Friends in Deed are here to help
There are times in our lives when we could all do with a little extra friendship, support or companionship whatever our age or circumstance. It is not easy to ask for help but why struggle when there are people happy to listen and to help? When we keep things to ourselves and struggle on, things can feel overwhelming. A little bit of help can make a big difference. Friends in Deed can provide:-
– Someone to talk to
– Home visits
– Help with form-filling
– Signposting to agencies such as debt agencies, citizen’s advice and Foodbank
– just a cuppa and a chat
Who are we?
‘Friends In Deed’ is a group which was set up to visit or help anyone in the village who is in need, perhaps because they are unwell, housebound, feeling lonely or new to the village. We are able to offer anything from a chat over a cup of tea to helping out with the practicalities of coping when things are difficult or providing local transport when family, friends or public transport cannot oblige. We are supported by St Mary’s Church Buckden; under the umbrella of Care Network Cambridgeshire and is registered with Cambridgeshire County Council as a Community Transport Scheme.
If you would like someone to visit you at home, our Visits Coordinator can arrange for someone to come, either as a ‘one-off’ call to deal with a specific issue or on an ongoing basis. Just call our visits’ co-ordinator, Angie, on 07810 006598. There is no charge for these home visits. You are also welcome to join us at the monthly Community Café, just turn up.
We can provide local transport when family, friends and public transport are not available. Destinations have included medical appointments, day centres, dental and hearing clinics, chiropractor, chiropodist and veterinary surgeries (pets accompanied by their owner!). Please note that Buckden Surgery runs its own transport scheme so we do not currently provide transport for appointments at this surgery.
There are fixed return charges of £2 within Buckden, £2.50 to Brampton and £3 to Hinchingbrooke Hospital. Other journeys are charged at 30p per mile. Transport to FID events, such as our Tea Parties or Community Cafe, is free.
Please call our transport co-ordinator on 07914 669967, speak clearly and leave your name, address, number and details of your request. Please give us as much notice as possible so that we can arrange a driver for you. The driver will then contact you to arrange a pick-up time.
On the 2nd Wednesday of each month 2.30pm – 4pm we run a Community Cafe in the Living Stones Room at St Mary’s Church Buckden. Come along for help and support (if you need it) or just drop in for a cuppa, cake and a friendly chat. The Community Café is open to all regardless of age, gender, faith (or no faith), sexual orientation, ethnicity or beliefs. Everyone is welcome. If you need a lift to the Community Cafe, please call our transport co-ordinator on 07914 669967. There is no charge for this service.
Peace of mind
All our visitors and drivers have been security checked. Rest assured that your visitor or driver will respect your privacy and won’t reveal personal information.
What if I’d like to help?
All help is greatly appreciated and new volunteers are always welcome.
If you’re interested in visiting, helping at the cafe, providing cakes or even joining our committee, please call Angie, our FID Visits’ Co-ordinator, on 07810 006598.
If you’re interested in driving, please call our FID Transport Co-ordinator on 07914 669967.