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Beds Good Neighbour and Village Care Scheme Network

Co-ordinated by Beds Rural Communities Charity, the Network are groups of residents who have got together as volunteers to assist fellow-residents with the occasional things one neighbour might do for another.

Help might include giving lifts; collecting shopping or prescriptions; minor household repairs such as changing a light-bulb; or personal help such as letter-writing or looking after pets.

Volunteers are fully insured and are checked under the requirements of the Disclosure and Barring Service, previously known as the Criminal Records Bureau.  Help is free unless actual costs are incurred, such as for petrol or parking where lifts are being given, but donations can be made.

 

Address:  

Beds Rural Communities Charity, The Old School, Cardington, Bedford  MK44 3SX

Tel:    

01234 832648

Email:    

justineh@bedsrcc.org.uk

Web:  

http://bedsrcc.org.uk/good-neighbour-scheme/

                                    

Further information

Referral

Each of the Network groups can help the residents living within the town or village in which that group is based – please contact the coordinator for details of which villages in the Borough currently have groups operating. Most residents self-refer but any statutory or voluntary sector organisation can contact the Network co-ordinator to discuss referring a client.

 

Availability

Hours of operation vary with each Good Neighbour and Village Care Scheme group, depending on the volunteers available, but usually cover the core hours of 9.00am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday.  

 

Beds Rural Communities Charity can be contacted by phone 9.00am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday, where messages can be left for the Good Neighbour and Village Care Scheme Network co-ordinator who is employed for 25 hours a week. 

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