Close to Hand is an online service matching people looking for a helping hand to local Home Helpers seeking work with a purpose.

Whether you need help with shopping, laundry, housework, gardening, running errands, pet care, a chaperone or just some companionship - our service is for anyone who finds themselves needing an extra pair of hands on an adhoc, short term or long term basis. The choice is yours.

connecting people looking for help to home helpers

Getting started is easy...

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Step 1: Create a profile
Fill in your details and become a member

find local people to help or be helped

Step 2: Take a look around
We’ll show you people who live in your area

connect safely to local help

Step 3: Trust and Safety
Before you can connect you will need to become a Premium member. All Premium Home Helpers are ID verified.

message and meet local people

Step 4: Message and Connect
Connect with as many local people as you choose. Our service is all about flexibility, choice and community.

Join our community

We asked a few of our members to come together and tell us about their experience of using Close to Hand.

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 I am more than happy to recommend “Close to Hand”. So far we have used three ladies who we have found on this website. They come to sit with our mother, who suffers from dementia, for a few hours while the full-time carer takes her break. As they live “close to hand” they are happy to come just for a couple of hours when we need them. They have all been very pleasant, competent people and mother has been happy to be with them. Having several ladies on the website means that we always have a choice and the possibility of finding someone available when we need them. The website is straight forward and easy to use.  
Alexandra, Client, Tunbridge Wells, Kent. May 2019

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 Close to Hand has worked brilliantly for me. I have found a lovely lady who drives my mother in law to her club every fortnight. I am waxing lyrical to everyone about the website. It's fab! 
Joanne , Cranbrook, Kent . April 2019

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 Thank you for making your website so easy to use; it is so straightforward and you don't have to be an IT buff to use it. After posting my advert and finding three suitable workers to support my client in a matter of days, I was able to carry out a meet and greet session. This involved me, my client and the Home Helper and as a result of this being successful, work has commenced and is going extremely well. Thank you! 
Jo Dufton, Independent Occupational Therapist & Case Manager, Kent & Sussex. February 2019

All contact happens through the Close to Hand site until you're ready to exchange information directly. As you’re probably local to each other, you may find you share mutual friends without knowing it.