A dream for our community - can you help make it come true?

One of the things we hear about a lot as we go around is neighbours helping each other – giving lifts to hospital, helping with the garden, lending tools,
visiting the housebound.  Some people say it happens quite a lot already, others that it’s not as much as it used to be.  But everyone agrees it’s a good thing, and it would be good if it happened more.

So what would it take to make that happen?  Would it help to have a coordinated scheme to link up people who can offer help with people who need it?  Or is it better for it happen informally, as neighbours get to know and look out for each other?  We’d love to know what you think.  If anyone would be interested in helping to organise it, we’d be happy to work with you and publicise it in future editions of the newsletter.

Imagine how it could work...

Mary, who has recently retired and has her own car, goes to the Care Scheme web page to say that she might be able to give people lifts

Susie, who is bringing up two small children on her own, and lives in the next street to Mary, needs to get to the hospital quickly one afternoon because her 6-month old daughter has croup.  She rings the coordinator to see if anyone can help.

The coordinator looks for people able to offer lifts who live close to Susie, and gives Susie Mary’s phone number.

Susie rings Mary, who happens to be free, and is delighted to take her to the hospital.  She gives Mary a donation to cover her petrol costs.

If Mary hadn’t been free, Susie would ring the coordinator back and see if there was anybody else who could help.

Does this sound good to you?  Would you like to talk it through? Please contact us - we'd love to talk!