Wellbeing Hub


The Wellbeing Hub is a collaboration between the three Harpenden GP practices, MIND and The Harpenden Trust. It developed from a successful collaboration with voluntary services and the local GP practices during the covid vaccination programme. What started as a conversation soon became a reality and the hub has now been in place for 2 years. It's primary aim is to support adults with mental health problems at an early stage to build resilience before they get to a position where their health deteriorates and they need secondary care intervention. 

Referral is made by a patient's GP practice to the PCN social prescriber who can then refer suitable patients on to the Hub. The Hub has a team of wellbeing friends who will introduce and accompany clients to activities and groups that they are interested in joining but perhaps don't have the confidence to take that first step on their own. 

The Wellbeing Hub is currently involved in lots of exciting projects to help our local community, these include Frazzled Cafe, Memory Lane Cafe, Arts on Prescription, Wellbeing walks, Yoga, The Ribbon Cancer Support Group and support for parent carers of children with autism. 

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Harpenden Wellbeing Hub Supported By Harpenden Trust, Mind in Mid Herts and Harpenden Health PCN

Frazzled Cafe at Harpenden

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Frazzled Cafe. It's OK, To Not Be Ok. In Partnership with Harpenden Trust.

Frazzled Cafe are delighted to continue working with The Harpenden Trust – a partner since January 2022. We are provide face-to-face meetings for the residents of the Harpenden area.

Harpenden Trust aims is to support its residents by providing confidential and non-judgmental peer support meetings via Frazzled Cafe trained Facilitators, where people who are feeling overwhelmed by the stresses of life can talk openly, connect and feel heard. Speaking is optional, you are very welcome to just listen.

Walking into a new place can be daunting, one of our Frazzled Cafe team will be at the door to welcome you and get you a tea or coffee, you won’t have to walk in alone.

Our face-to-face Frazzled Cafe are a fantastic addition to Harpenden’s wellbeing initiative and are run:

  • Wednesday: 10.30am to 11.30am at the Eric Morcambe Centre, Leyton Road, AL5 2HU. Parking is available at Amenbury Lane Carpark Amenbury Ln, Harpenden AL5 2HS
  • Monday: 7.45pm to 8.45pm at 130a Southdown Road, AL5 1PU. Parking is available in the co-op car park. Entrance is via main doors and up the stairs on Southdown Rd or for lift access via rear doors from the car park

These facilitated meetings are held weekly (excluding Bank Holidays) and expect to see around 12-15 people, and last for an hour. As there are limited spaces per meeting, please sign up via the booking page to attend, and cancel your place either using the booking instructions or by emailing if you can no longer come so that someone on the waiting list can take your space.


Ribbon Cancer Support Group

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new, local support group for people who have had a cancer diagnosis. Working with the Harpenden Trust, and backed by Macmillan, the group will run every Wednesday afternoon (starting 7 June 2023) at the Trust Halls in Southdown and will provide a safe space where people can meet and connect with other people who share similar experiences. Whether you want to come and tell your story, have a friendly chat or just listen, we are here to help support you.

RCSG runs every Wednesday (starting 7 June 2023) from 1:30pm to 3.00pm at Harpenden Trust Halls, 130 Southdown Road, Harpenden AL5 1PU.
Telephone 01582 363 143 or email us for more information.

Andy’s Story, "Being told you have cancer is a life changing experience. It’s overwhelming and very difficult to process. Reaching out to support groups really helped me start to come to terms with my diagnosis and planned treatment. Learning there were no support groups in Harpenden led me to starting the Ribbon Cancer Support Group with Ania and Clare and I hope it will play an important role in helping people in the area live with and beyond cancer."

Clare’s Story, "As a Cancer Nurse Specialist, having support in the local community for people living with cancer is really important and I’m excited to be involved with the Ribbon Cancer Support Group and the Harpenden Trust."

Ania’s Story, "After receiving the ‘all clear’ from my oncologist I found a post-cancer reality difficult to cope with. Having to deal with so many side effects and constant fatigue made me feel alienated among people who have not experienced cancer. I felt there was a need for a cancer support group in Harpenden and I’m very excited to be involved in this project. I believe it will be helpful for people at any stage of their ‘cancer journey’."

The Memory Lane Cafe

The Memory Lane Café is a place for anyone living with dementia and their loved ones to enjoy a cup of tea and a piece of cake in an understanding, relaxed environment. It is open every Monday (except Bank holidays) from 2.00pm to 3.30pm at The Salvation Army on Leyton Green in Harpenden. 

The café is run by Harpenden Town Council in partnership with The Salvation Army and the Harpenden Trust’s Wellbeing Hub and, following the relaunch in January, we are so pleased that it is already such a popular place! 

If you or a loved one are living with dementia we would love to welcome you to the Memory Lane Café!