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Online Group pilot

We are excited to announce that with a grant from Herts Community Foundation we are now able to offer our Therapeutic Groupwork Programme online.  Our Pilot group is currently underway and we hope to be able to offer more in the coming months.

We are hopeful that our face-to-face groups will recommence later this year- depending on the situation and in line with Government advice

In the meantime, we are happy to accept new referrals for future groups. Please email us at

North Hertfordshire's 2020 Volunteer Achievement Awards

We are proud to announce that one of our Young Ambassadors, Jack has been awarded a Volunteer Achievement Award by the North Hertfordshire District Council's Chair.

These awards, run by North Herts District Council, celebrate volunteers in North Herts who sacrifice their time to help others and make a difference in their communities.


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We are winners!

Representatives from Stand-by-me were delighted to be presented with an award at the 2020 Hertfordshire High Sheriff Awards, by High Sheriff, Sarah Beazeley. 


We are so proud of our team, and this award is a lovely recognition of all the hard work put in by our volunteers, Trustees, staff and Young Ambassadors


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Young Ambassadors tell their stories

A group of Stand-by-me Young Ambassadors appeared in The Comet this month to share their stories as part of Children's Mental Health Week.


Jack, Mia, James and Daisy all spoke to Comet reporter, Jacob Savill about their experiences and about their journey with Stand-by-me.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) as at 15/3/20

As you will be aware, Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to pose a significant challenge across the country 

In discussion with our Trustees, we have taken the decision to postpone the group starting on Monday 16th March and reschedule for a later date. We will let you know these new dates as soon as we are able.


We would like to reassure you that we are closely following Government guidelines and advice from Public Health England and are taking these steps in order to minimise the risk to our staff, volunteers and service-users, as well as to members of the public.

SBM Sparkles' at Xmas Tree festival

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Stand-by-me Young Ambassadors brought some Xmas sparkle to Hitchin with their stunning entry for this year's Christmas Tree Festival held at THe Holy Saviour Church, Hitchin last weekend. 

The team decorated the tree with their own hand-made baubles, filled with personal messages. 

Young Ambassadors welcome Rickshaw Challenge to Hitchin


The Stand-by-me Young Ambassadors joined the people of Hitchin to welcome the BBC Children in Need Rickshaw Challenge as they made their way through the Market Square on Friday on the last leg of their journey.

Stand-by-me Project Manager, Karen Stanton said: “BBC Children in Need have generously supported our service over the years, so it was great to be able to show them our support along with our Young Ambassadors, as they rode through the community we work with.”

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Are you Lost 4 Words?


Many people find it hard to know what to say to someone who has been bereaved. Perhaps we worry we might say the wrong thing or perhaps that we will say something to upset them.  This year's Children's Grief Awareness Week aims to help everyone talk about bereavement without worrying. The theme of 'Lost4words'  During the Week, we'll be encouraging the sharing of ideas on social media about how people can help grieving children and their families - even if they think they don't know what to say.

On the wings of a dove

Making memories is at the heart of what we do here at Stand-by-me and we are delighted that our groups are now able to celebrate the memories of their special people by releasing doves as part of the group programme.   


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The Dove Releases are provided by Angel Wings, a local company specialising in using these beautiful birds to make meaningful memories

Friends of SBM go the extra mile in Hitchin


Sarah Small, Stanley  and Ronnie

Stand-by-me is lucky to have such a dedicated band of supporters in the community. Stanley and Ronnie, children of Young Ambassador project lead, Sarah Small, put their best feet forward by running the 5K race at this year's Hitchin Hard Half Marathon in June. 

Keith Stanton (husband of SBM Project Manager

Karen) also ran for SBM, tacking the full half marathon.

We are so grateful for the tremendous effort and support from everyone who took part.