Long Stratton Helping Hands

Want to help?

We’re honoured that you’re interested in volunteering with the Long Stratton Helping Hands scheme. We have no doubt you’ll have questions, so please take a look at some of our FAQs below, and if you have any other queries that aren’t answered, please get in touch!

Anyone aged 18 or over, with some time to spare who is happy to complete the DBS process, undergo training and adhere to the scheme’s policies and procedures.

Any and all help is appreciated.

Requests we have received so far include help with dog walking; giving lifts or doing shopping; small practical jobs around the house or garden.

What is always valued is the time taken by volunteers to listen to and talk with the people they assist.

There are also a number of administrative tasks necessary for the smooth running of the scheme e.g. matching requests to volunteers; training and safe-guarding volunteers; serving on the management group or helping with publicity.

As much or as little as you would like to, and feel able to give. 

You state what days and times you are available. You can specify what help you would like to give and how much time you can offer.

Expenses can be claimed for any costs you incur in providing transport or materials. Should you use your vehicle to transport clients you will be required to confirm that you hold suitable insurance and the car is roadworthy and has a valid MOT certificate, (if more than 3 years old).

Any volunteer involved in driving or handling cash will need to complete a DBS check in line with government guidelines. This can be done ‘on-line’ and is free of charge through the scheme. You will be sent the certificate directly, which can then be updated on line (if you wish). You will need to provide the scheme with the number of your certificate.

You will be asked to attend an introductory training session, which normally lasts about 2 hours. The training covers basic information about the operation of the scheme, personal safety and all relevant policies and procedures.

All volunteers, when operating in accordance with the scheme’s policies and procedures, are covered by the scheme’s insurance policy and have all necessary Public Liability and Personal Accident cover.

If you visit someone as a volunteer and you notice or are told something that makes you think that someone is not safe or could be being abused in some way, then the scheme has a procedure you should follow. Click here to find out more. 

Your safety as a volunteer is also very important to us. How we ensure you are safe will be explained in detail during the training. Following the training you will still be expected to make a ‘common sense’ risk assessment of every situation you find yourself in while volunteering.

The scheme is run in a very cost-effective manner, thanks to the voluntary activity of its members. The scheme is entirely volunteer run.

There are a number of administrative tasks necessary for the smooth running of the scheme e.g. matching requests to volunteers (a coordinator role); training and safe-guarding volunteers; serving on the management group or helping with publicity. We would welcome any help that can be given in these roles.

The running costs of the scheme are not great; however we have to raise some funds each year to cover the cost of publicity (e.g. leaflets and advertising) and other running costs (e.g. insurance, telephone and internet costs). Any help with this, or contribution to the costs, will be much appreciated. To make a donation please contact us!

Ready to volunteer?

Please complete the form below and one of our coordinators will be in touch to give you more information! Remember, there is no commitment expected from you. You can give as much or as little time as suits you and there is no obligation to take on any job if you don’t want to or aren’t able to!