If you have any spare time, no matter how little and think you may like to help HANDS, then we would be pleased to hear from you. You don't have to make a regular commitment if that is difficult for you, any time offered is hugely appreciated. 

If you are a very busy person you may be willing to help sometimes if the need arises.  This can be occasional, on a one off basis or once a week or once a month regularly.  You may even wait several weeks before your offer is taken up.  If when you are called upon, you are not free, the organiser will understand and try someone else.  The types of help you are likely to be asked to give are:  shopping, local transport (to take someone to the doctor or dentist perhaps), friendly visiting, odd jobs at home, light gardening or possibly sitting with a dependent relative to relieve a carer.  We are especially in urgent need of more drivers.

Volunteers support HANDS by helping with a range of requests received:

Basic DIY - You maybe asked to change a fuse or light bulb for somebody or carry out simple repairs.
Cooks & Helpers - You would cook a meal for eight people or assist by laying the table & serving lunch. You may find it helpful to have a look at our 'Lunch Club' page on this website.
Driving - Take someone to a necessary appointment when other transport services are not available. Perhaps to the dentist, hairdressers or a local activity. 
Gardening - If you enjoy gardening then you maybe able to help by cutting back some roses, pulling out a few weeds or mowing a lawn.
Shopping - Could you collect some shopping from a local supermarket for someone who is housebound, perhaps when you do your own shop.
Shopping Bus - For those unable to use public transport or cannot for health reasons carry bags. A community transport bus with a tail lift picks up shoppers who are then taken to a Twickenham supermarket. Could you assist people on & off the bus, escort them around the supermarket & help them home with their shopping.
Sitting - Keeping someone company & safe whilst their partner or carer is able to go out for some personal time.
Befriending/Visiting - You would regularly visit someone who has no family or friends nearby.
Other requests - Help someone to organise their paperwork, drop off a prescription, assist with writing a letter, move furniture or items in the home. These are just some of the examples of requests we receive at HANDS.

HANDS will organise CRB checks for new volunteers. 

Please help us support the local community by volunteering here or complete the attached form

We look forward to hearing from you.

HANDS Caregroup,
Apr 8, 2014, 4:37 AM