FiSH Neighbourhood Care
Who we are
FiSH stands for Friendship, independence, Support and Help.
Our vision is: To inspire a caring community where older people live fulfilling, independent lives knowing that help willingly given by neighbours is at hand.
Our mission is: To combat loneliness and social isolation in older and vulnerable people living in Barnes, Mortlake and East Sheen, enabling them to live independent and dignified lives. We connect the community through a volunteer network offering friendship, support and practical help.
FiSH is a valued and trusted local charity which provides activities, events, services and support for older and vulnerable people in London's SW13 and SW14. With a small, enthusiastic staff team we currently help over 600 services users with some 300 dedicated volunteers.
We operate 3 accessible minibuses to transport for our elderly members and those with mobility issues so that they can get out and about, attend social centres and go on group shopping trips, outings and pub lunches.
While some of our usual activities have been paused due to the pandemic, we offer a range of social and therapeutic activities including a monthly escorted walk, Choir, Elders Dance classes inspired by Rambert Dance, lunches and garden teas.
Combating loneliness is at the heart of what we do. FiSH befriending links an individual member with a volunteer befriender who will then visit or phone on a regular basis. We also run a weekly morning Meet up Monday drop in session at The Hare and Hounds pub in Sheen.
Our service users have access to our Helpline which operates weekdaily. Here they can ring to obtain lifts to medical and therapy appointments, organise for someone to undertake personal food shopping and delivery and get handypersons to do small jobs in the home or garden.