A little about us…
Homecall was established in February 1985 to recruit, select, train and support volunteer visitors for a home visiting scheme. Our volunteers help the substantially visually impaired maintain their independence and relieve their social isolation by enabling access to the community.
Through our network of volunteers, we offer regular visits to clients once a week, to help with a variety of tasks made difficult by sight loss. The help we give typically includes facilitating outings or assisting with correspondence.
There are many ways in which visitors can help our clients to benefit from our service, but we do not offer help with personal care, cooking or housework.
Most clients who are accepted for our service are registered blind or partially sighted, although registration is not always necessary to qualify for our help.
All our visitors are carefully selected. We make a DBS check and ask for two written references. We train volunteers about the effects of poor sight to help them understand our clients’ needs. Volunteer training also covers the important issue of client confidentiality.
Homecall provides a free service, funded entirely by grants, legacies, donations and ongoing fundraising events. We receive no statutory funding. We are forever grateful to Bexhill businesses, associations, organisations, clubs and individuals who have given so generously enabling Homecall to continue its good work.
- Patron – Amanda Hamblin DL
- Mrs Jenny Private, BEM – President
- Mr Peter Stiles – Chairman
- Mr Stan Farrer – Secretary, Volunteer Visitor
- Mrs Jane Day – Treasurer, Volunteer Visitor
- Mr Peter Blatchly – Asst Treasurer
- Mrs Maureen Daley – Supporter
- Mrs Lynne Merryfield – Client
- Mrs Deborah McDowell – Supporter