On this page you will find contact details and information for organisations supporting those who might feel lonely, isolated or cut off from society due to coronavirus. There is lots of support available with lots of activities shifting online from quizzes and coffee mornings to book clubs and befriending services and even details on how to set up your own group. Use the links below to jump to a particular organisation.
- Support to Get Online
- Good Things Foundation and Devices Dot Now
- Three Rivers Learning Partnership
- Healthy Hub Three Rivers
- Families in Focus
- Hospice of St Francis
- Age UK
- Imagination Arts
- Electric Umbrella
- Herts Inclusive Theatre
- Art Enthusiasts
- The Actors Café
- Watford Palace Theatre
- Setting up a Community Group
A new scheme to get digital devices to vulnerable people DevicesDotNow is a project aiming to connect the unconnected. It is led by FutureDotNow and supported by the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. There are a number of national partners, including Good Things Foundation.
FutureDotNow has secured donations of new equipment from industry partners. Good Things Foundation will ensure its safe transfer to the hyperlocal community, through the Online Centres Network.
Hear Dot's story here to see how getting connected digitally helped her to see her family virtually for the first time and brought much needed company during the pandemic.
TRLP provide two quick read book clubs (South Oxhey and Mill End) currently running online via Zoom. Quick Reads are brilliant short new books written especially for adults by bestselling writers and published in a large font. The Book groups are free to attend and email reminders are sent to the members before each meeting. For more information and support they can be contacted on the following:
Book clubs are currently running online via Zoom
HAFLS runs a wide range of quality and approved courses for adults aged 19+, aimed to help improve people’s lives. For more information and support they can be contacted on the following:
- 01992 556194
They are currently offering a number free online courses that are open to book on to.
ASCEND offer a wide variety of both non-vocational and accredited courses designed to build self-esteem and skills as well as to gain nationally recognised qualifications, courses being carried out virtually can be seen here. You can keep up to date with all their latest news via their weekly newsletters and on their Facebook page. For more information and support they can be contacted on the following:
- 0208 428 6725
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: 07415003178.
ASCEND'S ZOOMING THREADS hosted by Sian Fenwick
Online stitch & chatter starting Tuesday 14th July 7-9pm and every Tuesday thereafter.
Please bring your own project, stitching, knitting, crochet or crafts, cup of tea or glass of wine. Fun sessions of slideshows, breakout rooms so you can chat in smaller groups, give away prizes, quizzes and who knows maybe it will even lead to a group project. Free to all, but you must complete an ASCEND form.
Please contact Sian email@example.com for further details.
The Healthy Hub is a one stop shop providing information, advice and support to improve the health and wellbeing of our community. They have mental health support group (held every Thursday at 4pm). For more information and support they can be contacted on the following:
- 07483 104911
Book clubs, and drama classes, all being carried out over Zoom.
Parents can join their closed Facebook group to receive updated information on fully funded free parenting courses they have on offer. For more information and support they can be contacted on the following:
Families in Focus are offering support via Zoom for parents of children with SEND.
Hospice of St Francis is a Hertfordshire based charity who are running a weekly quiz held at 7.30pm every Wednesday on their Facebook page, although free, there is a suggested donation of £5. The Hospice are also running a virtual book club via Zoom.
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 offer 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. For more information and support they can be contacted on the following:
- 01923 256361 (Local Coordinator for Watford and Three Rivers)
- 0300 345 3446 (Hertfordshire wide)
They are still continuing to provide vital services at this time such as the befriending service which is currently taking place via telephone, 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.
CLP is a registered charity, specialising in community learning. For more information and support they can be contacted on the following:
- 020 8421 5544
They have a number of online courses that you can book on to, ready for the start of the new academic year in September. Details can be found on their Facebook page. These are all funded by HAFLS making them free to complete an easy to sign up to.
Imagination Arts provide dance opportunities for those who are rarely offered them. For more information and support they can be contacted on the following:
- 07714 378887 (Hannah Reynolds)
They have a number of online classes and courses for people of all ages. Visit their website for more information.
Electric Umbrella is a charity, based in in South-West Hertfordshire and working across the county, they look at combating social isolation by facilitating regular, meaningful social interaction for our adult members with learning disabilities as well as promoting self-confidence and independence. For more information and support they can be contacted on the following:
- 07452 806517
They offer online music sessions, such as daily Singalongs (4pm) and Electric Umbrella TV (11am), all of which can be seen on their Facebook page. You can sign up for free here to get free access to all the shows.
Herts Inclusive Theatre (HIT)
HIT is a charity offering children, young people and adults, many of whom have learning disabilities, the opportunity to participate in music, dance and drama in a safe environment. For more information and support they can be contacted on the following:
Currently they are running free online activities LIVE on Zoom, these include, inclusive Drama and Yoga sessions for children, teenagers and adults. As well as these, they are also running live YouTube sessions every Saturday at 10am.
Art Enthusiasts is an independent group of art professionals in London, who organise tours and workshops for adults and children aged 6+. For more information and support they can be contacted on the following:
The Actors Café provide expert, concise acting tuition from experienced teachers who are also industry professionals. For more information and support they can be contacted on the following:
Watford Palace Theatre have created a programme of special events suitable for you to enjoy, via their website, these include pub quizzes, rehearsed reading and many more. For more information and support they can be contacted on the following:
- 01923 235455
All face to face services are cancelled, Watford Palace theatre have brought out ‘Palace @ Home’ where they have created a programme of special events suitable for you to enjoy, via their website, social media channels, and other platforms.
Setting up a community group can be hugely rewarding; creating a group where people can come together is an integral part of community life. You may want to start a group because you feel there is a lack of something within the community.
In this instance, we are referring to a group of people that are coming together because of an interest e.g. a music group, a coffee morning, or a weekly meet up for over 55s. These groups are usually organised by volunteers and run for the benefit of the community they serve.
Contact Watford & Three Rivers Trust from more details:
- 01923 216950