The Good Neighbours Network
There are well over 100 voluntary groups in the Good Neighbours Network in Hampshire. The groups are there for people who do not have anyone else to turn to when they need a bit of help. Most groups have volunteers who use their own cars to take people to and from GP and hospital appointments. Some groups
- Do shopping
- Befriend or visit people
- Sit for carers
- Hold regular coffee mornings, lunch and social clubs
- Change light bulbs and do simple DIY
- Offer letter reading and helping people with paperwork
Individual groups may offer more.
For full details click here : FIND A GROUP
The Good Neighbours Support Service (GNSS)
GNSS keeps groups going and sets up new local Good Neighbours services. It provides a full range of resources, small start up and continuation grants, insurance to cover volunteers and free administration for DBS checks. Area Advisers resolve problems and promote good practice. Conferences and events across the county help groups to meet other Good Neighbours groups and be inspired by innovative and practical ideas. The Good Neighours big Summer Party is held every two years to award and thank volunteers.
GNSS works in partnership with Hampshire’s Community Transport team to provide Good Practice Guidelines for voluntary car schemes and hospital parking information and permits. GNSS aims to resolve issues for drivers by holding meetings with the major hospitals and working with the ABI to get motor insurance companies to stop charging extra for voluntary driving. For existing or new groups wanting to offer befriending, GNSS has produced easy to understand guidelines and aims to expand the number of befriending networks by working in partnership with others.
To find out how to set up a Good Neighbours group in your local area or to join the Network as an existing group please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
GNSS is supported by the Church of England Dioceses of Portsmouth, Winchester and Guildford and funded by Hampshire County Council and Clinical Commissioning Groups in Hampshire.