During the pandemic, lots of neighbours were happy to help each other. Do you want to continue helping out your neighbours?

Good Neighbour Schemes are community projects run and delivered by groups of local volunteers. Whilst potentially benefiting the whole community, they are aimed primarily at helping elderly, disabled, vulnerable, frail or isolated people.

We are in the final stages of developing the Good Neighbour Scheme with partners as part of the Empowering Health Communities (EHC) Programme in Boston. However, before we can launch we are seeking a couple more dedicated volunteers to form the committee.

Further funding through the EHC Programme has enabled the scheme to work with the online platform Help My Street. Help My Street connects neighbours in need with people who can help – safely and securely. From things such as shopping for essentials, cooking a hot meal, home-sewn face coverings, help with home-schooling or maybe just a friendly chat.

This has been launched in other areas and works really well.

Sharon in Stamford said: “It has been a privilege to join HelpMyStreet and to deliver the wellbeing packages for Age UK, to be able to give something back to others who have given to us in the past is most rewarding.”

Leigh requested help for his parents in Ruddington, he said “Thanks you from the bottom of my heart to you and the team for helping my parents through this difficult time. It’s so appreciated. What you guys did and will continue to do was/is amazing.”

Mrs T, a user of the service, said: “I look forward to my weekly visits. It gives my life a purpose now and stops me getting bored.”

So, if you are interested in joining this scheme as a volunteer whether it is to join the committee and be part of this growing scheme and have time to make regular commitment to it or if it is to offer your help in helping others by doing as little or much as you like such as picking up prescriptions, putting out bins, brushing snow off paths… whatever jobs are needed… then please telephone 01529 302466 or email gns@lincsymca.co.uk

For more information visit https://www.lincsymca.co.uk/communities/