Good Neighbour Schemes

 Good Neighbour schemes (sometimes known as Village Care Schemes) provide easy access to help and support, acting as a safety net for everyone in a town or village, regardless of age.

They can help to lessen the impact on a community caused by the decline in services and facilities such as public transport, shops, Post Offices, doctor’s surgeries and pubs. They can also help to reduce feelings of isolation and exclusion experienced by some individuals if families and friends move away in the search for employment, education or affordable housing.

Having access to the services of a care scheme can help extend the length of time people are able to remain living independently in their own homes.

BRCC supports a network of over 40 Good Neighbour schemes in both Bedford Borough and in Central Bedfordshire (click on the hyperlinks to download lists of groups in each local authority area).

If you are interested in setting up a scheme, please contact Justine Hunt on 01234 832648.

BRCC led a project between January 2015 and March 2016, funded by Nesta and the Cabinet Office (via the Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund), to scale up our Good Neighbour schemes model to other rural areas in England. You can find out more here

For Good Neighbours Resources (members area), click here



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