Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity (BRCC) is looking to work with local residents to set up a Good Neighbour Scheme to help people in the town.
We have already heard from a number of people who are offering their help, but before we can progress things further we need to put a steering group into place to manage ‘Leighton Linslade Helping Hands’.
If you feel you can help with the steering group or if you would like further information please get in touch with Mike Fayers at BRCC on 01234 832619 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is a Good Neighbour Scheme?
A Good Neighbour Scheme is a voluntary group run by local residents who recognise the value in having ‘good neighbours’, particularly where public transport and other local services can be limited and where people’s family may not live close by.
How does it work?
Supported throughout by BRCC, the steering group sets up a bank account and manages the scheme.
Each volunteer decides what sort of help they are able to offer, how much and when. They do not undertake jobs best left to qualified professionals but can help with things like occasional lifts, befriending or shopping. All volunteers are fully insured for extra peace of mind.
Anyone who needs a bit of help can ring the group’s phone number. Calls are answered by a volunteer phone-handler, who matches the request for assistance with an available volunteer.
There are currently over 40 towns and villages across Bedfordshire with Good Neighbour groups supported by Beds Rural Communities Charity (BRCC).
Download the Leaflet HERE