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HELP OUT: Charity providing housing for elderly people in Pinner looking for volunteers

 Published on: 8th October 2021   |   By: Amneet Kaur   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Pinner-based charity that provides sheltered housing for elderly people is looking for volunteers to come forward and help carry on the vital work they do.

Pinner House Society, which recently celebrated its 300th anniversary, is a small charity that provides 31 sheltered self-contained flats and round-the-clock support from a warden in a Grade II listed building on Church Lane.

John Harvey, chairman of trustees for Pinner House Society explained how the Pinner House Christmas Fayre has been one of their main fundraising events but unfortunately, due to the lack of volunteers, the charity is unable to hold the event this year.

Speaking to PINNERnews he said: “As a charity governed by a board of volunteer unpaid trustees the continuing success of Pinner House depends upon support from local people. This support can take many different forms.

“Pinner House is not a nursing or care home but provides rented accommodation for independent retired people. If you feel you would like to get involved in any ways, please get in touch.”

Volunteers can take up various roles, such as helping during open day events.

The London Open Day event is organised by the London Historic Buildings Trust with support from English Heritage and GLA.

The event has been running for about 20 years and Pinner House usually takes part in opening its doors to visitors for free. However, due to pandemic restrictions the charity has not been able to take part for the past two years.

John further spoke about the volunteer positions they have open. He said: “Currently we have five trustees and are looking to appoint additional ones who have expertise is areas such as historic buildings maintenance, general financial expertise and in social housing and fund-raising.

“Apart from taking on the formal legal responsibilities involved in being a trustee there are a variety of other roles in which volunteers can help and provide support.

“People with specific skill sets who can help inform and advise the trustees in their decision-making are also encouraged to get in touch.”

There is also a less formal way to help for people who just want to support the charity in any way they can. For example, they may wish to give donations or provide their time to help with special occasions.

John added: “They can also do research about the availability of funding to help meet the cost of maintaining our historic listed building and do gardening or other odd jobs in the grounds.”

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