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Friday, July 25, 2014

About Us

The Good Neighbours Network

There are about 125 independent voluntary groups in the Good Neighbours Network in Hampshire. They are there for people who do not have anyone else to turn to when they need a bit of help. Mostly, volunteers  use their own cars to take people to  GP and hospital appointments. They stay with them and bring them home again. Sometimes groups offer other kinds of services,  but not all. And some specialise in befriending. Find out what service is currently offered in your area

  • Help with Transport
  • Help with shopping
  • Visiting and befriending
  • Sitting for carers
  • Regular coffee mornings, lunch or social clubs
  • Simple DIY
  • Letter reading and helping people with paperwork

For full details click here :  FIND A GROUP

The Good Neighbours Support Service (GNSS)

We help to keep groups going and set up new local Good Neighbours services. We provide a full range of resources, small start up and continuation grants, free insurance to cover volunteers and free administration for DBS checks. We help to resolve problems and promote good practice.  GNSS Conferences and events help groups to thank volunteers, network with others and keep  inspired by innovative and practical ideas.

We work in partnership with Hampshire’s Community Transport team to provide Good Practice Guidelines for voluntary car schemes, hospital parking information and permits. We aim to resolve issues for drivers by holding meetings with the major hospitals.  We have worked successfully  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  working with partner Organisations.

To find out how to set up a Good Neighbours group in your local area or  join the Network please contact us at  info@hampshire.goodneighbours.org.uk

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.