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
|Bacton, Cotton & Wyverstone||07980 948641|
|Botesdale & Rickinghall (Transport only)||07751 438534|
|Dagworth, Old Newton & Gipping (DONG)||01449 615292|
|Harkstead & Lower Holbrook||01473 328326|
|Long Melford||07504 249179|
|Onehouse, Harleston & Shelland||07762 132840|
|Shotley & Erwarton||07799 873881|
|Stradbroke & Wilby||07749 445531|
|Stutton Support Network||01473 327753|
|Aldeburgh (AGNES)||07773 031064|
|Aldringham cum Thorpe||07521 047843|
|Cookley & Walpole||07717 529601|
|Framlingham – Hour Community||01728 440511|
|Halesworth and surrounding villages – Isolation Busters||01986 875600|
|Halesworth Bus Buddies (Bus service offering help)||01986 875900|
|Orford, Gedgrave & Sudbourne Hall Good Neighbour Scheme||01394 450235|
|Southwold Voluntary Help Centre||01502 724549|
|Saxmundham, Kelsale-cum-Carlton & Benhall & Sternfield||0333 335 5266|
|Wickham Market||07914 494108|
|Barrow & Denham||07930 328930|
|Barton Mills||07419 211040|
|Great Barton||07732 876725|
|IP3 Ipswich Good Neighbour Scheme||03337729343|
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