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Breaston Good Neighbour Scheme

The aims of the Good Neighbour Scheme are

  • To provide short term help to the residents of Breaston, such as transport, domestic support and household assistance, with the use of local volunteers.
  • To encourage self-help and friendship within the local community.

 

To use the scheme, ring 07821 657 684 and leave a message. They will get back to you as soon as possible.

Take a look at their website.

The BGNS

The Breaston Good Neighbour Scheme (BGNS) aims to help make life easier for people in Breaston who need help with day to day problems. We have a team of volunteers who are willing to help others in their community in a number of ways, including:

  • giving lifts to hospitals or doctors’ surgeries
  • making a social visit for someone who is normally housebound
  • collecting pensions and prescriptions
  • help with filling forms and advocacy
  • minor household repairs such as checking smoke alarms and replacing batteries if needed
  • help with shopping
  • help with pets
  • and possibly a one-off tidy up of a garden
  • and so on.

Volunteers choose in which way or ways they would like to help so they don’t feel over-burdened. The only service for which there is a charge is giving lifts, for which the driver is compensated directly by the client at 35 pence a mile to cover fuel and running costs.

How it works

The scheme centres on a mobile phone (07821 657 684) that is held on a rota basis by members of the core group of volunteers, usually for a month at a time. The number of the phone is publicised throughout the village and every resident has the right to make use of the scheme regardless of age or state of health. Clients ring this number asking for a service; the duty officer then assigns a suitable volunteer. Note that all the volunteers are CRB checked.

Please note that we are not an emergency service, and that the phone is not continually manned. In fact, most of the time you will need to leave a message, which the Duty officer will pick up at a later date. We prefer that you give us at least two days' notice.