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
- Support filling in forms, writing letters, reading or using computers and the internet
- Offering lifts to a GP surgery, clinic, hospital, day centre or other appointments.
Current schemes funded by Daventry District Council and now operating in our district are Moulton, Crick, Welton and Byfield. They have collectively helped 160 residents, provided 88 volunteers, and have set up referral links with local GP Surgeries. Further schemes are pending in Kilsby, Woodford Halse, Long Buckby, Boughton, Welford and Creaton.
Recently endorsed by The Prince’s Countryside Fund, the schemes received some publicity when it was featured in the Village Survival Guide, a new book published to help rural communities thrive.