Local Area Information

South East Hertfordshire

Sophie Chapps – Vision Loss Advisor

07824 363368



Social Clubs

Bishop’s Stortford VIP Club 

1st Tuesday afternoon of each month at Haver’s Community Centre, Waytemore Road, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 3GR from 2.00pm-4.30pm. For more information please contact Monika Hills on 01279 832837.

Four Swans Vision

1st Wednesday of every month, 10.30am-12.30pm. Waltham Cross Conservative Club, opposite the bus station. Contact Alan Nevill on 07985 536216 or fourswansvision@gmail.comVisit the website for more information www.fourswansvision.org.uk.

Potters Bar Impaired Vision Club

3rd Wednesday of each month at Elm Court, 363 Mutton Lane, Potters Bar EN6 3BP, from 2.00pm-3.30pm.  For further information contact Roy Eames 01707 850125.

George Fuller Club for the Blind

3rd Monday of each month expect January, Bushby Hall, Wharf Road, Wormley, EN10 6HX, 7.00pm-9.00pm. Transport can be arranged. Contact Peter Grant on 01992 462046 or 07808 365142.

Hertford Macular Degeneration Support Group

Last Thursday of the month at the Methodist Church Hall, Ware Road, Hertford, SG13 7DZ from 10.30am-12.00pm. Contact Kathryn Shreeve for further information on 01920 821332 or email kathrynshreeve@tiscali.co.uk

Local Social, Connecting Real Lives

Local Social helps you make friends with people who share your interests. You can try something you have always wanted to do or meet up for a coffee. Local Social is run by people who have a bit of learning disabilities, they know what its like and they want to help you. Help us organise an activity yourself! Call Andy, James and Karin on 07399 193156.

Tuesday @ 2

Bushby Hall, Wharf Road, Wormley EN10 6HU. 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month, 2-4pm. Come for a chat and a cuppa, a game of snooker or darts, a knit and natter, or a board game; there is something for everyone. Bring a friend and meet new ones. Free admission. For more details contact Iris on 01992 443425.

Potters Bar Circle for the Blind and Partially-Sighted 

Meet once every three months in Furzefield Court, Potters Bar 8.00-10.00pm. Transport can be arranged. Entertainment, music and games are arranged plus a snack at 8.45pm-ish. Contact Gillian Rickards on 01707 657194.

Saffron Walden Club for Visually Impaired

Meet weekly Tuesdays 10.30am-12.00pm. Coffee mornings. For more information, contact Pat Arnold on 01799 540903. Transport to clubs can sometimes be arranged.

Ware Club for Visually Impaired People

Meet for a get-together, a drink and/or a meal once a month at the No 1 Thai Cafe, Ware on a Monday at 12.30pm. Please phone June Holtby for more precise information on 01920 420796.



Support 4 Sight – 01799 523700

For equipment, information and advice. 2 & 4 George Street, Saffron Walden, Essex CM10 1EQ. Manager Paul Atkins. Resource Centre is open Monday – Friday 9.30am-2.30pm. If you want to talk through any issues in coping with children with a visual impairment then you can telephone Emmanuelle Higgins on 01992 461053 for a chat.

RNIB – 0303 123 9999

On the RNIB’s website hhtps://www.rnib.org.uk you can register to join their online community, click on ‘Get Involved’ then you can:

  • Take Part in discussions
  • Become a web pal
  • View or add events listings
  • Members only area

Also free subscription to RNIB’s Talking Book Service today and you will get access to more than 20,000 high quality, unabridged audio books, delivered direct to your door. To get the most out of your visit, why not register today.

Age UK Information and Advice Line – 0845 601 3446 

Home helpers can assist with general cleaning, vacuuming, laundry and ironing, collecting shopping or prescriptions and preparing light meals. Your home helper visits every week for as long as you’d like (minimum of 1.5 hours per week), to help you with your household tasks. You pay for the help you need by the hour, plus a one off pre-service visit and registration fee.

Talking Newspapers

Bishop’s Stortford and District (also covering Sawbridgeworth)

Contact Mr Richard Barnett on 01279 651270

Hertford and District (also covering Ware and Buntingford)

Contact Mrs Joan Flack on 01992 304040 or flackies@ntlworld.com

Lea Valley (covering Broxbourne area)

Contact Heather Kenny, 18 The Holding, Hatfield, AL9 5HQ. 01707 884480 or lvtnewspaper@gmail.com or contact Mr Peter Hicks on 01992 624107.


Contact Mrs Anne Oval, 141 Markwell Wood, Harlow Essex CM19 5QU. 01279 863183

Community Transport Services

Broxbourne Transport Service

Available from Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm. Charges vary dependent on destination. Please call 01992 640322.

The Community Car Scheme for East Herts

They offer affordable transport to disabled or elderly community members who cannot access public transport or any other means of transportation. They rely entirely on the support of voluntary drivers using their own vehicles in their spare time. The client pays the driver directly, after the journey. Journeys can be arranged Monday – Sunday but weekend trips may be limited due to availability of volunteer drivers. Trips can include health related appointments (no emergencies) such as:

  • Doctors/Dentist appointments
  • Outpatients
  • Chiropodists
  • Church Visits
  • Day Centres/Clubs
  • Cultural Activities
  • Hospital Visits
  • Opticians
  • Visiting friends and Relatives
  • Shopping
  • Outings

All drivers are DBS (formerly CRB) checked, friendly and reliable as well as passionate about what we are doing. The current mileage rate is 45 pence per mile and miles are counted from the drivers home to the pick up point, on to the appointment venue and back.

To book a lift, become a volunteer or any general inquiry please get in touch with: Terry Heard, Community Car Scheme Co-ordinator on 0300 123 1677 (24-hour answer phone) or email communitycar@cvsbeh.org.uk

Dial a Ride Service 01707 343600/dialaride@hertscc.gov.uk

Dial a Ride s a door to door transport service for the elderly or people of any age, including children, who have difficulty travelling due to permanent disability or illness. Children up to age of 14 will need to be accompanied by an adult. The Dial a Ride service, Monday to Friday, 9.00am-5.00pm.

The British Red Cross

We can provide a driver with a vehicle to offer door-to-door assistance for those in need. We normally ask for a contribution to our costs, based on millage used, but no-one will be refused a service because they cannot pay. For more information call 01992 585951.

The British Red Cross provides valuable short term support to vulnerable people in the UK, whether they’re recovering from an operation, need a wheelchair or just need help coping around the house.

Royal Voluntary Service

May be able to help with transport. £4 for the first 3 miles, then 60p per mile after that. Call 01992 552069 or email hertfordshirehirehub@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk

Herts Action for Disability Transport Scheme

HAD will provide transport at cheaper rates than taxis on a county wide basis. Please call 01707 375159

Welwyn Hatfield CVS Community Car Scheme

Our customers are mainly older people or people with illness or disability that prevents them from using public transport easily. The charge is 50p per mile from the volunteers home. Our drivers are local volunteers who are vetted by us and who give part of their time to the community. Please call 01707 273875.

Transport is for:

  • Medical appointments
  • Support Groups
  • Day Centres
  • Visits to sick friends and relatives
  • Shopping

The Health Shuttle 

The Health Shuttle is a door-to-door chargeable transport service to and from the Lister Hospital – covering Stevenage, Hitchin, Letchworth. Baldock and surrounding areas. Monday to Fridays, (expect public holidays). It also offers a link between the Lister and QE11 hospitals, Monday to Thursday only. Please call 01438 726219.

Local Colleges

Oaklands College Site – 01727 737000/info@oaklands.ac.uk

Hertford Regional College 

Broxbourne and Ware Campus Monday – Thursday 9.00am-4.30pm, Friday, 9.00am-4.00pm. Call 01992 411411 or email info@hrc.ac.uk

Other Local Groups

Hertford, The Sele School – Selections Community Courses and Activities

Selection Courses take place on weekday evenings during term time. They run a community learning programme known as Selections. This brings together a variety of community partners from the Hertford area to offer a range of fun, enjoyable activities for adults, families, children and teenagers. Though these partnerships, Selections aims to provide lifelong learning opportunities and pathways that meet the needs of Hertford people in order to promote:

  • Personal Growth and expanded horizons
  • A broader range of interests
  • A wider social life
  • A healthier life
  • Community Engagement

For more information or to sign up for a selections course please go to The Sele School website, www.sele.herts.sch.uk and click on the community tab.

Ware Community Cinema

The Priory Charity supports a popular monthly ‘senior’ film afternoon and films for children during the school holidays. For the up to date programme visit www.waretowncouncil.gov.uk or contact Rosalyn Montgomery on 01920 460316. 

Cheshunt over 50’s Activity – Love to Dance

Friday 10.00-12.00pm (no partner required!). This exciting programme of multiple dance styles and experience new routines every two-three weeks. Our programme of dance classes continues to attract people of all abilities. Classes run weekly and are delivered in a fun and friendly atmosphere by experienced and qualified teachers. Contact Joe Capon – Project Officer on 01707 284229.

Enfield over 50’s Computer Club (NEL80)

The club meets the first Sunday of the month, 10.30am-4.30pm, at St John’s Hall, Strayfield Road, off Theobalds Park Road, Enfield, EN2 9JP. Members bring their own computers. We do not give computer lessons but support members in the use of their computers. There is no annual subscription fee but members pay an attendance fee. Contact Mr Eric Jukes on 020 8366 6162, erickjukes@gmail.com or www.nel80.com.

Special Cooks Company (for adults with a learning disability)

The Special Cooks Company gives people with learning difficulties the opportunity to learn or improve their existing cookery skills in a safe environment. People using the service will have access to a real-life cooking experience in a community kitchen and will work together as a team to produce a nutritious meal. Special cooks are a small community based service which is passionate about developing people’s confidence. Contact Sue Doyle on 01707 875957, or 07751 296805 or email sue@specialcookscompany.co.uk