The Hospice of St Francis


The Hospice of St Francis is a charity which helps 2,000 local people and their families, in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire, to live their precious lives well through improving symptoms, achieving personal goals and helping them to feel safe. 

Defined by each person’s need, their free care for people managing, or recovering from, serious illness has many forms – care at the Hospice, at Home, or in the Hospice’s Health and Wellbeing Centre which offers courses, workshops, clinics and therapies. 

Based in beautiful surroundings just outside Berkhamsted, they also support family, friends and carers. They offer advice for those worried about a loved one which could mean recommending group activities, supporting children through a close relative’s illness or providing practical support and advice when someone special is no longer here.

The Hospice turned 40 in 2019 and as well as celebrating 40 years of care they are celebrating their volunteers, supporters, fundraisers for their kind support.” 




Our aim is to be the first port of call for people in Dacorum who are facing homelessness, poverty and social exclusion; to support and empower them to take the next positive step in their lives.

We ensure individuals have access to temporary and short-term accommodation, and individuals and families have access to food and provisions. We provide a range of accommodation options to support people to move on and sustain their own tenancy and we provide advice and training; empowering people to develop skills and confidence to build a better future and be an active member of their community. 

Our integrated services include: 

  • The Elms, a 44-bed hostel providing temporary to short-term accommodation 
  • Day Centre – providing a daytime haven, advice, shower, company and a hot meal  
  • Open Space – a place where people can socialise, be creative develop their skills and seek advice 
  • Move On Service - providing support for a move into more independent living 
  • Foodbank – providing emergency food supplies and household provision 
  • Social Enterprises – Development of employability skills and self-confidence in a supportive environment whilst also raising income for DENS