The Bureau was set up in 1972 at the Hand in Hand Centre, located in the Wombourne Institute in Church Road Wombourne (next to the Parish Church of St Benedict Biscop). It provides day-to-day services to –
- Help, support and provide advice to individuals.
- Arrange transport for those needing to visit hospitals, doctors, dentists and clinics etc.
- Provide opportunities for people to meet weekly in groups, making new friendships and being in the company of others.
- Offering a cup of tea and a chat to anybody who drops by.
The Bureau operates a medical loan service, which provides wheelchairs and commodes etc. to those who need them. These loans are short term only and a small fee is made. The Bureau is also able to offer support in making referrals to social services for specialised equipment such as mobility aids.
Each day plays host to a specific group event/activity and transport can be arranged for those who cannot make their own way to the Volunteer Bureau.
The Bureau operates:
- Two tail-lift ambulances which mainly carry people to and from their homes, when they attend groups at the Bureau. The driver is accompanied by an assistant who helps with passengers. Wheelchairs can be accommodated on the transport.
- A car which has been adapted to carry a single wheelchair and three passengers.
- If some volunteer drivers prefer to use their own cars the Bureau can contribute towards their expenses. Due to heavy demand for this service, booking is recommended at least a week before the appointment.
Our Weekly Programme
- The Malt Shovel Luncheon Club which while it meets at the Hand in Hand, is not rum by the Volunteer Bureau.
- The Arts and Crafts Group meets in the afternoon and arranges a couple of outings each year
Tuesdays and Thursdays
- Designated as Daycare days. A drink on arrival, lunch, tea and good company are given to all who attend. Daycare clients also enjoy occasional visits to pubs, garden centres etc.
- Support is provided for the hard of hearing, which includes checking hearing aids and the supply of new batteries.
- The Stroke Club meets from 2.00 to 4.00 pm. This is a small active group which provides an ideal opportunity to exchange experiences, thoughts and ideas.
- A coffee morning is held on the last Saturday of each month for all-comers.
Important – Would you care to join us to help others?
We always need additional volunteers to help with driving, catering, administration etc. If you could spare just a little of your time to help others please contact us on 01902 892492.