to support service users to prevent homelessness by helping to achieve stable housing and aid recovery from drug and/or alcohol dependency. Their service covers the whole of Hertfordshire.

Website: www.wdp.org.uk

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.

Telephone: 0800 9177 650

Website: www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk

Email: [email protected]

Elderly Care

Herts Help

HertsHelp are a network of community organisations in Hertfordshire working together to listen and help you find independent support, guidance and information you need to get the most out of life.

Telephone: 0300 123 4044

Website: www.hertshelp.net

Email: [email protected]

Transport for Older People and Disabled People

There are a number of options for transportation within Hertfordshire, for more information and access to services please visit the Hertfordshire County Council website.

East Herts Community Transport

East Herts Community Transport is a project of the CVS for Broxbourne and East Herts, aiming to facilitate community transport in the district. This includes a Community Car Scheme, run by the CVS as well as initiatives and options of other providers: door-to-door services, car schemes, minibuses for hire as well as other services that make life easier if you are struggling to get out and about.

Telephone: 0300 123 1677

Twitter: @EastHertsCT

Website: drivenbythecommunity.org.uk

Email: [email protected]

Dementia UK Admiral Nurses

Specialist Mental Health Nurses that work with family carers and people with dementia, in the community and other settings: individual/family work, Post-Diagnostic Support Groups (PDSG), and Carer’s Workshops and a local programme of Dementia Café’s.

Admiral Nursing Direct Helpline: 08452 579 406 

Website: www.dementiauk.org

Older Drivers

Experienced drivers are, in general, safer than those with less experience but as we age, our health and fitness, often including our eyesight, physical condition and reaction times, begins to decline.

Recognise whether and how your driving is changing and decide what you can do to cope with these changes and find help, such as medical advice, driving assessments and training and vehicle adaptations

Visit: www.olderdrivers.org.uk


Dementia UK offers specialist one-to-one support and expert advice for people living with dementia.

Telephone: 0800 888 6678

Website: www.dementiauk.org

Email: [email protected]

Hertswise – The Dementia Support Service

The Hertswise dementia service is there to support people with dementia, low-level memory loss or mild cognitive impairment as well as their friends, family and carers.

The service is provided by Age UK Hertfordshire, the Hertfordshire Independent Living Service, Herts Mind Network, Carers in Herts and other community and voluntary groups.

Telephone: 0300 123 4044 

Website: www.ageuk.org.uk/hertfordshire

Red Cross – Mobility Aids

The British Red Cross mobility aids service provide short-term loans of wheelchairs and toilet aids in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex.

Telephone: 01992 585974

Website: www.redcross.org.uk

Hearing Advisory Service

Patients are able to go the following places:

  • The Herford Hospital every Thursday between 09:00-12:00, no appointment necessary – this is for retubing and batteries
  • Hoddesdon Health Centre, High Street, EN11 9AN between 10:00-12:00 on 2nd Tuesday of each month
  • Ware, Bowling Road Clinic, Bowling Road, SG12 7EF between 13:30-15:00 hours on 2nd Tuesday of each month

All the dates of their clinics where hearing aids can be retubed can be found on the following website www.hhas.org.uk. If patients need batteries they can be obtained by sending a stamped addressed envelope to either Audiology or to Hertfordshire Hearing Advisory Service (at the above address), with a large postage stamp or two standard stamps, giving the information of size of battery.

Woodside Centre, The Commons, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 4SE

Telephone: 01707 324 582

Text: 01707 375 486

Email: [email protected]

Cinnamon Trust

Cinnamon Trust is a National Charity for elderly and terminally ill people and their pets, where the owner needs help walking their dog.

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 01736 757 900 

Website: www.cinnamon.org.uk

Silver Line

Free phone support for older people, 24 hours a day.

Telephone: 0800 4 70 80 90

Website: www.thesilverline.org.uk

Age UK

Age UK is the country’s largest charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life. We believe in a world where everyone can love later life and we work every day to achieve this.

Telephone: 0800 055 6112

Website: www.ageuk.org.uk

End of Life / Palliative Care

Isabel Hospice

Isabel Hospice provides free palliative care and support for patients and their families living with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses such as MND, end stage renal conditions, end stage heart conditions, respiratory conditions or other neurological conditions, throughout eastern Hertfordshire.

Telephone: 01707 382575

Facebook: isabelhospice

Twitter: @isabelhospice

Lister Hospital End-of-Life Care Services

The Lister Hospital Palliative and end-of-life care services work solely with patients who have life-limiting illnesses and offer; advice, information to patients and families including financial matters, emotional and psychological support, referrals to community services and bereavement support. For full details please visit the website link below.

Telephone: 01438 284035

Maternity and Pregnancy

Postnatal Depression – Wellbeing Service

We provide support for carers, people who are struggling with the reality of living with long term physical health conditions or who are experiencing low mood and anxiety during or after pregnancy.

For Urgent Support Telephone: 0300 777 0707

Facebook: HPFTWellbeing

Twitter: @HPFT_Wellbeing

Website: www.hpft.nhs.uk


BabyCentre® reaches more than 45 million mums globally each month in nine different languages, including eight in 10 new and expecting mums online in the UK.

Website: www.babycentre.co.uk

Download from: Google Play: BabyCentre

Download from: iTunes: BabyCentre


NCT are here to support parents. They give them accurate, impartial information so that they can decide what’s best for their family, and we introduce them to a network of local parents to gain practical and emotional support.

Website: www.nct.org.uk

Baby Buddy App

Baby Buddy is an award winning mobile phone app for new parents and parents-to-be, created by mums, doctors and midwives.

Download from: Google Play: Baby Buddy

Download from: iTunes: Baby Buddy

West Hertfordshire Hospitals

There are a wide range of maternity service available at West Hertfordshire Hospitals (Hemel Hempstead).

Website: www.westhertshospitals.nhs.uk/maternity

Sexual Health


Sexual health 24 hours a day, Free, discreet, confidential

Website: www.sh24.org.uk

Sexual Health Hertfordshire

All our services are free and confidential to everyone regardless of age or gender. We have clinics across Hertfordshire.

Telephone: 0300 008 5522

Website: www.sexualhealthhertfordshire.clch.nhs.uk


Brook provides free and confidential sexual health and wellbeing services for nearly 250,000 young people UK-wide, each year.

Website: www.brook.org.uk

The Proud Trust (LGBT+)

The Proud Trust is the home for LGBT+ Youth (Lesbian. Gay. Bisexual. Trans. Other identities).

Website: www.theproudtrust.org

Sexual Health Helpline

The National Sexual Health Helpline provided by Public Health England is open Monday to Friday, 9am-8pm.

Telephone: 0300 123 7123

Marie Stopes

Marie Stopes UK is a charity that has been helping women and men across the UK to choose if and when they have children for more than 40 years.

Telephone: 0345 300 8090

Website: www.mariestopes.org.uk

Health For Teens: Sexual Health

Health for Teens introduces a new and different way for young people aged 11-19 to learn about their health.

Website: www.healthforteens.co.uk

Terrence Higgins Trust

They provide support for people newly diagnosed with HIV and those living with HIV in Hertfordshire. Training for professionals is also available.

Website: www.tht.org.uk

Family Planning Association

A sexual health charity, the Family Planning Association gives straightforward information and support on sexual health, sex and relationships to everyone in the UK.

Telephone: 020 7608 5240

Website: www.fpa.org.uk

Stop Smoking

Stop Smoking Help – Hertfordshire

There are over 300 local stop smoking services in Hertfordshire offering non-judgemental support, either one-to-one or for groups in the workplace.

Website: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/smoking

NHS Smokefree – Mobile App

The Smokefree app can help you stop smoking by providing daily support and motivation. If you stay smokefree for the 4-week programme you’re up to five times more likely to stay quit for good.

Download from: Google Play: NHS Smokefree

Download from: iTunes: NHS Smokefree

Castlegate Surgery and Church Street Surgery Smoking Cessation Service

Our Healthcare Assistant, Lisa Hill, runs our smoking cessation service. Lisa works Mondays, Wednesdays and one Saturday a month to help patients quit smoking.

To make an appointment, please contact reception.

Quit with help

Everyone has a different reason for quitting, get a personalised Quit Smoking Plan.

Website: www.quitwithhelp.co.uk

Travel Health

If you’re going to be travelling and will need any vaccinations please complete an Online Travel Health Questionnaire and submit it prior to booking your appointment; it is not possible to book a travel appointment without this form.

Non-urgent advice: Patient Notice

Patients are advised to allow plenty of time for vaccinations (at least two or three months) especially if travelling to an out of the way place where they will be living or working among local people.

Some courses of vaccine such as rabies or Hepatitis B need to be given over several weeks.

Weight Management

Hertfordshire Health Walks

Do you want to include more walking in your day? If so, join one of our free Health Walks.

Walking is an easy and safe way to improve your health and wellbeing. It is recommended for people with various types of long term conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and arthritis as well as people who are not currently very active. Walking is low impact and:

  • helps to keep the joints flexible
  • strengthens bones and the heart and
  • boosts your mood

A regular, brisk walk even helps you sleep and will help you maintain a healthy weight.

There are local walks to suit all ages and abilities. These are led by a friendly team of volunteers who will welcome you with a smile and ensure you walk at a comfortable pace.

There are two short walks in Hertford:

  • Starting by the shops at Sele on Thursday 26th January 2023 at 10:00 and then every Thursday afterwards, there’s a First Steps walk of 20-30 minutes at a gentle pace.
  • The other short walk starts in the middle of Hertford in Salisbury Square every Wednesday at 10:15. This 1.5 mile circular walk goes to Hartham and along Port Vale and the River Beane.

Walk leader Anne says “Come with a friend or by yourself – a walk leader in a yellow jacket, like me, will give you a warm welcome!”

Walks take place weekly in Sele, Hertford, Bengeo and Stanstead Abbotts

They range from a 20 to 30 minute walk on flat ground with plenty of stopping places, up to a more brisk 90-minute walk. Health Walks are the ideal opportunity to meet new people and explore green spaces on your doorstep in a safe and supported way.

Here’s what some of our walkers have to say:

“The walks help me to stay young – I am so much fitter now that I can walk faster than my son and even my grandchildren struggle to keep up! At first, I was always getting out of breath, but I don’t now. I feel better than I have in years.”

“We have a great group of leaders and walkers at Sele and all feel the benefit of our health walks. Another bonus are the little invisible support groups who offer help or sympathy where needed.”

All you need to do to get started is turn up! Find out more: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk

One You Easy Meals – Mobile App

The free Easy Meals app is a great way to eat foods that are healthier for you. You’ll find delicious, easy meal ideas to help get you going if you’re ever short of inspiration.

Download from: Google Play: One You Easy Meals

Download from: iTunes: One You Easy Meals

Am I a Healthy Weight?

Calculate your BMI using this NHS Tool

Website: NHS: BMI Calculator

Want to get more active

Get help and advice from NHS Choices including 10 Minute workouts, 12 week fitness plan, running and cycling for beginners and much more.

Website: www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise


Meetings, Online or a little bit of both. We’ve got options and support, whatever your lifestyle.

Website: www.weightwatchers.com/uk

One You Couch to 5K – Mobile App

The Couch to 5K app has been designed to get you off the couch and running in just 9 weeks. Grab your trainers, download the app and follow the step-by-step instructions.

Download from: Google Play: One You Couch to

Download from: iTunes: One You Couch to

Be Smart Food – Mobile App

Simply scan the barcode of your food and drink to find out what’s inside.

You’ll also get loads of simple hints and tips to help you make healthier choices, plus food detective activities for the kids and fun mini-mission ideas for the whole family.

Download from: Google Play: Be Smart Food

Download from: iTunes: Be Smart Food

Hertfordshire City Council

Walking, cycling, ideas to keep active, activities for children, pregnancy and physical activity and news.

Website: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk


View health information, recipes and advice on how to lose weight.

Website: www.dietdoctor.com

Slimming World

You’ll find delicious recipe and menu ideas at your local group, along with all the help you need to get started and reach your target weight.

Website: www.slimmingworld.co.uk