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Parent Network groups are facilitated by parents of children with special needs for parents of children with all special needs. All groups are funded by The Lottery and are free to attend. Simply turn up, there is no need to book. We are trained, insured and have DBS's and are passionate about supporting parents in judgement-free, relaxed, fun, groups whilst drinking tea/coffee. Runs once a month, check website for dates. Currently running online.


07729810239 / 01442 219720

The Harpenden Trust, 90 Southdown Road, Harpenden, AL5 1PS

We provide advice and practical support for single parents. We also campaign to improve the lives of all single parent families. Our free helpline provides support and expert advice on anything from dealing with a break-up, to going back to work or sorting out maintenance, benefit or tax credit issues. Our friendly advisers will talk through your options and will send you useful information.

0808 802 0925

Based in London
Booking required

The HarpendenPlus Partnership is a cluster of local schools, based around the Harpenden, Kimpton, Redbourn and Wheathampstead areas. The local Partnership aims to provide a range of activities and services that allows both schools and the community to benefit from a wider and broader access to learning and life. In addition 1-1 support of parents and parenting classes are provided.


01582 623 676

Based in Harpenden
Booking required

An opportunity to check your baby's weight as well as talk to Early Start staff from the Family Support Service on a variety of health promotions and parenting support topics. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health recommend weighing your baby /toddler at specific times by the time your child is 2.5 years. Please access the Family Centre self-weigh stations to check your baby's progress at 16 weeks, 20 weeks, 8 months and 12 months. To ensure the safety of staff and families we are introducing new 15 minute bookable slots to weigh your baby at our centres.

0300 123 7572

Booking required

Sessions available via Zoom. At Magnificent Munchers we work with fussy eater children from tots to teens. We help them learn to accept new foods by working through the steps to eating to expand their food range. We offer group and individual sessions. Our team consists of an Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language Therapist, Dietician and 2 Therapy Assistants.



Based in Harpenden

While you're busy looking after your young family members, Diane Pope, owner of Shears, helps you look after your older family members, parents & grandparents when they need care & support. Shears is a one-stop shop & Diane will help you understand the whole care system, clarify your options & find whatever help you need - to enable your loved ones to either remain independent at home or to move somewhere more suitable.


07914 889166

Tennyson Road, Harpenden, AL5 4BD

Call or email for information, advice, guidance and support on a range of issues, including health and wellbeing, from qualified Youth Workers and Personal Advisers. YC Hertfordshire provides youth work projects and programmes, information, advice, guidance, work related learning, outdoor education and support for young people aged 13-19 (to 24 for young people with learning disabilities). For young people leaving care, support is provided to the age of 21.


0300 123 7538

Yc Hertfordshire, Post Point Cho 022, County Hall, Peggs Lane, Hertford, SG13 8DF


ADD-vance supports parents and carers of children who have Autism and/or ADHD. Many of our services are free. Our support groups run both daytime and evening and we run workshops and six week courses for parents in Hertfordshire. Our specialist coaches can work with families in their own homes over a period of 6-8 weekly sessions. Please see our website www.add-vance.org for more information.



Foundation House, 2-4 Forum Place, Fiddlebridge Lane, Hatfield, AL10 0RN

Hertfordshire charity supporting family carers. We have a dedicated service supporting parent carers - parents of children with disabilities or additional needs. We can help you plan your caring and make time for yourself, find out about local events for you and your family, meet other parent carers to share views and experiences and have your on issues affecting you and your family.


01992 586969

The Red House, 119 Fore Street, Hertford, SG14 1AX

Hertfordshire charity supporting young carers - anyone who helps look after a family member who is ill or disabled, or takes on extra responsibilities at home because of this. Whole family support, guidance through big changes like moving to secondary school, the chance to meet other young carers and local trips and activities.


01992 586969

The Red House, 119 Fore Street, Hertford, SG14 1AX
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