Central and East of England > Hertfordshire

POhWER was founded in Hertfordshire in 1996. 

We deliver services in the county as part of the HertsHelp service, in partnership with a wide range of voluntary sector organisations; including:

Read the latest POhWER Hertfordshire newsletter to find out what we have been doing in Hertfordshire. 

Read the 'Improving health of people with learning disabilities' November 2019 newsletter in EasyRead by Hertfordshire County Council here

We offer the following services in Hertfordshire:

How do I get support from an advocate?

To make a referral to the advocacy services in Hertfordshire, you can download the forms below:

If you are not sure whether you can get an advocate, or for more information, advice and support in your area, you can contact us on 0300 123 4044 or email [email protected].

The HertsHelp Hub is open 8am - 8pm Monday-Friday and 10am - 6pm Saturday and Sunday.

With the introduction of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), POhWER has reviewed the way we use and store personal information. For more information please check out our privacy policy.

Local Leaflets

Other useful information

Learning disabilities - help with your health

The Learning disabilities - help with your health website supports people with a learning disability (and their carers) to access help with their health. 

The website currently includes:

  • Easy-read Leaflets regarding Learning Disability Nursing Services and what they can do to help you
  • Information regarding Annual Health Checks
  • Information regarding Purple Folders
  • List of Purple Star Services in Hertfordshire. (The Purple Star a quality kite mark and is offered to all health providers who are willing to review their service, to undertake training and improvements to provide a reasonably adjusted, equitable service for people with a Learning Disability).
  • A section on ‘How to Stay Healthy’

Volunteer in Hertfordshire

Throughout the year we value the support provided by volunteers across our services in Hertfordshire. We offer a supportive team environment, opportunities to learn new skills or brush up on your existing ones and a chance to gain experience in customer service, administration, IT, advocacy and communication.

We regularly offer student work placements for those studying a variety of courses, including social work, health & social care, administration and customer services. Contact us if you are interested in doing your placement with us and would like to know more.

See below for current volunteer opportunities:

Helpline Hub Referral Assistant

Helpline Assistant

Advocacy Administration Assistant

To apply, please complete the volunteer application form or contact us on 0300 123 4044.

POhWER Local Group explain what POhWER means to them:

We last held this event in October 2019 as, due to the pandemic, we had to cancel our Shout About it 2020 and 2021. But this year the Shout About it is back and we would love for you to get involved.

The event will be a multi-agency event being attended by a wide range of Hertfordshire health and social care providers and statutory and voluntary sector organisations.

The aim is to provide a one stop shop for Hertfordshire residents to access information, advice, advocacy and signposting to enable them to take more control over their lives, choices and options. The event is free for visitors to attend.

It is also a great Networking event. At the last event we had over 65 stalls and in excess of 500 visitors.

This year's Shout About it event will be held
on Thursday 6th October 2022 from 10.30am until 3pm
at the IBIS Forum & Conference Centre in Stevenage

There are still stalls available if you would like to join us this year. The cost is £25 per stall which includes the use of a table and chairs, advertising of the event (across Hertfordshire), and refreshments on the day. The stalls will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 

Please download the Stallholder Application Form, once completed please return it along with a copy of your logo to [email protected]  

If you have any questions please contact [email protected]