Hitchin Helping Hands|
Helping People with Disabilities in North Herts to get out and about in the community
Hitchin Helping Hands is a local charity in Hertfordshire run entirely by volunteers. We have a core commitee who provide day to day administration, and a number of volunteers who help with driving and social activities.
Hitchin Helping Hands provides transport for the elderly and people with disabilities to meet in the community in a caring manner, allowing them to be part of the commmunity and continue to enjoy a level of independence.
HHH can now help disabled and elderly people from the rural areas to get out, often to keep essential appointments. The charity operates from its Hitchin base to cover villages in the North Herts area.
Picture above shows Terry Warner (Warnerbus), Joan Kirby and Jean Jenkins (Hitchin Helping Hands) with some of the passengers of their minibus.
About our Charity
As well as offering cost effective transport for local people who may find normal public services unusable, Hitchin Helping Hands also runs a club day on the 2nd Saturday of every month for members of a local social club, with entertainment and refreshments provided for by volunteers. This is held at Westmill Community Centre.
In addition to this monthly social club, we also offer weekly shopping trips to Sainsburys, social visits, pub lunches and seaside outings. However, the annual highlight of the year is a day-trip to Felixstowe which everybody thoroughly enjoys!
Serving the less fortunate in our Community
It is often those in rural parts of the district who find access to transport most difficult and HHH are a lifeline to some of these out-of-town residents. Their drivers are able to help the elderly and disabled whether it be getting to the supermarket, a visit to a local garden centre, a day out on The London Eye or a trip to the seaside.
HHH has four vehicles at the moment, each with full wheelchair access, but the adapted vehicles are not cheap and the Charity is constantly fund raising to raise cash for the running of the vehicles and cost of replacements. One particular bus, which was donated to us, is reaching the end of its life and will soon need replacing. As always, we have a fund raising program in process to raise the valuable funds needed for a new minibus.
Hitchin Helping Hands also receives some support from grants and benefitted greatly from a large grant from North Herts District Council at the beginning of 2010. During the presentation ceremony ot their new wheelchair accessible minibus, Cllr David Barnard, Chairman of NHDC's Southern Rural Committee, said “Being able to get out and about is something that many of us probably take for granted, but when that becomes difficult it can be incredibly challenging. The work that Hitching Helping Hands do is invaluable, particularly to those in rural areas, and we are delighted to be able to help.”
Picture below from left to right shows, Liz Green, NHDC Head of Policy, Partnerships and
Community Development; Robert Moore, President Hitchin Helping Hands;
Jean Jenkins of HHH; and NHDC Councillor David Barnard, Joan Kirby of HHH
and NHDC Councillor Alan Bardett.
Our funds are raised by volunteers through a variety of activities comprising of donations, cake and bric-a-brac stalls, car boot sales and town centre collections for Alexandra Rose Day and St George's day.
HHH is always looking for volunteer drivers - anyone wishing to apply should contact Joan Kirby on 01462 626235 or Jean Jenkins on 01462 620672.
President: Mr Robert Moore
Chairman: Mrs Joan Kirby
Vice Chairman: Mr Colin Davidson
Treasurer: Ms Helen Osborne
Secretary: Mrs Peggy Bigkley
To contact us, please phone
Our Registered Charity Number is 1092622
To make a donation to Hitchin Helping Hands please phone: