The Good Neighbours project recruits, trains and supports volunteers to carry out a variety of practical tasks commonly associated with those carried out by a ‘good neighbour’. From small household tasks to helping run errands or assistance with shopping, no long-term commitment is needed from volunteers, just the desire to help local people who need it. Good Neighbours volunteers receive training, support and get together regularly to discuss their role and share experiences. If you want to volunteer close to home and on a flexible basis, we’d love to hear from you.

Who can volunteer?

Anybody can be a Good Neighbours volunteer. You don’t need any particular skills or experience, just the desire and willingness to help people in the community who need it.

How much time do I need to give?

As much or as little as you can – it’s entirely up to you. One of the benefits of volunteering as a Good Neighbour is that there is no long-term commitment – we will offer you suitable opportunities as and when they come up and it’s entirely up to you if you take them.

Do I get support?

Yes. As a Good Neighbours volunteer we can offer you reasonable expenses, training opportunities and regular meetings to keep in touch with your fellow Good Neighbours and share experience and good practice. You’ll also be part of a large network of people who are really making a difference to the day-to-day lives of people in North Tyneside who need that extra bit of help.

Good Neighbours Shopping Scheme

As well as matching volunteers up to people who could use support in and around the house, we also organise a weekly shopping scheme, whereby Good Neighbours volunteers support beneficiaries at the supermarket. Taking place on Tuesday mornings, the scheme finishes with a sociable visit to the a nearby cafe. See below for a number of case studies from our Good Neighbours shopping scheme.

If you or someone you know or work with could use this type of support, please get in touch to find out how the Good Neighbours project can help.

Case studies