Do you have a Good Neighbour Scheme in your area?

Good Neighbours Network groups are all about people offering a helping hand to others in their local community.

Each group is different, but will often include transport assistance, social activities and a befriending scheme. Popular with volunteers for its flexibility and popular with people because they can rely on a trustworthy and friendly face.

The people who may need support may be the elderly, disabled, single parents and young mothers, those temporarily in need through illness or anyone who may be isolated within the community.

Good Neighbour Schemes are not there to replace the work done by Social Services and other professional care agencies. They operate and on a more personal level than many agency-led schemes, often starting as simple offers of help to an acquaintance in need. However, they can improve the quality of life of people living more isolated lives in rural communities.

The help offered by Good Neighbour Schemes may include:

• Providing transport for appointments, hospital visits or to Day Centres

• Errands, shopping or collecting prescriptions

• Preparing emergency meals

• Household tasks or gardening

• Visiting or befriending

• Letter-writing or form-filling

• Looking after or transporting children

• Helping people after discharge from hospital

• Giving carers a break

• Reading to partially sighted or blind people

• Providing information

Do you have a similar scheme in your neighbourhood?  Would you like to have a Good Neighbours Network, or be involved with one?

Do you have a Good Neighbour Scheme in your area?

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26th Dec 2019
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We started a morning door check in our condo building. A group of us takes turns monitoring the "flags" left on the outside doorknobs of each unit. We have a list of people (mostly single females) who put out a Do Not Disturb - type sign on their doors at night. If the sign is still there at 9 am, we knock to make sure they're OK. Our neighbors feel safer knowing that someone will be checking on them in the morning.
22nd Nov 2019
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I don't need a scheme to be a good neighbour. It used to be that everyone looked out for their neighbours / community; by the same token, if you misbehaved as a child, the whole community would tell you off!! I do feel that if this scenario was still in place, there would be less lonely people and less gangs getting their clutches into our young people. Knowing that your community was on your case 24/7, and also that you had multiple 'safe houses' you could go to if you needed help, was a great system. In essence, the whole community was your family and would dob on you to your parents LOL.
26th Aug 2019
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We do have a Neighbourhood Watch scheme but I've not heard of this other scheme. I do attend ward forum meetings and will ask there.
23rd Aug 2019
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12th Aug 2019
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We have a good scheme in our village
Margaret Hart
31st Jul 2019
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We do not have an official neighbours watch scheme but anyone can be a good neighbour without any organisation but a good organisation gives many people a feeling of comfort and safety. A good neighbour is a person you can depend on in all circumstances to support and standby you. I wouldn’t see anybody really stuck with anything but I also am no mug and would not be taken for a ride to do anything stupid.

In some places where they do have an organisation some people expect a few people to take responsibility and them not share the load where to work everybody needs to pull their weight and show they care.
31st Jul 2019
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It’s really useful to get to medical appointments, I’m so grateful for Community Transport where I live.The Parking is impossible here at the Hospital and Surgeries, and the bus is impossible to get to both, so paying a volunteer driver some £s to cover their expenses is a boon. The other alternative is to hire a Taxi at a rate many can’t afford...
BUT BEWARE, there is a franchise where people are offering “Befriending” Services, these are a franchise, and the people doing this charge £15.00 per hour, plus 45p per mile, for example take someone to a Medical appointment or Shopping. ....a real scam to lure in the vulnerable, and / or their careers, scam...who can decide if they can afford the costs when the Befriending Buddies leaflet pushed through letter boxes does not give the Terms and Conditions and Charges?

Do not get involved DBS checks, no Insurances, no contracts, no way you will not be protected from being robbed through allowing an unverified person into your home.

Think SCAM when getting a kind leaflet offering you help! It IS..a way to get into your home, and rob you.
Use Social Services vetted not let random people into your could be robbed, attacked or worse.
Mary Lincoln
31st Jul 2019
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Not officially but,many of us have lived in our street since we were young. Watched our kids grow up, get married and move on. We keep in touch and if any needed helping we are on hand to offer help.
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This is an ideal situation. Unfortunately it is not usual to live in the same place all your life. My father was in the Army so we went where he was stationed and I lost touch with all my childhood friends.
31st Jul 2019
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Not officially a scheme but all of us are good neighbours to each other naturally. Its a lovely community to live in.

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