Redbridge Voluntary Care
Redbridge Voluntary Care is a good neighbour scheme started in 1973 offering help to any resident of the London Borough of Redbridge. Registered Charity No. 278495
What Redbridge Voluntary Care can do
Redbridge Voluntary Care helps residents in many ways by visiting lonely people, sitting with the sick or elderly when their carers go out or providing transport for people to hospital, doctors, clinics, dentists etc. RVC also takes people to hospital to visit their partners or relatives. This can be a one-off visit or a regular commitment.
In an emergency, RVC can get shopping or collect prescriptions.
RVC also has volunteers who are willing to act as escorts during a visit to the doctor or hospital. This can be of benefit to patients who are hard of hearing, visually impaired or just nervous.
RVC has a small band of volunteers who are able to change light bulbs, check batteries, carry out small repairs or move furniture.
What they cannot do
RVC cannot usually do gardening, decorating, regular shopping or housework or transport people who cannot get into an ordinary car
The way they work
Redbridge Voluntary Care has about 130 volunteers (all CRB checked) with no paid staff. Most volunteers are retired although some are still at work and offer weekend help only. RVC relies entirely on donations from our clients and supporters to finance our work and does not receive funding from the local authority or any other statutory body. RVC has no office and our duty officers work from home with volunteer files, etc being moved from one duty officer to the next.
When a request for help comes in from a client, carer, Age UK or social worker, the duty officer has to match up volunteers to the request and then phone the volunteers to see who is available for the required date, time or task. So the duty officer has to have the information as to where the client lives and may also need to know such things as the client’s mobility and other attributes. Agreement to help cannot be given immediately, it may take a few hours or a few days to contact a suitable volunteer.
The page was last updated on 18 May 2015