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The Waterside Centre was formed in 1990 by Margaret Gower. It was a very different place back then, it was strictly run, those who attended were generally more able than those who attend today, so sewing meant proper dressmaking, and in the workshop, the men made things using a full range of tools. Today it is still a busy place with lots of activities going on, it is fun place to spend the day, for staff and volunteers as well as service users. Freshly prepared meals are available at minimal cost for those who wish to eat a good lunch at the centre.

History Staff and Volunteers

The Waterside Centre is managed by Donna Bowman. She is overseen by a committee of nine volunteer Directors/Trustees who also visit between meetings to see the Centre in operation and to carry out Health and Safety checks.

The staff team consist of a Manager, Deputy, Administrator, 2 cooks and 9 care workers. Many of our staff are part time, which gives us cover for sickness and holidays without the need for agency staff. We also have a small but dedicated band of volunteers who regularly work at the centre doing a variety of roles. From time to time students are placed with us from school, college or university.


Most of those who attend Waterside are funded by Herts County Council, others may pay through direct payments or via their living service. They come from a large area, from Tring to Watford and St. Albans; and from a variety of settings, living at home with family, in residential care, supported living or independently in the community. Some individuals have additional needs including epilepsy, autism, physical disabilities, sensory impairments or mental health disorders.

Those who think that they would like to spend some of their days at Waterside are welcome to come along and meet us (with a supporter) and see what we do. Those who think this is the place for them can then come along for a ‘taster day’ where they can try out some activities, meet the staff and other service users and have lunch. Taster days are free of charge.

To organise a visit please email or telephone us 01923 260092


We make a wide range of items which we sell at very reasonable prices. These are made from re-cycled materials, so are good for the environment; our service users; and the pockets of those who buy them. We are happy to receive donations of material, wool, art and craft materials, wood etc. but please check with us first before leaving anything at the centre.

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Tel: 01923 260092