A Good Neighbour Scheme is a voluntary initiative run by a group of local residents who recognise the benefits of such a scheme to the community, and want to help their neighbours enjoy a better quality of life. A Good Neighbour Scheme is for the benefit of the whole of the community although it tends to be the elderly who make most use of the help available. Volunteers are encouraged to offer their services only for activities that they would feel happy and confident to carry out.

Examples of some of the services offered:

• shopping
• collecting pensions and prescriptions
• occasional cooking
• meal delivery
• walking dogs
• changing a light bulb
• moving furniture
• hanging a picture
• one off gardening
• befriending
• letter writing
• form filling

There are so many different volunteering opportunities in a Good Neighbour Scheme and you don’t have to commit to a regular time slot, you may only have an hour or two every so often, but for some tasks this may be enough!

If you’re interested in volunteering as part of your Good Neighbour Scheme in Melton please contact the Committee at meltongns@gmail.com or complete a MGNS Volunteer Record so we can collect some details from you. You can get a paper version from Melton Parish Council at Unit 17 Riduna Park . We will keep you updated with dates for your volunteer DBS check session (to ensure residents can feel safe and trust our volunteers) and volunteer training and induction (to ensure you feel confident and ready to volunteer in your community). Once these steps are complete we’ll be launching our scheme to start helping out our neighbours!

Many thanks
Melton Good Neighbour Scheme Committee