We are working with Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity and Blunham Parish Council to set up a Good Neighbour group in the village. There are currently over 40 villages across Bedfordshire with Good Neighbour groups supported by Beds Rural Communities Charity (BRCC).
A Good Neighbour Scheme is a voluntary group run by local residents who recognise the value in having good neighbours, particularly where public transport and other local services can be limited and where people’s family may not live close by. We intend to give the sort of support a good neighbour might offer. The group will provide practical help, transport to local Hospitals and clinics, information and friendship. Help is given by volunteers and is complementary to and not instead of that given by Social Services or other trades or professionals. Volunteers are insured and DBS checked. The scheme is available to everyone within our village community and is not aimed at any specific group. Many villagers are already getting support from family, friends and other community groups but for those situations where this is not possible our volunteers may be able to help. Anyone who needs a bit of extra help can ring the group’s phone number, the calls are answered by a volunteer phone-handler, who matches the request for assistance with an available volunteer.
We have secured support from Blunham Parish council and anticipate the scheme will be up and running by late Spring this year. You can find more information about Good Neighbour Schemes on the BRCC website or
See also this pdf document giving some additional information issued by the charity.
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Page last updated 8th February 2023 by Colin Hinson.