The Suffolk Good Neighbour Schemes network is one of a number of specialist networks facilitated by Community Action Suffolk for the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector in Suffolk.
How to join the network
This network is open to all VCSE sector organisations, which you can join by becoming a CAS member (membership is free). You will receive email updates when we have relevant news and information to share. You do not have to be involved in an existing Good Neighbour Scheme to join this network.
What is a Good Neighbour Scheme?
A Good Neighbour Scheme is a voluntary initiative run by a group of local residents who want to help their people in their locality to enjoy a better quality of life by offering them support with every day tasks. This helps to build a stronger and more resilient community where people know each other and help out where needed. The schemes are generally operated via a mobile phone held by a volunteer who will put users in touch with a volunteer who can help them. To find out more about setting up a Good Neighbour Scheme contact your local Community Field Officer.
Where are the schemes and how do I contact them?
There are 30 schemes at present across Suffolk, serving 44 parishes containing over 60,000 people. In 2015 there were approximately 680 volunteers who carried out around 10,000 tasks supporting people in their community. Here is a list of the schemes and their contact numbers:
|Chelmondiston||01473 780 588 / 480 / 001 / 005|
|Harkstead & Lower Holbrook||01473 328326|
|Long Melford||07504 249179|
|Shotley & Erwarton||07799 873881|
|Stutton Support Network||01473 327753|
|Bacton, Cotton & Wyverstone||07980 948641|
|Botesdale & Rickinghall||07751 438534 – transport only|
|Dagworth, Old Newton & Gipping (DONG)||01449 615292|
|Finningham||Details published in parish magazine|
|Needham Market||07999 576544|
|Onehouse, Harleston & Shelland||07762 132840|
|Stradbroke & Wilby||07749 445531|
|Barrow & Denham||07930 328930|
|Honington & Sapiston||01359 268165|
|Great Barton||07732 876725|
|Here To Help (Ingham, Gt Livermere & Ampton)||to be advised|
|Aldeburgh (AGNES)||07773 031064|
|Aldringham cum Thorpe||07521 047843|
|Cookley & Walpole||07717 529601|
|Halesworth Bus Buddies||01986 875900 – bus service offering help|
|Wickham Market||07914 494108|
Purpose of the Suffolk Good Neighbour Schemes network
To bring Good Neighbour Scheme coordinators together through an annual meeting, direct contact and a quarterly newsletter which enables them to:
Suffolk Good Neighbour Schemes network contact
For further information, contact one of our VCSE Locality Officers.
Click here to see which areas of Suffolk our Officers cover.
Claire Taylor-Haigh firstname.lastname@example.org
Jon Eaton email@example.com
Louise Fairbrother firstname.lastname@example.org
Kirsty Wilmot email@example.com
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