Redbridge Voluntary Care is a good neighbour scheme started in 1973 offering help to any resident of the London Borough of Redbridge regardless of race, religion and age.

Redbridge Voluntary Care has about 130 volunteers (all CRB checked) with no paid staff. Most volunteers are retired although some are still at work and offer weekend help only.

When a request for help comes in from a client, carer or alternatively from Age UK or a social worker, the Duty Officer matches up volunteers to the request and then phones the volunteers to see who is available for the required date, time or task.

The Duty Officer has to have  information as to where the client lives and may also need to know such things as the client’s mobility and other attributes.

Agreement to help cannot be given immediately, it may take a few hours or a few days to contact a suitable volunteer.

Redbridge Voluntary Care has no office and our Duty Officers work from home with volunteer files, etc being moved from one duty officer to the next.


Redbridge Voluntary Care relies on donations to finance our work and does not receive funding from the local authority or any other statutory body.