Good Neighbour Schemes exist across England and Wales in cities, towns, villages and suburbs. We began looking at this initiative in 2017 through a collaborative process between estates-based staff, residents, and members of our Resident Engagement and Service Development teams.
The results were extremely positive and we now have a number of estates involved in the scheme whereby residents volunteer to give their time and offer practical help to other residents. This type of help can't always be obtained from family or social services.
Good Neighbour Schemes help to:
We all need extra help now and then.
We've created a resource hub to guide staff and residents through the process of setting up a Good Neighbour Scheme on their estate. The toolkit can be accessed by the Estate Manager and includes:
It’s been really positive and a way to establish resident interaction.
The Good Neighbour Scheme also helps to support wider national initiatives that aim to address the growing levels of loneliness and isolation in society. For example, in June 2019 our staff were encouraged to display the Loneliness Awareness Week poster and flyer and hold a Good Neighbour Scheme at their estates.
The scheme adds to a caring atmosphere.
If you're interested in the Good Neighbour Scheme for your estate, please contact your Estate Manager for details.