See that map? That gives you an idea of what 'nearby' means. 'Older people' means those older than state pension age.
Practical support For a long time, I have wondered about offering a service I have called (in my head) 'Emergency Daughter'.
(I called it this because I was a daughter. I did think once about calling it 'Pop-up Daughter' but immediately decided this name might lead to - erm - some confusion. Ahem).
The idea behind it was to offer the sort of practical support that you might ask a close family member to provide. You'd ask because it would be for the sort of task where you need another person with you, with another pair of hands, and someone who didn't mind being asked to help - but it wouldn't be for chores where you could obviously buy this help in. So - it wouldn't be cleaning (where you could employ a cleaner), or building work (builder, ditto), but it might be other practical things that would make a real difference to your life.
For example (and these are things I have helped people do in the past) - sorting out the contents of kitchen cupboards, and organising the kitchen so you can easily reach everything. Taking down existing curtains, and putting up new ones. Sorting out the contents of a shed, or garage - or even a loft. Bringing down Christmas decorations and putting them up (and addressing Christmas card envelopes) - or, taking down Christmas decorations and putting them away. Making lists of belongings to make clear what is what (and where it's from), or noting who is who in photographs. Going through and sorting out clothes, shoes, and linen, and organising the contents of wardrobes by colour or season (for example). Doing an afternoon of helping with cooking, and putting meals in the freezer. Picking soft fruit and making jam. Creative writing. Reading out loud. Helping prepare for a family party.
That sort of practical help (these are just ideas - there might be something else that would really help you). Just to be clear - 'practical' doesn't mean 'personal care' - so it's not about helping you get washed and dressed, or anything else to do with your body*. And more likely to be 'one-off' support: in other words, not the sorts of chores you might have (or want, or need) help with every week.
So how does it work? I would come to where you live for up to 3 hours (either a morning, or an afternoon), and I'd do as many of the practical things that you'd like help with as possible in that time.
I won't do things that: - are illegal - make me uncomfortable - I think are unsafe.
Be sensible! (And realistic about what can be achieved in a few hours.)
There's a charge - but it's much lower than the cost of my consultancy work, so don't look at that page and be put off. When you get in touch to discuss what you'd like help with, we will talk about the cost then. It's a fixed sum, for the time spent with you. You would 'book' me to come on a particular day (either morning or afternoon) and you'd pay me the same day, either with a cheque or cash. (Don't worry - I declare everything for tax purposes!)
Why offer this? Because I think there are all sorts of one-off chores and jobs that people might like some help with, but there isn't always anyone obvious to ask - so, at least for those living near to me, maybe there is now.