Charity and community groups in Watford have received generous funding for the work they do for the town.

A selection of groups and organisations have each received funding as part of Hertfordshire’s County Council’s locality budget scheme.

Watford Women’s Centre Plus was awarded £500 by West Watford county councillor Nigel Bell so they can help provide one-to-one sessions with women experiencing or escaping domestic abuse.

Cllr Nigel Bell said: "I was very pleased to be able to help the Watford Women’s Centre as it is very important to support the vital work they do with vulnerable women who have suffered domestic violence.

"The centre stands out as a beacon of hope and is a lifeline to many women in the town."

The Meriden Residents Association received £600 from Meriden and Tudor councillor Kareen Hastrick for the cost of hiring coaches to take Meriden residents, their families and friends to Southend.

The association believes that the large-scale development taking place on the Meriden is having an impact on the lives of residents and want to work with stakeholders to organise a trip to raise a strong sense of community.

The first North Watford Scout Group has received £300 from North Watford councillor Asif Khan for mobile lighting equipment and just over £2,000 has been awarded to Watford Borough Council by Central Watford and Oxhey councillor Stephen Giles-Medhurst for the restoration of the cast iron historic street name plates in the Watford Fields area.

Finally Watford Sheltered Workshop was given £500 by Woodside Stanborough councillor Tim Williams to purchase a new computer and printer to help the charity provide employment and independent living skills training to disabled people.

Sea Lion Swimming Club were also awarded £500 and Three Rivers Refugee Partnership received £250.