IHB are a group of volunteers in the London Borough of Bexley. The group was launched on 17 March 2020 and began working in earnest two days later. Since then we have amassed a team of 790+ volunteers that have assisted 340 Persons In Need (as of 5 April 2020).
Working together and with our partners, we seek to ensure that elderly and vulnerable members of our communities know that they will always have a lifeline in this time of crisis. Put simply, our ethos is that we are committed to ensuring that ‘NOBODY self isolating in Bexley feels isolated’.
Whether providing an ‘essentials’ care pack or just a toilet roll, collecting a prescription of urgent medication, a newspaper or simply picking up the phone to say hello, we will strive to be that ‘good neighbour’ and embrace all that is good about British Community Spirit.
Please see our Useful Links and FAQ page here.
Michelle is our Communications Coordinator and with her dedicated team of IHBees, they manage the very busy task of matching requests with available volunteers. The HELPdesk team responds to automated emails created via our website. It’s these forms that allow all of our Volunteers and persons in need to be automatically mapped on our dispatching system.
The IHBees prioritise needs and assign the most appropriate volunteer to that person. They will also dispatch volunteers to other tasks, such as collection of food or care donations, as they become available. This can be a demanding role but the rewards are high.
Fiona is our Strand Liaison and Problem Solving Coordinator, dealing with escalations and tricky situations to help us find a resolution to problems as they arise.
You can click here to send an email to Fiona.
Liz and the team are responsible for the day to day collection and delivery of donations and care packages. Donations are collected and taken to the our provisions centre, from where care packages are dispatched to Persons In Needs via their allocated volunteers.
Liz is also our Safeguarding Officer, to look after the welfare of our volunteers and persons in need.
The most recent change to this team is the addition of a Listening Service, where persons in need can be referred to a phone buddy or a person who has training in dealing with distress via phone.
You can click here to send an email to Liz.
Dave is our Secretary and as such is responsible for our public image. He has oversight of our Media and Social Media and is responsible for liaising with outside agencies, like London Borough of Bexley (LBB) and Bexley Voluntary Services Council (BVSC). As Secretary, it’s also down to him to take minutes, set agendas for meetings and generally make sure that the IHBeeHive runs properly and that our meetings are constructive and duly documented.
You can click here to send an email to Dave.
And then there’s technology. It takes a lot of effort to coordinate the tasks and people in an organisation. With over 700 volunteers and over 800 requests for help (that’s a 70%/30% split of online forms vs. phone calls).
Colin is our Treasurer and helps us look after finances. That includes donations and outgoings to make sure that the very generous donations are well looked after and spent where there is the most urgency.
The Treasurer also works with other teams in our fundraising efforts.
You can click here to send an email to Colin.
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