FISH is a local charity staffed entirely by volunteers (registered number 286318). The charity is run by a Management Committee, and all members of the committee are Trustees and are responsible to the Charity Commission.
Everyone associated with FISH is a volunteer and everyone is DBS checked.
The committee for 2019-20 is:
Richard McQuillan – Chairman
Linda Collison – Treasurer
Anna Wright – Secretary
Mary Norris – Office Co-ordinator
Pam Gross – Deputy Co-ordinator
John Pearman – Bus Manager
Set up by local people in 1979 as the Good Neighbours Scheme, the organisation's aim was to help improve the lives of people living in Sonning Common and the six surrounding villages.
In 1984 the Scheme gained charitable status, and chose the name FISH - Friendship in Sickness and Health - something which summed up its key purpose.
In 2014, FISH moved from its small room in the Sonning Common Village Hall to the former Doctor's surgery premises at Springhill, Kennylands Road.
The move gave the organisation larger premises and a better working environment for the volunteers, and we now have a large room suitable for community gatherings together with a kitchen and toilets.