Good Neighbours schemes across North Yorkshire
Operated by volunteers, the schemes will offer rural residents help with household tasks, picking up prescriptions, giving a lift to the shops or the doctors or just providing some company. This assistance will be freely available to anyone in the community who needs a helping hand. The schemes will be run by a village or a defined area of a market town.
An additional focus aims to help older people live in their homes independently for longer, to feel more connected to their neighbours and reduce their need for health care services. Good Neighbours scheme volunteer co-ordinators will be supported by Rural Action Yorkshire every step of the way.
What support is available?
- free and hands-on support and mentoring from RAY and partners
- direct funding and assistance to obtain grants
- bringing co-ordinators and volunteers together to share learning
- a Good Neighbours toolkit
- assistance with recruiting volunteers and long-term fundraising
7 schemes will be set up across the seven districts of North Yorkshire: Hambleton, Harrogate, Ryedale, Scarborough, Craven, Selby and Richmondshire. Communities in these areas will be eligible (if there is more interest in some districts than others, this is subject to change).
Please get in touch for more info or to express interest in becoming a Good Neighbours area.
Tel: 0845 313 0270
Keep up to date with the project by visiting the Good Neighbours blog here!
Good Neighbours launched in April 2015, kindly sponsored by NESTA and North Yorkshire County Council's Stronger Communities programme.