Further to the latest legislative changes for lockdown, Community Centres are now restricted to operating under limited purposes, as outlined below.

These activities of course would need to be Covid-19 secure with limited numbers attending to separate households. The latest restrictions came into force on the 5th November 2020 and states that a person who is responsible for a centre or hall must ensure that the venue is closed except where: 

  • to provide essential voluntary activities or urgent public support services (including the provision of food banks or other support for the homeless or vulnerable people, blood donation sessions or support in an emergency),   

  • for the purposes of education or training,  

  • for the purposes of support groups, or  

  • for the purposes of— (i) childcare provided by a person registered under Part 3 of the Childcare Act 2006, or (ii) supervised activities for children. 

 A support group is a group or one to one support a charitable to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support to its members or those who attend its meetings.  

Examples of groups who can meet include: 

  • victims of crime (including domestic abuse);  

  • those with, or recovering from, addictions (including alcohol, narcotics or other substance addictions) or addictive patterns of behaviour;  

  • new parents;  

  • those with, or caring for persons with, any long-term illness or terminal condition or who are vulnerable;  

  • those facing issues related to their sexuality or identity including those living as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender;  

  • those who have suffered bereavement;  

  • to vulnerable young people 

  For further information, do not hesitate to contact the W3RT CVS team via email.

Watford & Three Rivers Trust


W3RT is the local voluntary sector membership body; we champion volunteering & work with partners to deliver services for the residents of Watford & beyond.