Volunteering with the NHS
NHS Volunteer Responders has been set up to support the NHS during the COVID-19 outbreak. To do this they need an 'army' of volunteers who can support the 1.5m people in England who are at most risk from the virus to stay well. Doctors, nurses and other professionals will be able to refer people in to NHS Volunteer Responders and be confident that they have been matched with a reliable, named volunteer.
You can help by signing up for one or more of the tasks needed.
This programme enables volunteers to provide care or to help a vulnerable person, which is permitted under the new rules announced by the Government on 23rd March 2020. Volunteers may be asked to show the active task they are responding to if asked.
Click here to start your volunteer journey.
Volunteer in Hertfordshire
#TeamHerts Volunteering (#THV) is a countywide Hertfordshire service providing information for individuals who want to volunteer and for charities or similar organisations who are looking to recruit and manage volunteers.
Please head to their webpage here for more information and to find out what you can do to help others.
There are all sorts of local groups who are working wonders in their communities. Whilst we don't officially endorse any why not have a look at some of the links below.
Support to Councils
The Government has announced £3.2bn un-ringfenced funding to support councils delivering essential frontline services – this is a significant sum of money and demonstrates our commitment to the sector. Decisions about prioritisation will be taken locally.
The Government have also announced a £500m Hardship Fund to enable councils to provide further financial support to economically vulnerable individuals in their community, and a further £3.2m to support the homeless and rough sleepers.
In addition, the Government have agreed to defer £2.6 billion in business rates payments, and bring forward £850 million in social care grants, to ease immediate pressures on local authority cash flows.
Districts have benefitted from the £3.2bn un-ringfenced funding to support councils delivering essential frontline services.
Of the first tranche of £1.6bn, paid on 27 March, many councils will have directed their share towards the adult social care services required to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many constituents have asked how they can ensure they can get supplies including food delivered if they are self isolating. In the main the large supermarkets have done a great job of trying to increase delivery slots, look after existing customers and the shielded and self isolating. But where there are gaps, lots of local shops and restaurants are trying to cover the gaps in provision. SOME of those are listed below. This is not an endorsement of these establishments but we are aware that they may be able to help.
First Choice Catering Company (UK) Ltd
Contact name – Martin Brito/ Victoria Brito
Based – 5 Peerglow Industrial Estate Olds Approach, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, WD18 9SR
Website – https://firstchoicecatering.co.uk/
Phone - 01923712224
Email – email@example.com
Offering – Fresh Meal Delivery Service (meals on wheels). Elderly and vulnerable. Providing hot meals. Tolpits Lane. Delivery rounds are made in bulk. Meals have a 3 day life - Closed weekends but meals provided for weekends. Currently offer meals on china plates but can supply in disposable.
Costs – £9 for a 2 course meal. No delivery fees or sign-up fee. Additional menus available - Eg. Breakfast Full English £6.
Days/Times available - Monday to Friday, (11am-2pm)
Areas covered – Chalfont’s, TRDC, Watford, Harrow. (12-15 Mile radius of WD18)
The Coach & Horses
Contact name – Richard Morgan
Based – The Coach and Horses, 22 High Street, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, WD3 1ER
Website – https://www.thecoachandhorses.info/
Phone – 01923770777
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Offering – delivery of ambient or cooked food, cleaning materials or any other product available from a cash and carry
Costs – Labour and Transport free. Meals - may look for donations from suppliers. Will try and do for nothing if possible. Anyone who is in need (Homeless, Elderley etc).
Days/Times available - Monday to Sunday, (10am-9pm) Areas covered – Three Rivers & Watford
Contact name – Lewis Twydle
Based - Unit 5 The Business Centre Corinium industrial estate Amersham HP6 6FB
Email - email@example.com
Offering – Home cooked food delivery service. I change the menu every two weeks and gets released the Friday before via email/online and social media. Each menu item comes at a different cost. Flexible on deliveries but managing the prep too.
Costs - No higher than £10 per meal - free delivery within 15 miles of Amersham (50p per mile after). Days/Times Available – Monday to Sunday
Areas covered – 15 Miles of Amersham (50p per mile thereafter)
The Peppermill Restaurant
Contact name – Andrea Vazquez
Based – 7 New Parade, Chorleywood, Hertfordshire, WD3 5NJ Website – http://www.peppermillrestaurant.co.uk/
Phone – 01923284421
Email – Vazquez_andre@hotmail.com
Offering – Delivery service of food around midday
Costs – See website/menu
Days/Times Available – Monday to Sunday
Thomas Franks Ltd @ Charlotte House School
Contact name – Blain Shepherd
Based – Nationwide
Website – https://thomasfranks.co.uk/
Offering – We caterer for over 180 private schools and Business and industry locations up and down the UK. We have set up an initiative called ‘feeding the communities’. Weekly menu cycle (mon-fri). Distributer would order 50 meals and delivered from hubs in bulk.
Costs – £2.50 per meal - covers labour, food and container costs. All non-profit and goes back into the foundation. Days/Times Available – Monday to Friday, (Saturday and Sunday if needed)
Areas covered – Nationwide
Based – Kings Langley, High Street
Phone - 01923 265574
Email – Jeff@dallingandco.com
Offering – offering freshly baked goods, frozen meals, lunch delivery Days/Times Available – Monday to Friday
Prince of Bengal
Based – The POB, 51, Langley Way, Watford, WD17 3EA Website – http://thepob.co.uk/
Phone – 01923255577
Offering – Free food at lunchtime to pensioners who are self-isolating if they ring the restaurant. A relative can collect if they come to the restaurant between 12 and 1pm or restaurant will deliver. They will get a container for however many people they have in their household. This is food suitable for older people such as vegetable curries and rice. The usual takeaway service is on offer for delivery between 5 and 11pm.
Days/Times Available – Open 7 Days A Week (Including bank holidays), Monday to Sunday (4.30pm - 11.30pm)
Contact name – Clare Wilson
Fresh food/Shopping Delivery
Based – Premier Foods Service Provider, Unit 2, interim distribution units, New Covent Garden Market, Nine Elms Lane Vauxhall, London, SW8 5EL
Website – https://www.premierfsp.com/shop
Phone - 020 7720 7755
Offering – Fresh fruit and veg supplier - Mother company is a wholesale company, this is the catering section. Food boxes - fresh veg boxes and fruit boxes, offering services to NHS and food hubs. 24 hours. Bulk orders, need to pre- order (e.g. 100 boxes Thursday for Friday).
Costs – Depends on what is offered to residents. Can do mixed boxes or a selection Days/Times Available - Monday to Saturday
Areas covered – All around the M25
Contact name – Monica Bhandari
Phone - 02031379462
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Offering – Delivery of Fruit and Veg boxes - pre-selected items, doorstep delivery
Costs - Normal service doorstep deliver £25 for small fruit or veg box, £30 for a mixed box Days/Times Available – Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
Areas covered – HA6 twice a week, WD3, WD18, WD19, WD23 twice a week
Woods Food Service
Based – 5 Riverside Way, Uxbridge, UB8 2YF
Phone - 0300 303 0112
Email – email@example.com
Offering – delivery of groceries, meat, fruit and veg. Costs – MIN DEL £40 REDUCED RATES
Days/Times Available – Monday to Saturday Areas covered – All
Astons Fruit and Veg
Contact name – Andrew Aston
Based – Gayhurst Farm, Millhouse Lane Abbots Langley WD50SF
Website – https://www.astonsfruitandveg.co.uk/
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Offering – Drive in fruit and veg for collection or delivery Orders can be taken for a mixed selection box
Harvey & Brockless
Based – 44-54 Stewarts Road, London, SW8 4DF
Offering – We have a large range of good quality food that can be used for those in need. Such as cheese, butter, cured meat, oils, fruit & veg boxes, fresh meat boxes and even household essentials such as kitchen roll and toilet roll. Usually supply restaurants but now selling online to public.
Costs – See website
Days/Times Available – Monday to Friday, (9am – 5pm) Areas covered – All areas, delivered via DPD
Sarratt Post Office Stores
Based – The Green, Sarratt, Herts, WD3 6AT
Website – https://www.sarrattvillage.org/contact
Phone - 01923 262106
Email – email@example.com
Offering – Delivering a full range of groceries to Sarratt, Rickmansworth, Chipperfield, Commonwood, Belsize, Bovingdon. Ring before 12 for same day delivery. After 12 for following day delivery.
Areas covered – Sarratt, Rickmansworth, Chipperfield, Commonwood, Belsize, Bovingdon
The Cart & Horses
Contact name – Ian Reynolds
Based – Quickmoor Lane, Commonwood, Chipperfield
Offering – They have turned themselves into a corner shop. They deliver to anyone isolating or vulnerable for free in the local area (within a reasonable distance). They supply meat (from Smithfield Market) fruit and veg (Covent Garden)milk, eggs,bread many household essentials, beer wines and spirits. Developing a click and collect service – pay on Paypal. Also have takewaway service. Facebook page Cart and Horses Commonwood updated daily.
Times Availaible – 10:30am to 8pm
Areas covered – They deliver to anyone isolating or vulnerable for free in the local area (within a reasonable distance).
The Langley Butcher
Contact name – Richard Smith Based – Kings Langley
Phone - 01923 262450
Offering – They are delivering for free (“as long as it’s not just one pork chop”) to Watford , Kings Langley, Hemel Hempstead, Chipperfield area. They supply meat veg bread and you need to call the day before for delivery the next day. They have no website – call the shop.
Times Availaible – From 7am, Monday to Saturday
Areas covered – Watford , Kings Langley, Hemel Hempstead, Chipperfield area.
Contact name – Adam Whitbread
Based – Kings Langley
Website – http://www.thekitchenatinspired.co.uk/
Phone - 01923 264649
Offering – Collection and delivery of meat, veg, fruit, flour, yeast, rice and pasta in the Kings Langley, Hemel Hempstead, Abbots Langley area.
Areas covered – Kings Langley, Hemel Hempstead, Abbots Langley area
Wayside Farm (Collection Only)
Contact name – Charlie Wray
Based – Watford Rd, Kings Langley WD4 8EA
Website – http://www.wayside-farm.co.uk/
Offering – His farm shop is open Thursday Friday and Saturday selling veg, fruit, pre-packed meat, cakes, chutneys etc. He is not doing deliveries but there is a raw milk vending machine separate to the shop where milk can be purchased at any time.
Tolly & Sons Ltd
Contact name – Kevin Blackburn
Based – 4 Main Avenue, Moor Park, Northwood, Middlesex, HA6 2HJ Phone - 01923 821665
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Offering – They are doing meat and poultry deliveries to anyone isolating. This is locally to Moor Park, Rickmansworth, Northwood but flexible for people in need. Call the number shown to place an order.
Areas Covered - Moor Park, Rickmansworth, Northwood but flexible for people in need
Contact name – Marianne Kelly / Enrico Messora Based – Borough Market, London, SE1 1TL
Website - https://www.heritagecheese.uk/
Email - email@example.com
Offering – Food Delivery (Cheese, pasta, charcuterie, prosecco)
Costs – What they order plus £5 delivery
Areas Covered - By van, London, Kent, anywhere within a reasonable distance of London
Moor Park Fine Foods
Contact name – Mr Khanna
Based – 22 Main Avenue, Moor Park, Northwood, HA6 2HJ
Phone - 01923 825312
Offering – General Stores doing deliveries in a 2-3 mile radius to those isolating. Call the store to order or WhatsApp him on the mobile number shown.
Areas Covered - 2-3 mile radius to those isolating
Based – The Green, Sarratt, Hertfordshire, WD3 6BL Website – https://www.thebootsarratt.com/ Phone - 01923 262247
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Offering – Providing food and delivering to elderly/isolating people in Sarratt itself. They are also going to stock essential supplies such as milk/eggs etc which can be delivered or collected with the food order.
Areas covered – Sarratt
Contact name – Adrian (Store Manager)
Based – 18 Lower Rd, Chorleywood, Rickmansworth WD3 5LQ Website – http://thepob.co.uk/
Phone – 01923283873
Offering – Call and collect service for vulnerable and isolated. Call to place and pay for your order between 8am- 11am. It will be picked and packed and stored in the chillers the same day. Pre-arrange with your Chorleywood Corona Support Group Street Volunteer to pick up same day from 2pm (visit https://www.st- andrews.org.uk/chorleywoodcoronasupport to find your local street volunteer). Maximum individual order £30 – You cannot order alcohol or cigarettes with this service. Volunteers to state recipient name and address on order for collection.
Costs – Max £30 individual order
Days/Times Available – Orders to be made between 8am and 11am
Croxley Green only
Londis, Croxley Green
Based – 301-303 Baldwins Lane, Croxley green, Hertfordshire, WD3 3LE Website - https://www.londis.co.uk/our-stores/londis-croxley-green Phone - 01923 775778
Email – email@example.com
Offering – Groceries, General Stores & Cupboard Essentials - happy to help deliver to residents of Croxley green and Rickmansworth.
Areas covered – Croxley Green
Spar, Croxley Green
Based – 47-49 Baldwins Lane, Croxley Green, Rickmansworth
Website – https://www.facebook.com/pg/SPARCroxley/about/?ref=page_internal Phone - 01923229607
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Offering – Groceries, General Stores & Cupboard Essentials Areas covered – Croxley Green
More Than Just Coffee Ltd
Contact name – Leanne / Georgie
Based - Arabica House, Ebberns Road, HP3 9RD
Phone - 02031379462
Email - email@example.com
Offering – Coffee Delivery
Hot Drinks delivery
Costs - Soul Coffee 250g (beans or ground) £6.50 Pioneer Coffee 250g (beans or ground) £6.00 Discovery Coffee (beans/ground) £8.00 Provenance Coffee (beans or ground) £7.50
Days/Times Available – Monday to Friday Areas covered – All
Really Awesome Coffee Watford South
Contact name – John Payne
Based - 120 Tudor Way, Mill End, Hertfordshire, WD3 7HL
Phone – 01923711332
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Offering – A mobile van franchisee that caters for hot drinks, hot and cold food, smoothies, frappes and various types of snacks. I have a fridge, oven and small freezer on the van. Contactless payment only - door drops.
Costs - Prices range, mainly coffee.
Days/Times Available – Monday to Sunday
Areas covered – Harefield/Rickmansworth/Maple Cross/South Watford. Based in Rickmansworth, 3-5 mile radius.