Volunteers and Charities

Basingstoke Voluntary Action celebrated local volunteers, charitable organisations and community hubs who went the extra mile to support their local community during the Covid-19 pandemic. You can find all of the messages of thanks below.

Helping Hands Community Radio station have kept going with live radio in basingstoke and surrounding areas, bringing up to date information about the local area and keeping spirits lifted with great radio. Thank you HHCR!

I would like to raise an enormous ‘shout out’ to our fantastic Oakley Stitchers team. Over the last 4 months over 100 Oakley Stitchers have worked tirelessly to cut and create 100s of scrubs, wash bags, ear protectors and face covers to our front line workers around the UK. Our non sewers have been invaluable with their cutting of cord, scrub and mask material, elastic, dying material, bias binding, supporting shielders. You lovely stitchers have been totally fabulous, it has been a true honour to meet and work alongside you to make all of this happen during this challenging time. You truly are angels!

Arun has been a great help and has done a sterling job.

Me and my daughter are extremely vulnerable with multiple health conditions. Since the start of covid-19 Arun has been ever so helpful picking up our meds every single week. I am so pleased to have got to know him, I don’t know how I would of managed without his support.

Luan ran Viables as a community hub for food, deliveries of food parcels and prescriptions. Organising new and old volunteers, absolutely brilliant.

Tanya is a gym/class instructor at Beechdown health club. On lock down she set up a Facebook workout page for any one and everyone that wanted to continue working out whilst the gym was closed. She did this out the goodness of her heart and didn’t charge a penny. She has been motivational to everyone everyday of lockdown. Always with a smile on her face. She has been a legend to us all. This has helped so many people maintain good mental health.

Emma has gone above and beyond supporting the community of Sherborne St John with prescriptions, shopping and a friendly face.

Penny has sacrificed many hours of her time to set up a vital food network for the wider Basingstoke Community. She never backs down from a challenge and excels in every task given to her. Her heart knows no bounds

Basingstoke West District Scouts have been able to run virtual Scout Meetings on line for the past 4 months, including weekly meetings, activities, badge work and virtual camps. During the lockdown not only have the leaders been working full time or home schooling themselves, while providing all these wonderful activities, some have been working with the community hubs arranging medicine and food parcels to be delivered to the vulnerable.

Alison has coordinated the activities of the All Hallows Parish Visitors during the pandemic in supporting at least 50 isolated and/or shielding people by phone. She has trained extra volunteers, some from the wider community to meet the extra demand for support during the pandemic. She has provided wisdom, supervision, support and encouragement to the visitors.

Larry has been delivering shopping, medication and helping meet other requested for residents to help keep them safe and well in their own homes. Larry has gone above and beyond what is asked of him, always willing to help in whatever way he can. Larry is not only an asset to the Tadley and District Community Association but he is a huge asset to the community he serves.

During the pandemic, Pip has continued to be the driving force for veteran’s welfare support in the Region. Apart from ensuring all is well with the RAFA Basingstoke membership he has taken on the wider welfare remit managing a number of serious cases for both the Association and RAF Benevolent Fund. His energy and desire to help people needing support knows no bounds.

Spotlight UK have gone above and beyond in Basingstoke helping coordinate and distribute food parcels for vulnerable residents of the Borough. The staff/volunteers have worked tirelessly for the benefit of the community throughout this pandemic and deserve more than a thank you for their efforts.

Arun you have been a life line whilst I have shielding alone in my flat and unable to get food. Thank you, I don’t know what I would have done without your help!

Fiona set up the Whitchurch (Hants) Community Support Group and, together with her band of helpers, they have been a huge help to the people of Whitchurch during the Covid-19 pandemic. They provide help with shopping, prescriptions, lifts and anything else people need. Hats off to them all!

Since the outbreak of the virus Catherine has diverted all the volunteers and the work of Inspero to supporting the local community by setting up and organisation a community hub for Buckskin, Kempshott, Brighton Hill, South Ham and Beggarwood. The hub operates on two days per week from the Ridgeway Centre where people in need of food and supplies can collect items. Volunteers also offer to do shopping and collect prescriptions. Every Thursday a team of volunteers also delivers food parcels across this area to those who are elderly, vulnerable or shielding.

Fellowship Educational Society worked hard during this pandemic to reach out local BAME groups in the borough council and with its volunteer effort provided 65 food parcels to the most needy people who effected negatively from Covid-19 in support with BVA.

Stephan is a lovely young engineering Uni graduate and has been volunteering for Inspero this last 4 months, particularly supporting older vulnerable people with pharmacy collection and delivery, during 103 collections in a month and also food shopping. He has been a great support to Inspero helping at our Food Hub in Buckskin. Nothing is too much trouble, Stephan is a very polite, accommodating and caring young man.

The Pink Place have been giving vulnerable people like me a lifeline during our total lockdown by providing virtual coffee mornings, speakers, counselling etc. I don’t know how I would have survived without them.

Andrew has coordinated the Whitchurch hub. He has tirelessly helped our local voluntary organisations to work effectively together and been the first contact to signpost people in need to get the help necessary, and has been the link between the voluntary organisations and the surgery. He has played a vital role in scheme which has delivered meals from our local Indian restaurant “The Blue Ginger” to those shielding and NHS key workers during lock down. I do not know how our town would have coped without his contribution.

Monica and Rahj of the Swan Street Store have provided to the community in Kingsclere and surrounding areas. They organised a group of wonderful helpers to take calls, and deliver groceries to residents unable to leave their homes. This was very impactful, during these times of isolation, especially to the elderly and frail. Monica and Rahj who have continuous smiles and helpfulness written all over them have certainly given the community of Kingsclere something to be very proud of. Well done to our community heroes.

Mandy has been volunteering in the Tadley community and helping in the hour of need particularly the elderly with meds, shopping, and conversation in the pandemic. At the end of a telephone with kindness, thoughtfulness nothing is too much trouble.

Citizens Advice Tadley have continued providing free, confidential, impartial advice throughout the pandemic. They have all adapted to remote working rapidly and our service continues to support our local community as a result of their dedication and hard work. Thank you to all our volunteers.