Good Neighbours Scheme

Kettering Borough Council, Kettering Voluntary Network and Northants ACRE are supporting many organisations in the response to COVID 19 the borough has seen many pop-up neighbourhood groups surface, which partners Northants ACRE are huge advocates of. ACRE are very grateful for all the hard work local grassroots groups have been doing to support their vulnerable neighbours and would like to offer the opportunity for groups to join their family of over 20 Good Neighbours Schemes across Northamptonshire.

Our partners Northamptonshire ACRE have created a map of all the Good Neighbour Schemes, existing neighbourhood groups and pop up COVID-19 response groups currently operating in the county providing an essential service to local residents.  If you get a request that is out of your geographical area you can view the map to see who would be able to help. 

Good Neighbours Schemes are established and run by local people to provide day-to-day support for other residents who may need help on an occasional or regular basis.  The aim is to support neighbours to maintain a good quality of life, remain independent in their own homes if they wish to, and reduce their reliance on statutory health and care support systems.

The scheme aims to provide a social ‘safety net’ for the village or local area in which it is operating. Volunteers complete practical tasks (such as driving or shopping) and/or provide emotional support, such as befriending. They do not offer specialist care or play any role that should be left to professional, qualified services. Nor do they provide volunteers to carry out skilled tasks that are appropriate for qualified tradespeople. 

For a friendly informal chat please email Jennifer.hedges@northantsacre.org.uk or call 07808 330549 or for more information please go the Northants Acre website

We are looking for more schemes in Kettering borough for some examples of current schemes please follow the link

If you would like to volunteer please follow the link