Suffolk Good Neighbour Schemes network

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:

Brantham 07541 359036
Chelmondiston 01473 780 588 / 480 / 001 / 005
Harkstead & Lower Holbrook 01473 328326
Lavenham 07922 850082
Long Melford 07504 249179
Shotley & Erwarton 07799 873881
Stutton Support Network 01473 327753
Tattingstone 07895 052086
Forest Heath
Lakenheath 07857 801802
Mid Suffolk
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
Stowupland 07591 539621
Stradbroke & Wilby 07749 445531
St Edmundsbury
Barrow & Denham 07930 328930
Honington & Sapiston 01359 268165
Horringer 07532 274795
Great Barton 07732 876725
Here To Help  (Ingham, Gt Livermere & Ampton) to be advised
Suffolk Coastal
Aldeburgh (AGNES) 07773 031064
Aldringham cum Thorpe 07521 047843
Cookley & Walpole 07717 529601
Halesworth Bus Buddies 01986 875900 – bus service offering help
Ufford 07909 176551
Wenhaston 07544 550481
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:

  • discuss relevant current issues
  • share good practice
  • offer peer support

Suffolk Good Neighbour Schemes network contact
For further information, contact one of our VCSE sector Locality Officers.
Click here to see which areas of Suffolk our Officers cover.

Jon Eaton
Louise Fairbrother
Claire Taylor-Haigh
Jayne Vaughan