About DENS

Our Mission

Most people know DENS as the homeless charity for people in Dacorum. In fact, DENS do so much more than just provide a roof and a bed. 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 emergency food and provisions. We provide accommodation options to support people to move on and sustain their own tenancy and we provide advice and training; empowering people to develop their skills and build confidence.

DENS has been helping to rebuild lives since 2003. Read more on the History page.

Our services

We provide a range of services, which together form a pathway to support individuals to take the next positive steps in their lives and become active members of the community.

Day Centre & Open Space – Daytime havens where people can get a hot meal, develop their skills and seek advice

The Elms Hostel – Providing temporary accommodation to those facing homelessness

Move On Service – A transition service for residents who are ready to take the next step on from The Elms, however still require support around independent living

Resettlement Service – Supporting clients who are moving from the Elms into council, social housing or private rented accommodation

Foodbank – Providing emergency food supplies and household provision to struggling local families

Social Enterprise Projects – Development of employability skills and self-confidence in a supportive environment




In the past year:


  • Foodbank 6022 people received food from our Foodbank (2462 were children)
  • Hostel 164 people received temporary accommodation at our hostel
  • 76 people made a positive move on towards independent living
  • Day Centre & Open Space 2173 visits to receive support at our Day Centre

DENS can do none of the above without the incredible support we receive from individuals, businesses, schools and community and faith groups. The more help we get, the bigger difference we can make to local vulnerable people who need us most.


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