Compassionate Cafés

Our Compassionate Cafés are drop-in sessions, in local cafés and venues, providing a welcoming space for people affected by any type of loss.

Compassionate Cafés

Who is this service intended for? Anyone affected by loss or loneliness

Where is this service provided? With local partners across Bucks and Herts, 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 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

Compassionate Cafés

Our catchment area spans Bucks and West Herts. We launched our first Compassionate Cafés in and around the Watford area but are working quickly to expand.

Bushey, Borehamwood & Oxhey

Compassionate CafeFacilities and costsAddressDay/time
Red Trust (partnership), BusheyRefreshments donations based. Dog friendlyRed Café, Phoenix Centre, Farrington Avenue, Bushey, WD23 3DG1st Saturday, 11:30am-1:30pm
Inspire All (partnership) BorehamwoodFree refreshments. Dog friendly96 Shenley Road Community Hub, Borehamwood, WD6 1EB3rd Thursday, 2:00-3:30pm
Oxhey Compassionate Café with TRDC Healthy Hub (partnership), Oxhey LibraryFree refreshmentsOxhey Library, Bridlington Road, South Oxhey, WD19 7AG 1:00pm-2:30pm 25th July, 26th September, 28th November 2024, 30th Jan & 27th March 2025

Great Missenden

Compassionate CafeFacilities and costsAddressDay/time
Great Missenden Library (partnership), Great Missenden Free refreshments Great Missenden Community Library, High Street, Great Missenden, HP16 0AL Last Wednesday, 10:00am-11:30am

Potters Bar

Compassionate CafeFacilities and costsAddressDay/time
Loaves & Fishes Café (partnership), Potters BarRefreshments donations based. Dog friendlyChrist Church Little Heath, Great North Rd, Potters Bar, EN6 1JNEvery Wednesday, 10:00am-12:00pm

St Albans & Harpenden

Compassionate CafeFacilities and costsAddressDay/time
Well Bean Café, Harpenden Trust (partnership), HarpendenRefreshments donations based. Dog friendlyHarpenden Trust Halls (above the Co-op), 130 Southdown Road, Harpenden, AL5 1PU1st and 3rd Tuesday, 2:00pm-3:30pm
Cottonmill Community Café with Leeanna's Wish (partnership), St AlbansFree refreshments. Dog friendlyCottonmill Community & Cycling Centre, Cottonmill Lane, St. Albans, AL1 2EF Last Tuesday,10:30am-12.30pm
Cross Street Café with Dagnall St. Church (partnership), St AlbansRefreshments for sale. Dog friendlyCross Street Centre, 1 Cross Street Café, Cross St, St Albans, AL3 5EE  2nd Thursday, 10:00am-11:30am
Jersey Farm Café with Ridgeway Church (partnership), St AlbansRefreshments donations based. Dog friendlyJersey Farm Café, Jersey Farm Community Centre, 3 St. Brelades Pl, St Albans, AL4 9RG 2nd Friday, 2:30pm-4:00pm (closed on 9 August)
St Saviours Cafe with St Saviours Church (partnership), St Albans Refreshments free. Dog friendlySt Saviours Church Hall, Sandpit Lane, St Albans, AL1 4DF 2nd Tuesday, 2:00pm-3:30pm
Café on the Corner with Camphill Village Trust (partnership), St AlbansRefreshments for sale. Dog friendly39 Catherine Street, St Albans, AL3 5BJ3rd Saturday, 10:30am-12:00pm


Compassionate CafeFacilities and costsAddressDay/time
Wigginton Community Shop & Café (partnership), WiggintonRefreshments for sale. Dog friendlyThe Sports Ground, Chesham Road, Wigginton, HP23 6HH1st Wednesday, 1:30pm-3:00pm

Watford, Abbots Langley & Croxley

Compassionate CafeFacilities and costsAddressDay/time
The Kitchen, CroxleyRefreshments for sale. Dog friendly198 Watford Road, Croxley Green WD3 3DB1st Friday, 10:00am-11:00am
Café West (partnership), West WatfordRefreshments donations based. Dog friendlyWest Watford Free Church (Baptist), Tolpits Lane, WD18 6NU3rd Tuesday, 9:15am-12:15pm (closed on 20 August & 17 December)
Random Café (partnership), North WatfordRefreshments for sale. Dog friendly24A Garsmouth Way, Watford, WD25 9DR3rd Thursday, 10:00am-11:30am
St Lawrence Church Café (partnership), Abbots Langley LAUNCHING 4th SEPTRefreshments for sale. Dog friendlyBreakspear Room, St Lawrence Church, High Street, Abbots Langley, WD5 0AS1st Wednesday, 2:00pm-3:30pm (Starting 4 Sept)

How our Compassionate Café’s can make a difference

"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."

Compassionate Café attendee

"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”

Compassionate Café attendee