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 loves 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.
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.
This summer, volunteers from the Good Neighbours project were presented with awards by Councillor Cath Davis MBE for their help in making a positive difference to the loves of some of the most vulnerable people in North Tyneside. The volunteers were nominated by Community Navigator, Dee Johnson, who said: “I nominated the Good Neighbours shopping group as I think the volunteers are fantastic – they give up their time each week and I feel they go above and beyond. The support they offer to local residents is outstanding.”$0.00 donated
Linda lives in sheltered accommodation in Percy Main, North Shields. After being referred to the Good Neighbours project by Care and Connect, she has been coming along to the weekly shopping trips on and off ever since. “I have a bad back and struggle to carry bags so having the support of volunteers for this is a great help. But more than that, it’s the social side of things that I enjoy. It’s not easy meeting new people but this has been a great way for me to chat and make some new friends – I really enjoy coming for a cup of tea at the end of the day.”$0.00 donated
Bill has been volunteering with the Good Neighbours project since July 2016, after receiving help with his own garden. “I enjoyed the company so much I thought I would give volunteering a go myself and I’m really enjoying it,” Bill said. “I pick up a couple of the ladies who need help with their shopping every week and I usually give Margaret [Henderson] a hand going around – I get on so well with her and it’s good to feel like I’m of use to someone. I would definitely recommend volunteering, it’s keeping me busy and I’ve met some great people.”$0.00 donated