Friends in Deed

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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.

Who are we?

‘Friends In Deed’ is a group of volunteers which was first set up in 2006 to help anyone in the village who was lonely and in need, perhaps because they were unwell, housebound, isolated 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 form filling 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. All our volunteers have been security checked and safeguarding trained. We also comply with Data Protection regulations so rest assured that we will respect your privacy and won’t reveal personal information.  A copy of the “Friends in Deed Rules” can be downloaded at the end of this page. 

How can you contact us?

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Just come along to Friends in Deed Community Cafe
or email us at friendsindeed@stmarysbuckden.org.uk

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 contact our transport co-ordinator on  peter.mount@btconnect.com or 07914 669967. There is no charge for this service.
Friends in Deed can provide:-
– A cuppa, cake and a chat at the Community Cafe
– Someone to talk to
– Friendship
– Transport
– Help with form-filling
– Signposting to agencies such as debt agencies, citizen’s advice and Foodbank
– Home visits

How do you request Transport?

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!).  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 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.

What if I’d like to help?

All help is greatly appreciated and new volunteers are always welcome. 
If you’re interested in helping at the cafe, providing cakes, visiting, driving or even joining our committee, please contact us via the Community Cafe or email friendsindeed@stmarysbuckden.org.uk. Volunteers drivers can also call our FID Transport Co-ordinator on 07914 669967.

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