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Good Neighbours Scheme

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Good Neighbours 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.

How the scheme works

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 is to match people who need help, with volunteers in the area who are willing to give that help.

The overall aim is to help vulnerable or older people with everyday tasks such as:

  • dog walking and caring for pets during holiday or illness
  • household tasks such as setting up televisions, changing light bulbs or batteries in smoke alarms
  • help with shopping
  • support filling in forms, writing letters, reading or using computers and the internet
  • gardening
  • befriending
  • offering lifts to a GP surgery, clinic, hospital, day centre or other appointments

How it benefits communities

Good Neighbours schemes are a great way of bringing a community together to help everyone - both the local volunteers as well as the people they are helping.

For volunteers, 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 good use of whatever time you have to spare as well as particular skills you may have, such as IT or gardening expertise

The benefits for those being helped include:

  • a chance to access support to complete jobs that may normally be difficult to do alone
  • an opportunity to meet new people and make friends
  • people no longer need to feel they are ‘bothering' neighbours if they need to ask for help frequently
  • help people 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

The scheme aims to provide a social ‘safety net’ for the village or local area in which it is operating. Volunteers complete practical tasks (such as driving or shopping) and/or provide emotional support, such as befriending. 

They do not offer specialist care or play any role that should be left to professional, qualified services. Nor do they provide volunteers to carry out skilled tasks that are appropriate for qualified tradespeople.

Set up a scheme in your area

Working in partnership with Northants ACRE we can offer an overview of how a Good Neighbours scheme could work for your community group, residents group or Parish Council including:

  • 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

For more information, please contact Emma Parry, Community Projects Officer, on 0300 126 7000 or email [email protected].

Current schemes in West Northamptonshire

GroupContact details
Blisworth Friendship Group[email protected]
Boddington Good Neighbours01327 720025
[email protected]
Braunston Heart 0800 002 9066
[email protected]
Broughton Community FridgeBroughton Community Fridge
ByfieldByfield Good Neighbours
01327 227000
[email protected]
Chipping Norton07792 098167
[email protected]
CulworthContact Northants ACRE for more details
Deanshanger Good Neighbours01908 566373
[email protected]
Desborough Library (Good Neighbour Scheme)07970 733946
[email protected]
Duston Good Neighbours01604 583626
[email protected]
EvenleyContact Northants ACRE for more details
Grange Park Good Neighbours[email protected]
Kilsby Good Neighbours01788 486040
[email protected]
Long Buckby Angels07594 316370
[email protected]
Middleton Cheney (Two Schemes)Middleton Cheney Good Neighbours Scheme
07818 475982
[email protected]
Moulton (and surrounding areas)Moulton Parish Council
Moulton Community Connectors
07484 907438
[email protected]
Naseby (Pop-Up)Liz: 01604 740568
Chris: 07817 441948 
Felicity: 07759 076161 
[email protected]
Spratton CaresJo Bishop: 07810 524813
[email protected]
WeltonWelton Parish Council
07938 237070
[email protected]
Whittlebury Good Neighbours[email protected]
Woodford HalseWoodford Halse Good Neighbours
01327 206221
[email protected]
Yardley Hastings Good Neighbours01604 696382
[email protected]

Last updated 20 March 2024