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June 2023

In April 2024 we were so pleased to learn that we had been successful in being awarded a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund for £184,000.

With this added to our own fundraising we have been able to start our pre-build work at the hall this week which is exciting. It is estimated that the project will be completed by mid-October and we will use this page to give regular updates.

We have managed to secure alternative accommodation for the duration of the build at Halsey Masonic Hall, Watford and we are very grateful for them. Our members will continue to meet twice weekly and once a month for the Working Age Group so support is not interrupted.

october 2023

In October of 2023, we hosted a fundraiser event at Shendish Manor to raise money for our accessibility project. As part of the night, a delicious dinner was had, alongside a raffle, silent auction and live auction. We would like to thank all of the donors of the prizes which included a signed Chelsea shirt, golf at the Grove and the Centurion Club as well as an amazing hand knitted golfer, made by one of our very own members. 

It was a very enjoyable evening with games such as heads or tails and dancing to round the night off, and we were able to raise an amazing total of £12,300. Thank you very much to everyone who attended for their generosity! Further, a huge thank you to everyone who donated their time to help organise and set up the event.

March 2023

We are delighted to have started a goalball club in Watford in conjunction with RNIB and Goalball UK. 

Goalball is a team sport played by the visually impaired and after 2 very successful taster sessions, funding has been secured to continue the club with monthly training sessions. 

Training will take place on the 3rd Sunday of each month 1.30-4pm at Watford Central Leisure Centre. To find out more details please contact us or email: watfordgoalball@gmail.com.

February 2023

On a rare cloudless day in February, we thoroughly enjoyed a visit to the Royal Hospital Chelsea. On arrival we were met by two residents who were to be our guides for the tour. 

Our tour consisted of a visit to the Chapel and dining room, as well as a walk around the grounds with fascinating information about the history of the buildings and hospital. Our visit was rounded off with a delicious lunch in the next door National Army Museum before heading back to Watford by coach.

January 2023

One of our amazing volunteers, Hilda, celebrated 50 years of volunteering for the charity with a presentation by members and fellow volunteers. As Hilda can be found in the kitchen each week cooking everyone’s lunch, fish and chips were delivered for everyone to enjoy and the kitchen door was firmly shut to her! Hilda was presented with flowers and a certificate as well as having several visually impaired members say a few words of thanks.

November 2022

Our thriving working age group enjoyed a very competitive game of ten pin bowling for this month’s meeting. Everyone had a great time with a few Strikes achieved and very energetically celebrated.

September 2022

The Volunteers and Trustees of Watford Social Centre for the Blind were presented with the Queens Award for Voluntary Services (QAVS) by The Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire this week. The QAVS is the highest honour bestowed on voluntary groups and is equivalent to an MBE. 

It is even more poignant as it was award by the late Queen Elizabeth II and signed by Her Majesty before her death. The crystal award and certificate were presented to Mrs Jenny Marsh, Lead Volunteer and Chairman of the Trustees in the presence of all the volunteers and trustees and witnessed by the charity’s visually impaired members.

March 2021

Watford blind centre activity

Back to enjoying some activities in a socially distanced manner today. Members enjoyed scrabble and darts as well as doing some needed keep fit and then testing their knowledge with a quiz. Lots of chatter and laughter which is always good for everyone.

Donations

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If you would like to donate to the Watford Blind Centre, providing support ranging from contributing to our accessibility project to supporting in making our lunches and outings more affordable for our members, please scan the QR code above or click the button below to be redirected to our JustGiving site.