On this page you will find class information and contact details for older adult activities running across the district. Information on this page is filtered first by district wide organisations and then by local areas to the bottom of the page. Use the links below to jump to a service or area.
- Whats On Guide
- Housing Care
- Herts Careline
- Warm in Winter Bag
- Small Acts of Kindness
- Age UK Hertfordshire
- Herts Independent Living Service
- Herts Help
- Active at Home
- Abbots Langley
- Croxley Green
- Moor Park and Northwood
- South Oxhey
The What's On Guide provides a database of clubs, groups, activities, events and support services that are currently running and available to residents of Watford & Three Rivers.
You can find out what’s going on in your local area, as well as all the great online resources available. To view the database click here.
Housing Care is a charity run site providing free advice on elderly care, including specialist directories & information on nursing homes and residential care homes, as well as sheltered housing, extra care housing and retirement villages. The website provides information on intermediate or after hospital care services which are those provided to elderly people at home or in a residential setting for a short period of time after having come out of hospital.
Herts Careline is an award-winning community alarm and telecare service. They provide a wide range of assistive technology services to residents across Hertfordshire. Helping you stay more independent in your own home with a community alarm.
Elder offers advice for elderly care, working with you to arrange care at home. For more information and support they can be contacted on the following:
- 0370 218 5923
Their website offers advice for families, carers as well as ideas of free things to do at home during lockdown.
Three Rivers District Council are proud to be supporting our local residents through the winter by working with The Small Acts of Kindness charity again and are helping to coordinate their delivery to residents.
The Warm in winter bags contain a blanket, hat, gloves, socks, some warm drinks, soup and biscuits. They have been produced for any resident over 55 years to prevent them feeling cold in their homes. However they are also a great tool to reduce social isolation and engage with our residents to ensure they’re aware of local services.
Referrals can be made online, for someone you know or yourself, as long as the recipient is over 55 years and living in Three Rivers. All we ask if that referrers gain consent from the recipient to share their name and telephone number with us. Referrals can be made here.
Small Acts of Kindness source and distribute practical gifts to older people in Hertfordshire, reducing the negative impact that feeling lonely and isolated can have of their physical and mental wellbeing. For more information and support they can be contacted on the following:
- 01923 372717
Small acts of kindness is still open and running during this time with a few adaptions. They are working on delivering Wellbeing Rescue Gift Bags and meals to those who are vulnerable, for more details visit their website.
Age UK is a charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most out of later life, they provide companionship, advice and support for older people who need it most. They off a free befriending service (for those over 60), in which the person will be matched with a likeminded individual who is looking to make a new friend. They also offer face to face befriending, handy man services, home help and a number of other services. For more information and support they can be contacted on the following:
They are still continuing to provide vital services at this time, whilst following government guidelines. Their website provides a huge range of advice and information relating to the Coronavirus Pandemic, such as ways of looking after yourself at home and other general guidance. Their Advice line is still open, answering calls to those who are in need during the Lockdown.
HILS offer a range of services to help older and vulnerable people to stay happy healthy and independent. The service offers to chance to have meals delivered to you at home at subsidised cost, they also offer activities such as the Dementia Fun Club as well as a pop in service, where you can have the chance to see a friendly face who will come by and see how you are doing. For more information and support they can be contacted on the following:
- 0330 2000 103
During the current pandemic they will continue to deliver the meals on wheels, but will prioritise the elderly, and those identified by the government as being vulnerable only. Some of the other services will be temporarily suspended, to see which are cancelled, see the full timetable.
Herts Help is a free and confidential information service, providing easy access to the wide range of support offered by organisations across the county. They offer independent support, guidance and information and can be contacted on:
They can still be contacted on the above line to help you find the support you need during this time, from food parcels to care services. They have also put out a helpful coronavirus leaflet that can be found here.
This booklet has been developed by Public Health England and Sport England to support older people and those who are shielded to be active and healthy at home. This is part of the Sport England Join the Movement campaign designed to provide inspiration and trusted information to the public about how to get active in and around the home during the coronavirus pandemic.
Abbots Langley Community Centre, Manor House Grounds, WD5 0AP. The Community Centre is home to a wide range of clubs and classes with many different interests, and also hosts social occasions and local events. It is a financially self-supporting, not-for-profit facility and registered charity. For more information and support they can be contacted on the following:
- 07530 266293
If you are no longer in full time work take a look at Chorleywood u3a. It’s part of a nationwide organisation that offers a relaxed and inclusive place to learn new skills, pick up old hobbies and, most importantly, make new friends.
Our u3a has more than 40 member-run interest groups, most meeting monthly in the daytime. Some are learning, some are physical activity, some are practical, some are creative – all are fun.
We have continued our activities during the Covid-19 lockdowns, with most groups meeting online. So, if you are interested there is still plenty to do now. As restrictions are lifted, we plan to continue as a mix of online and face to face meetings thus enabling those members who wish to meet in person to socialise again. It is hoped that theatre trips and other educational trips will also resume soon.
Croxley Green Methodist Church Hall offer a range of activities such as Needle crafters (who meet 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month, 7.30pm-9.30pm) and Paper crafters (who meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7pm). For more information and support they can be contacted on the following:
Services are currently cancelled, but you can keep active with the above activities by joining the public Facebook groups: ‘Croxley Needle crafters’ and ‘Croxley Paper crafters’, where they offer ideas of how to continue these at home.
Croxley U3A is a self-help organisation devoted to lifelong learning and enjoyment. It provides activities and social groups for retired residents. Activities range from walking groups, theatre trips, local history and gardening. A monthly meeting is held at St Oswald’s Church Hall at 2pm on the third Wednesday of each month. For more information and support they can be contacted on the following:
General meetings are cancelled until further notice. The U3A website is updated with advice and information surrounding the Coronavirus as well as suggestions on things to do during the lockdown.
Woodside U3A is a self-help organisation devoted to lifelong learning and enjoyment. It provides activities and social groups for retired residents, activities range from walking groups, theatre trips, local history and gardening. A monthly meeting is held at The Church of the Nazarene 9.30 am on the third Tuesday of each month. For more information and support they can be contacted on the following:
General meetings have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus situation. U3A’s website has a page with the latest information about Coronavirus and links to various sources of information.
Mill End Community Trust (located at The Mill, Methodist Church) runs a Community Café as well as a food bank and bike shed, they also have ‘Knit and Natter’ every Friday at 10.30am- 11.30am. The community cafe gives people an opportunity to meet some new people, receive support on a range of things and have a hot meal. For more information and support they can be contacted on the following:
Mill End Community Trust’s services are currently suspended.
Northwood Live at Home Scheme works to keep people over 60 active and help them to develop social networks. They produce a quarterly newsletter which outlines the activities they offer with timings and locations, in order to receive a digital copy of this call the number below. For more information and support they can be contacted on the following:
- 01923 842494
Currently they have paused all of their Live at Home groups, clubs and activities which physically bring people together. However, they continue to offer a range of services such as telephone befriending, shopping, signposting, advice & guidance and general welfare checks. You can see further advice and information with regards to the Coronavirus on their website.
Sarratt U3A provides activities and social groups for retired residents. Activities range from walking groups, theatre trips, local history and gardening. Monthly meetings are held at Sarratt and District Village Hall. For more information and support they can be contacted on the following:
Monthly meetings and group meetings involving face-to-face contact will be cancelled until further notice. The U3A website is updated with advice and information surrounding the Coronavirus as well as suggestions on things to do during the lockdown.
Step Up is a hub used by several agencies including Herts Mind Network, Community Navigators and Job Centre. Step up also runs a job club, is a healthy hub, has a knitting group and runs a Step In café for over 50’s. For more information and support they can be contacted on the following:
- 020 8428 6725
Events held in the building have been postponed, and some courses/groups will continue with adaptions, see here to find out more on what they still have to offer.
ASCEND has been tackling unemployment and social deprivation and supporting those with learning difficulties within the local community. They run several training courses, provide outreach and run the dig deep allotment. They keep their Facebook page Ascend Charity UK updated with the latest information. ASCEND is located at All Saints Church Centre, Gosforth Lane, South Oxhey WD19 7AX. For more information and support they can be contacted on the following:
- 020 8420 1364
Staff are working remotely and can be contacted 10am-4pm Monday-Friday.
Current events have been postponed but staff are working hard to support our community in other ways.
Join the Zooming Café, an ASCEND initiative, every Wednesday 2-4pm from 3 June. Join others for a cuppa and a natter. Quizzes, prizes and a chance to make new friends. Don’t worry if you are not familiar with Zoom technology, we can help you enjoy the event. Ring Janice to book your place in the team room – Tel: 07415 003178.
- Have you seen what your local Healthy Hub are doing to help people during isolation?
- Access our free downloadable nutrition booklet, to help you be savvy with food.
- Grab a cuppa and relax with reading, in our online book club!
- Treat yourself to an online afternoon tea experience, in the comfort of your kitchen.
- Get those dancing shoes on and be part of ‘Culture Dance 2020’.
- Try something new and brush up on your skills in an online drama class.
- Not online? Not a problem. Continue learning by post!
- ‘Get Ahead’ mental health support group, online and still here for you.
To find out more and get involved contact: Jane Drury Healthy Hub Officer, Mobile: 07483 104911 or email Healthyhub@ascend.org.uk.
Clitheroe Health and Wellbeing Centre (Clitheroe Gardens, Watford WD19) is a space where older people can socialise, take part in quizzes, speakers, receive advice and support, exercise, meals or take part in the “Men in Sheds” club, you can see upcoming events and activities here. For more information and support they can be contacted on the following:
- 01923 256360
- 0208 428 5507
The staff are working remotely, answering calls from older, vulnerable residents helping to deliver them emergency food parcels. Their Facebook page AUKHsouthoxhey is being kept up to date relevant information, you can also see changes to services on their website.