Help on your doorstep

An online community connecting you to local Home Helpers

We've come to recognise that there is a real gap in providing support for older people in their own homes before they need advanced care.

It's having someone local to pop in for a chat and to help with everyday tasks, such as shopping, making a sandwich, collecting a prescription and helping with housework.

Promoting independence in older age and championing community spirit is at the heart of what we do.

Close to Hand offers you the choice and flexibility of arranging help and companionship when you require it and at the same time enables local people to find flexible work with a purpose.

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"Close to Hand offers a different approach to care – it's more about the little things in life and often it's those little things that can make a big difference to someone's day"
Hannah, Home Helper.

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Why we set up Close to Hand

Close to Hand founder Lindsey Nathan
About Us

Hear from our members

Home Helper Linda
Member Stories
Member Stories
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"I really enjoy working for Julia. The time goes too quickly really; we chat and tell each other stories about our families. I help her with her shopping or a few jobs in the house and we spend a bit of time weeding her very pretty garden. I'm never bored in her company and giving time to Julia is the same as giving time to a good friend."

Hannah, East Sussex

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"Finding Hannah has been a blessing; she pops in twice a week to help me with the food shopping and to provide an extra pair of hands in the garden. I look forward to her visits and our chats. We've become great friends."

Julia, East Sussex

How it works
Create your profile
Include a photo, references and life experiences
Review job posts
Find local people looking for help
Post your needs
Tell us what you’re looking for
Review profiles
Start searching for local people
Connect with community helpers

Check references, meet face-to-face, find a match

Ready to help someone?

Register here, build your profile and join our community of Home Helpers

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Looking for help?

Register here and tell us your requirements

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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.

Join our diverse community of helpers