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 elected at an annual meeting (open to all Hungerford residents)oversees
the policy and day-to-day management.
main activities are:
Car Journeys - Providing door-to-door transport to hospitals,
Handybus Service - Running various shopping trips, eg regular
run to Hungerford Market.
Trips for groups, eg ‘Swimming for Disabled’
at the hydro-therapy pool, Swindon.
For wheelchair users - CHAIN
owns and makes available to wheelchair users and their families a CHAIRMAN
Services For The Elderly:- Over 60s Pub monthly Luncheon
Christmas Parcels Organizing, in conjunction with Hungerford Rotary Club,
distribution of The Newbury Weekly News Christmas parcels for the over 80s
Other:- Liaison with Hungerford Day Centre and
the Hungerford Surgery.
- publishes and distributes a quarterly magazine with events and services
likely to be of interest to residents, free to all households and small business
premises in Hungerford.
Supports the Hungerford Forum.
Produces a Town Contact list (Other voluntary
organisations, etc.) Volunteering - provides information
on volunteering opportunities.