Everyone needs good neighbours

During the Covid 19 crisis, our Good Neighbour Network Team supported Central Bedfordshire Council’s (CBC) Covid-19 Community hub by referring over 1,750 potentially vulnerable local residents to our amazing network of Good Neighbour groups.

The volunteer Support provided has included delivering food parcels and prescriptions, shopping, undertaking befriending phone calls and practical tasks – all while following social distancing guidance.

Many of these initial requests have led to ongoing regular support and volunteers across Bedfordshire carried out over 12,000 acts of support for just over 2,700 vulnerable residents between April and June – more than twice the number they would normally do in three months.

We have also referred hundreds of offers of volunteer help to the Good Neighbour groups. Over 900 residents have been actively involved in their good neighbour group this quarter.

We have been truly humbled by the dedication and generosity of our Good Neighbours through this difficult time and want to say a very big thank you.

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