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What is a Good Neighbours Scheme?
A Good Neighbours Scheme (GNS) support vulnerable, older or disabled residents of a community. The schemes are often run by local voluntary groups and help is given to those in need free of charge Help may include: transport to medical appointments or shopping, errands, small household tasks and gardening. GNS do not replace the work done by Adult Social Care or other professional care agencies. But they often offer help to those not yet receiving care, helping people stay independent for longer in their own homes by supporting them as a neighbour would.
As well as supporting vulnerable members of its community GNS are a brilliant way to bring a community together helping to create resilience and sustainability.
Support from Community Impact Bucks
Over the next twelve months Community Impact Bucks will be providing free support to five communities to help them set up local Good Neighbours Scheme. We will be working with communities to help them:
· Identify where the need is
· Whether there is community capacity to deliver a scheme
· What services the scheme will focus on
· Support to develop structure of the scheme
· Provision of toolkits, policies and governance documents
· Help to develop volunteer and client base
· Support to launch scheme
For more information or to get involved please contact: Debi Game firstname.lastname@example.org