Monday, 20 September 2021

Volunteers offer home visits to old and infirm

A CHARITY in Sonning Common has launched a new service to help those who find it

A CHARITY in Sonning Common has launched a new service to help those who find it difficult to leave home.

The Fish volunteer centre in Kennylands Road has begun offering home visits.

A visit involves one of the charity’s volunteers spending time with elderly people who are infirm or spend a lot of time alone.

The charity covers the vilage as well as Peppard and Kidmore End.

The scheme is being co-ordinated by Sue Nickson, of Stoke Row Road, Peppard, whose husband Fred is the chairman of Fish and has been trying to set up a visiting scheme for years and now has enough volunteers to run it.

Mrs Nickson, who used to work as a social worker, said volunteers were given a disclosure and barring service check and then matched with someone looking for a visitor.

Currently the scheme has more volunteers then it does people needing help.

Mrs Nickson hopes it will grow with the success of the monthly Fish tea parties held at Sonning Common village hall.

These are free events where the charity picks people up at home and takes them to the party to help them get out of the house.

Mrs Nickson said: “Some people can’t take advantage of these things so hopefully this will meet the needs of those people who can’t get out.

“It will mainly be elderly people but it does not have to be. It could be anyone who is disabled and spends a lot of time at home.”

For more information, call Fish on 0118 972 3986 or send an email to

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