Welcome to North Herts Sands!

Support meetings are normally held on the first Tuesday of every month. Please see our Support Meetings page for more details.




More Befrienders Needed - Can You Help?

Would you like to help provide vital emotional support to bereaved parents in the area?


North Herts Sands is urgently looking for another befriender. A Sands befriender provides crucial support to anyone affected by the death of a baby. This will be on a rota/ shared basis with other befrienders from our Group. The role may include support via email, Facebook or phone and helping with/ leading monthly support meetings. Please note, a befriender must:


  • Complete a two-day Sands Part 1 Befriender Training course - there is one on 25-26TH JUNE 2018 IN LONDON (we will cover costs). Please note that this course is booking up quickly.
  • Have been a bereaved parent for at least one year
  • Have attended at least 4 support meetings (ideally before their training) before they become a befriender, in accordance with Sands guidelines.


Please also note that the befriender training courses are held all over the country and are not always near to the Stevenage area. They fill up quickly, so please do contact us ASAP using the details below if you are interested.


New befrienders will need join the committee once their training is complete. Committee meetings are held approximately quarterly and it would be very useful if you could attend these. However, there are no expectations about this or your level of involvement beyond your befriender role - it is up to you.


If you or anyone you know is interested in helping, please contact
Rose Abrehart, Sands East Network Co-ordinator, on 07707 480020 or 
rose.abrehart@sands.org.uk to discuss it and request an application form. Thank you.


We Are Here For You

North Herts Sands is a local group of volunteers, mostl of whom have experienced the loss of a baby. We were established over 15 years ago as a local branch of National Sands, which was founded in 1981.


We are here to support parents and families who have lost a baby, particularly during late pregnancy, birth or shortly after birth. We are also working towards improvements in local care during pregnancy and when a baby dies.


We offer support through monthly meetings, telephone and email support and through our Facebook group. Those who attend the support meetings are all bereaved parents. We can also provide you with information and resources. Please feel free to get in touch any time using any of the contact details on the left of this site. All of our services provided are free of charge.