The Redbourn Care Group – What is it for?
The Redbourn Care Group is a charity which aims to provide friendly help to any resident of the village who may be ill, have experienced a recent accident or bereavement, finds their life impaired by loss of mobility, or would simply like to enjoy recreation in the company of others.
Who are the Redbourn Care Group?
- They are volunteers who give their time out of a sense of neighbourliness and friendship. They are the Group’s main asset.
- Their roles are those of drivers, escorts, street contacts, and organisers of transport and activities.
- Their main tangible asset is the Care Bus, which is to be seen about the village every working day.
How does it work?
The hub of the organisation is the Care Office, situated next to the Village Hall. It is staffed from 9.30am to 12 noon from Monday to Friday. It has an answering machine to handle calls made out of office hours. giving the telephone numbers of officers who may be contacted.
The prime purpose of the Office staff is to put together those who need help with those who can give help.
What sort of things can the Care Group do?
In respect of health, transport can be provided to visit hospitals, dentists, doctors and clinics for treatment. Medical prescriptions can be collected should there be difficulties.
Other facilities include transport to and from the Redbourn Day Centre, and several trips a week to local shops and a nearby supermarket. They run an afternoon Monday Club, provide transport for other Clubs such as the village Good Companions, the Macular Degeneration Club and the Stroke Club in St Albans, and they also organise and run frequent outings in the minibus.
About the Care Group
Founded in 1980 by a small group of inspired villagers who recognised a need to provide support to Redbourn people, the organisation has grown in size in the meantime, demonstrating its continuing value as the village grows in size and the population at large grows older.
It draws generous financial help from the Parish Council, other local bodies and many individual contributions and bequests.
There are no paid officers or helpers apart from the part-time Office Manager.
A measure of the Care Group’s success was marked by its being awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award in 2003.
This award, which is of nationwide significance, celebrates the importance of voluntary workers contributions to the well-being of their communities.