Hertfordshire friendship schemes are are supported by the Hertfordshire County Council Carers Breaks Fund

The schemes run in

  • Stevenage and North Herts
  • St. Albans and Harpenden

Activities include for example:

  • One to One Befriending – the Friendship Scheme co-ordinators arrange for volunteers to form a friendship with an adult who has a learning disability.  With the support of our co-ordinators, volunteer befrienders share their leisure time with their friend and support them to get out and about, use local leisure and social facilities and have a fuller social life.  The activities they might do together include:   playing pool or darts in the pub, going to the theatre, shopping or lunch in town, going to the cinema, country walks and so much more.
  • Monthly Friendship Clubs – The Friendship Schemes meet monthly and the co-ordinators organise varied group activities which enable the scheme members to meet with friends and make new friends.  Activities include going for meals, going to the theatre, going bowling, playing pool. 
  • Art Group – enables adults with learning disabilities to meet others and enjoy arts and crafts in a relaxed yet exciting and hands on creative group.  Activities include working with colour, art from around the world (for example aboriginal paintings) puppet making, card making and mosaic work.  Meets on Fridays 10am – 12.30pm in Harpenden.
  • Fit for Fun – A gentle and fun exercise and movement session with a healthy eating session.  Meets every two weeks on a Tuesday 6pm – 8pm in St. Albans.
  • Drop In – Enables adults with a learning disability to meet friends and make new  friendsHave fun playing pool, table tennis and table games.  Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea.  Meets  weekly in Stevenage on a Wednesday 11am – 2pm. 
  • Outings and Events  –  The Friendship Schemes organise several  outings throughout the year.  We have been to Southend, we are planning trips to Birdworld and Woburn Safari Park.  A Christmas shopping trip to Bluewater.  A summer and Christmas disco.  Evening Canal trips.

How to find out more:

For Stevenage and North Herts
Contact our Friendship Scheme Co-ordinator Carol Le Grand:
M: 07984539343
E:  clegrand@guideposts.org.uk

For St Albans and Harpenden
Contact our Friendship Scheme Co-ordinator Jane Reidy:
M: 07850773145
E: jreidy@guideposts.org.uk