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What support is available to help set up a scheme in your Pembrokeshire community?
The Good Neighbour Scheme Co-ordinator is available to support all communities in establishing a
Offering support, information, and guidance for community members
Help to source a start up grant
Support with Criminal Records Checks
Good Neighbour Scheme Co-ordinator
Pembrokeshire County Council
01348 872149 or 07824837136
Good Neighbour Schemes
Some people already act as good neighbours but in many of our communities in Pembrokeshire
there are still people who need support.
As communities change some people can feel that they have been left isolated within their
The good neighbour scheme can help to lessen the distressing effects of some of these changes,
providing a safety net to young and old.
What are Good Neighbour Schemes?
Good Neighbour Schemes :
- provide easy access to help and support for all residents living in the community, should they need it.
- offer a friendly, local service, responding to calls for help from any member of the community.
- can help to ease the impact on the community caused by the decline in services and facilities such as public transport, shops, Post Offices, doctor’s surgeries, pubs etc.
- can reduce the feelings of isolation and exclusion experienced by some individuals if families and friends move away in the search for employment, education or affordable housing
How Do Good Neighbour Schemes work?
A small group of volunteers form a coordinating committee to oversee the running of the scheme.
Volunteers are recruited from the community who are willing to help their fellow villagers in various ways.
A mobile phone acts as the central contact number and can be passed on to different volunteers willing to be duty officers.
A duty officer will answer a call, take all relevant information and then look for the most suitable and available volunteer to undertake the request with.
The duty officer can also act as a link to other sources of help and information if the service requested is more appropriate to go to another organisation.
Types of services that may be offered .
- Domestic support such as shopping, cooking, dog walking or befriending
- Transport to visit relatives or for leisure purpose (if normal transport is not available), lifts to appointments at the doctors or hospital or facilities such as day centres or lunch clubs
- Household assistance including form filling, letter writing, minor repairs and maintenance
- Collection of pensions and prescriptions
- Practical assistance with minor household repairs such as changing a light bulb or taking rubbish to the tip
- Help troubleshooting and using computers and electronic devises such as dvds, videos, etc.