Charity of the Month – Waltham Abbey Voluntary Care
Barbara Weltch, Secretary of Voluntary Care, writes:
‘Waltham Abbey Voluntary care has been in action since 1982 but the demand for our services from local people continues.
‘We provide transport for those living in Waltham Abbey, Upshire, and High Beach, primarily for the elderly who have difficulty in getting around, and who need our help in getting to and from places. Last year we made around 350 trips. These were mainly to our local hospitals; PAH in Harlow, St. Margaret’s in Epping, Chase Farm in Enfield, Whipps Cross in Leytonstone and Herts and Essex in Bishop’s Stortford. We also, take people to local dentists and, of course, to the Health Centre in Sewardstone Road.
‘We are very much a local service operating on a really minimal overhead cost. Our volunteer drivers are generously recompensed for the mileage they do but use their own cars. Anyone wanting transport ‘phones a mobile number which our volunteer telephonists, working from their own homes, arrange. We do not charge for our services but the people we take can make a donation towards the cost. We do not have an office or any paid staff so donations are not swallowed up in administrative costs.
‘We are delighted to have been chosen as the Charity of the Month for August, and, on behalf of all our clients and volunteers, we would like to say a big thank you for any support you can give.
‘Volunteers do as much or as little as suits them- some help, perhaps, once per month while others several times each week. Some prefer to just do very local trips while other like a morning out and about helping someone needing a “good neighbour”.
‘I would be pleased to hear from anyone who would like to consider becoming a volunteer, either as a driver or to help man the ‘phone. We all get great pleasure and satisfaction from our work.
‘The telephone number for those needing our service is 07752 957099, Mon/Wed/Fri from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.’
During August please pray for Voluntary Care and its support of our community and give generously to ensure the continuation of its work. Thank you.