Who we are
We are a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO no: 1157707). We were formed in 1975. Over the years we have evolved from meals on wheels to providing a range of services including community minibuses, medical car services, lunch clubs and social groups. For 40 years we have met the needs of the communities of Castle Donington and the surrounding villages. We support a diverse range of people, in particular those that are older, disabled or infirm, local groups (sports clubs, art groups, lunch clubs) and schools. We have a large number of volunteers supported by a small staff team. Governance is provided by an experienced Board of Trustees. You can contact us on 01332 850526 or via the contact us form on here or pop in for a chat at the Volunteer Centre, 23a Borough St, Castle Donington, Derby, DE74 2LA. Office hours are 8.30 to 1.30 Monday to Friday.
As a community organisation we rely heavily on our generous and dedicated volunteers. We currently have a growing army of around 70. Together they contribute over 10,000 volunteer hours every year. According to the NCVO, volunteering can be valued at nearly £12.00 an hour – which means that in total, our volunteers provide over £120,000 worth of their time each year. Volunteers are at the very heart of our work and as we develop and expand services we always need more. We provide a range of volunteering opportunities in roles from being a bus driver or passenger assistant to gardening, cooking or serving to office reception to handyman. If you are interesting in helping your community then please contact us on 01332 850526.
Transport is the core of our service to the community. We have 6 minibuses and one wheelchair adapted vehicle. These vehicles are used on a daily basis in and around the local communities providing a lifeline to those with limited mobility. We provide weekly shopping trips to the larger supermarkets in the area; social trips to popular venues including garden centres, pubs and restaurants; and access to a variety of clubs and activities for the elderly, disabled and infirm. They are used by the local schools to transport children to sports, arts and educational events. Our minibuses are also available for private hire, with a volunteer driver, for social and sporting events. If you are interesting in any of these uses then please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition we operate a medical and social car scheme. For eligible passengers our team of volunteer drivers can take you to a hospital or medical appointment in their own car, wait and then bring you home. For more details contact us on 01332 850526 or email@example.com
GrowCookShare is a cross community project that provides people with the opportunity to engage in the outdoors, eat healthily, socialise and learn new skills. The project was launched in 2014 with a grant from the Leicestershire County Council innovation fund. We have recently been recognised by Leicestershire County Council for being an example of best practice in delivering an innovation project. We have met the aims of the project and continue to develop it into the future. so we can bring the benefits enjoyed to even more people across the community.
There are 3 elements to the project:
Grow – We grow our own fresh fruit and vegetables in our community allotments and with trugs placed with groups around the community. In addition, many people use their own greenhouses and gardens to produce food for us.
Cook – We prepare healthy and balanced meals using as much of our own fresh produce as possible using the skills and experience of our wonderful volunteers.
Share – We hold two monthly lunch clubs where people meet, chat and share affordable, well-cooked food made from locally grown produce. This provides an opportunity to meet new people (reducing isolation and loneliness), to eat well and to become part of the wider community. If required, we can offer wheelchair and seated transportation in one of our minibuses. We also offer small bags of mixed fresh fruit or vegetables, ideal for one person, to our bus customers when we have excess produce.
If you are interesting in volunteering or taking part in any part of GrowCookShare, including joining us for lunch, then please contact us on 01332 850526
Friday Group – This is a social group that arranges a mix of outings, visits, talks and activities for older people and people with disabilities. If required, we can offer wheelchair and seated transportation in one of our minibuses.
Kegworth lunch club – a weekly lunch club for Kegworth residents run by local volunteers.
Help@Hand – a new service which will provide a general handyperson, at low cost to our registered customers who live alone, are elderly or who have a disability. Need a light bub changing, a shelf fixing or new door knob then call Help@Hand on 01332 850526
Drop in Centre – We provide an information and signposting service to the local community on matters relating to housing, jobs, benefits, local opportunities and services. This is a popular service, which regularly supports 40-50 people per week. In addition we host CAB clinics fortnightly and a twice-weekly drug and alcohol advisory group. We also offer wheelchair hire and access to other equipment for the mobility impaired. These services are all available at the Volunteer Centre at 23a Borough St, Castle Donington, do pop in and see us. We are down the short alley way between Buddies and Once Removed.