Coronavirus Emergency – Bagshot Care
During the period of lockdown, as the UK and wider world struggled to control the spread of the highly infectious Coronavirus, voluntary community agencies and local churches, with the support of Surrey Heath Borough Council, set up Surrey Heath Prepared (SHP), to offer assistance and support to residents who were self-isolating. Many local residents stepped forward to volunteer in this endeavour.
Now that the infection rate has fallen and the period of enforced lockdown is coming to an end, support to residents within Surrey Heath is changing. The borough wide effort managed by SHP is coming to an end on 30th June 2020. In Bagshot, we want to continue to support our community while the need still exists. From 1st July, Bagshot Care working in partnership with local churches and a team of community volunteers, will manage any new or on-going requests for help by residents shielding or in quarantine who do not have neighbours, friends or family who can provide them with support and assistance.
About Bagshot CareBagshot Care is a local charity run by volunteers dedicated to helping Bagshot residents. It was started with the encouragement of local health care professionals. The charity's purpose is to provide assistance such as transport to and from the doctor's surgery or hospital, and other help with shopping or trips to the supermarket, to anyone of any age living in Bagshot. It matches people who have a need with volunteers who can help them – whether on a one off or recurring basis. Now in its 21st Year, Bagshot Care has helped over 800 residents and carried out over 10,000 jobs. It is our proud boast that, on average, Bagshot Care has provided help to a Bagshot resident every day since we started. Bagshot Care is a Registered Charity with the number 1069729.
Contact UsTelephone any weekday between 10 am and Noon on 07973 560216. You may leave a voicemail message if you call at any other time, and it will be picked up at 10 am on the next weekday. Alternatively, if you are interested in becoming a volunteer, you may email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Do You Need A Helping Hand?If you are a Bagshot resident, Bagshot Care can give a helping hand to:
- Provide transport to hospital, doctors, dentists, hairdressers etc;
- Accompany shopping;
- Collect prescriptions;
- Visit for a chat, to read or write letters;
- Carry out simple DIY, house or garden maintenance.
(At all other times a message may be left and we will get back to you after 10.00 am on the next working day). We try to accommodate all requests, even at 24 hours' notice, but we are more likely to be able to help if about a week's notice can be given.
Can You Help?Bagshot Care always needs more volunteers to continue its valuable service for Bagshot residents. Our volunteers perform either one or both of two roles in the organisation:
FAQS - Clients
Will it cost me anything to use Bagshot Care?There is no formal charge for using the services of Bagshot Care. At the end of each job, our volunteer will pass you an envelope into which you may put any amount of money that you feel appropriate for the service you have been given. You may seal the envelope and pass it back to the volunteer without disclosing the amount that you have given. Such voluntary donations will be used to cover the running costs of the charity.
Will I know in advance which member of Bagshot Care is going to turn up?Once you have requested the services of Bagshot Care, the duty officer will contact the volunteers in order to find out who is available. Once the job has been allocated, the duty officer will call you back to confirm that we can help and to tell you the name of the volunteer. All of our volunteers carry a photo identity card should you wish to verify their identity.
FAQs - Volunteers
How many hours per week would I be committing to Bagshot Care if I were to become a volunteer?You may accept as many or as few jobs as you wish as a volunteer. Our most active volunteers will carry out three or four jobs per month on average. Of course, there will be weeks when you have family or work commitments elsewhere, including holidays, when you would not be available at all. As you will not normally have to commit to a job more than a few days in advance, it is very easy to control your level of involvement. Having said that, it is not always easy to know in advance how long an individual job will last. Our most frequent task is to take a client to a hospital appointment, most often at Frimley Park Hospital. The client can be at the hospital for anything from a few minutes to a few hours. After talking to the client about the nature of the appointment, the volunteer can decide whether to wait for the client, or arrange for them to call the volunteer when they are ready to be picked up.
Will driving for Bagshot Care affect my motor insurance?Most insurance companies take a relaxed view about the insured vehicle being used for volunteer driving from time to time, provided no fare is charged. Who knows, perhaps they see it as a sign that their client is a good and caring character! If your insurance company is a member of the Association of British Insurers, it is easy to find out what approach it takes by visiting the website www.abi.org.uk and entering “Volunteer Driving” in the search box. Sometimes, it is necessary to obtain written acknowledgement from your insurance company, and we have a special form for this. If you decide to become a volunteer, a member of the committee will take you through this as part of your induction process.
Quotes from our VolunteersI joined Bagshot Care over 2 years ago. I was looking for something useful to do on certain days of the week. It was my daughter who suggested Bagshot Care . Since joining I have met lots of interesting and lovely people , and have enjoyed all the help I have given. Pat
Ray has been a resident of Bagshot for many years and was one of our first clients.
Keen baker Bruce sells cakes at Bagshot Day to raise funds for Bagshot Care.
From time to time, Bagshot Care makes small donations from which the residents of Bagshot may benefit. Here are some pictures of items bought with our donations.
Equipment for Bagshot First School's Nurture Room.
Replacement bench on the A30 near the junction with Higgs Lane.
A pair of chairs bought for the church hall.
Trustees of Bagshot Care
Here are the Trustees of Bagshot Care, who meet as a committee at least three times a year to make decisions about the running of the charity. The Executive Committee members meet more frequently to discuss any day to day matters, to organise the AGM and to produce a Newsletter at least three times per year.
I have lived in Bagshot since 1969. I have been and still am:- Volunteer minibus driver for Day Centres since 1996 Volunteer musical entertainer at Day Centres and for Alzheimer Centres since 1996 Member of Bagshot Society and previously, 10 years as Committee Member, 5 of those as Chairman. Volunteer driver for Bagshot Care since 2004 and Chairman since 2012
Rob is a local Lion and has lived near Bagshot since 1987. He was on the original steering committee which launched Bagshot Care and has been a volunteer ever since.
Kerry has been resident in Bagshot since 1974. She has been with Bagshot Care since its inception.
Secretary and Executive Committee Member
Fran is Rob’s wife, and took on the role of secretary at the launch of Bagshot Care. She has been a volunteer ever since.
Executive Committee Member
I have lived in Bagshot since 1969. I have been:- Previously a voluntary helper at both Bagshot schools I was involved with the running of the Crowthorne Stroke & Disabled Club as well as being treasurer for 8 years. Voluntary Duty officer for Bagshot care since 2004 and on the committee since 2012. I am currently responsible for the rostering and the induction of new Duty Officers.
Executive Committee Member
Our family settled in Bagshot in 1979 following many years moving around as my husband was in the R.A.F. I worked as a legal secretary in the village until I retired in 2000, after which I wanted to do some charity work but did not want to be tied to certain days each week. Bagshot Care seemed the perfect fit as I could do days and times to suit my schedule and I have now volunteered with them for over 15 years. My husband is also a volunteer. Linda organises the rotas for those jobs which are done on a recurring basis.
Bruce has been a resident of Bagshot since 2007 and has volunteered for Bagshot Care since 2011.
Executive Committee Member
I have lived in Bagshot since 1975. After nearly 40 years of commuting daily up to the City of London, I retired in 2007 and was immediately recruited by the Barretts to become a volunteer driver for Bagshot Care. I joined the committee in 2015, and am currently responsible for inducting new volunteers.