CHAIN is helping in our community.
transport to Doctors, Dentists, Chiropodists, Hospital appointments, and
more. We ask clients to make a donation towards
the cost (at least 40p per mile please). Our drivers collect their clients
(from home) and escort them to the appropriate clinic, stay with them and
then take them back home.
CHAIN own a ‘’Chairman Vehicle’’ (currently
a Renault Kangoo estate), which will hold someone in a wheelchair plus a
passengers. 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.
We ask clients to make a donation towards the cost (at least 40p per mile
CHAIN runs the HANDYBUS which is owned by West Berkshire Council.
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
to the CHAIN Lunches in Croft Hall and the CHAIN Pub Lunches.
CHAIN organise Lunches in the Croft Hall bi-monthly, and with a team of
helpers dish up a lovely hot meal to about 30 people every other month. Please
contact the office or look out for notices in our notice board under the
railway bridge, if you are interested in coming contact must be made to the
Organiser. This information can be found in CHAIN MAIL.
There are organised monthly CHAIN Pub Lunches , the office can give you
details, or look out for notices in our notice board under the railway bridge.
We use the Handybus and give you a door to door service! Contact must be
made to the Organiser
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
CHAIN produce a quarterly magazine (free)
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 CHAIN volunteers
do the deliveries, please look on the 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.
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’
for a full list.
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.
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
A small committee is elected at an annual meeting (open to all Hungerford
residents) overseeing the policy and day-to-day management.
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