YOUR LOCAL CHAMPION
Working Hard For Watford
Dean is very active locally across Watford and enjoys rolling his sleeves up to help get things done. From regular volunteering at Watford General to weekly volunteering with local community groups and charities Dean enjoys being an active part of our local community.
If you would like to invite Dean to visit your school, workplace or charity, speak at an event or 'Put Dean On Your Team' then get in touch or email .
Events & Visits
Dean attends many events across Watford including many virtual visits.
On special occassions Dean has even been able to bring a guest along too, and in the past year both the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak and several Government Ministers have joined Dean to find out what is happening locally in Watford.
on your Team
Would you like to put your local MP to work on a shift in your school, business or charity?
'Put Dean On Your Team' does what it says on the tin! Get Dean to join a shift with your team and help promote your work.
From serving customers to filing documents, doing a spot of cleaning to helping load your van, no job is out of bounds.
Get in touch to 'Put Dean On Your Team'.
Watford Matters Podcast
Dean hosts a regular podcast 'Watford Matters with Dean Russell' where he interviews local leaders from across our community.
Interviewees range from Watford FC legend Luther Blisset to Director of Public Health Jim McManus, leader of Watford Borough Council Donna Nolan to Faith Leaders from across Watford.
You can listen to all the editions of the podcast by visiting here, or subscribe for free directly on Spotify or Apple Music.
What Are Your Views?
During lockdown, Dean has been focused on keeping the community safe, so he hasn't been able to meet constituents by knocking on doors as he would have usually done.
Whilst he hasn't been able to speak on the doorstep, he has been keen to hear what your local priorities are online and via regular virtual community events. An important opportunity to hear your feedback has been via surveys and polls.
Check back regularly to share your views and feedback about issues that matter to you. The latest surveys can be found in the survey section by clicking here.
Creativity For A Good Cause
As an artist, Dean has raised thousands for good causes and fundraisers through auctions of his paintings.
During the past year Dean has auctioned his paintings of Sir Captain Tom Moore for the West Herts Hospital Trust 'Raise Charity' and a portrait of Watford FC legend Luther Blissett for the Watford Community fund which is now in Watford Museum.
Dean has auctioned other painting for charity and a local school.
Did You Know?
DEAN'S MISSION IMPOSSIBLE
During the first lockdown Dean was asked to help the Mission Impossible movie producers ensure filming could continue at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden. Dean successfully organised for Tom Cruise to virtually meet with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
Dean's intervention led to specific film and production industry rules during COVID which countries around the world soon followed. His actions subsequently meant the global film industry could continue to make movies and TV shows safely - saving jobs in Watford and around the World.
John Lewis Petition
Dean was as frustrated as the rest of the town when he heart John Lewis was looking to close their store in Watford.
When Dean heard about the petition by Caroline Sampson, to ask John Lewis to keep the store open, Dean asked if he could hand the petition in person at the headquarters. Dean printed out the full petition which had more than 11,500 signatures.
Mr Russell later met the chairman of John Lewis, Sharon White, to explore opportunities to reconsider the company's decision to close the shop.
Dean's Local Campaigns
Find out about Dean's successful lobbying for £400m funding for West Herts Hospital Trust.
Infrastructure & Local Issue
From Woodmere Avenue to local infrastructure issues. Find out about Dean's local work.
Find out how you can help put mental health & wellbeing first across the town.
Safe Streets &
Find out about local efforts to tackle county lines crime and ensure our streets are safe.
Dean has helped secure over £4m to end homelessness in Watford.
Increasing Skills & Jobs
Find out about the latest initiatives for skills and jobs from kickstarter schemes to training.
Food Waste &
Join Dean in tackling food waste and ending the use of single use plastic across Watford.
Community & Volunteering
An active volunteer in Watford, find out about local and national community initiatives