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Pirton JoyCare

Pirton Joycare was founded as a result of a legacy bequeathed by the late Joy Franklin in 1997. Joy was born in Pirton and lived here for most of her life. She left the legacy to be used to "benefit the older residents of Pirton village".

Consultation with the older residents was undertaken to ascertain what they felt would be of most benefit to them. Various ideas were put forward and all those eligible, i.e. those over 65 years were asked to vote on their preferences. Most of these have been implemented.

In the years that JoyCare has been in existence, the legacy has been managed carefully. A donation of £3,000 was made to the Village Hall for improvements and maintenance, and we fund our various activities. However, we want to continue to help the older residents of Pirton in the foreseeable future by continuing to run our existing activities, organising trips and introducing other schemes.

We currently organise shopping trips in mini buses each month and we have a monthly lunch in the Fox Pub in Pirton on the first Thursday and another monthly lunch on the second Thursday in one of several local pubs. We have occasional outings to places of interest; theatre trips; an annual summer outing; we support a six-weekly chiropody clinic in the village hall and offer annual visits to local surgeries for flu jabs. We also now run a village Walking Group. We sponsor a Good Neighbour Scheme, which primarily helps with transport to medical appointments, etc. and some help and support in the home.

All these activities are either wholly or or part-funded by JoyCare. All those 65 or older and resident in Pirton are automatically entitled to participate in any or all of our activities.

In August 2001 JoyCare was granted charitable status. This has various advantages and ensures that the aims and objectives identified by the present Trustees will continue to be met.

We have approximately 30 volunteers who assist with transport, are on rotas to help with shopping trips and driving for the Good Neighbour Scheme, outings, and any other occasional activities.

Our Trustees are listed below:

Trustees of Pirton JoyCare



Registered Charity Number 1087922

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JoyCare Contact 713338

Monthly Shopping Trips

JoyCare organises monthly shopping trips to various towns in the area. We leave Pirton at 10am, do our shopping, usually have lunch somewhere and are back home by about 2pm/3pm. These really help those who do not drive or have relatives nearby. We charge a nominal amount to partly offset the cost of the mini bus that we hire for these trips.  

Monthly Lunch Club

We usually take 35 - 40 people to a pub every month. We have our favourites! We use our fantastic volunteers and their cars for this. We subsidise these lunches and reimburse drivers expenses.. It is a good way to socialise and have a good lunch. For some of our older members this is often a very welcome way to meet up with old friends that they don't see very often.

Medical Services

Chiropody Clinics  We hold these clinics with a well respected and qualified Chiropodist every 6 weeks. JoyCare pays for the village hall hire and the Chiropodist charges members a discounted rate.

Flu Jabs   Every Autumn we organise flu clinics. We make all the arrangements and members are taken to their own surgeries in Hitchin for their flu jabs. This is at no cost to them as we use volunteers' car transport.

Audiology Clinics   We also from time to time organise Audiology clinics so that members can have a hearing test or have their hearing aids tested.

Good Neighbour Scheme

We introduced a good neighbour scheme in 2009 to help those who do not have family or friends nearby.  We help with home visits but most of our work is offering transport to medical and hospital appointments, collecting shopping and prescriptions etc.

We have 9 coordinators running the scheme and about  30 volunteers who are on call for transport, helping or visiting at home. We accept donations towards drivers' expenses, dependant upon the length of the journey. For example a return journey to nearby Hitchin would be £3.00


We always have a summer outing to some place of interest that is readily accessible for some of our more senior members. We have a good lunch on the way and it has always proved a very good day out. In the past we have been to Cambridge (including a riverboat trip); to the Nene Valley Railway near Peterborough; Woburn Abbey Safari Park; Audley End stately home and gardens and a cream tea on a boat trip on the River Lea in Broxbourne. In May 2014 we are planning to revisit the Nene Valley Railway.

For many years we have taken a party to the pantomime in January and to a Variety Express show in November and in recent years we have been to Brick Lane Music Hall in East London where they have a scrumptious tea and good entertainment. Other outings are also arranged from time to time which are always well supported.

North Herts Careline

We actively promote this service whereby the elderly or vulnerable are given a panic button to wear round there neck or on the wrist. If they suffer a fall or any medical problem all they need to do is press the button and help will be at hand. There is a cost for this service, a set up fee and a monthly/quarterly payment. JoyCare may be able to assist with some of the costs if a member would have problems paying. Contact us in confidence to see if you qualify.

Donations and Gift Aid

We are a self funding charity and accept donations with gratitude. We operate the Gift Aid scheme so that if a donor pays tax and gives us their name and address, we can reclaim tax paid. We can give you information of this scheme if you contact us.

Contact Us

We would welcome any enquiries about what we offer or if you wish to volunteer to help us in any capacity (see contact above).