HOW WE HELP
If you live in the Twickenham and St Margaret's area, we are there to help you. It costs nothing to join HANDS - our support is freely given. The only occasions that a minimal contribution may be requested are for some of the outings and the shopping bus.
Call the office on 020 8891 3346 to discuss your needs with our coordinator or one of the friendly desk volunteers. Lines are open 9.30-12.30 weekday mornings.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, many of our activities have been put on hold. However, our volunteers are still able to help with shopping, collecting prescriptions and telephone befriending. We will restart our other activities as soon as it is safe to do so.
Our volunteers will do the shopping for you and bring it to your home. If you prefer to go to a supermarket yourself, a volunteer will take you, provide a supportive arm and carry your shopping.
We run a fortnightly shopping bus to a local supermarket. You are picked up from your home, taken to the supermarket and given help with your shopping if you require it. (There is a waiting list for this service.)
THOSE LITTLE JOBS THAT YOU CAN'T DO
Things like changing a light bulb, cutting the lawn, sorting out household paperwork - a volunteer will help you.
Would you like someone to give you a lift to your GP or to a medical appointment? Or would you like to go to a leisure class, social club or the hairdressers? We can help you get there.
Getting out and about and meeting other people is one of the best medicines. We arrange many outings to local places of interest as well as hosting regular informal 'Friendly Thursdays' at the HANDS office, where you can enjoy other people's company over tea and cake. Wheelchair walks can also be arranged.
If you are feeling isolated and in need of company, we can arrange for a volunteer with similar interests to you to visit or make telephone calls on a regular basis.
And this is what we cannot do
We do not provide personal care, help with medication, house cleaning or financial support.