News Hot Off The Press February 2018 We asked for your good neighbour stories and you sent us both amusing and touching tales - thank you! We have chosen these three to highlight and each of the chosen groups will be getting a big box of Devine chocolate to share. WALLOPS GOOD NEIGHBOURS ‘One of our drivers noticed how many people were living by themselves with very little interaction between them, after visiting one of the GNN drop-in café sessions at Middle Wallop for inspiration, she started a NOT ON YOUR OWN CLUB, holding monthly get togethers at the local church hall, providing food and entertainment, village shopping trips initiatives and much more.' FAREHAM GOOD NEIGHBOURS 'We befriended a lady (Betty) who lives alone in a house despite being registered blind due to AMD. This lady is remarkable, she undertakes telephone befriending of two people, was a founder of the Fareham Music Society and Fareham Macular and still helps them. She recently came to one of our volunteers’ meetings to speak about living with AMD. This Summer she abseiled down the Spinnaker Tower raising money for the Macular Society and celebrated her 90th birthday.' SOBERTON AND NEWTON GOOD NEIGHBOURS GROUP 'One of our drivers was recovering from a foot injury and although cleared for driving he was still wearing a surgical boot. He was the only member of the Good Neighbours team available to handle a request to take someone using a Zimmer frame to the local hospital. The sight of the patient being guided along the hospital corridors by his ‘injured’ driver caused quite a few double takes!' Good Neighbours and MIND Good Neighbours are keen to continue work with local MIND groups. There are already some great stories of help being given as well as received. MIND works across Hampshire to support people with mental health problems who are on a journey to recovery. Often, the recovery goals require people to attend MIND workshops. One story we have heard concerned a GN volunteer accompanying someone to the bus stop from her house and journeying with her to the workshop venue. After a couple of goes, the help was no longer needed. Real progress in building confidence had been made. MIND encourage their clients to think about becoming volunteers themselves when they are strong enough to do so safely. We see this as a win-win. GN have lots of lovely people able to offer the help that the MIND clients need to make progress. GN groups are always on the lookout for new volunteers too! This partnership could be a brilliant way of helping both parties – PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE.