Updated: May 12
A new fund has been set up to allow people to show their support for the local charities and organisations that are stepping up to provide the help needed for the most at risk and vulnerable.
Watford Borough Council, in partnership with Watford and Three Rivers Trust (W3RT), has launched an appeal so residents and businesses can donate to support the local voluntary sector's coordinated response to the COVID-19 crisis. The sector is already providing vital help, such as food and medication right on the frontline, specialist advice on challenging areas such as domestic abuse, homelessness and mental health and offering practical help to young families facing the strain of isolation. Part of the fund will be used to support Watford based charities that are already finding it hard to keep going through the pandemic.
“At this very difficult time, Watford’s outstanding community and voluntary sector are rising to the challenge to do everything they can to make sure everyone gets the help they need. They are working together in very difficult circumstances, particularly as they are facing significant falls in income as many of their usual ways of fund raising – events, charity shops, sponsorship activities – have had to stop. Any help people or businesses think they can provide will be used directly to help people struggling in Watford.”
Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor
“Watford & Three Rivers Trust is pleased to stand with Watford Borough Council and the local community through this current crisis. Watford is a kind and generous community: hundreds of local voluntary organisations are working hard to support local people and will be ready to play a full part when our civic life can return to normal. These groups need our fullest possible support and we are 100% behind the council’s great initiative.”
Bob Jones, Chief Executive W3RT