The Group has developed from the old ‘Good Neighbours Scheme’, a title which most aptly describes its aims then and now. A small committee and a much wider group of supporters provide regular lunches and the opportunity for social contact for elderly and retired villagers. The once-a-month Sunday lunch takes place on the second Sunday of the month in the Memorial Hall at 12.30pm and the weekly Tuesday soup lunches are held in St Andrew’s Room at 12.15pm. Transport can be arranged to both lunches. If you would like to give the lunches a try, please contact Barbara Staines (226417) about the Sunday lunch and Joan Atkinson (226241) about the Tuesday lunch. You will get a very warm welcome.
We also have list of voluntary drivers we can call upon to take elderly or car-less people to Doctors’ surgeries, clinics and hospital appointments. Transport is booked through Barbara Staines (226417).
Our ‘Link Helpers Scheme’ is a network of ‘good neighbours’ who keep a gentle eye on their more vulnerable neighbours and can suggest when some short term support, such as shopping help, might be appreciated. Our Link Helpers number about 50 and cover all areas of the village. We try to welcome new people to the village with a card about our activities and the name and telephone number of their Link Helper. If you don’t know who your Link Helper is, please ring Joan Atkinson (226241) to find out.
It was through the Link Helpers that, several years ago and with the blessing of the Parish Council, the Voluntary Community Care Group instigated the Emergency Equipment Survey. The results of the questionnaire to all households in the village enabled our group and the Parish Council to locate equipment such as aga cookers, houses with a gas supply, 4 x 4 vehicles, chainsaws etc and manpower which would be available in emergencies like prolonged snow or power cuts.
The Voluntary Community Care Group also links with the village Visiting Group.
If you have a few hours to spare, your help with one of our activities would be very welcome. If you would like to know more, please ring Joan Atkinson on 223179.
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