Page Contents

  • Addiction
  • Adult Learning and Employment
  • Bereavement
  • Counselling
  • Debt
  • Domestic Violence
  • Education and Special Educational Needs
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Learning Disabilities and Difficulties
  • Local Services
  • Parent Support
  • Relationships

Addiction

Addaction - www.addaction.org.uk
Addaction is a UK-wide treatment agency, helping individuals, families and communities to manage the effects of drug and alcohol misuse

ADFAM - 0207 553 7640 - www.adfam.org.uk
Offers Information and advice for families of alcohol and drug users

Al-Anon UK - 020 740 30 888 - www.al-anonuk.org.uk
Worldwide organisation Al-Anon offers support and understanding to families and friends of problem drinkers, whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not. Confidential Helpline open from 10am to 10pm.

Alcohol Concern – 020 7264 0510 - www.alcoholconcern.org.uk
Alcohol Concern is the national agency on alcohol misuse for England and Wales. It offers general information about alcohol and can help put you in touch with your nearest alcohol advice centre.

B-eat – Helpline 0845 634 1414 & Youthline 0845 634 7650 - www.b-eat.co.uk
Support for eating disorders

Beating Addictions - www.beatingaddictions.co.uk
Support to recognise and beat all types of addiction.


Down your drink - www.downyourdrink.org.uk
An online self-help programme for anyone worried about their drinking; confidential, free and accessible 24 hours a day.

FRANK - 0800 77 66 00 – www.talktofrank.com
Confidential drugs information and advice 24 hrs a day for young people and parents/carers

HertsSpeak – 01438 312055 or 07918 641535
Support for families affected by alcohol misuse

Turning Point - 01923 213015 - www.turning-point.co.uk
Turning Point is a leading health and social care organization. They provide services for people with complex needs, including those affected by drug and alcohol misuse, mental health problems and those with a learning disability

Adult Learning & Employment

Dacorum Learning Partnership - www.dacorumlearningp.btik.com
To promote access to and participation in lifelong learning for residents of Dacorum

Disability Alliancewww.disabilityalliance.org
Working to relieve poverty and improve the living standards of people with disabilities

Job Centre Plus www.jobseekers.direct.gov.uk
Help and advice when looking for a job and claiming

Learn Direct www.learndirect.com
Careers and Training advice

NIACEwww.niace.org.uk
National Institute of Adults Continuing Education aims to encourage all adults to engage in learning of all kinds.

Working Families – 0800 013 0313 – www.workingfamilies.org.uk
Advice for working parents/carer to help achieve a work life balance

Bereavement

Cruse Bereavement Care- 0844 477 9400 - www.cruse.org.uk
Offering understanding support to the bereaved of any age

St Albans Bereavement Network – 01727 841841 - www.sabn.org.uk
Support for bereaved in St Albans District

The Child Bereavement Charitywww.childbereavement.org.uk
Supports families both when a child dies and when a child is bereaved

Winston’s Wish - 0845 20 30 40 5 - www.winstonswish.org.uk
Provides practical support and help for bereaved children and their families

Counselling

Asian Family Counselling Service - 020 8571 3933, www.asianfamilycounselling.org.uk
Offers free and low-cost counselling for Asian relationships, individual and family
problems

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy - 01455 883 300, www.itsgoodtotalk.org.uk
Can provide details of reputable counsellors near you

Counselling Directory - www.counselling-directory.org.uk
Registered Counsellors and Psychotherapists around the UK

Open Toy Boxwww.theopentoybox.co.uk
A client centred Play Therapy Practice with a team of qualified Counsellors and Play Therapists.

Journey Therapy – 01442 213152 - www.journey-therapy.co.uk
Healing/therapy which can help with a wide range of emotional and physical issues

NYAS - www.nyas.net
Offer information, advice, advocacy and legal representation to children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Debt

Benefits Enquiry Line – 0800 882200
All enquiries about entitlements

Child Maintenance Options - 0800 988 0988 - www.cmoptions.org
Helps parents to make informed choices about child maintenance and related
issues.

Christians Against Poverty (CAP) - 0800 328 0006 - www.capuk.org
Free Debt counselling for everyone

Consumer Credit Counselling Service (CCCS) - 0800 138 1111 - www.cccs.co.uk
CCCS offer free advice including debt counselling, welfare benefits checks, mortgage counselling and specialist debt advice for the self-employed, over the phone on, or online 24/7  

Dacorum First Credit Union - 01442 240250 – www.dacorum.gov.uk
A savings & lending co-operative, owned and run local volunteers

Dacorum First Credit Union - 01442 240250 – www.dacorum.gov.uk
A savings & lending co-operative, owned and run local volunteers

Debtline Direct - www.debtline-direct.com
Advice and support to get finances back under control

Loan Shark Helpline - 0300 555 2222 - www.direct.gov.uk/stoploansharks
Advice for those who have been the victim of a loan shark

Money Advice Service - 0300 500 5000 - www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk
Money Advice Service offer free, clear and unbiased advice to help you manage
your money

National Debtline - 0808 808 4000 - www.nationaldebtline.co.uk
Offer free phone and email advice on financial problems

Turn2us - www.turn2us.org.uk
Helps people access the money available to them through benefits, grants and other financial help

UK Insolvency Helpline Debt Advice Service - www.insolvencyhelpline.co.uk - 0800 074 6918
Confidential debt advice.

Domestic Violence

Futures without violence - www.endabuse.org  
Advice and support including how to help boys grow into non violent men.

Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Line - 08088 088 088
Helpline for victims of Domestic Abuse

Herts Sunflower – 08 088 088 088 - http://www.hertssunflower.org/ or in an emergency dial 112. Picked upon? Controlled? Hurt by someone you love? Herts Sunflower can help.  A confidential and free service

Men’s Advice Line - 0808 801 0327 - www.mensadviceline.org.uk
Help for male victims of Domestic Violence

National Domestic Violence Helpline - 0808 2000 247 -
Helpline for victims of Domestic Abuse

The National Centre for Domestic Violence – 0844 8044 999   www.ncdv.org.uk
Free fast services to survivors of Domestic Violence

Respect - 0808 802 4040 - www.respect.uk.net
Advises men and women who are concerned about their abusive behaviour towards their partner

Women’s Aid – 0808 2000 247 - www.womensaid.org.uk
Help and support for women living with domestic violence

Education and Special Educational Needs

Click on the link below for more information on Special Educational Needs:

Special Educational Needs



British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD)
Support for people with learning disabilities and family carers.

ACE - 0300 0115 142 -
http://www.ace-ed.org.uk/advice-about-education-for-parents
Aim to offer a comprehensive range of advice and information on education issues

Change Organisation - Learning Disabilities Rights Charity
http://www.changepeople.org

Dial UK - 01302 310 123 - www.dialuk.org.uk
Information and advice for disabled people

Family Fund – 08449 744 099 -  www.familyfund.org.uk
Financial help for equipment or services for a disabled child

Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities
Works to influence government and local authority policies and services.

Literacy Trust - www.literacytrust.org.uk/familyreading/parents/index.html
Tips for helping your children readMencap - 0370 800 9377 - www.mencap.org.uk
Works to gain support, education, house, jobs & recreational opportunities for people with learning difficulties

Mencap
Mencap is the leading voice of learning disability.

Queen Elizabeth's Foundation for Disabled People
A registered charity that provides services for disabled people

SENDIASS SEND Information Advice Support Service (IASS) - 01992 555847 - www.hertsdirect.org/parentpartnership
Impartial advice and support for parents of a child with Special Educational Needs (previously known as Parent Partnership)

United Response
A wide range of services for disabled people.

Health

Afasic - 0845 – 355 55 77 - www.afasic.org.uk
Support for children and families to help them overcome their speech and language difficulties

Brainwavewww.brainwave.org.uk
Therapy and information for families with children who have developmental delay, cerebral palsy, genetic disorder or brain injuries

British Red Cross –   0844 871 11 11 - www.redcross.org.uk
Global Voluntary network who help people in crisis whoever or wherever they are

Cassiobury Court Guide to Free Mental Health Helplines
http://www.cassioburycourt.com/article/98/guide-to-uks-free-mental-health-helplines
A compiled source of help and information regarding mental health in the UK

Child Accident Prevention Trust – 020 7608 3828 – www.capt.org.uk
Helping prevent accidents

Citizens Advice Bureau – 0844 411 1444 - www.adviceguide.org.uk
Free, independent, impartial advice and information

Community Mental Health Team – 0300 123 3393 – www.mind.org.uk
Care advice and support for adults who have issues with mental health problems

Cystic Fibrosis Trust – 0300 373 1000 – www.cftrust.org.uk
Support for people with Cystic Fibrosis

Family Information Service – 01438 737502/01923 471502 – www.hertsdirect.org/younginherts
Information, advice and support on the services available to families in Herts.  Available Mon – Fri 8.30am – 4.30pm.  Email: younginherts@hertscc.gov.uk

Galley Hill Children’s Centre – 01442 426753 - www.hertschildrenscentres.org.uk/galleyhill/
Children’s Centre covering Gadebridge, Warners End and Chaulden

Go Smoke Free - www.gosmokefree.nhs.uk
Support to give up smokingGreat Ormond Street – 020 7405 9200 (main switchboard) - www.gosh.nhs.uk
A free general health information site for young people and families run by Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Heath Lane Children’s Centre – 01442 261043 – www.hertschildrenscentre.org.uk/heathlane/
Children’s Centre covering Hemel Hempstead central area including Boxmoor, Apsley and the new and Old Town centres

Herts Urgent Care Advice Service - NHS 111 – http://hucweb.co.uk
For urgent advice and treatment outside of your GP opening hours, in an emergency please dial 112

Macmillan Cancer Support – 0808 808 0000 – www.macmillan.org.uk
Practical, medical and financial support for people suffering with cancer

Multiple Births Foundation – 020 3313 3519 - www.multiplebirths.org.uk
Support for families and professionals working with multiple birth families

National Deaf Children’s Society – 0808 800 8800 – www.ndcs.org.uk
Advice and support for Deaf children

National Autistic Society – 020 7833 2299 – www.nas.org.uk
Leading charity for people with Autism

National Eczema Society – 0800 809 1122 – www.eczema.org
Support for people suffering from eczema

NHS Direct – 0845 4647 – www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk
For health advice and reassurance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

Nits – 01908 561982 – www.nits.net
Advice on detecting and curing head lice and nits

Royal National Institute of Blind People - 0303 123 9999 – www.mib.org.uk
Support for blind and partially sighted people

One Stop Doctors - www.onestopdoctors.co.uk
An Autism Assessment service for children and adolescents is available at One Stop Doctor's private clinic in Hemel Hempstead. Self-pay or insured options available.

Understanding Childhood - www.understandingchildhood.net
Provides downloadable information leaflets to help raise emotionally secure children

Young Minds – 0808 802 5544 - www.youngminds.org.uk
Support for child mental health issues

Youth Talk http://www.youthtalk.org.uk/

Learning Difficulties and Disabilities

Local Services

Children’s Centre covering Gadebridge, Warners End and Chaulden Heath Lane Children’s Centre –
01442 261043 –
http://www.hertsmere-children.co.uk/childrenscentres/heath-lane/

Dacorum Borough Council - www.dacorum.gov.uk

Dacorum First Credit Union - 01442 240250 –  www.dacorum.gov.uk
A savings & lending co-operative, owned and run local volunteers

Galley Hill Children’s Centre – 01442 502762 -
http://www.hertsmere-children.co.uk/childrenscentres/galley-hill-childrens-centre/

Herts direct - www.hertsdirect.org

SNAP – 07979 612363 – http://www.stalbansmencap.org.uk
A leading organisation that offers holiday play schemes to young people aged 3-19 years with varying learning disabilities

The Sunflower Centre - Domestic, Abuse, Race and Hate Crime Centre
For Domestic Abuse – Dacorum - 01442 270679
For Race and Hate Crime – Watford and Dacorum – 01923 472085

Parenting Support

Dad Info -  www.dad.info
Support for Fathers

Dads' Space www.dads-space.com
Advice and information based on Dad’s experiences and research

Dad Talkwww.dadtalk.co.uk
News, advice and support for Dads

Bubbalicious www.bubbalicious.co.uk
A site for young parents

TAMBA  - 0800 138 0509 – www.tamba.org.uk
Support and information for parents of multiple births and professionals involved in their care

One Parent Family www.oneparentfamily.co.uk
Information, support, advice and help from other single parents

One Spacewww.onespace.org.uk
Parenting site for single parents

Separated Families Matterwww.separatedfamiliesmatter.org.uk
Practical and emotional support for separated families

NFPI www.familyandparenting.org
National Family and Parenting Institute

SupportLine – 01708 765200 – www.supportline.org.uk
Confidential Emotional support for children, young people and adults

ChildLine - 0800 1111 - www.childline.org.uk
A free, 24-hour, confidential telephone helpline for children and young people.    Also at www.achance2talk.com you can email your problems for reply by an adviser plus chat.

NSPCC - 0808 800 5000 - www.nspcc.org.uk
Advice for anyone worried about a child

Directgov – Childcare - www.direct.gov.uk/childcare
Advice for parents on childcare and parenting

Netmumswww.netmums.com
Netmums is a unique local network for Mums (or Dads), offering a wealth of information on both a local and national level

Family Lives – 0808 800 2222 or text 0800 7836783 – www.familylives.org.uk
Provide confidential, impartial advice and support line for parents.  Open 24 x 7

Home Start – 0800 686368 – www.home-start.org.uk
Trained volunteers offer support, friendship and practical help to families with 1 child under 5 years

Contact a Family – 0808 808 3555 - http://www.cafamily.org.uk/what-we-do/
Support families of disabled children across the UK, whatever their condition or disability.

ADD-Vance – 01727 833963 - www.add-vance.org
Supporting parents and carers of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Disability, Pregnancy & Parenthood International – 0800 0184730 - www.dppi.org.uk

Youth Connexions - 0300 123 4043 -   
http://www.youthconnexions-hertfordshire.org

Relationship and general emotional support

Couple Counsellingwww.ukcouplescounselling.com
Counselling for couples and individuals at any stage of a relationship

Gingerbread - 0808 802 0925 – www.gingerbread.org.uk
Advice and practical support for single parent families.

MIND - 0845 766 0163 - www.mind.org.uk
Information and advice to promote and protect good mental health for everyone

Relate – 0300 100 1234 – www.relate.org.uk & www.relateforparents.org.uk
Relate offers advice, relationship counselling, sex therapy, workshops, mediation, consultations and support face-to-face, by phone and through their website.  Local branches can be found via the website or in the local phone directory.

SANE  - 0845 767 8000 -  www.sane.org.uk
Support to improve quality of life for anyone suffering from mental illness

Way Inn Counselling, Hemel Hempstead 01442 216621
info@the wayinn.co.uk