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Good Neighbour Schemes
What is a Good Neighbour Scheme?
Good Neighbour schemes are established and run by local people to provide day-to-day support for other residents who may need help on an occasional or regular basis.
The aim is to support neighbours to maintain a good quality of life, remain independent in their own homes if they wish to, and reduce their reliance on statutory health and care support systems.
Good Neighbours schemes can benefit local volunteers as well as the people they are helping.
For someone volunteering their time, the scheme is a chance to:
- Get involved with your community and do as much or as little as you want. There’s no need to feel awkward if you can’t always help.
- Meet new people who you might not have met otherwise, including those from different generations.
- Make use of whatever time you have to spare as well as particular skills you may have, such as IT or gardening expertise.
There are obvious benefits for those who are being helped, such as the ability to access help to complete jobs that would be difficult for them to do alone. But the scheme could also:
- Give them the opportunity to meet new people and make friends. Stop them from feeling they are ‘bothering neighbours if they need to ask for help frequently.
- Help them to stay in their own home for longer as they get older.
- Soften the impact of losing local services such as the village shop or post office
How you can Help
In order for a Good Neighbours scheme to work in a village, parish area or neighbourhood, we need at least one person from that area to volunteer as a co-ordinator.
Their job will be to match people who need help with volunteers in the area who are willing to give that help.
Parish Councils, residents’ groups or other kinds of community organisations that are interested in starting a Good Neighbours scheme in their area can contact us on:
In return we offer:
- An overview of how a Good Neighbours scheme could work for your community group, residents group or Parish Council.
- Guidance on establishing if there is demand for a Good Neighbours scheme in your area.
- A toolkit, based on national good practice, on how to run a Good Neighbours scheme.
- Support to get your scheme up and running.
We particularly want to hear from any villages in the Daventry District who are interested in starting a Good Neighbours scheme. We are working with Daventry District Council to develop schemes across the Daventry District and our first scheme is already underway in Moulton.
Daventry Council has funding available to help other villages interested in setting up a scheme. Contact us for more information on 01604 825881.