Responses to the town survey organised by the Charlbury Neighbourhood Forum show that there is clear local interest in setting up a Good Neighbour Scheme for Charlbury.
A Good Neighbour Scheme (GNS) is a voluntary group which aims to provide informal help and support to people in the community who need it by linking them up with someone who has offered some of their time to enable the Scheme to meet requests. A Scheme aims to be available to residents of all ages and circumstances
The kinds of help that can be available through a GNS will depend on local needs and the interests of the range of volunteers who have come forward. A key service is usually providing transport to hospital or other medical/health/care appointments but people may also want to ask for transport for another purpose - to get to the shops or hairdresser, for example, to take part in a local activity or club or to visit someone in hospital or a care home.
Some GNS also offer help with:
• getting shopping or collecting prescriptions
• household tasks (such as changing a light bulb or smoke detector battery) or gardening
• visiting or befriending
• help with pets
• letter writing or simple form-filling
• reading for people who have difficulty reading for themselves.
The scope of All Together in Charlbury (ATIC) (the proposed name for our Good Neighbour Scheme) will be decided by those interested locally. The way forward and how the scheme should operate will be discussed at a public meeting to be held on Thursday, 9 March 2017 at 7.15 p.m. in the Methodist Church Hall, Fishers Lane.
Representatives of Volunteer LinkUp, a charity based in Witney which promotes and supports GNS, will be present at the meeting on 9 March to provide information about how ATIC can be run and to answer any queries.
If you are interested in finding out more about ATIC or would be willing to be involved as a volunteer, do come along to the meeting. If you cannot come along then (or even if you can), we would be pleased to hear from you either by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone to Meryl Smith (810192).