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FiSH Scheme

What is the FiSH Scheme?

The FiSH Scheme is a registered charity operating in Bridge, Patrixbourne, Bekesbourne and Bishopsbourne since 1980.

FiSH volunteers give neighbourly assistance to anyone in need or during times of emergency, particularly the elderly. Many families live far away from each other these days and it is not always possible to give the help needed, and indeed some people do not have families to call upon.



Volunteer drivers assist in taking people to appointments and on errands. This could be a hospital or doctors visit, opticians, dentists, etc. Volunteers are paid a small mileage allowance.

If you or a relative/friend/neighbour needs transport, please contact 07935 966080 (leave a message if necessary).

Library service

There is a library book exchange service for those unable to get out easily, organised in conjunction with Canterbury Library Service.

Outings & social events

Several outings are arranged throughout the year. Either a coach tour of the countryside, tea and a visit to the garden centre, or a visit to the theatre. In the past, lunches have been organised in the village hall.

Transport for all these is provided when required.

Emergency pot

A small pot of money is also available in unusual or emergency situations. Please contact the FiSH Scheme if you have a suggestion for consideration

Fund raising

On the second Wednesday of each month, a coffee morning is held in the Bridge village hall and is open to all. Often there is a book lending library and supply of knitting materials; any knitted garments can be donated for distribution through the Canterbury Health Centre.


Many volunteers give generously of their time and this support is much appreciated. However we would very much welcome new volunteers.

If you have a small amount of time to spare each month for driving, visiting or volunteering in some small way, please phone co-ordinator Jean Johnson on 01227 766182.