Why do we need more volunteers? Our expanding programme of activities is
proving to be hugely popular. Feedback from users shows that there are still
needs to be met. With more volunteers, offering new skills, more people
in our community can receive help. At the moment we have a wide range of
people offering help with shopping trips, transport, visiting and befriending
in the home, listening, collecting shopping, gardening, simple handyperson
jobs and escorting on the minibus.
Volunteers in action. Arriving to do shopping for housebound client and accompanying users on a boat trip
The work of FiSH helps to bring members of the community together. The long term volunteers of today may become the users of tomorrow. Sometimes more mobile users are able to offer assistance to other as volunteers themselves.
The scheme is an essential part of providing care in the community. It identifies the users' needs at grass roots level and enables small preventative measures to be put in place so that more significant social and health issues are avoided. This in turn lessens the burden on the statutory services.
The new minibus has enabled us to increase our work in the community and lessens social exclusion for isolated people.
Contact the office to be a Volunteer, and we will send an Application Form.FiSH will provide training for volunteers in listening skills, moving and handling people and basic first aid. We can also arrange with Richmond and Kingston Accessible Transport for a MIDAS course for prospective minibus drivers.
Click on link to see a Volunteers Information Pack Volunteers