Local Support


Our Staying Connected Project can support with free SIM cards for refugees staying with host families in North Herts and Stevenage. We can also provide support with how to set up and use devices such as laptops, tablets and mobile phones. Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information on how we can help. 


Hitchin Pantry is offering 6 months free membership for Ukrainian families. Members of the pantry will be able to access food, including fresh fruit and vegetables and store cupboard favourites, to the value of £15 or more every week.


Walsworth Road Baptist Church are open to all as a Warm Welcome Space, offering free food and refreshments, board games, toys and activities as well as English language support to all. Open Saturdays 10:00 - 12:30, Sundays 09:45 - 10:45, Mondays 14:00 - 16:00.  


A Warm Welcome Space at Zeo Centre is open to all individuals and families offering a place to hang out on Wednesdays from 1730 until 1930. You can enjoy FREE hot/cold drinks, a FREE two-course cooked meal, charge your phone, do some work (or homework), a listening ear if you need one, space and toys for kids to play, FREE Wifi access and accessible toilets.


Refresh at Christchurch in Hitchin is offering a warm space to get together on Tuesday mornings - free coffee/tea, cake and biscuits and a very warm welcome for all.


Baldock and Ashwell Action Aid Ukraine are a group of local volunteers supporting refugees and host families in the area.  They put on regular events and have lots of useful information.


Hitchin & Beyond Welcomes Refugees offers a space and network for people wanting to support refugees living in Hitchin and the surrounding areas (e.g. wider Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire). They also promote local events and job vacancies. 


St Mary's Church in Walkern, Stevenage are running a coffee morning at 10 am every Wednesday for Ukrainian guests and their hosts. A foodbank is available at the same time.
Hitchin Food Rescue Hub is open on Thursdays from 0930 to 1100 at The Half Moon Public House, Queen Street, Hitchin.


Climb Hitchin is offering free climbing sessions for Ukrainian guests in North Herts. These must be booked in advance (as numbers of climbers are limited per session). Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


Step2Skills aim to deliver English languages classes where there is a demand, so if you can't find any courses available on their website, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
You can also find free online English courses at ESOL Courses - Free English Lessons Online.


North Herts has many food provision groups. Some of the groups aim to help those in need, some aim to reduce food waste and others do a combination of the two. A full list of these groups is available on the NHC website.


hertfordshire support


Herts Welcomes Refugees welcomes, befriends and supports refugees and asylum seekers in Hertfordshire. 


Herts for Refugees helps ensure that refugees get the support and respect they deserve.