Brundall & Blofield Good Neighbour Scheme launches

Good neighbour scheme

Published: Monday, 1st August 2016

A Good Neighbour Scheme has been set up to provide support to the communities of Brundall and Blofield.

Everyone needs a little help now and again and the Good Neighbour Scheme offers the chance for local people to give and receive help in small but important ways.

The Good Neighbour Scheme for Brundall and Blofield will go live on 1 August 2016. The scheme has been set up with assistance from Community Action Norfolk, funding kindly provided by Broadland District Council and The Shelroy Charitable Trust and through associations with the local parish councils, St. Laurence Church Brundall and St. Andrew & St. Peter Church Blofield.

Brundall & Blofield Good Neighbour Scheme will be run and staffed by vetted, insured and trained local volunteers. The aim of the scheme is to offer support to people in the community with a variety of small tasks thereby enhancing community spirit and quality of life. Examples of the type of tasks the scheme will undertake are:

  • Small, light jobs in the home or garden
  • Collection of prescriptions or medication
  • Transport to appointments within the villages
  • A chat over a cup of tea
  • Help with pets
  • Library visits
  • Shopping
  • Help with forms/letters
  • and much more….

The scheme is not intended to be a replacement for emergency or social services; it’s just about local people helping other local people with relatively little things that can make a very big difference to their quality of life.

Cllr David Ward, Broadland District Council’s member champion for older people, said:

"We are really pleased to support this fantastic scheme through both the Grow Your Community project and through a grant from the Community Activities fund for £1,000.

"As a council, one of our ambitions is to increase levels of health and wellbeing and we are delighted that there are now seven Good Neighbour Schemes within the district.

"We wish the Brundall and Blofield project every success and hope that the scheme will make the lives of local residents that much easier."

The Scheme will go live on 1 August 2016 and anyone in the villages of Brundall or Blofield who needs assistance, would like to volunteer or find out more should call this number:

0800 688 9677 (freephone)

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