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Organisations

Good Neighbour Scheme
Whittington & Fisherwick Good Neighbours Scheme
“Run by local people for local people”
Do you sometimes need a good neighbour ?
If so ring 01543 624410 in our office hours . .
10am & 12 noon Monday, Wednesday & Friday.
WHITTINGTON & FISHERWICK GOOD NEIGHBOUR SCHEME

Do you sometimes need a good neighbour or want to join our volunteers team?

Ring 01543 624410 between 10 a.m. & 12 noon Monday Wednesday or Friday

or leave a message out of these hours and we will get back to you.

Who are we?   

  • We are a local volunteer group whose aims are to support our community by offering help when it is needed.
  • Our objective is to provide informal practical help and support in the hope of increasing a sense of belonging and wellbeing for residents who live alone or find themselves in circumstances of loneliness.
  • The area we cover is within the Parish of Whittington and Fisherwick.

What we Offer

  • Help with essential transport including getting around the local area, transport to shops and medical appointments  
  • Accompanying service users on visits to the doctor or a hospital
  • Calling at the shop or pharmacy to collect essentials
  • Collecting or returning library books
  • Befriending – offering companionship or simply calling round for a chat
  • Occasional gardening (not weekly maintenance)
  • Practical help around the home such as changing light bulbs or minor DIY
  • Letter writing and simple form filling or reading letters if asked
  • Help with Emails and internet
  • Short term pet care during illness or help taking small pets to vets or kennels
  • Information and signposting to other local services
  • Social events to enable lonely service users to get together.

We do not offer the provision of personal care or child care; transport for people who are totally wheelchair bound; respite care for carers; meal preparation; electrical household repairs; holiday transportation or help to complete benefit claim forms or other financial documents.

If help is needed with any of the above we may be able to signpost other agencies who are qualified to help such as local council services, qualified tradesmen, taxi companies etc.

Run by local people for local people

WHITTINGTON AND FISHERWICK GOOD NEIGHBOUR SCHEME – FEBRUARY 2019 UPDATE

‘Run by local people for local people’ 

2018 was another very busy year for W&FGNS seeing increases in:

  • The number of jobs undertaken, 302 during the year, a 30% increase from 2017
  • The number of clients on our register ,85, of whom 65 were assisted last year
  • The number of scheme volunteers, 58, of whom 45 were actively involved in 2018

This represents 934 volunteer hours for the year. Mainly jobs undertaken remain those for transport to hospitals, doctor’s surgeries and other health related appointments or to attend meetings of village organisations, but there has also been an increase in the area of befriending. January 2019 was the busiest month for jobs, 54 in all involving 160 volunteer hours, since the Scheme was launched in May 2015.

Over the past year, through our close link with St. Giles Hospice, GNS has been involved in an alliance with other voluntary sector organisations in South Staffordshire to explore how we can assist to improve the quality of life and well being of those in the later years of their lives. At the most recent conference we heard presentations from two well respected people in the fields of local health services and community development who outlined studies and projects in other parts of the UK that are proving that the well-being, health and happiness of the elderly, those suffering from ill health and those with disabilities or issues of mobility, are greatly improved through their involvement with opportunities for social contact and activities. There is further proof that this involvement enhances social relationships and reduces social isolation. 

Our trial programme of events last year, some in partnership with other village groups, provided positive feedback from both clients and volunteers and, together with the evidence of these studies, has given us impetus to further develop our programme during this year. The events planned will further our aim to encourage those we are in contact with to join with the activities of other village organisations providing additional routes for regular community involvement. Our programme for this year includes:

  • GNS involvement with the recently held Fair Trade Coffee Morning
  • Our lunchtime Annual General Meeting and celebration of work to be held in The Village Hall on Tuesday 9th April starting at 12.30. A change to lunchtime from cold, dark evening, and from winter to spring, to enable more clients to attend. The short meeting will be followed by a tasty lunch and a glass of wine and opportunities for conversation. All Scheme members, clients and volunteers, together with invited guests will receive a personal invitation nearer the date.
  • In partnership with WFEG and St. Giles Hospice to provide transport and assistance for less mobile clients to visit village gardens during the Open Gardens Weekend of 29th and 30th June. The Hospice will provide minibuses, including one with a tailgate to accommodate wheelchair users, and drivers with GNS volunteers aboard each bus to provide assistance. Twelve gardens will be open including Woodhouse Farm and the Hospice with food and drinks available at a number of venues. For example Whittington Scouts will provide food at North Cottage with any proceeds divided between them and GNS.
  • The annual Summer event for clients and volunteers that recognises and thanks them all for making the scheme so successful. This year it will be held in The Village Hall on 17th August (to avoid any problems with bad weather such as we experienced last year!) with the kind support of the Hall Committee and in partnership with Whittington Scouts.
  • A lunch in October, again to be cooked for us by Whittington W.I.
  • A Christmas Lunch. Last year the lunch was provided by The Men’s Lunch Group team in The Church Hall and included entertainment and a ‘sing-along’ from Whittington’s own Community Choir.

We continue to expand our services and welcome new enquiries from those we can assist and from neighbours who would like to join our volunteer team.

Ring our Duty Officers on 01543 624410 on Monday, Wednesday or Friday (10 a.m. – 12 )

or leave a message anytime and we will be in touch.