Voluntary Help Centre for Southwold, Reydon
and district was established in 1987. It was, in large measure,
Dr Andrew Eastaugh of York Road Surgery who was instrumental
in making this happen.
in common with other local organisations, was concerned about
gaps in social provision; in particular, about the number of
people, notably the elderly or disabled, who needed help with
everyday things. Without the offer of a lift, for example, many
found it difficult getting to the doctor, dentist or optician;
doing their shopping or going to have their hair done; visiting
friends at home or in hospital; attending day centres and pursuing
was only one of the service requirements; another was the need
for someone to “sit-in” with the elderly or frail
to relieve their main carer... someone to do shopping, walk
dogs, keep gardens tidy, help with correspondence... someone
with the time to befriend and support the lonely and housebound.
First Annual Report in 1987 stated that 46 volunteers were registered:
421 car journeys were made and 136 non-driving requests were
helped with. Today the annual number of journeys is nearly ten
times that number and last year our volunteers drove 66,000
miles on VHC duties.