In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak we have compiled a list of helpful organisations.
East Herts District Council
Responsible for council tax, housing, benefits, business relief, waste collection:
Hertfordshire County Council
Responsible for social and adult care, schools, childcare and family centres, recycling centres (tips), health and wellbeing services:
More information and advice for residents and businesses during the pandemic can be found at : https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/about-the-council/news/coronavirus-covid-19-what-you-need-to-know.aspx
If you see a business open that you think should be closed please call 0808 223 1133
Someday services are also open and may be able to help:
Anyone currently using a social care service should expect that to continue, however they should speak to their care provider first or call on 0300 123 4042 for other urgent care needs.
Frequently asked questions for people with care and support needs can be accessed online:
Government Advice, Coronavirus information and updates from the Government (guidance from the government is updated every day):
If you can offer coronavirus (COVID-19) support from your business visit:
If residents or businesses have offers to manufacture or donate PPE to see what is acceptable and what isn’t:
Citizen Advice Bureau
General helpful information about coronavirus:
Advice about coronavirus symptoms and what to do if you or someone in your household has coronavirus:
If you’re extremely vulnerable because of a medical condition and need help to get care or essential supplies like food you will need to join the list being complied by the Government:
Hertfordshire Growth Hub
For business, attractions, accomodation within the Hertfordshire Tourism Industry please visit https://www.visithertsbusiness.co.uk/ for detailed advice about how new regulations will effect your business.
Bishop's Stortford BID
If you are not sure what support is available for your business, check the new Government Support Finder tool:
If you are eligible for a business grant, you must apply to East Herts Council directly:
Mental Health Help
Herts Mind Network
020 3727 3600
Crisis Helpline : 01923 256391
Single Point of Access- 0300 777 0707 (8am-7pm) or 01438 843322 between 5pm and 8am.
Getting Help and Support
Meals on Wheels
A service where you can readymade meals delivered:
Free School Meal Voucher
Apton Day Centre Bishop’s Stortford
A centre for the elderly and vulnerable now closed but are organising meals and shopping drop off.They are organising meal drop offs:
Residents can obtain information including phone numbers for assistance they may require. Residents requiring help will need to register on-line or have someone do it for them after which Herts Help will triage callers to determine their individual needs including medical, telephone befriending, shopping & meals. The Apton Centre is cooking & distributing meals to our customers & will continue to do so.
Operation Community Services
Befriending Service: 01279 942025
(8:00am - 8:00pm everyday)
Welfare: 01279 942026
(8:00am - 8:00pm everyday)
General Enquries: 01279 504748
(9:00am - 1:00pm Mon - Fri)
They are also organising meal, shopping and prescription drop offs
East Herts District Council will be providing accomadation for all rough sleepers.
Call East Herts for more information on 01279 655261.
For information on Bishop's Stortford Night Shelter -call 01279 655261.
Money Advice Unit:
Hertfordshire Citizens Advice Service
03444 111 444
0808 808 4000
Advice on Avoiding Scams
Sign up for scam alerts from trading standards
Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline
0808 223 1133
Support for Young People
Which is jointly managed by the Herts Care Provider Association (HCPA) and the County Council’s Adult Care Services (ACS).
The hub provides a telephone helpline - 01707 708 108 (9am – 5pm | Mon – Fri) and email support via: firstname.lastname@example.org
There are also regularly updated FAQs, links to training and other resources on the HCPA website:
Domestic Abuse Support
Herts Independent Violence Advocacy Service (IDVA)
0300 790 6772 (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm)
If someone requires emergency refuge accommodation, they can call Safer Places specialist domestic abuse service on 0330 102 5811.
Herts Victim Service
Victims can contact Hertfordshire’s victim service team at Beacon, even if they do not want to report the incident as a crime. They can call a case manager in confidence on 0300 0115 555 and press option 3 or send an email to email@example.com.
For information and advice for individuals or others who are worried about someone else, the website www.hertssunflower.org is a valuable resource for anyone who is experiencing domestic abuse or those carrying out abuse who want support to change their behaviour.
Herts Domestic Abuse Helpline
It is also possible to speak to someone from the Herts Domestic Abuse Helpline, in confidence, for help, advice and support on 08 088 088 088 (open weekdays 9am-9pm and weekends 9am-4pm).
Further information and support is also available at:
The freephone, 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247
Something Fun to do
Free online classes for everyone!
FREE online courses for Hertfordshire residents:
PAID online Dance classes:
Several operators have changed their timetables. Below is the information as of 12/1/2021, we will update this information as regularly as possible but information is subject to change. Please check with travel operators if you need to travel. Please only travel if you are making an essential journey.
308/309 - Stansted Airport to Thorley Park via Bishop's Stortford- Normal Service
311 - Bishop's Stortford to Stortford Fields- Normal service
508/509/510 - Harlow to Stansted Airport via Bishop's Stortford and Sawbridgeworth
Mon- Sunday -Revised 15 minute Monday to Friday, 20 minute Saturday and hourly Sunday
For full timetables please click the link below:
Stephensons of Essex
301 - Bishop's Stortford to Saffron Walden - Normal service Mon- Sat
For more Stephenson's timetables please click this link:
351 - Bishop's Stortford to Hertford
Temporary timetable linked here: https://trustybus.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/S22C-821010614210.pdf
For more Trusty Bus timetables please click this link:
386 - Bishop's Stortford to Stevenage/Braughing
Running as normal. Timetable linked here:
Please check Richmond coaches website for updates:
Timetable linked here:
No update as of yet. Timetable linked here:
Please check Galleon Travels website for updates:
Liverpool Street - Cambridge (via Bishop's Stortford) - Normal Services
Stansted Express (via Bishop's Stortford) - Half hourly services 7 days a week, with 3 trains an hour certain times of the day Monday to Friday to and from London Liverpool Street
Bishop's Stortford Town Council provides Bike Racks throughout the town. Look out for the new stickers in town.