Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust (HCT) provides a comprehensive range of services for people living in Hertfordshire, ranging from school nursing and health visiting for children and young people, to district nurses, diabetes services, rehabilitation in community hospitals, as well as other specialist services for adults and children. The Trust’s staff work closely with colleagues in the NHS, social care, education, charities and local government to personalise care packages which support people to maintain their independence for as long as possible.
HCT provides a wide range of services for children and young people across Hertfordshire, working in partnership with families, schools, children’s centres, local authorities and local commissioners. Its services are known for being high quality and innovative.
Harpenden Mencap Harpenden Mencap has been providing services to people with a learning disability since 1959. It is a local independent charity that is affiliated to Royal Mencap; however, we are a self-funding organisation.
The organisation provides services to people with a learning disability within the Harpenden and local district.
We have three residential homes providing long-term care to 13 people, and we provide support to 14 people living more independently. We run a charity shop where we support people learning new employment skills, and any monies raised go back into funding this facility as well as leisure opportunities.
Hertswise is an innovative countywide service designed to support people living with dementia, low level memory loss or mild cognitive impairment as well as their loved ones and carers. Our teams aim to ensure that people of all ages, living anywhere in Hertfordshire are able to easily access information and advice, activities and support regardless of whether they have (or want) a diagnosis. The service is delivered by a partnership of community and voluntary groups, including Age UK Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire Independent Living Service, Herts Mind Network, and Carers in Hertfordshire.
Hertswise can offer group based activities, or 1-1 visits for those in need of individual support. Information and Advice is available for all aspects of your life, for example; claiming benefits, Lasting Powers of Attorney, community care, health services - and any other queries that you may have. Hertswise will also provide carers with the opportunity to relax and share their experiences in a friendly, supportive environment among other carers and professionals. The community group currently running in Harpenden aims to promote both physical and mental wellbeing for those living with dementia and their loved ones, and activities include quizzes, chair-based exercise, arts & crafts, music, and reminiscence. Although all activities are based around the groups interests and planned according to what you want to do. Please see below for the current group details:
Every Tuesday 2-4pm Lea Springs, Lower Luton Road, Harpenden, AL5 5FA Cost: £5 (carers/family attend at no additional cost) Refreshments provided
If you would like to find out more information about Hertswise or have any questions about the support available, give Herts Help a call on 0300 123 4044. Herts Help is our single point of access for Hertswise, although Herts Help has access to a multitude of services that can assist you in getting the help you need.
Community Meeting Point We are a small local charity serving the area around Harpenden and St. Albans. We started in 1991, operate five days a week and support adults from Harpenden and surrounding areas whose lives have been affected by mental illness.
Our aim is to support members to regain skills, self confidence and interests and enable them to have the same opportunities and choices as everyone else in the community. We believe this will help to break social isolation and facilitate the recovery of a meaningful and satisfying life.
Our services are delivered by a small team of staff and volunteers.
Crossroads Care Hertfordshire North provides support for unpaid family carers and the people they care for in Hertfordshire. Our service is available in the towns and villages of North Herts, Stevenage, Welwyn, Hatfield, Dacorum, St Albans, East Herts and Broxbourne. We provide flexible packages of help and support to carers and their families in the home and in the community.
We are a network partner of Carers Trust, Britain’s leading carer support charity. As one of the largest UK schemes, we work with over 1200 carers, providing the special quality of care that gives carers the peace of mind to let someone else step into their shoes - giving them a break from their caring responsibilities. We connect carers with other support in the community and can provide a listening ear at one of our friendly cafes.
You may not think you’re a carer but if you spend regular time caring for a friend or family member get in touch. We provide short breaks funded by the local authority or privately purchased.