Our mission is to be there for older people living in Farnham, meeting them where they are and
showing God's love through our work




Farnham ASSIST Manager - Rodney Bates

The Manager & Company Secretary for Farnham ASSIST is Rodney Bates who started in November 2020. Rodney has 17 years of experience working in the field of community development in several Guildford communities and elsewhere in Surrey. He is also the trustee of two charities and takes a keen interest in most sports. Over the last few years, he has also had personal experience of services as a family carer.

June Trantom will be retiring at Christmas 2020. We would like to publicly thank June for her service to the Farnham community over the last 6 years and wish her a long and happy retirement.




One to One Coordinator - Yvonne Bryant

Knit and Natter Coordinator - Maureen Grew

Pie & Pint Club Coordinator - Hugh Elliot



Dr Mary Riggs - Chair

I am a retired doctor having spent all my working life as a GP in Aldershot. We have lived in Farnham for 6 years and worship in St Andrews Parish Church where I am a Pastoral Assistant. I am also a chaplaincy volunteer at Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice.  I am impressed by ASSIST as it provides so much contact for older people who are on their own, and loneliness and isolation can be such a problem in old age. I was therefore pleased to be able to help as a trustee.

Ken Wickenden - Treasurer

I spent my early years in the banking industry and then moved on to corporate finance in the commodities sector. During latter years in that sector I developed an interest in accounting, and gradually took over the accounts of several trading companies specialising in the oil industry. I was fortunate to be able to retire at the age of 60 since then I have worked as a freelance accountant but am now fully retired. Having volunteered with ASSIST from 2003 I was happy to accept the post of Trustee with a special interest in the Charity Treasury.

Alex Burn

I have lived in Farnham for over 30 years and worship at Farnham Baptist Church. It is a privilege to be part of a Christian charity which, by showing the love of God, can truly make a difference to older people's lives.

I have previously worked  in both the NHS in Surrey and Hampshire County Council, where amongst other things I was involved with providing older people’s services. Currently I coordinate the Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF) programme,The Gift of Years, which equips churches to reach out to older people in their community.

Meg Daniels

I am a lifelong Farnham resident and I volunteer at Farnham ASSIST with my husband, Brian. I am a member of St. Andrews Parish Church and as a former Churchwarden I have undertaken various positions within the Church. I have many interests in and around the town and firmly believe Farnham ASSIST has a major role to play in the community.

Chris Packwood

I am a retired solicitor in private practice. My wife and I moved to Farnham over 10 years ago and we have four children and seven grandchildren. I first became involved with ASSIST at the Hale lunches, close to where I live.