The Good Neighbour Scheme was set up to give the sort of help a good neighbour might offer. It’s a voluntary service giving practical help to people who are housebound, those who are sick or disabled, older members of the community or anyone who needs a helping hand.
The scheme’s volunteers are happy to offer a variety of help:
- Providing transport to the doctor, hospital, optician, dentist or Day Centre
- Errands, shopping or collecting prescriptions
- Walking a dog or providing a simple meal when you are unwell
- Filling in forms or writing letters when you are not sure what to do
- Small emergency repairs such as changing a fuse, replacing batteries in smoke alarms or replacing a light bulb you cannot easily reach
- Reading to partially sighted or blind people
- Giving carers an hour or two’s break
- Visiting or befriending people who are housebound
All our volunteers are DBS-checked and carry identity passes. We don’t make any charge for this service although we will expect you to pay for any materials used by our volunteers on your behalf.
In a typical year, we connect with over 700 people and help by offering over 400 trips, covering over 6,000 miles in the process!
The Good Neighbour Scheme Tea
The GNS tea takes place on Wednesday afternoon and is a chance for those in the area to connect with each other. Please get in contact with us.
How do I get in contact with you?
You can contact us in a variety of ways.
How can I help?
Volunteering to be part of the team can be very rewarding! It’s true that helping others builds self-esteem and confidence, and making new friends and doing something to improve neighbourly goodwill in the community can be good fun! If you’ve got time to spare – even if it’s only an hour or two – and are interested in getting involved, please contact us.
Good Neighbour Schemes outside of Potton and the surrounding area
Good Neighbour Schemes operate in many parts of the country; if you are enquiring about other similar schemes in Bedfordshire you should contact the Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity www.bedsrcc.org.uk