People in Daventry are being asked for their support in setting up a scheme to support elderly, vulnerable and isolated members of our community.
Daventry District Council (DDC) and Northamptonshire ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) are looking into the possibility of bringing a Good Neighbours scheme to the town.
The aim is to link local people who need support with those who are able to give it – whether it’s helping with a spot of gardening, picking up a prescription or showing someone how to send an email.
Volunteer co-ordinators match the people who need help with those that have volunteered to lend a hand.
DDC and Northamptonshire ACRE work closely with DACT (Daventry Area Community Transport) and the Daventry Volunteer Centre’s Happy at Home Partnership on the scheme.
Successful schemes have already been established in Crick, Moulton, and Welton, with a number of other villages in the District also in the process of setting projects up.
Now people in Daventry are being asked whether they would support a scheme for the town – whether as a volunteer, a recipient of help, or both.
Councillor Alan Hills, Portfolio Holder for Community, Culture and Leisure on Daventry District Council, said: “The aim of the Good Neighbours scheme is to help local residents maintain a good quality of life and remain independent in their own homes.
“The pilot scheme in Moulton is going from strength-to-strength, and a number of other villages in our District are getting their schemes off the ground, so it would be great to roll this out across Daventry.
“I would ask you to please fill in the questionnaire so we can gauge interest in extending the scheme to the town and help more vulnerable people.”
People can find out more and complete the questionnaire online by visiting www.daventrydc.gov.uk/goodneighbours
Paper copies are also available from DDC’s Lodge Road offices, the offices of Daventry Town Council, in New Street, Daventry, from Daventry Library, or on request by calling DDC on 01327 871100.