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
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.
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.
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.