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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

Are you looking for some home help? Getting started is easy...

Step 1: Register

close to hand membership

Fill in your details and become a member

Step 2: Take a look around

find local people to help

We'll show you helpers who live in your local area

Step 3: Write a job advert

place job advert

Tell us what help you're looking for & we'll notify all the local helpers in your area

Step 4: Message and Connect

message and meet local people

Message local helpers via our secure messaging service and make a connection

Become a Home Helper - it's simple and free to join

Step 1: Register and build your profile

close to hand profile

Register for free and build your personal profile detailing your location, availability and charges

Step 2: Search local home help jobs

find jobs and local people to help

Search local jobs & respond directly to the job holder

Step 3: Verification

ID verification and premium membership

Before you connect, upgrade to Premium membership and go through our ID & background check

Step 4: Message and Connect

message and meet local people

Respond to job adverts and message job holders via our secure messaging service

Get started as a Home Helper

Any more questions? Take a look at our FAQs or contact us

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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 What a fantastic way to find help in the community. I posted an ad to get home help following the birth of my third child. A great concept and I would definitely recommend it. 
Samantha, Sevenoaks, Kent. August 2020

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 It's a hidden gem for those who need extra help. 
Lisa, Stroke Support Group, Tunbridge Wells, Kent. August 2020

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 We advertised on the website and were lucky enough to find a wonderful helper through the advert which has been a real lifeline both for us and for my mother. We would thoroughly recommend the service to anyone in a similar situation and it would always be our first port of call. 
Paul, Sevenoaks, Kent. July 2020

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.