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Suffolk Good Neighbour Scheme

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

In 2017, CAS 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.

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 and Mid Suffolk

Acton07598 905184
Bacton, Cotton & Wyverstone07980 948641
Botesdale & Rickinghall (Transport only)07751 438534
Brantham07541 359036
Chelmondiston01473 780588
01473 780480
01473 780001
01473 780005
Dagworth, Old Newton & Gipping (DONG)01449 615292
Harkstead & Lower Holbrook01473 328326
Holbrook Helpers0333 335 5387
Lavenham07922 850082
Long Melford07504 249179
Onehouse, Harleston & Shelland07762 132840
Shotley & Erwarton07799 873881
Stowupland07591 539621
Stradbroke & Wilby07749 445531
Stutton Support Network01473 327753
Tattingstone07895 052086

East Suffolk

Aldeburgh (AGNES)07773 031064
Aldringham cum Thorpe07521 047843
Cookley & Walpole07717 529601
Framlingham – Hour Community01728 440511
Halesworth and surrounding villages – Isolation Busters01986 875600
Halesworth Bus Buddies (Bus service offering help)01986 875900
Leiston07724777465
Melton0333 3355366
Orford, Gedgrave & Sudbourne Hall Good Neighbour Scheme01394 450235
Southwold Voluntary Help Centre01502 724549
Snape07541 754426
Hollesley/Boyton/Shingle Street07707850126
RendleshamO7486 551004
Rushmere07833 194477
Saxmundham, Kelsale-cum-Carlton & Benhall & Sternfield0333 335 5266
Theberton and Eastbridge Good Neighbours01728 830780 / 01728 831812
Wickham Market07914 494108

West Suffolk

Barrow & Denham07930 328930
Barton Mills07419 211040
Great Barton07732 876725
Haverhill01440 712858
Horringer07532 274795
Lakenheath07857 801802

Ipswich

IP3 Ipswich Good Neighbour Scheme03337729343
Rushmere07833 194477
Ipswich Community Support0333 335 5404
Maidenhall Together07736 445752

The Good Neighbour Scheme network

This network is open to all VCSE sector organisations, which you can choose to join when becoming a CAS Network 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.

Purpose of the Suffolk Good Neighbour Schemes network

To bring Good Neighbour Scheme 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.

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