Who is this service intended for? Anyone affected by loss or loneliness
Where is this service provided? With local partners across Herts and Bucks, please see timetable below for list of locations and timings
When is this service available? Various - please see timetable below for list of locations and timings
About our Cafés
Rennie Grove Peace’s Compassionate Cafés are drop-in sessions in a local venue or with a local partner. They provide a space for members of our community who have been affected by any type of loss and would like to come along for a friendly chat and a chance to meet others over a cup of tea.
There is no need to book, so please just come along.
Where this service is available
Our catchment area spans West Herts and Bucks. We launched our first Compassionate Cafés in and around the Watford area but are working quickly to expand.
|The Kitchen, Croxley||198 Watford Road, Croxley Green WD3 3DB||1st Friday, 10:00am-11:00am|
|Café West (partnership), West Watford||West Watford Free Church (Baptist), Tolpits Lane, WD18 6NU||3rd Tuesday, 9:15am-12:15pm (clo9sed 19th Dec 2023)|
|Red Trust (partnership), Bushey||Red Café, Phoenix Centre, Farrington Avenue, Bushey, WD23 3DG||1st Saturday, 11:30am-1:30pm|
|Inspire All (partnership) Borehamwood||96 Shenley Road Community Hub, Borehamwood, WD6 1EB||1st & 3rd Thursday, 2:00pm-4:00pm|
|Loaves & Fishes Café (partnership), Potters Bar||Christ Church Little Heath, Great North Rd, Potters Bar, EN6 1JNB||Every Wednesday, 10:00am-12:00pm|
|Wigginton Community Shop & Café (partnership), Wigginton||The Sports Ground, Chesham Road, Wigginton, HP23 6HH||1st Wednesday, 1:30pm-3:00pm|
|Well Bean Café, Harpenden Trust (partnership), Harpenden||Harpenden Trust Halls (above the Co-op), 130 Southdown Road, Harpenden, AL5 1PU||1st and 3rd Tuesday, 2:00pm-3:30pm. Launching 7th November 2023|
|Cottonmill Community Café with Leeanna's Wish (partnership), St Albans||Cottonmill Community & Cycling Centre, Cottonmill Lane, St. Albans, AL1 2EF||Last Tuesday, 12:00pm-1:30pm. Soft launch 28th November 2023, full launch 30th January 2024|
|Cross Street Café with Dagnall St. Church (partnership), St Albans||Cross Street Centre, 1 Cross Street Café, Cross St, St Albans, AL3 5EE||2nd Thursday, 10:00am-11:30am. Launching 14th December 2023|
|Jersey Farm Café with Ridgeway Church (partnership), St Albans||Jersey Farm Café, Jersey Farm Community Centre, 3 St. Brelades Pl, St Albans, AL4 9RG||2nd Friday, 2:30pm-4:00pm. Launching 12th January 2024|
|St Saviours Cafe with St Saviours Church (partnership), St Albans||St Saviours Church Hall, Sandpit Lane, St Albans, AL1 4DF||2nd Tuesday, 2:00pm-3:30pm. Launching 12th December 2023|
|Café on the Corner with Camphill Village Trust (partnership), St Albans||39 Catherine Street, St Albans, AL3 5BJ||3rd Saturday, 10:30am-12:00pm. Launching 20th January 2024|
|Random Café (partnership), North Watford||24A Garsmouth Way, Watford, WD25 9DR||3rd Thursday, 10:00am-11:30am. Launching 18th January 2024|
Compassionate Café Pop-Ups
|Compassionate Café Pop Up||Address||Day/time||Details|
|TRDC Healthy Hub Compassionate Café at Oxhey Library||Oxhey Library, Bridlington Road, South Oxhey, WD19 7AG||12:00pm-2:00pm, Thursday 30th November 2023, 18th January 2024, 21st March 2024.||This café is run in partnership with Healthy Hub, Three Rivers District Council|
|TRDC Healthy Hub Compassionate Café at Hillside Hub||Hillside Community Hub, 4A School Mead, Abbots Langley, WD5 0LB||1:00pm-3:00pm, Wednesday 21st February 2024, 17th April 2024||This café is run in partnership with Healthy Hub, Three Rivers District Council|
- offering a safe and welcoming space for people to come together
- offering friendship, emotional support and a listening ear
- helping people connect with their local community
- providing information, guidance and signposting to available services
A volunteer-led service, tailored to what is needed in the local community.
If you or a family member would like to attend a Compassionate Support Cafe, please drop in or contact the Compassionate Communities team on 01923 330330 or click the link below.
Like all Rennie Grove Peace services, our Compassionate Support Cafes in West Herts and Bucks are offered free of charge (some costs for refreshments). We can only deliver the services thanks to the generosity of the local community and the volunteers involved.
If you’d like to make a donation to support our services, you can do that here.
"Thank you all for your care, kindness and understanding, I don't know how I would have got through the early days of my husband's passing without you, so thank you for being there for me." - C
"Without doubt, the Compassionate Café made such a positive difference to me. It was wonderful to meet like-minded people who understood what I was going through and gave me the space to talk about how I was feeling, and where I could share my memories and my experiences. I feel I have now gained a renewed sense of purpose and structure in my life, and I am in a much better place than a few months ago – I’m now even looking at volunteering myself” - S
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Nominations and enquiries for Compassionate Communities
Whether you'd like to make a nomination to our Compassionate Communities, have a question, or would like to volunteer your time or services - we'd love to hear from you