What is Somerset Good Neighbours?
A Good Neighbours scheme is simply a local group of volunteers providing practical help and support within their community. CCS ran a pilot project during the last year to develop and support new schemes across Somerset. This was really successful and these groups have been part of the huge community effort of the last few months. CCS has been successful in obtaining further funding to continue to support the creation of new schemes.
If you are part of a community group, would like to start a Good Neighbours scheme, or need help expanding the work you’re already doing, please contact our Project Manager, Marie Fraser. We look forward to hearing from you!
Call: 07746 340536
Our scheme has now been running for about 18 months with very positive results. We are lucky to live in a supportive village, but despite this people are still vulnerable and this scheme has given reassurance and support to those who need it. I would encourage all communities to start a Good Neighbourhood Scheme so we can ensure people can remain in the environment they would wish, feeling safe and supported.
Stogumber Good Neighbours Scheme.
What can we offer?
We can provide assistance and guidance (including online training and networking events) to enable at least ten local groups to develop their scheme to ensure they are operating safely for both volunteers and those supported, to set up systems for managing the scheme in the long term and to connect with the wider voluntary sector.
We can provide the Good Neighbours handbook which contains lots of useful information about how to run such a scheme successfully, which was created learning from similar schemes around the U.K.
We can connect you with other similar groups around the county to learn from and share with.
We also have small grants available for groups to fund items such as DBS checks, insurance and other equipment. This is a limited fund and so if it is of interest, please get in touch as soon as possible.
If your community is interested in being part of the Good Neighbourhood movement in Somerset contact Marie Fraser at firstname.lastname@example.org
CCS is helping to launch a new Good Neighbours scheme in Bishops Lydeard and surrounding villages – https://ccslovesomerset.org/network_news/good-neighbours-come-together-in-bishops-lydeard
Dulverton Good Neighbours scheme has rapidly established itself as a valuable local voluntary resource to support the community, particularly during the current COVID-19 pandemic – https://ccslovesomerset.org/network_news/good-neighbours-come-together-in-west-somerset
Somerset Good Neighbours is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.