Churches Together set up a community support service in Heathfield

24th May

Churches Together in Heathfield have set up a Coronavirus support service called Happy to Help, and have taken more than 230 calls since starting.

Callers ringing the Happy to Help hotline are matched with a church volunteer. Volunteers have been busy picking up prescriptions, running errands and getting shopping for people who are self-isolating. Church members are also being paired with people who are feeling lonely and would like a regular chat.

Happy to Help was set up by Kings Church Heathfield and is supported by Churches Together in Heathfield. The service is open to everyone in the Heathfield area, whether they are a church-goer or not.

Marcellus Edmonds, one of the elders at Kings Church, delivering a prescription

 “As Christians we have a great example in Jesus of how to care for the community. Happy to Help is our way of showing God’s love, by offering practical support to those who need it at this challenging time. We’ve had a tremendous response so far and have a team of volunteers ready and able to help. Please call us and we’ll do our very best to help you,” commented Marcellus Edmonds, elder at Kings Church Heathfield

The Happy to Help number is 01435 863786. The answer machine is constantly monitored.

The service is happy to help with all sorts of errands, ranging from shopping, help with pets, asssitance with foodbank applications to helping with loneliness by making regular calls. Below are just a few of the things the service has helped out with.

  • Delivering new hearing aid batteries to a woman who would have otherwise been deaf
  • Getting the right formula to a four-month old baby
  • Picking up more than 200 prescriptions
  • Collecting urgent medication for several dogs
  • Doing shopping for people
  • Helping fill out food bank forms
  • Matching volunteers to people who are feeling lonely and want a regular call