Care Highams Park is a local charity who offer neighbourly help – primarily transport, doing shopping, collecting prescriptions – to those needing it who live in Highams Park. It is run by local churches but you do not need to be a church member to volunteer or to receive help.
If you would like to volunteer please contact them as per the below details:
The Methodist Church,
Highams Park, E4 9JP
Phone: 020 8523 5955
They are actively looking for new helpers and you can find out more about how you can help from the below article by Mary Rose French of Care Highams Park:
Article: Care Highams Park – Sunday lunches – Call for Volunteers
For about 25 years, Care has provided Sunday lunches on 10 Sundays per year (not January or August) for up to 50 guests, mainly elderly people who live in Waltham Forest and who live alone (we have occasionally had couples attending but have none at the moment). We also provide lunch for any of the helpers who would like it.
All the cooks are members of Winchester Road, some have been involved with lunches from the beginning; I have “only” been involved for the last 20 years or so as a cook; a few of the helpers have also been helping for several years and one has been helping for 20+ years and has indicated she would like to stand down. Obviously we are all ageing and some of us, myself included, are finding it more tiring nowadays. Although we usually have a good team of volunteers to help with serving lunch and clearing up on the Sunday morning, including quite a few from the Baptist Church, we do still need help – on the Saturday morning, when most of the preparation is done, and also on the Sunday morning to help set everything up, and to help deal with the heavy saucepans and baking trays. Volunteers to help with washing up plates and cooking pans for up to 60 people are always welcome. New cooks to join our small team would also be much appreciated.
If you were able to help even once a year, this would be very helpful. If you would like more information, do please contact me – my e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org and my mobile number is 07808 121347.
In the meantime, many thanks to all those who have helped in the past and who are continuing to help us now. Without their support, we would not have been able to provide this service which our clients tell us they much appreciate, and which we very much hope to be able to continue to provide with the help of new volunteers.
Mary Rose French