Community Lincs is working in partnership with communities in Lincolnshire wishing to set-up Good Neighbour Schemes (GNS) and, during the past 18 months, the following 6 new GNSs have become ‘live’ now offering a range of support activities for local residents living in 56 Lincolnshire communities:

  • Community Spirit GNS covering the Heckington and Great Hale area
  • Gosberton and Quadring GNS covering Gosberton and Quadring
  • Linkwell GNS covering Aslackby, Billingborough, Dowsby, Horbling, Pointon, Sempringham, Threekingham
  • Spilsby GNS covering Spilsby and communities in the PE23 postcode
  • Swineshead Friends GNS covering the parish of Swineshead
  • Saxilby and Ingleby GNS covering the parish of Saxilby and Ingleby

In addition, the following scheme is currently setting-up and aims to become ‘live’ soon:

  • Billinghay Area GNS

A number of other Lincolnshire communities and individuals have shown interest in setting-up a GNS. For example, following initial consultation activities in Coningsby and Tattershall during February 2018, a GNS Development Group has been formed and is making good progress. In Gainsborough, Mablethorpe and Wragby, liaison work is being undertaken with existing community providers with a view to co-ordinated  survey work in Autumn 2018 to identify potential need and volunteers.

RANGE OF SUPPORT ACTIVITIES PROVIDED BY ‘LIVE’ GNSs

Whilst each individual live GNS offers its own bespoke range of support activities within its geographical area, examples of activities provided for scheme users are as follows:

  • Befriending to combat loneliness, isolation, poor health, bereavement, anxiety, confusion
  • Companionship to attend fitness classes, help with shopping, IT support for the visually impaired
  • Household tasks, gardening and basic repairs not requiring professional qualifications
  • Looking after pets including dog walking whilst their owner is recuperating from illness
  • Transport to attend surgery and hospital appointments, collecting prescriptions, lifts to local shops and other amenities and services, to meet friends and take part in community events

NUMBERS OF GNS VOLUNTEERS, SCHEME USERS AND ACTIVITIES PROVIDED

Available evidence at this time indicates the following current total numbers for all ‘live’ GNSs:

Criteria  Estimated Number
Active volunteers 95
Registered scheme users 70
Activities completed 700

SUPPORT PROVIDED BY COMMUNITY LINCS

Community Lincs provides information and advice to support communities through all GNS development phases including:

  • Initial publicity, project planning, liaison with stakeholders and community consultation
  • Legal status, forming a constituted group with all the associated governance policies, procedures, IT systems and GDPR compliance
  • Sources of funding including Community Lincs / Lincolnshire Co-op Community Grant Awards
  • Safer volunteer recruitment processes, induction and training
  • Scheme launch
  • Ongoing help with issues that present themselves with ‘live’ operational delivery
  • Co-ordinating GNS network partnership working e.g. support and training for volunteers, joint funding applications for bespoke GNS IT system
  • Sharing learning and good practice

To find out how you can get involved visit the web page at https://communitylincs.com/individuals/making-connections/good-neighbours-schemes-helping-community/

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