Everybody needs ‘Good Neighbours’

Published: Wednesday, 1st July 2020

Community spirit brings benefits in new scheme

Kettering Borough Council are working closely with Northamptonshire ACRE to promote the Good Neighbours schemes operating by across the county. Following on from Volunteers’ Week earlier this month in which the invaluable support from volunteers in our local community was celebrated.

A number of local groups have come together informally to help their friends and neighbours across the Borough in response to COVID-19, and have helped with shopping, getting online and making befriending telephone calls.

The Good Neighbours schemes are established and run by local people to provide day-to-day support for other residents who may need help. 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.

Northamptonshire ACRE are looking to help these new pop-up neighbourhood groups across Kettering Borough, who have been providing support in their community in the response to COVID-19 and are offering the opportunity for groups to add to the 20 schemes currently active across the county.

You can find more information on Kettering Borough Council’s website, or for an informal chat please email Jennifer.hedges@northantsacre.org.uk or call 07808 330 549.

Cllr Scott Edwards, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community and Leisure, said: “We have been really fortunate here to see so many groups coming together at this time in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They have been part of our response in helping those individuals who have been shielding to keep safe and well, with tasks such as shopping or medication collections.

Shirley Plenderleith, Head of Public Services at Kettering Borough Council, said: “The Good Neighbours scheme operated by Northamptonshire ACRE will help and support these groups to continue with the great work they have been doing over the past three months in supporting their local communities.