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Notice: Could You Spare Some Time Helping Local People With ‘Care For Guildford’?

Published on: 18 Mar, 2022
Updated on: 18 Mar, 2022

The coronavirus vaccination programme has been a huge success, much of this down to the many fabulous volunteers who have been getting those who need help to the vaccination centres.

The people of Guildford and the surrounding area certainly know when to step forward and help when called.

And the charity, Care for Guildford, a good neighbour scheme with a network of volunteers who help local people who cannot get out and about on their own, have been part of this success.

They have a fantastic group of people who volunteer their time to transport local people to daycentres, appointments and other necessary trips. The charity has been in the town for nearly 50 years.

Here, are a few of their client stories which shine a light on the work they do in the town.

Mrs A lives alone and suffers with her mental health. She really enjoys her weekly visits to the Canterbury Centre, where local residents meet and chat to their friends and staff, but without her own transport it is difficult for her to get there.

Mr D requires a visit to the nurse at his doctor’s surgery for medication to be administered on a fortnightly basis.

Mrs S needs a visit to the eye department at the Royal Surrey County Hospital after her optician spotted a potential problem with her eyesight which requires further specialist investigation.

Mr T has been battling with cancer and needs another scan at the Royal Surrey to check on the impact his treatment has had on his tumour.

Mr F needs a hearing check-up in the audiology department, as his hearing aids do not appear to be working properly.

These are just a few examples where Care for Guildford has been able to help elderly and vulnerable residents of Guildford to access medical services by arranging a lift with one of their friendly drivers.

They need to grow their bank of volunteer drivers who they can call on. They need your help.

Drivers can volunteer to work for as little as an hour a week. No regular commitment is required.

If you have an hour or two to spare, have your own transport and would like to help our elderly and vulnerable residents get to vital medical appointments. please get in touch either by calling 01483 566635 or emailing volunteer@careforguildford.org.uk.

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