Good Neighbour Scheme
Are you, or is someone you know, aged 50 or over and in need of some practical help with small tasks around the home? If so, the Good Neighbour scheme may be able to help.
Good Neighbour is a voluntary organisation which arose from the ‘Partnership for Older People Programme’. Its aim is to help people with minor household tasks that they’re no longer able to do themselves, so that they can stay independent in their own home.
Jackie Stafford is the Good Neighbour Co-ordinator for West Moors. Jackie explains: “These are small tasks where professional help is not needed, as our intention is not to take work away from the professional workforce. All our volunteers are Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checked which ensures they are trustworthy and can be relied on.”
Officially launched at the West Moors Group Practice in October 2017, Good Neighbour now has seven keen volunteers on hand in the West Moors area with a variety of skills on offer.
The volunteers can help with a range of small tasks or errands - here are a few examples of what they could do:
- Change a lightbulb
- Fill out a form
- Take rubbish to the tip
- Post a letter
- Walk a dog
- Small sewing jobs
- Tune a television
Good Neighbour has branches in Ferndown, Wimborne, Corfe Mullen, Christchurch and Verwood. They also offer a Befriending Service.
For more information, please call 01202 834034 or ask the Practice for a leaflet.