GNS Annual General Meeting
October 3rd was the second anniversary of the Good Neighbour Scheme, and its AGM was held in the Village Hall. Judith Bradbury, the Chair, presided and reported:
“We have continued to build on our inaugural year. We have a band of thirty-three volunteers, and every one of them has willingly, cheerfully and successfully put themselves through the rigours of the DBS checking system“
You can read Judith’s full report here
We would like to remind everyone that the RGNS has a friendly volunteer to answer the phone every day, on 07871 102 076, and a large team of ready volunteers able to help in lots of ways – and this scheme is available for everyone of all ages in our community.
About the Rodmell Good Neighbour Scheme
The scheme is a voluntary group set up twp years ago and run by local residents who recognise the value in having ‘good neighbours’, particularly where public transport and other local services are limited and where people’s families may not live close by. Our scheme is supported by Action in Rural Sussex, and we have received some set-up funding from them and other bodies – notably the Rodmell Horticultural Society; now that it’s established we expect the scheme to be self financing through donations from users.
Many of us already undertake helpful tasks for our neighbours and the scheme would not wish to get in the way of this. Sometimes, however, it may be a while before we are aware that someone is unwell, for example, and given our ever-diminishing public transport system people can find themselves feeling quite isolated.
We’ve now got a good number of volunteers, who have all been DBS (criminal records) checked, and for everyone’s extra peace of mind they are fully insured. They have all decided what sort of help they are able to offer, how much and when. They don’t do things that are best left to professionals, but the sort of things that they can do for you are:
- Occasional lifts to doctors, lunch clubs, shops, etc.
- Collecting prescriptions, pensions, etc., and doing some shopping for you
- Help with looking after pets, e.g. walking your dog
- Small household repairs and practical tasks such as changing a light bulb
- Form filling, letter writing or help with using a computer
- Befriending – popping round for a chat over a cup of tea
You don’t need to register as a user, and you might only ever use the service once, or maybe every week. If ever you find you need a bit of extra help all you have to do is ring the group’s phone number
07871 102 076
Your call will be answered by a volunteer phone-handler, who will match your request for assistance with a suitable and available volunteer.
Rodmell Good Neighbour Scheme Committee:
Chair Judith Bradbury
Vice Chair and Treasurer Clare Gillies
Secretary Catriona Grant
Membership Secretary Carolyn Orchard
Publicity Caroline Archer and Pauline Cherry