Disability Recreation Unity Movement is a small registered charity and a user-led group based in Watford, providing day services, activities and support to adults with physical and/or sensory disabilities living in South West Hertfordshire.DRUM is a very successful and well established organisation, user-led since 1994. 

As a user-led service, DRUM is run by a management committee of disabled members and carers, so service users are always involved in planning and delivering services at DRUM.

DRUM is the only service of its kind in the area.

DRUM provides a service that disabled people and their carers both want and need. DRUM is currently open 9am-3pm on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 

There is a Stroke Support and Yoga Group, run by DRUM, on a Wednesday afternoon and a Stroke Communication Group on a Thursday morning, which is run by the Stroke Association.

DRUM offers affordable, innovative and high quality day activities for adults with physical and/or sensory disabilities, an alternative to the more traditional ‘day centre’.  

Daily activity sessions are held and include painting, creative crafts, sculpture, textiles, ceramics, sport, yoga and tai chi.  Regular workshops and taster sessions are organised, subject to funding and include creative writing, drama, music and dance.  

DRUM also provides transport, refreshments and lunches and organise regular leisure activities, day trips and social events.   Additional in-house services are also available and include a hairdresser, chiropodist and nail manicurist, for both our members and their carers.

The majority of DRUM members were not born disabled but have acquired a disability through a sudden accident or illness such as a stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, brain or spinal injuries. Most members have a physical disability and/or cognitive, speech, hearing and sensory impairments.    Daily Attendance is 20-25 members per day.  Ages range from 18 – 94 years old!

Many members (and their carers) first come to DRUM suffering with feelings of isolation and depression, as a sudden disability can have a devastating effect on their life and those around them - mentally, physically and financially.  

DRUM provides a caring and friendly environment, providing an opportunity for members to meet other people in a similar situation; to share interests, make new friends, rekindle old interests, learn new skills, keep active, stay healthy and regain independence and confidence. 

DRUM provides a regular day break and additional support to over 150 unpaid carers.   Some carers just need a break - to sleep, meet with friends and family or do housework and shopping.  Other carers are juggling paid employment with their unpaid caring responsibilities at home. 

Carers are able to join in with any of the activities, social events and day trips organised by DRUM. 


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