Volunteer Chesham is taking place on Saturday 29th September at Broadway Baptist Church (78 The Broadway, HP5 1EG) between 10am and 12pm. This is a Mayoral event to bring potential volunteers and voluntary organisations together all under one roof. Our town is blessed with a large number of voluntary organisations, charities and community organisations, all of whom quietly go about their business helping people, working to improve the town and enriching lives with community events. Please drop in at any point during the event to talk to people from local groups and find out how you can get involved. We'll be listing the organisations attending closer to the day.
Here are the organisations who have attended in previous years and would welcome further offers of help:
2204 Amersham and Chesham Air Cadets
The aims of the Air Training Corps are to promote and encourage a practical interest in aviation and the Royal Air Force among young people; provide training which will be useful in the services and civilian life; and encourage the spirit of adventure and develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship.
Action for Youth
Action for Youth is the leading co-ordinating body for voluntary organisations that work with children and young people in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes.
Tel: 0845 600 9731
Age UK Buckinghamshire
A local, independent charity providing support and services to older people throughout Buckinghamshire.
Tel: 01296 431911
The leading UK care and research charity for people with Alzheimer's and other dementias, their families and carers.
Tel: 01296 331 722
Asheridge Vale and Lowndes Community Association
Community Association covering the Asheridge Vale and Lowndes Wards of the town.
At the Edge Project
To engage with young people on the Pond Park estate, to offer them positive activities, such as football and tennis, and to help reduce anti-social behaviour and promote community cohesion.
Bank Farm Riding for the Disabled
Tries to improve the lives of disabled children through teaching them to ride. This gives the children a tremendous amount of confidence, freedom and a sense of responsibility.
Tel: 01494 758550
British Heart Foundation
The shop in Chesham sells donated items and new goods to raise funds for this heart charity.
Tel: 01494 791 281
Bucks Adult Learning
Providing inclusive learning opportunities that promote well-being and inspire people living or working in Buckinghamshire to achieve their potential.
Tel: 01296 382403
An independent charity working to support and represent people with mental health needs in the local community, through providing services that include activity groups and peer support, older people's services, befriending and employment support.
Tel: 01494 792244
The local visual impairment charity.
Tel: 01296 487 556
An independent charity to support unpaid, family carers in Bucks. They support carers of all ages and in different caring roles, including young carers, parents of children with a disability, older carers, carers from the bme community and those looking after someone with mental health problems.
Tel: 0300 777 2722
The Chesham shop sells donated goods to raise funds for this national charity which pioneers research to beat cancer.
Tel: 01494 785835
A specialist charity providing information, advice and support to enable anyone affected by cardiomyopathy to live as full a life as possible.
Tel: 0800 018 1024
Chesham and Amersham MS Society
The local MS Society branch run by volunteers to offer emotional and practical support, as well as information and social events.
Tel: 01494 785991
Chesham and District Community Association
Founded 30 years ago, this voluntary group manages the White Hill Centre which offers over 80 activities and classes for the community to enjoy.
Tel: 01494 775190
Chesham Bois Catholic Players
Local theatre for the community, raising funds for charity.
Chesham Environmental Group
An active voluntary group caring for the environment of Chesham. Working parties are held monthly to pick litter, manage vegetation and care for Chesham's habitats, including the River Chess.
Tel: Phil Folly on 01494 783691
Chesham Girl Guides
The Chesham Girl Guides aim to live in the spirit of Guiding, offer practical help to Girguiding UK, support Guiding worldwide and carry the spirit of Guiding and Scouting into the community.
Chesham in Bloom
A volunteer campaign to improve the way that Chesham looks and how people feel about their town. Running since 2005, the volunteers have led Chesham to Gold in the regional Thames & Chilterns In Bloom awards for the past two years and have achieved Best Large Town Status for the last four years.
Tel: 01494 583798
A local history, volunteer-run organisation. The museum aims to educate visitors about the rich history of Chesham and its past inhabitants.
Tel: 01494 792549
Working in the community for the last 65 years and part of a worldwide network of clubs making a real difference to people throughout the world.
Chesham Scouts (Chiltern North)
Scouting is part of the local community. It is for all young people, male and female, and from all cultures and faiths. The activities are all provided by volunteers.
Tel: 0845 094 5526
Chesham Theatre Company
A registered charity affiliated to the National Operatic and Dramatic Association. The company mounts three productions a year, runs murder mystery events and holds social events.
Chesham Voluntary Hospital Car Service
Provides transport to take people in need from their homes to hospital appointments in a 25-mile radius of Chesham, and upon occasion further afield.
Tel: 01494 776200
Chesham Youth Club
Provides an action packed programme of structured and 'open' style activities for young people.
Tel: 01494 794872
Works to maintain the Fairtrade Town status of Chesham by raising public awareness of the benefits to poor majority world producers of the Fairtrade label and by encouraging people in Chesham to sell, serve and buy goods bearing the Fairtrade label.
Tel: 01494 583798
Chiltern and Wycombe Dial-A-Ride
Provides affordable, accessible and safe transport for people living in the Chiltern District who, due to age, illness or disability, are not able to transport themselves or to use public transport.
Tel: 01494 766123
Provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to people living or working in the Chiltern and South Bucks areas on their rights and responsibilities.
Tel: 01494 545991
Chiltern Cats Protection
This voluntary organisation rescues and re-homes cats and kittens in the Chesham area and beyond, helps manage feral colonies, provides assisted neutering for people on low incomes, and cares for long-term ill and elderly cats.
Tel: 0345 260 2396
Chiltern Food Bank
Gives out donated food to people identified in need by frontline care professionals such as doctors and social workers.
Tel: 07582 171906
Provide enriching experiences with local communities to conserve and enhance the local environment.
Tel: 01494 474 486
Community First Responders
Volunteers provide emergency medical care for a wide range of incidents, including cardiac arrests, as well as providing support and reassurance to patients and their families following a medical emergency.
Community Impact Bucks
The rural community council, volunteer centre and the council for voluntary services for Buckinghamshire.
Tel: 0300 111 250
Volunteer doctors, nurses and physiotherapists enable deserving children to have a life-changing holiday in Disney World.
Tel: 01494 722733
Friends of Chesham Cemetery
A group for people interested in the heritage and maintenance of Chesham's cemetery, which has been open since 1858. Includes practical working parties, historical research, holding open days and guided tours.
Tel: 01494 774842
Friends of Lowndes Park
An active group that holds regular working parties in the park, plus events. The Friends also has input into the management of, and plans for, Lowndes Park, which is the town's major green space.
Tel: Phil Folly on 783691
Mind The Gap Bucks
This group was formed to bridge the gap that exists for people between being discharged from the NHS Mental Health services and being able to fully engage with the world again. This social and activity group enables people to have a social life, make friends and get the support they need.
Tel: Emma on 07572 793 720
Red Cross Home from Hospital service
The home from hospital discharge scheme helps patients leave hospital when their medical and nursing needs have been met. It provides them with emotional and practical support immediately after discharge, to ease the transition from hospital to home.
Tel: 01296 739 303
River Chess Association
A voluntary organisation that seeks to protect and enhance the River Chess, an internationally rare chalk stream, along its entire length from Chesham to Rickmansworth. Involves both lobbying and practical conservation & monitoring of river health.
RSPCA South Bucks
The South Bucks branch of the RSPCA cares for around 400 sick, injured and abandoned animals in the local area each year. Finding new homes and giving them a second chance is the main focus of their work.
Tel: Jill on 01494 792749
Scope - Birchwood Scope Home
Birchwood is a residential care home for disabled adults with a range of impairments and learning difficulties. The service provides a safe and supportive environment where individuals can meet their personal aspirations and pursue their future goals. They can act as a stepping stone to independent living and will work with everyone involved to plan for the future.
Tel: 01494 794112
SPACE Support Chesham
A support group for parents and carers of children with ADHD, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, and challenging behaviour. This is a parent-led group that meets monthly for a friendly coffee morning with speakers and discussions, and informal evening meetings.
Tel: 01494 772146
Free, volunteer-led walks run throughout the year to help people walk at their own pace, meet new people and improve their mental health and well-being.
Tel: 01494 475367
The local shop sells a range of donated and new goods to support the work of this charity which provides hospice and neurological care for people facing life-changing diagnoses.
Tel: 01494 786 684
The Chesham Society
The local amenity society for Chesham town and the surrounding parishes of Chartridge, Cholesbury-cum-St Leonards, Ashley Green, Latimer and Chesham Bois. A voluntary group of people who care for the Chesham area.
Tel: Tony on 01494 773381
The Chiltern Society
A registered charity that seeks to maintain the uniqueness of the Chilterns, in the face of growing pressures. Seeks to promote high standards in planning and architecture, to help conserve and improve footpaths, rivers, areas of tranquility, heritage buildings and landscapes, encourage people to learn about the area's heritage and character, and encourage people of all ages to enjoy and care for the natural environment.
Tel: 01494 771250
The Theatre Shed
The Theatre Shed Theatre Company, based at Chesham Youth Centre, is all about raising the aspirations of local children and young adults irrespective of their background or ability. Their vision is to build a sustainable theatre that brings together many more children and adults, from a range of backgrounds, to create wonderfully innovative, inspiring, inclusive theatre.
Tel: 07952 461344
Transition Town Chesham
Part of a world-wide movement to to encourage and enable Chesham's community to make the transition away from dependence on non-renewable energy to a safe and sustainable future.
Voices and Choices
Voices and Choices is a new Community Interest Company based in Amersham. It is currently being set up to provide information and advice to help people living alone to remain in their homes with the help and support of community services and other agencies. It will also provide reassurance to family carers living outside Buckinghamshire.
Tel: 07872 600565
Waterside Community Association
The aim of the association is to represent the residents and community of Waterside, Chesham, in order to face and resolve issues faced by the community and make Waterside a pleasant, desirable place to live. The Association's purpose is representation, promotion, enhancement, development and advancement of the community of Waterside.
The PTA organise a variety of events throughout the year—fundraising, social events for children and families, information evenings. The PTA always welcomes new parents to join in. The PTA meets once a month formally to organise a huge range of events.
Workaid is committed to tackling poverty in a practical way by helping disadvantaged people in East Africa, and in the UK, to help themselves through practical skills training. Unwanted tools and equipment are collected from all over the UK and refurbished by a team of dedicated volunteers at the Workaid workshop. The refurbished tools are then sent to vocational training projects where they help vulnerable and disadvantaged people to learn trade skills and start their own businesses.
Tel: 01494 775220
Young Enterprise is the UK's leading enterprise and financial education charity. It gives young people from all backgrounds the opportunity to realise their full potential through a range of practical enterprise programmes, from one day masterclasses to year-long projects. It make the connection between school and the world of work, enabling young people to develop the knowledge and attitudes they need to succeed.
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