We are a lively and active organisation which makes a real difference to the lives of many on Hayling Island. In 2017 we carried out over 2300 tasks, including taking people to hospital, health centre and dental appointments and befriending visits. We were delighted to receive Good Neighbour awards from both the Mayor of Havant and Hampshire County Council and many of our volunteers have received individual awards also. Around 100 people from all walks of life volunteer in various capacities, as hospital drivers, befrienders and in the office - and some do all three!
We have a Committee which oversees things and are always on the lookout for good ideas and ways to improve our services.
Haying voluntary Services
Life begins for Hayling Voluntary Services: - As we have been around for quite some time some of our history is lost in the mists of time , but here is what we do know ... 34 years ago Dr Stratford (then a GP with The Elms) He realised there was a very great need for voluntary transport aiding patients to get to their medical appointments . Along witha wonderful lady , Belinda New they set up HVS in portacabin on The Legion Field, Hayling sharing it with The Red Cross. Happily they worked for the benefit of the Hayling Community for almost a year until the portacabin was burnt out by vandals. The Health Centre was relatively new and a few rooms were still vacant, Dr Stratford moved both HVS and The Red Cross into the Health Centre. HVS was allocated a small room just inside the entrance, affectionately known as “The Broom Cupboard” we are still in that same room all those years later ..... Back to the past.... Belinda had by then a change of circumstances and the day to day running of HVS passed on to Peggy Howarth who rocked the cradle for years. Several times the organisation almost sunk, but Peggy was a formidable force and she stuck by her guns keeping things ticking over, Peggy eventually retired, but up until she passed away she would still pop in to check that things were still in order and going well .In 2009 HVS joined The Good Neighbours Network, part of the Diocese of Southampton and Portsmouth. They provide the much needed support and things have never looked back. We have very strong ties with GNN, with their amazing team Canon Nick Ralph, Karen Jordan,Debbie Sutton and Gambol Parker who are always there for us in times of need... HVS Committees have come and gone, some very strong leaders put their hearts and souls into the work. We cannot forget to mention our very strongest supporter former Councillor Andy Lengahan who has done so much over the years for HVS ....Today HVS has around 100 volunteers. The demand for HVS Services continues to grow. We have a growing Befrienders Service . Volunteers go out into the community to sit with the lonely and housebound have a chat and over a cup of tea and taking life to those who do not get out experiencing it for themselves. HVS took over the running of the Health Centre community desk early in 2017 after the NHS closed it due to , supplying hearing aid batteries, helping patients with all their queries , how to book blood desks etc ? The plum clad ladies report faults to maintenance, greet visitors , give out keys , sort the mail and generally do the work that would fall on the surgery staff shoulders leaving them to get on with their jobs, caring for patients .
Our work.... it’s busy, it’s rewarding and no two days are ever the same. We have become a huge part of the community. We try to support other local charities fund raising for various good causes. Last year alone we raised, through raffles, £1000 for the QA Da Vinci operating Robot. We currently have 30 volunteer drivers, some do a trip a month, others work almost every day, and we never have enough though. Drivers Mileage is paid for, from the voluntary contributions that clients give us, but none of our team are paid, our time is given absolutely free of charge. We continue to grow, the demand for help grows ever quicker, but
Hopefully HVS will still be here for another 34 years or more.
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