Harborough Charities and Groups

Befriending services and drop in events

VASL (Voluntary Action South Leicestershire)

VASL provide a range of support for lonely people.  Community champions meet with potentially lonely people face to face, and VASL befrienders also contact people over the telephone or even by exchanging letters.  They also provide help for people to get online and connect with friends and family.  VASL are seeking people to be befrienders.  Befrienders and Community Champions also enjoy meetups and social events.

Contact VASL on

Telephone – 01858 433232

Email – admin@vasl.org.uk

Website - www.vasl.org.uk/projects



A volunteer charitable organisation for parents/carers of children, young people and adults on the Autism Spectrum or on the Autism diagnosis pathway.

Support group meetings (term-time) normally: 1st Wednesday of the month from 7.30pm to 9.30pm and 3rd Friday of the month from 10.00am to 12.00pm at the New Horizons Hall, Baptist Church, Coventry Road, Market Harborough, LE16 9BX

They provide Autism Information, a lending library of books/equipment and invite professional speakers to their support group. They also run weekly cuppa and chat drop in session, private hire family swimming, monthly pamper sessions for carers and inclusive activities. There are no charges to attend.
Contact Spectrum on:

Email: spectrumautismgroup@yahoo.com
Phone:  Emma 07745 891 834
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/spectrumautismgroup/


Home Start South Leicestershire

Help for families with young children facing difficulties and disadvantage across Harborough District through one to one support, groups, courses and counselling. Much support is provided through our team of well trained and supported volunteers – bespoke and non-judgemental help, from one parent to another.

Contact: Erika Lucas

Telephone – 01858 467982

Email – info@home-startsouthleics.org.uk

Website: www.home-startsouthleics.org.uk


Tea at Three

Tea at three is a regular lunch event particularly for people living alone.  There are now around 30 people attending.  Each month members can enjoy lunch and conversation and Tea at Three can help provide transport. Tea at three takes place on the last Sunday of each Month, at St Dionysius Hall, Market Harborough. It comprises of different activities around a specific theme and sometimes outside speakers to talk on their travels and professions chosen, all with a lovely homemade tea. A summer outing is organised as well. 

Contact David Palmer on

Telephone 07505 968767

Email harboroughfx@gmail.com


Over 50's Tea in the Afternoon at the café, Harborough Community Church

We meet between 2.30 and 4.30pm on the second Wednesday each month (other than August) in the Church Coffee Shop, 121 Bath Street, Market Harborough.  There’s no charge to come along.  We also have a range of get-together events and activities.

Contact Andrew & Margaret Freer

Telephone 01858 463524 or 07711 430256


Age UK - lunch club

Age UK Leicestershire and Rutland run a lunch club in Market Harborough each Tuesday. 12.00-14.00 at Brooklands Gardens, Market Harborough. LE16 9DL.

Age UK also run a telephone befriending service


Telephone - 0116 2992269

Email – Samantha.carnall@ageukleics.org.uk



Age UK – day care

Age UK provide a day care service on Mondays and Thursday in Market Harborough, which runs from 10.30am – 3pm. This is located at 36 Roman Way, Market Harborough, LE16 7PQ. This can either be self-funded or via a local authority personal budget.


Telephone – 0116 2220558 or 0116 222 0572

Email – enquiries@ageukleics.org.uk

Website - https://www.ageuk.org.uk/leics/our-services/helping-you-live-independently/day-care/


The Torch Trust

The Torch Trust helps those who are blind, partially sighted or becoming blind.  The team run a befriending service and a telephone based service to avoid loneliness and social isolation.  The Trust are looking for new volunteers.


Telephone – 01858 438260

Email – info@torchtrust.org


ROMEO (Retired Oldish Men Eating Out)

Romeo is a new club for older men where they can (as the name implies) enjoy a meal out together and socialise.  Details TBC.

Contact David Palmer on

Telephone 07505 968767

Email harboroughfx@gmail.com



Voluntary and community groups and activities

Market Harborough in Bloom

Market Harborough in bloom is an enthusiastic group aiming to make our town as visually attractive as possible.  Volunteers plant hanging baskets and planters all across the town and have won numerous awards as part of Britain in Bloom.  Volunteers can enjoy being part of a friendly and successful group making our community look better.  Volunteers meet regularly at 9.30 am at Welland Park. During the winter this is Monday and Wednesday, but may be more frequent during other times of the year.   

Contact by emailing: mhinbloom@gmail.com or visiting their website: www.mhibv.org.uk

Like their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/rhsbloomharborough/


Elderberries Community Gardening

Elderberries is a group which works with volunteers and residents at Lenthall House, Market Harborough.  The project involves people of all ages and gardening abilities and includes some people with dementia. The group meets every Wednesday afternoon, between 2-4pm.

Contact David Palmer on

Telephone 07505 968767

Email harboroughfx@gmail.com


Market Harborough, Oadby and Wigston Libraries

All libraries run a Home Library Service, delivering books to people who are house bound in their homes via a team of dedicated volunteers. All of our libraries also have a Make Friends With a Book Group, where people can come together and listen to a story read aloud, have a chat, just listen and meet people. We also have a variety of Games groups (chess, scrabble etc), knitting, colouring groups, Wrigglys Readers for mums and tots as well as one off events activities, all friendly and open to all. Please contact the library for times and details.

Market Harborough 0116 305 3627 helen.murray@leics.gov.uk

Wigston 0116 305 3689 claire.bradshaw@leics.gov.uk

Oadby 0116 305 8763 kim.wallis@leics.gov.uk or sally.white@leics.gov.uk


Dementia Harborough: Dementia Café and Singing for Memories Group

Dementia Harborough is an independent local charity run by volunteers which supports those newly diagnosed with dementia and their carers, where they can have fun together, and jointly support each other.

The Cafe is a place to meet for coffee, cake and activities, while sharing experiences, information and support. The Café meets on the third Tuesday of every month and has a programme of activities. All meetings are held from 2pm to 4pm, at Jubilee Hall, Congregational Church, Bowden Lane, Market Harborough LE16 7JD.

Singing for Memories is an informal singing group, meeting on the first Tuesday of every month at Jubilee Hall, from 2pm to 4.00pm.

Email membership@dementiaharborough.org or call 07594 649566 for more information about these groups, or see their website www.dementiaharborough.org


Good old days tea dance

This tea dance happens every three months at the Market Harborough Congregational Church (Bowden Lane, LE16 7JD).  It’s an old-fashioned tea dance with cake, tea and a raffle and socialising.

Contact  Rachel Edwards

Telephone 01858 821205

Email – activetogether@harborough.gov.uk


The Well, Kibworth

The Well Café in Kibworth is a friendly volunteer run café.  We have musical events and craft activities.  The café is open 9 till 4 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  We are open late on a Wednesday with (optional) meditation from 8 to 8.30 PM. 

Contact Emma Dowman

Telephone – 0116 2790148

Email – manager@thewellkibworth.org


Harborough community transport

Harborough Community Bus (HCB) is a small charity local to Market Harborough. Examples of members and the transport they receive include: Residents groups once a month to local pubs for lunch; Church groups to a weekly social event for tea and cards; and a disabled group to a weekly club night. HCB is a charity run entirely by volunteers. All of our drivers are volunteers. We are always looking for new drivers

Contact John Feavyour.

Email harboroughcommunitybus@gmail.com

Telephone 07736 085622



Market Harborough Royal British Legion

Providing support to all members of the British Armed Forces (past and present) and their families. Though you don’t need to have served to become a member. They have a very active branch in Market Harborough, with various events throughout the year.

Contact Betty Ramsay

Email betty.ramsay@hotmail.co.uk

Events list: http://branches.britishlegion.org.uk/branches/market-harborough/events/future-events


Market Harborough Congregational Church (MHCC)

MHCC have two groups which meet:

The Toddlers Club held weekly in the Jubilee Hall MHCC in term time 9.30am to 11.30am. This is suitable  for pre-school children and their carers.

The Open Door Group held weekly in the lounge at MHCC during term time on Wednesday afternoons. This group is mainly suitable for older people.

Further information on both these groups please contact the church office, open 10:00 to 12:00 on 01858 462376


Harborough District Children and Young People’s Charity (HCYC)

Providing play and youth work activities and projects across Harborough District, helping children and young people to develop their potential and receive the support they need. Working with Parish Councils to provide rural provision for isolated young people.

Contact: Stella Renwick

Telephone – 07769 276750

Email – info@hcyc.org.uk

Website: https://www.hcyc.org.uk/


Alzheimer’s Society groups and services:

Activity Group and Carers Support Group, 1st Friday of each month 10am – 11.30am at Market Harborough Methodist Church, Northampton Road, Market Harborough.  LE16 9HE.

Side By Side service to provide help on a 1:1 basis for a person with dementia to access facilities and activities in the community. 

Carers’ Information and Support Programme on a rotation basis. Individual Support Service

Contact: Helen Whittington

Telephone - 0116 231 1111

Email helen.whittington@alzheimers.org.uk


Leicestershire Adult Learning Service

Explore hundreds of part-time day, evening and weekend courses that are delivered throughout the County. These include computing, English and maths, languages, skills for jobs, drawing and painting, cooking, Pilates and crafts.

Also offering taster learning sessions, free appointments with learning and work advisers and skills improvement services.

Contact Jayne Edwards

Locality Engagement Coordinator – South Locality

Wigston Library and Learning Centre

0116 3050432 / 0750 8013252




The Friendly Bench

The Friendly Bench™ is a purposely designed and located kerbside community garden, with integrated seating, created to help connect the elderly, socially isolated and those with limited mobility to people, to places and with nature.

A welcoming, inclusive place for all, the core principles that guide The Friendly Bench™ are connecting people, connecting places and connecting with nature

Contact  Lyndsey Young for further information

Telephone – 07875 719849

Website – www.facebook.com/thefriendlybench


LOROS Home Visiting Service

Service is available for adults with a life limiting disease; requiring referral from their GP or specialist nurse. A volunteer can support patients, relatives or carers for up to 4 hours a week. Currently this service is available Monday – Friday. Volunteers will offer companionship, a listening ear, support with hobbies and interests, helping to stay connected to your community by taking you out and provide limited practical support. The service is tailored to meet the needs of individuals and is adapted at each visit according to how the person is feeling.

Contact the team on

Telephone 0116 2318470


The Market Harborough Group of Macmillan Cancer Support

A fundraising group to raise money for patients and their families with cancer. They have various events during the year including coffee mornings and cycle rides. For further details please get in touch by emailing:

euniceel@hotmail.com or info@MacmillanMarketHarborough.co.uk

Macmillan Support Line: 0808 808 00 00

President: John Gilding. Chairman: Eunice Loney