What are Good Neighbour Schemes?

These are local voluntary organisations that offer a service to people in need of a little support and help at certain times in their lives.

They may be elderly or disabled or single parents, experiencing illness or maybe just lonely because of bereavement or loss.

The Good Neighbours Scheme is there to offer mainly temporary help, to assist people to cope or to help them on the road to recovery or to get more involved in community life.

What help can Good Neighbour Schemes provide?

  • Providing lifts / transport to appointments, hospital visits or day care / local clubs
  • Help with shopping, errands, prescription collection
  • Befriending / visiting
  • Help with looking after pets, dog walking
  • Letter writing, form filling
  • Help after hospital discharge
  • Accompanying to clubs or groups of interest
  • Minor repairs, gardening, household tasks
  • Providing emergency meals / provisions
  • Providing information / signposting / support to contact services
  • Reading to partially sighted /blind or elderly

N.B. Not a definitive list – some schemes may offer other services

Do all Good Neighbour Schemes offer the same services?

  • Each scheme will look different as they are based on local needs, what people are prepared to do and what is happening in an individual community already.
  • Not every scheme will run the whole list of services. For example there are many schemes offering lifts / transport and not so many that will undertake gardening tasks. You will need to check locally.
  • Schemes may ask for a small donation especially if transport is involved but most tasks are undertaken on a purely voluntary basis

Local Good Neighbour Schemes

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