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DRUM is a small registered charity, based in Watford, providing day activities, services and support to adults with physical and/or sensory disabilities. DRUM provides day services to around 85 disabled members and a regular day break to over 150 unpaid carers every week. The majority of DRUM members were not born disabled but have acquired a disability through a sudden accident or an illness such as a stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's, brain or spinal injury. Most members had led busy lives, working hard and bringing up their families when their lives were suddenly turned upside down by disability. Many first come to DRUM with feelings of depression and isolation. DRUM gives them the opportunity to meet new people, in a similar situation, learn new skills, keep active and stay healthy.

DRUM is a user led and non-profit organisation. DRUM offer high quality and low cost day activities and services to adults with physical and/or sensory disabilities, living in and around the Watford area.  Keeping our member's costs low ensures that they can attend DRUM more than just once a week if they choose to. This reduces isolation and provides additional support and a break to their unpaid carers, who are often juggling employment with their caring responsibilities at home. DRUM services include daily activity sessions in art, crafts, ceramics, textiles, yoga, tai chi, drama, creative writing, dance, sport & music workshops. We also organise day trips, social events. transport and provide members with a hot lunch.  Some funding is received from Hertfordshire County Council (Adult Care Services) towards the salaries of our part time staff, although this funding is the same as it was in 2006!  All DRUM staff work many additional hours on a voluntary basis and we also have a dedicated and local team of tutors and volunteers to help. All other funding (over £60,000 a year) is raised by DRUM, through membership fees, small grant applications, donations and fundraising.

Charity No: 10448369

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