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Dial A Ride service in Watford

Disability Watford have been asked about the Dial a Ride service during the Covid-19 virus crisis, below is a link to the info Hertfordshire County Council have sent us back to our questions. The service is meant to start next Monday 20th July. Please click here for more information.

Help from RNIB with shopping if you are Blind/Severely Sight Impaired or Visually Impaired/Sight Impaired

Are you a person who is Blind/Severe Sight Impaired or visually impaired/Sight Impaired or help a person who has those conditions and can’t get on-line Priority shopping deliveries to you at home? Then RNIB can help. Please click here for more information.

Urgent Help for Persons with a Disability in Self-Isolation

We hope you are all well and safe. Being able to stay safe is, for some of you going by those who have contacted Disability Watford, a problem. Therefore, we have been doing some work on getting some information on where to get help while this virus crisis is going on. Please click here for more information.

Road Closed in Watford Town Centre

Hertfordshire County Council has closed a road in Watford at the lower end of the town centre (from 22 May) to stop traffic going through from Water Lane and exiting by King Street. Whilst blue badge holders can drive through the closure, parking bays in the town centre have been suspended. All of these measures are in place to provide more safe space for people to share as more shops open from 1 June – allowing for people to stay 2 metres apart and queue safely.

Kings car park is open for blue badge holders, as is Gade and the Town Hall and Avenue car parks. But we have no news when the other car parks will open, along with Shopmobility Watford. If you need a wheelchair, you’ll have to take one with you for the moment. This is what Hertfordshire County Council sees as essential to provide the safety we need at the moment.

Morrisons Doorstep Delivery

You may heard already that Morrisons are now offering a doorstep delivery service to vulnerable and elderly members of the community, by asking people to pick the essentials they need from a list, and then contacting them:

‘Our Morrisons Doorstep delivery service is available to vulnerable and elderly members of the community, unable to go shopping in-store. Call 0345 611 6111 and select option 5 to place your order. Any order placed before 4pm we will aim to deliver the next day. In order to use this service, you must live within 10 miles of a Morrisons store. There is a limit of three per item whilst using this service. Deliveries will adhere to the current social distancing rules so to avoid contact we strongly encourage contactless card payments only, if this isn’t possible chip and pin card payments are available but no cash payments can be accepted.’

AGM Postponed

Due to the current Coronavirus/covid-19 outbreak and the potential risk to our volunteers, members and visitors we have decided to postpone our AGM which we had planned for April until further notice. Also, until further notice, we can only be contacted via our email or telephone as the office will not be open to visitors. Our usual phone number will divert to a mobile phone, so please give it time to connect. We hope you understand and from all of us at DW please stay safe and well.

Parking For £10

Parking pass card scheme in Watford Car Parks for those with a Disability/low income.

Not a lot of people know, but Watford Borough council have an annual parking permit Pass Card for £10 which covers you in the town centre car parks including the INTU carparks. You won’t find this on the council’s website, so have a look here on the DW site and let your friends know about the scheme as not a lot of people seem to know about this £10 deal.

For more information on the T’s & C’s and to get the application form click here to download the parking application form

Disability Watford are asking you to ask your local borough and county Councilor why did they allow the subway joining the 2 half’s of Clarendon road where it went under Beecham Grove to be filled in?

Crossing the road at the lights may be easy for those with no impairments but what about those people with disabilities?

Taxi Company Fined for Refusing to take Guide Dog

Dacorum Borough Council have successfully prosecuted a local taxi company for refusing to take a booking from a passenger with a guide dog.
Please click here for more information on a Taxi Company being fined for refusing to take a guide dog.

Need to Find a Reliable Trader?

We are passing on some information we have received from Hertfordshire County Council. Although we do not recommend any of these ourselves, we thought it sounds a good scheme. Please click here for more information on Reliable Traders.

Transport Survey

Information on 2 past transport surveys can be found on the campaigns page or by clicking here.

Taxi Service Report

Report on the (poor) taxi service for people with a disability in Watford commissioned by Watford Borough Council. Please visit our campaigns page here to read the report.

New fine for taxi drivers

A new £1,000 fine for taxi drivers who will not take wheelchair users has been created. To read more on a new fine for taxi drivers Click here.

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Disability Watford exists to:

  • Form links between disability groups and individuals in the Watford area
  • Identify the needs of people with a disability in the area
  • Make sure local agencies are aware of these needs
  • Develop partnerships with statutory bodies and other voluntary and community groups
  • Co-operate with local agencies in service delivery

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