The group was raising awareness and appealing for donations at this year’s Chestnut Sunday about the work they do in the community – particularly Dorothy who handed out leaflets and rattled a bucket for over four hours, not bad for a 89-year-old!
From a small office opposite the Memorial Hospital they co-coordinate their volunteers to help the elderly, disabled or frail in the community, meeting needs as they arise. This is achieved by giving lifts to doctors appointments, dentists, hospitals and clinics, hairdressers, clubs and classes or taking them to visit friends and relatives.
They are available to give advice and information and visit the lonely and housebound. Three times a week they provide a door-to-door Accessible Transport bus to take people from their homes to Tesco’s in Teddington and assist them back with their bags. So instead of shopping being a daunting prospect it’s something to look forward to, as are our regular outings, which are extremely popular and can be a lifeline to the isolated and lonely.
Volunteering is not only personally rewarding but more importantly helps those for whom day-to-day life is now a challenge. Whether you can give a couple of hours a week or an hour a month you are needed, they would be delighted to hear from you (especially car drivers).
You can call on 020 8943 3112 or why not come and meet the team at their next coffee morning (including bring & buy sale), 10:30am 17th September at The Methodist Church Hall.