Podcasts with Dean Russell

Watford Matters with Dean Russell

Coronavirus community information with Operations Director Glyn Evans from Watford Football Club

Thursday 21st May 2020
Watford Football Club has done a tremendous job completely transforming their ground into space for doctors, nurses and staff at Watford General Hospital. Feeling very lucky to live in such a generous community, and pleased to be joined by Glyn Evans from the club.

Coronavirus community information with Watford’s Mental Health champion Cllr Rabi Martin

Thursday 14th May 2020
Mental health - everybody goes through days where they don’t feel great and it’s ok to talk about it. Ask your friend or colleague if they are ok, especially during these tough times. Sometimes asking twice is good. Very pleased to discuss this and more with Watford’s Mental Health champion Cllr Rabi Martin.

Coronavirus community information with Small Acts of Kindness Chief Exec Lynne Misner

Thursday 7th May 2020
I’m really pleased to hear that older people who need help during this pandemic are asking for it. It’s not always easy for them as some are not on social media, and in many cases older people try and make do and are too proud to ask for help. Small Acts of Kindness is a charity doing a great job delivering warming packages and helping reduce loneliness. More here with Founder Lynne Misner.

Coronavirus community information with Nik Allen

Wednesday 4th May 2020
Nik Allen is an excellent local journalist at My Local News who sadly caught coronavirus. He’s now better - he opens up about his darkest hour battling the virus and he tells us what it was like inside the much loved Watford General Hospital.

Coronavirus community information with Lead Chaplain Frances Novillo for Watford Town Centre Chaplaincy

Tuesday 28th April 2020
The Street Angels and Chaplains at Watford Town Centre Chaplaincy are doing an amazing job in looking after the mental health of people working in our town centre. The COVID-19 lockdown means they can’t visit workplaces at the moment, but they are innovating and adapting to the circumstances. I'm pleased to be joined by Frances from the Chaplaincy to discuss this and much more.

Coronavirus community information with Mayor Peter Taylor

Tuesday 17th April 2020
Whether it’s bin collections, helping homeless people or making sure burials happen, we’re making sure people get their core services during this coronavirus lockdown. I'm really pleased to be joined remotely by Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor who is doing a brilliant job for the community with Watford Council.

Coronavirus community information with Herts County Council Chief Exec Owen Mapley

Tuesday 7th April 2020
Hertfordshire County Council is doing an incredible job during COVID19 - keeping our local schools open for children of key workers and providing social care for those who need it. Their Chief Exec Owen Mapley joins me remotely in this episode to discuss their fantastic efforts. And a big thank you to everyone volunteering in Watford to help vulnerable and isolated people as we get through this crisis. You can also listen to the full episode on 'Watford Matters with Dean Russell' - available now on Spotify here.

Coronavirus community information with Bob Jones of W3RT

Wednesday 1st April 2020
Over the coming days I'm beginning a series of community information podcasts to throw a spotlight on some of the great work happening in Watford during this challenging time. I'm pleased to be joined by Bob from Watford & Three Rivers Trust who is helping coordinate the local volunteering effort with Watford Council. Forgive the audio quality, these episodes are being done remotely to keep everyone safe and we are putting information out in as real time as possible.