Watford Matters with Dean Russell

Watford Matters with Dean Russell

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Join me, Dean Russell MP, as I discuss the important and interesting issues relevant to people living and working in brilliant Watford.


- Hertfordshire’s Police & Crime Commissioner
Jun 29 • 12 min
David Lloyd is the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, and he has a big job on his hands. He’s been elected to the role and is tasked with making sure Watford and Hertfordshire remain safe. Amongst many things, he sets the local policing plan…
- West Herts NHS Trust
Jun 24 • 11 min
During the Covid crisis, Watford Football Club turned Vicarage Road into a sanctuary for doctors, nurses and staff at Watford General Hospital which included meals, beds and chill out zones. Just one way our brilliant community pulled together during this…
- London Northwestern Railway
Jun 19 • 15 min
The Covid outbreak hit us suddenly a few weeks back and it’s changed some of our habits in a big way. Many of us have got used to working from home, and we’ve found technology like Zoom and Skype actually works! And that will mean a big shift in the way…
The National Lottery and Watford
Jun 12 • 15 min
Did you know that Camelot, who operates the National Lottery, is a major Watford employer - employing more than 700 people locally. And the National Lottery has invested a huge £40bn into good causes since it started 25 years ago. Watford has received…
- Lord Lieutenant Robert Voss
Jun 11 • 17 min
Lord Lieutenant Robert Voss is Her Majesty’s personal representative for Hertfordshire. Robert carries out duties on behalf of the Queen, and in Hertfordshire his packed agenda includes being President of the scouts, the local cadets and reserves force,…
- Donna Duncan
Jun 9 • 15 min
Meet Donna - a local volunteer and district councillor. Donna and her husband have been doing an amazing job picking up shopping and delivering prescriptions for vulnerable people during this pandemic. Donna joins me in this episode.
- Director of Public Health, Hertfordshire
Jun 2 • 14 min
We are incredibly lucky to have Jim McManus as our Director of Public Health in Hertfordshire. Jim has worked in 4 pandemics and brings a wealth of experience and important lessons with him as we recover from Covid. Great to talk to him in this episode.
- Watford Football Club
May 21 • 12 min
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…
- Mental health in Watford
May 14 • 9 min
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…
- Small Acts of Kindness
May 7 • 10 min
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…
- Nik Allen
May 4 • 18 min
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.
- Watford Town Centre Chaplaincy
Apr 28 • 15 min
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…
with Mayor Peter Taylor
Apr 17 • 11 min
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…
with Hertfordshire County Council
Apr 7 • 11 min
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…
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Apr 1 • 18 min
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…