Till Valley Link Good Neighbour Scheme believes that local communities and volunteers can have a positive impact in maintaining the unique quality of life in our villages.
Declining services and an increasing population of older people and others who need support leave many vulnerable, socially isolated and unable to access the essential services and social activities that enable them to maintain an independent and enjoyable life style.
Till Valley Link draws on the goodwill already existing in our villages by providing a pool of volunteers to help individuals, communities and all vulnerable residents.
This shows how it all works.
The services provided by Till Valley Link are free and totally confidential. However, donations to the Link Scheme itself are encouraged and are used in the provision of our service which is run entirely by volunteers.
All of our volunteers aim to provide a friendly and valuable service to all the residents of Berwick St James, Orcheston, Shrewton, Tilshead and Winterbourne Stoke.
A letter to Till Valley Link from one of these friends
A few months ago I was referred to Southampton General Hospital for an appointment. As I am not familiar with the city, even less with the hospital, I opted to apply to the Link for assistance.
A driver was promised and duly turned up at the right day and the right time.
I had never sought Link’s assistance in the past and am tremendously impressed.
My “chauffeur” was a very good driver, courteous and thoughtful, and he escorted me to the exact department needed.
I cannot speak too highly of my experience on that occasion and remain thoroughly thankful to the driver and the Till Valley organisation.
A NEW YEAR AND A NEW COMMITMENT FOR 2017
FROM A NEW DRIVER
My wife has been a driver for Till Valley Link for several years and often comes home having met, and been able to help, a new member of our village.
Now retired, I decided to join her as a volunteer. We have two cars so it is quite easy for us to do a journey each for Link on the same day. My wife says that frequently the co-ordinator has to find several drivers for the same day.
Apparently, Thursday is particularly difficult because several of the lady drivers go to Zumba on a Thursday morning. Thursday is also the day for the Till Valley Day Centre.
I really hadn’t realised how many different things the Till Valley Link volunteers do to help our community.
So, I have taken the plunge and hope to do my first driving detail soon – after my DBS clearance has come through!
If that convinces you and you would like to become a volunteer, please download and print the application form, complete and send to Angela Webb, Heatherbank, The Hollow, Shrewton.