CHAIN is helping you in our community.
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,
Our drivers collect their clients (from home) and escort them to the appropriate
clinic, stay with them and then take them back home.
For both Car & Chairman vehicles in accordance with the Community Transport
Association guidelines we require a minimum fare of 45p per mile (the HMRC
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.
CHAIN also runs the HANDYBUS which is owned
by West Berkshire Council.
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 to the Chain Lunches in Croft Hall and the CHAIN Pub Lunches.
CHAIN Pub Lunches. There are organised monthly , 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
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 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 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
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 hand column) for a full list.