Welcome to Buckden’s Friends in Deed
and the Community Café
Who are Friends in Deed?
There are times in our lives when we could all do with a little extra friendship, support or companionship whatever our age or circumstance. It is not easy to ask for help but why struggle when there are people happy to listen and to help? When we keep things to ourselves and struggle on, things can feel overwhelming. A little bit of help can make a big difference.
‘Friends In Deed’ is a group of volunteers which was first set up in 2006 to help anyone in the village who was lonely and in need, perhaps because they were unwell, housebound, isolated or new to the village. We are able to offer anything from a chat over a cup of tea, to helping out with the practicalities of form filling or providing local transport when family, friends or public transport cannot oblige. We are supported by St Mary’s Church Buckden; under the umbrella of Care Network Cambridgeshire and is registered with Cambridgeshire County Council as a Community Transport Scheme. All our volunteers have been security checked and safeguarding trained. We also comply with Data Protection regulations so rest assured that we will respect your privacy and won’t reveal personal information.
Friends in Deed Community Café:
Friends in Deed can provide:-
- A cuppa, cake and a chat at the Community Café - Someone to talk to
- Friendship - Transport
- Help with form-filling - Home visits
- Signposting to agencies such as debt agencies, citizen’s advice and Foodbank
We can provide local transport when family, friends and public transport are not available. Destinations have included medical appointments, day centres, dental and hearing clinics, chiropractor, chiropodist and veterinary surgeries (pets accompanied by their owner!). There are fixed return charges of £2 within Buckden, £2.50 to Brampton and £3 to Hinchingbrooke Hospital. Other journeys are charged at 30p per mile. Transport to FID events, such as our Community Cafe, is free. Please call our transport co-ordinator on 07914 669967, speak clearly and leave your name, address, number and details of your request. Please give us as much notice as possible so that we can arrange a driver for you. The driver will then contact you to arrange a pick-up time.
All help is greatly appreciated and new volunteers are always welcome.