CHAIN is helping you in our community.
The CHAIN Office is open Monday – Friday 9 – 11am and the volunteers who ‘man’ the office are there to help you with any bookings or other queries. 01488 683727. There is an answerphone when the office is closed. We provide transport to Doctors, Dentists, Chiropodists, Hospital appointments, and more.
Our drivers collect their clients (from home) and take them to the appropriate clinic, stay with them and then take them back home.
Click for more facts for both Car & Chairman vehicles in accordance with the Community Transport Association guidelines we require a minimum fare of 45p per mile (the HMRC mileage rate).”
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CHAIN own a ‘’Chairman Vehicle’’ which will hold someone in a wheelchair plus a couple of passengers, and is a FIAT DOBLO Easy Multijet MPV.1.6 Diesel, Automatic, modified by Gowrings of Newbury. The ”Chairman” can be booked through the Office and we will either provide a driver or train a family member to drive the vehicle themselves. Click for more details
CHAIN also runs the HANDYBUS which is owned by us.
Our team of drivers take people on shopping trips, Hungerford Market day and to Newbury etc., to the Hydrotherapy Pool in Swindon, and trips to other clubs, also the CHAIN Pub Lunches.
CHAIN Pub Lunches. Enjoy eating out? Then why not join us for a pub lunch? It’s held on the 1st Monday of each month (unless it’s a bank holiday in which case the 2nd Monday). Many local pubs are used as well as venues a short distance from Hungerford. If it appeals to you please contact the organiser a week prior to your chosen Monday in order to allow for door to door pickup if required. If you are an independent driver we will be pleased to meet you at the venue. See CHAIN CONTACTS in the left Menu.
CHAIN produce a quarterly magazine (free) called Chain Mail, packed with lots of useful (and useless) information! CHAIN MAIL is delivered to all houses in Hungerford and close area. Yet another dedicated band of volunteers do the deliveries, please look on the inside back page for Distribution Details.
I hope this gives you all a flavour of what Chain does for you in our community. It is run as a charity by Trustees whose names and contact numbers are available on the notice board under the Railway bridge.
CHAIN was established in 1977 and has grown
into an effective group of volunteers that cares and gives a variety of help to those in need. Membership is open to all Hungerford residents interested in furthering its objectives.
All Chain volunteers are automatically recorded as members.
In 2003 Chain was awarded one of the first QUEEN’S GOLDEN JUBILEE AWARDS for voluntary service in the community.
The group’s prime objective is to undertake voluntary work and related activities for the benefit of people who are sick or disabled or who are otherwise in need – be they young, middle aged or elderly – living in the town or rural district of Hungerford. As an extension of their primary aim, Chain offers advice and guidance to people willing to undertake voluntary service and assists them with the provision of voluntary work by putting them in touch with individuals or with voluntary or statutory organisations seeking help.
A small committee is elected at an annual meeting (open to all Hungerford residents) overseeing the policy and day-to-day management.
CHAIN always need volunteers, as car drivers, for our special wheelchair vehicle and the Handybus, or as a volunteer in the office. So if you have a few hours to spare then please contact the office on 683727 open 9 to 11am Monday to Friday, or click ‘Contacts’ (in the left menu) for a full list.