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Suffolk Good Neighbour Network

Good Neighbour Schemes are local voluntary groups who support those in need of help in their community.

In 2017, Community Action Suffolk received funding from the Big Lottery, now the National Lottery Community Fund to increase the number of schemes in Suffolk and support those already operating around the county, with the overarching aim of the project being to develop active neighbourhoods to build resilient communities through the scaling up of the Suffolk Good Neighbour Network.

Our Suffolk Good Neighbour Network has a new home online at SuffolkGoodNeighbours.co.uk! You can visit here for everything Suffolk Good Neighbours including: up to date Good Neighbour news, resources, a map of our schemes, frequently asked questions and more!

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 Jane (details below).

Where are the schemes and how do I contact them?

There are a number of schemes at present across Suffolk, serving dozens of parishes and tens of thousands of people.  Here is a list of the schemes and their contact numbers:

Babergh & Mid Suffolk

Groups In Our NetworkContact Tel No
Acton Good Neighbour Scheme07598 905184
Bacton, Cotton & Wyverstone Good Neighbour Scheme07980 948641
Botesdale & Rickinghall Good Neighbour Scheme (Transport only)07751 438534
Brantham Good Neighbour Scheme07541 359036
Chelmondiston Good Neighbour Scheme01473 780588
01473 780480
01473 780005
Dagworth, Old Newton & Gipping (DONG) Good Neighbour Scheme01449 615292
Harkstead & Lower Holbrook Good Neighbour Scheme01473 328326
Holbrook Helpers0333 335 5387
Lavenham Good Neighbour Scheme07922 850082
Long Melford Good Neighbour Scheme07504 249179
Onehouse, Harleston & Shelland Good Neighbour Scheme07762 132840
Shotley & Erwarton Good Neighbour Scheme07799 873881
Stowupland Good Neighbour Scheme07591 539621
Stradbroke & Wilby Good Neighbour Scheme07749 445531
Stutton Support Network01473 327753
Tattingstone Good Neighbour Scheme07895 052086

East Suffolk

Groups In Our NetworkContact Number
Aldeburgh (AGNES) Good Neighbour Scheme07773 031064
Aldringham cum Thorpe Good Neighbour Scheme07521 047843
Cookley & Walpole Good Neighbour Scheme07717 529601
Framlingham – Hour Community01728 440511
Halesworth and surrounding villages – Isolation Busters01986 875600
Halesworth Bus Buddies (Bus service offering help)01986 875900
Leiston Good Neighbour Scheme07724777465
Melton Good Neighbour Scheme0333 3355366
Orford, Gedgrave & Sudbourne Hall Good Neighbour Scheme01394 450235
Southwold Voluntary Help Centre01502 724549
Snape Good Neighbour Scheme07541 754426
Hollesley, Boyton& Shingle Street Good Neighbour Scheme07707850126
Rendlesham Good Neighbour Scheme07486 551004
Rushmere Good Neighbour Scheme07833 194477
IP17 GNS – Saxmundham, Kelsale-cum-Carlton & Benhall & Sternfield Good Neighbour Scheme0333 3355266
Theberton and Eastbridge Good Neighbours01728 830780
01728 831812
Wickham Market Good Neighbour Scheme07914 494108

West Suffolk

Groups In Our NetworkContact No
Barrow & Denham Good Neighbour Scheme07930 328930
Barton Mills Good Neighbour Scheme07419 211040
Great Barton Good Neighbour Scheme07732 876725
Haverhill Good Neighbour Scheme01440 712858
Horringer Good Neighbour Scheme07532 274795
Lakenheath Good Neighbour Scheme07857 801802

Ipswich

Groups In Our NetworkContact No
Claydon & Barham Good Neighbour Scheme07925 667671
Hope Church Ipswich0800 246 1746
IP3 Ipswich Good Neighbour Scheme03337729343
Rushmere Good Neighbour Scheme07833 194477
Ipswich Community Support0333 335 5404
Maidenhall Together Good Neighbour Scheme07736 445752

Joining The Suffolk Good Neighbour Network

The Suffolk Good Neighbour Network is open to all voluntary, community, or social enterprise organisations, who are committed to creating a safe & sustainable community support group or Good Neighbour Scheme in their area. Membership is free and you will receive access to support, our resources & toolkits, and email updates when we have relevant news, information, or networking and learning opportunities to share.

The purpose of the Suffolk Good Neighbour Network

To bring Good Neighbour coordinators together through an annual meeting, direct contact and regular bulletin emails which enables them to:

  • Discuss relevant current issues
  • Share good practice
  • Offer peer support

To find out more, or to discuss joining the Network contact Jane Arkley-Crouch our Good Neighbour Network Development Officer via email jane.arkley-crouch@communityactionsuffolk.org.uk or phone 07884 563370.

I’m interested in starting a Good Neighbour Scheme, what do I do?

Contact Jane who will talk you through the necessary steps:

Jane Arkley-Crouch, Good Neighbour Scheme Development Officer at Community Action Suffolk
Tel: 01473 345429
Mobile: 07884 563370
Email: jane.arkley-crouch@communityactionsuffolk.org.uk