Good Neighbours

Please note that the Good Neighbours Project is now closed - this page is retained for archive and information purposes.

Good Neighbours schemes across North Yorkshire 

Operated by volunteers, the schemes offered 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 was freely available to anyone in the community who needs a helping hand. The schemes are 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 were supported by Rural Action Yorkshire every step of the way.

What support was 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
  • assistance with recruiting volunteers and long-term fundraising

7 schemes were set up across the seven districts of North Yorkshire: Hambleton, Harrogate, Ryedale, Scarborough, Craven, Selby and Richmondshire.

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. 

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