Restricted Service until end of June 2024

Crisis only grants

Please read all the information on the Home page before deciding whether to apply.

Other Help

The Trust is primarily here to help older people in financial hardship via the provision of items and services. Here are some sources of help and advice for older people

Support and Advice on Care, Adaptations, Benefits and Pensions, Accessing Services

Herts Help

Herts Help is a one-stop-shop for all your questions including support in a crisis, advice on funding your care, accessing assessments for adaptations to your home, assessments for care at home.

More information

Website

0300 123 4044

Citizens Advice St Albans

Citizens Advice offers support on a wide range of areas including benefits, pensions, housing and rights. Their website provides links to many areas including Support For older people and pensions.

Hertfordshire Independent Living Services

Hertfordshire Independent Living Services provide community meals (meals on wheels) as well as a wide range of services for older people including; a pop in service, key safe installation, Dementia Fun Clubs, nutritional and exercise services.

Independent Age

Independent Age provides excellent guides on a wide range of topics such as pension credit, getting help at home, staying independent and planning for the future.

More information

Website

020 7605 4200

Age UK Hertfordshire

Age UK Hertfordshire can provide a wide range of services including; befriending, dementia support and active ageing support. They can help with arranging a Lasting Power of Attorney.

More information

Website

Local Organisations Offering Support

The Harpenden Trust

The Harpenden Trust supports local older people in many ways eg funding for those who have difficulty paying utility bills, vouchers for food and supply for new and recycled furniture and white goods. Also runs coffee mornings and a befriending service.

Redbourn Community Group

The Redbourn Community Group supports local people in many ways eg transport, minibus trips to supermarkets and leisure centres, can assist with shopping and collecting prescriptions. They also have a companionship network

Wheathampstead Community Group

The Wheathampstead Community Group supports local people in many ways eg transport, internet café and befriending. Also helping people in financial difficulty where there is a specific need via groceries vouchers. They can provide practical help eg DIY or gardening, for those unable to cope themselves.

More information

07539 176481

St Albans Old People's Guide

For information on local older people’s clubs, lunch clubs, community transport, befriending, please see the St Albans Old People’sGuide.

More information

Download PDF

Computer Friendly St Albans

Computer Friendly is dedicated to helping people to get to grips with computers, tablets and smartphones. They provide a range of courses and workshops, and free drop-in centres where you can get hands-on help and advice.

St Albans Community Bank

St Albans Community Bank (formerly Credit Union) is a volunteer-led, fully regulated organisation, part of the credit union movement. It can provide loans at fair rates and accessible savings to people living or working in Hertfordshire.

More information

01727 859135

How to Pass on Unused Furniture and Other Items

Emmaus St Albans

Emmaus St Albans can collect unwanted furniture and have a house clearance service. Their store then sells the quality second-hand furniture, electrical items, bric-a-brac that has been donated.

More information

Website

01727 817297

St Albans and Harpenden Reuse Project on Facebook

If you would like to pass on mobility, furniture and other items which you no longer use, please consider joining the Facebook group – St Albans and Harpenden Reuse Project. You can list the items you would like to offer, as well as asking for items that you need.

More information

Facebook Page

Senior Couple

If you are 60+, resident in the St Albans District and not easily able to afford items or services please contact us.

07541 659442

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