The Centre is run solely by volunteers and we rely on entirely on donations.
History of LDVHC
Paulette Bentham (our founder member) was a community minded mother and former teacher lived in the ex-mining village of Cheslyn Hay with her husband Tom and their young family.
During the mid-70’s Paulette and a group of likeminded friends began helping infirm and housebound neighbours in the Cheslyn Hay & Gt Wyrley with day-to-day needs like shopping, prescription etc.
A place to pop in & chat came next when a short term lease was obtained at 33 High St C/Hay due for demolition.
From there to a portacabin on C/Hay Recreation Ground where the group’s work was beginning to be recognised – transport to hospital & doctor’s appointment and social visiting and gardening services for local residents began.
Our final move was in 1984 when a base was established at 154 Walsall Rd Gt Wyrley, a much larger, if somewhat derelict, property was leased to the group by Staffordshire County Council. This enabled many other activities to be undertaken. With hard work from our volunteers, raising funds to refurbish and improve the building and sometimes undertaking the jobs themselves (painting, putting up cupboards and tiling to name but a few) services like coffee mornings, luncheon clubs, bingo sessions and our group to adults with learning difficulties as well as the transport scheme have become well established and well used.
Over the years LDVHC and its volunteers have attained numerous awards for services to the community including the NHS South Staffordshire Primary Care Trust Patients Choice Award. But our most valued recognition was being awarded The Queen’s Award for Volunteering in 2010. Something of which all our volunteers are very proud.