GOOD NEIGHBOURS GROUPS
Good Neighbours groups are there for people in the local community when there is no one else they can call upon to help.
How does it work? Volunteers do simple tasks according to personal requests from local people. A request is matched to a person who is able to help by a group’s coordinator.
Each group is self organised, volunteer- led and run. They play a key role in providing
- personal transport in local communities
- social contact to reduce loneliness and isolation
- practical support at a time of need
Individual groups offer specific services such as getting people to health appointments or befriending. Others provide cafés or coffee mornings, lunch clubs and more. Some groups offer a wide range of neighbourly help such as shopping, sitting for carers, even minor repairs.
GOOD NEIGHBOURS NETWORK IN HAMPSHIRE
From just 6 groups in 1976, the Network has grown to over a 100 groups and 4,000 volunteers.
Click here to find a group near you.
GOOD NEIGHBOURS SUPPORT SERVICE (GNSS)
GROWING AND SUSTAINING LOCAL GROUPS
The Network is made up of local independent member groups supported by GNSS by our café style events, training and conferences, GNSS website and publications specifically for Good Neighbours groups.
Advice and help from GNSS has been invaluable. The Volunteer Handbook is a very important tool. (Christchurch Portsdown GN)
GNSS grows and sustains groups in the Network by working with them to promote and develop services. Groups benefit from Guidelines for Car Schemes and Befriending Services, practical resources including sample policies and procedures, as well as free public liability insurance and free administration for DBS checks that make groups safer and easy to run.
To find out how you can support your local group or set up something new where you live , please contact us at
07827 925327 (Adviser)
02392 899671 (Office)GNSS First Floor Peninsular House Wharf Road Portsmouth PO2 8HB
GNSS is funded in Hampshire by County Council and NHS Clinical Commissioning groups in Fareham and Gosport, North East and Farnham, North, South East Hampshire and West Hampshire. It is supported by Anglican Dioceses in Portsmouth, Winchester and Guildford. This funding and support enables GNSS to provide starter and continuation grants, learning cafes and events and work with local people to grow Good Neighbours groups and services.