We are going through tough times as the Covid-19 pandemic has led to a country-wide lockdown.

We have compiled a list of places and pages for those in need of help during this crisis:

If you need a helping hand

Volunteers across the area are offering to help people who are self-isolating by delivering food and essential items. Some charities you can get in touch with are:

There are also several online groups with volunteers offering to help others. The Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK website has an interactive map where you can find these local groups.

Some groups in and around the Watford area include:

Businesses offering deliveries of food and essentials

Bovingdon Co-op

The store is providing free deliveries for people over-70 and those need to self-isolate. But this is for only people living near the area. Call the store on 01442 833273 to make an order.


The supermarket chain has prioritised online delivery slots for elderly, disabled and vulnerable customers. If you think you should be on this list call 0800 328 1700.

If you are struggling financially

The One Vision Project

Based in Stanborough Park Church, The One Vision Project provides hot meals if you are over 70 or if your child's free school meal has been disrupted. For more information, contact the church.


Using this interactive map, you can find your nearest foodbank

New Hope

If you find yourself homeless during the crisis, you can reach out to Watford charity New Hope. The charity provides emergency accommodation.

Council grants

If you are a charity or community group, contact your local council to see what funding is available. Watford Borough Council and Hertfordshire County Council have already announced some grants:

If you need a chat or advice

For medical advice, call 111

Watford Citizens Advice

Call 03444 111 444 (Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm) or visit the website.

West Watford Community Centre

The centre is offering a chat with people who feel lonely or isolated. Call 01923 235488.

Covid Herts Counselling

The temporary service, with more than 30 qualified volunteers, has been set up to offer counselling and support to people who are housebound.

Call 07375 922 224 or email cs@covidherts.com.

Domestic abuse support

Watford Women's Centre's website provides contact details for domestic abuse victims.

You can also try the National Domestic Violence Helpline (0808 2000 247) or the Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline (08088 088 088)

For legal advice, call 0203 935 5999. To talk to a domestic abuse specialist, call 01923 816229

Ruth Lee Therapy

Based in Watford, the therapist is running a free telephone support service for frontline workers (NHS, police, supermarket workers). Call or text to 07593 804958. You can also book an appointment at ruthleetherapy.co.uk

Mind Hertfordshire

You can contact the charity's crisis helpline on 01923 256391. More information on the charity's website.

Croxley Green mental health group

A Facebook group for people to speak to others about their mental health issues. Visit the page here.

If you are a charity, group or business offering help during the coronavirus pandemic and want to be added to our list, email ann.yip@newsquest.co.uk