Volunteer Action (VA) is a local charity, whose mission statement is “Volunteering to help local people in need”.
Its aim is to meet the needs of local people, specifically older residents and those with disabilities or additional needs, who find it more difficult to get out and about. This is particularly pertinent in our rural location, where public transport is extremely limited and access to taxis can prove to be very expensive. It’s hard to get about without access to a car.
The Charity was founded in 19?? and has gone from strength to strength. See how our services have grown by taking a look at the data below.
VA operates a Community Transport Scheme and a offers a Befriending Service. The Transport or Community Car Scheme provides the means by which those without reasonable access to transport of their own can travel to such places as the doctor’s surgery, hospitals and dentists. It also provides a means to visit friends and family or to make a social trip (shopping, hairdressers and activity classes). Find out more on our Community Car Scheme page.
The VA Befriending service offers companionship and friendship to those who are more isolated and who find it more difficult to leave their homes. Members are carefully paired with a Befriender who visits the member at home on a regular basis.
Our definition of “local” means that our members can live in Oundle, Thrapston and any of the villages from Easton-on-the Hill in the north to Titchmarsh in the South. A full list of locations covered can be found on our Community Car Scheme page.
As a small, local charity, VA can adapt to the needs of its members, as demonstrated during the Coronavirus. Different needs were identified and Shopping Service, a Prescription pick-up service and a Friend-on-the-Phone Scheme were all quickly initiated to meet the needs of the time.
Statistics over the years. – no of drives, no of befrienders and no of volunteers over time – graphs/tables