Chairman's charities

The Chairman's chosen charities are Mencap and Watford Foodbank.

Watford Mencap

Watford Mencap works with people with learning disabilities, their families and carers. They are “the voice of learning disability in South West Hertfordshire”. At Watford Mencap they believe that "people with a learning disability have the right to enjoy equal opportunities and be valued as members of society, enabling them to lead the life they want for themselves." Watford Mencap currently has a service user and carer base of 800 people.

It is an independent self-financing local charity supporting people with a learning disability in Watford, Three Rivers and Hertsmere. Services are provided by 120 staff and casual workers, plus 117 volunteers, and are supported by a fundraising department and a Finance, HR and Internal Services Department. The charity has made a firm commitment to personalisation and put the service user at the heart of what they do. Watford Mencap is constantly changing the way that it works to provide individually tailored services to meet the specific needs of the people they support, equipping them with tools needed to live a happy life.

Within the Watford area their flagship project is the Children’s Centre which is located in the Red Bus building near ASDA, Watford.  They have a number of activities where they work with children and young people aged 0 – 19 years; they  aim to help people reach their full potential whilst providing much-needed respite for their parents. The Charity also runs a programme of learning and leisure activities for adults in Watford, including snooker clubs, cookery and healthy eating courses, keep fit sessions and Boogie Nights, to name just a few.  Watford Mencap also operates a residential home and manages two supported living projects in Watford.

If you would like to talk to someone at Watford Mencap please call them on 01923 713620 or email

Watford Foodbank

The Foodbank’s motto is: ‘Emergency food for local people in crisis’ and they play an indispensable role in Watford.Over recent months Watford Foodbank has provided food for nearly 700 people. There are now more than 50 frontline care agencies and organisations able to refer people to the Foodbank when they are at a point of crisis in their lives. The Foodbank relies on its volunteers, who put together boxes of non-perishable food which offer three days’ supplies. These are given to people who are struggling to feed themselves or their family because of various issues, such as debt, a delay in receiving benefits, illness, redundancy or family breakdown. Volunteers also go to local supermarkets where they offer shoppers a ‘Foodbank shopping list’ and ask them to buy an extra item or two for local people in crisis.

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