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Loughton Voluntary Care has been operating in the IG10 area, in some form, for over 50 years
A Loughton-based organisation, Community Care, was launched as a response to the building of the Debden and other estates in the late 1940s and 50s when the population of Loughton doubled over 10 years. There was pressure from the churches to provide transport to hospitals, home visits to older people and care in the home. The scheme was manned by volunteers and supported financially by the district council.
In 1982, following meetings with church leaders, GPs, district council officers and social workers, Community Care was restructured as Loughton Voluntary Care with Margaret Lawrance as Co-ordinator, a commitment she continued for 30 years. Although LVC is proud to be sponsored by Churches Together in Loughton, we welcome volunteers and clients from all faiths and none. We continue to be grant-funded by Epping Forest District Council and have also received financial help from the Charles S French Charitable Trust and Loughton Town Council. Much of our income comes from donations made by our clients.
The bulk of our work remains transporting older, frail people to medical appointments – hospitals, clinics and surgeries. We also continue to provide a visiting and shopping service to housebound clients. LVC is committed to supporting older people in their desire to live an independent life.