Helping Hands was set up in 2011 and to date has carried out over 600 requests for assistance from the local community.
We originally set up the organisation to offer assistance to the local community for specific tasks, which have included: transport and assistance to medical appointments at the health centre and hospitals, shopping, gardening, attending church and various other tasks. Since then the organisation has widened its remit to offer befriending and companionship, a most worthwhile and rewarding experience. Ninety per cent of our requests are for transport.
A quick review of how we work: those seeking support ring our dedicated 24/7 number: 01935 872921 and leave their request for assistance. Graham and Michaela receive the calls and monitor call minder on a daily basis and forward the requests to our volunteers to see who is available to assist.
Our main and virtually only asset is our volunteers, who have provided a lifeline to many in the local community. They continue to amaze me at their ability to go the extra mile, displaying immense understanding and compassion when dealing with some very vulnerable and lonely people.
Further information can be obtained from myself, details below: