Good Neighbours Scheme
The council are keen to promote the Good Neighbours Scheme setup and run by Northamptonshire ACRE across the county. Northamptonshire ACRE are supporting many groups who have formed in the response to COVID-19, where they are helping local residents who are shielding. We have seen a number of new ‘pop-up’ neighbourhood groups offering help and support in their communities. It’s these types of groups that Northamptonshire ACRE are huge advocates of, and they are very grateful for all the hard work such local grassroots groups have been doing to support their vulnerable neighbours. Northamptonshire ACRE would like to offer the opportunity for groups to join their ‘family’ of over 20 Good Neighbours Schemes across the county.
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. 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 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.