Take part in the trial of onHand in Newcastle, revolutionising the care and volunteering industries.
onHand matches people who need help with everyday tasks with vetted volunteers who are able to help. onHand is revolutionising volunteering and has been used to coordinate COVID-19 volunteer efforts across London where they have delivered 1000s of hours of help with tasks such as shopping, medication collection, and companionship calls. Through their app-based platform, onHand vet volunteers through an automated ID and DBS check, match local volunteers with older adults, and track all activity.
Right now, onHand operates in London only, but are hoping to expand across the UK. They are running a pilot of their flexible and easy volunteering service in Newcastle. We are working with Newcastle Building Society as part of the trial, and around 100 of their employees will become volunteers.
We are looking for users who will try the onHand service and provide any thoughts and feedback you may have before and after you have tried it to understand your needs and interest.
If you would benefit from help with tasks such as shopping, medication collection, would like to receive companionship calls, we invite you to take part in the trial.
You must also be aged over 55 and live in Newcastle upon Tyne.
If you are interested in trialing this service, register for this opportunity and we will send further instructions on how to do so. Please also register if you know someone who would benefit from the service.
The trial period will last for 6 weeks, you can use the service as much or as little as you like during this time. The service will be free of charge (other than the cost of your shopping for example).
Types of requests volunteers can help with:
You can request for volunteers to help:
You will be sent an online survey to complete at the beginning and end of the 6 week period, to provide some feedback on your experience. You will also be invited to join an online workshop after the 6 weeks to discuss your experience in more detail. Your feedback will help shape the future of the service.
The trial will take place in Newcastle upon Tyne during July and August.