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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
Phone: Emma 07745 891 834
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 – email@example.com
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
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
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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 – email@example.com
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
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Wigston 0116 305 3689 email@example.com
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.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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 – email@example.com
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.
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
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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:
Macmillan Support Line: 0808 808 00 00
President: John Gilding. Chairman: Eunice Loney