Healthy Hub launched virtually in Watford to help domestic abuse victims

A new health and wellbeing service funded by Hertfordshire County Council and delivered in partnership with district and borough councils launched in Watford at the beginning of May 2020.

Healthy Hubs are dedicated local venues where people can get health services, support and advice all in one place, making it easier to get help with a range of physical and mental health issues.

However due to COVID-19, Watford’s Healthy Hub launched virtually from 1 May 2020. The first service is being run in partnership with Watford Women’s Centre and provides women with support in relation to domestic abuse, which has become more prominent during COVID-19. The service is available Monday to Friday, from 9.30am to 3.30pm. Residents who want to access the service can contact the domestic abuse caseworker Martha by mobile 07999772123 or email for advice, information, safety planning and signposting to other support services.

The Healthy Hub will also introduce a new mental health support service which will be run in partnership with the national mental health charity MIND.

Once the lockdown period is over, the Healthy Hub will be located in the Town Hall. People will be able to make appointments or drop in to access advice, support and signposting.

Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: “We are all spending more time at home for the foreseeable future. Our mental health is just as important as our physical health. I’m pleased that we are able to offer the Healthy Hubs service virtually to really help those residents who need access to this during the current situation.”

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