|A new lifestyle hub which aims to connect people in Radlett with health and wellbeing services is set to open this autumn. The Healthy Hub at the Radlett Centre in Aldenham Avenue is a dedicated local venue where people can get services, support and advice on a range of physical and mental health issues all in one place. Whether it’s help to stop smoking, help to lose weight, mental health support, encouragement to get more active or advice on how to cut down on your drinking – the hub has a dedicated health and wellbeing advocate who can answer any queries or signpost services. It is open every Tuesday 1:30pm to 3:30pm. The Healthy Hubs are also being used as collecting sites for lateral flow testing kits. The hub is funded through Hertfordshire County Council and managed by Communities 1st, in partnership with Aldenham Parish Council and Hertsmere Borough Council. Hertsmere Borough Councillor Meenal Sachdev, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Health and Culture said: “We know how difficult the past 18 months has been, as people have struggled to work, educate their children and just get through each day during the Covid-19 pandemic. “Keeping mentally and physically fit and healthy may not have not been a top priority. Radlett’s new Healthy Hub is being launched to help residents address this, so they can find the time and support to reconnect with themselves and their community.
“Whether you want help with getting into shape, need mental health support or counselling, are looking for volunteering opportunities, want to stop smoking or are in need of family planning advice, you can pop in and speak to the health and wellbeing advocate anytime or ring up to book an appointment.
“We’re so excited to be working with Aldenham Parish Council, Communities 1st and Hertsfordshire County Council on this project, which we hope will have a big impact on addressing the needs of our local community.”
Hertfordshire County Council’s Executive Member for Public Health and Community Safety, Morris Bright MBE, said: “We are delighted to see the Radlett pop-up Healthy Hub open, joining the existing network in Hertsmere and across the county. “Healthy Hubs are part of our District Partnership programme, through which we have invested £1.2 million in health and wellbeing services across Hertfordshire and this dedicated local service will make it easier for residents to pop in and get the friendly, professional support they need to improve their physical and mental health.”
Joint Chair of Aldenham Parish Council, Councillor Estelle Samuelson said: “Aldenham Parish Council is delighted that the local community will be able to benefit from having a Healthy Hub provision based at the Radlett Centre on Tuesday afternoons. To be able to get advice and help when it is needed, will be an important extra service which we are pleased to support.” To find out more go to www.hertsmere.gov.uk/healthyhubs.