Support for Parents & Carers
Al-Anon Family Groups
Provide support to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else's drinking, regardless of whether that person is still drinking or not. They believe that alcoholism affects the whole family, not just the drinker. Visit their website by clicking here or they have a confidential helpline available from 10am to 10pm, 365 days a year - 020 7403 0888.
St Albans Bereavement Network (SABN) is a charity that is committed to offering free support to bereaved families, children and young people, to enable them to make sense of their loss and move forward with hope. Visit their website by clicking here or call their helpline on 01727 841 841.
Hertsdirect.org has a list of all the breastfeeding support groups across Hertfordshire that meet minimum standards of Hertfordshire’s Principles of Good Practice for Breastfeeding Support Groups, and have been audited in line with UNICEF Baby Friendly criteria.
There are also details of breastfeeding helpline numbers. The list is organised in districts of Hertfordshire but you can access any group regardless of where you live (unless otherwise stated). This list is updated every month but it is recommended that you ring the group in advance of attending to check that the group is running.
To visit the website, please click here.
Carers in Hertfordshire
Offers support and information to unpaid family and friends who look after someone. They provide the space for you to discuss practical and emotional concerns around caring, and opportunities to share experiences with others. Aims to help carers take better care of themselves.
01992 586 969
The Carers Passport project is a photo ID discount/concession card for UNPAID family and friend carers. It allows unpaid carers to access discounts, concessions and additional services from shops and businesses who have committed to the project. The project works towards heightening the profile of carers within the local community, recognising and rewarding them for the wonderful work that they do, each and every day. Having piloted the project in Stevenage, Watford + Three Rivers, Dacorum, North Hertfordshire and Welwyn + Hatfield the response from carers has been overwhelming and as such Carers in Hertfordshire have now committed to rolling out the project to the St Albans + Hertsmere districts. For further information regarding the Carers Passport service please click here.
Contactline is run by the Education Psychology service, and is available to parents/carers, early years and other educational settings, including schools and academies.
The call line is an early access to the service, to clarify queries and help to support callers with finding their solutions, and signpost service users to other services where appropriate.
If you have concerns you need to discuss, you can contact them on 01992 588 574 - click here for a poster with more information, including details of the times available.
Previously Parentline Plus. Help and support to anyone caring for children (for families living together or apart).
0808 800 2222
Provide expert advice and practical support single parents.
They have a FREE helpline on 0808 802 0925 or visit their website by clicking here.
There is a Gingerbread St Albans Friendship Group - for more details click here.
A national charity supporting all grandparents and their families.
0845 434 9585
H.A.N.D News (Hertfordsire Additional Needs Database)
News and information for parents and carers of children and young people with additional needs.
Hertfordshire Postnatal Illness Support
A charity founded and run by mothers who have experienced postnatal illness or postnatal depression and are passionate about supporting other women and their families on their road to recovery. You don't need a referral from a GP or a health professional to start receiving advice, information or emotional support. You can simply call or email.
Hertfordshire Postnatal Illness Support provide a telephone service where you are teamed with a 'Support Mum', who is your one-to-one contact offering support, reassurance and advice over the phone. Support Mums are all volunteers who have personal experience of postnatal illness and you can call 01727 826627 or 01727 823466 to start receiving telephone support. If you prefer email then Hertfordshire Postnatal Illness Support also offer advice and emotional support on email, all you need to do is send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org .
They also have a website - www.postnatalillness.co.uk
Homestart St Albans
Provides practical and emotional support to families in their own homes in St Albans, Harpenden, Redbourn, Wheathampstead, Colney Heath, London Colney and Sandridge.
01727 833 810
Mencap St Albans
Mencap is the leading voice of learning disability. Everything they do is about valuing and supporting people with a learning disability, and their families and carers.
If you wish to contact them for information or advice feel free to visit or write to them at:
181a Verulam Road
Telephone: 01727 863 813 or 07917 410 094
Mind in mid Herts
A local mental health voluntary association and charity affiliated to national
Telephone: 01727 865 070
11 Hatfield Road
Community website set up by mothers to give advice on parenting and family issues.
Locally based network site connecting parents with each other and local services.
Parenting site for single parents, offering support from experienced parenting facilitators, links to support organisations and news.
Playskill is a new charity which has set up parent and child term-time groups in Watford and Hemel Hempstead for preschool children with physical difficulty or delay. Run by a skilled team, including an Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language Therapist and Paediatric Physiotherapist.
FREE to families (siblings welcome too), they take children aged between 1 and 5 years - there is a waiting list, but register your interest here.
Check out their website at www.playskill.org
08457 90 90 90
0844 515 1944
Twins Club - St Albans & District
They hold regular playgroups, park trips / days out, social nights out, table top sales and family parties for families with multiple births
A national charity giving free and confidential help to victims of crime, witnesses, their family, friends and anyone else affected across England and Wales. They also speak out as a national voice for victims and witnesses and campaign for change.
They are not a government agency or part of the police and you don't have to report a crime to the police to get their help. You can call them any time after the crime has happened, whether it was yesterday, last week or several years ago.
0845 30 30 900