Good Neighbours Schemes match people who can give some time, with people who need some help. Lots of people help each other out already but a Good Neighbours Scheme is a way of giving casual help more structure so that:
Each scheme can decide what they want to offer but most lend-a-hand with:
Schemes are coordinated by phone, usually a mobile, which can be held in turn by a group of volunteer 'Duty Officers' who match up requests for help, with volunteers available. Most schemes cover a defined geographical area such as a parish, town, village or neighbourhood.
ACT can provide an overview of how Good Neighbours Schemes work for your community group, residents group or Parish Council. We can help you to establish if there is demand for a Good Neighbours Scheme in your area and how to get a scheme started.
Our Good Neighbours Scheme Toolkit is based on national good practice and includes guidance on how to run a scheme, plus template documents to help get your scheme up and running.
For more information please contact us
Download the Good Neighbours Scheme Toolkit
A one off celebration of community innovation in memory of our colleague Geoff Brown who was a renowned innovator and worked for, and with ACT for many years.
This £100 award will be made to a project in recognition of the work of a team or individual that has in the year 2018/19
ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) launched the new Cumbria & Lancaster Community Led Housing Hub at an event in Glenridding Village Hall last week (Thursday 18 July). Speakers included Jo Lavis of the National Community Land Trust Network and Phill Roberts of Keswick Youth Centre Services.
ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) are delighted to welcome Gareth Douglas-Brown and Katie Milburn to their growing team as two new Development Officers, this takes the small - but perfectly formed - team size to seven members of staff. Gareth has taken on his home patch of West Cumbria and will continue the fantastic work delivered by his predecessor Rose Lord.
The Lakeland Canoe Club are based in Kendal and has been in existence for sixty-seven years they have fifty-two members from around the South Lakes who regularly paddle with them. Over the past five years they have become much more active in river and sea kayaking, having held club events on 153 days during 2018. Membership is being built slowly through an inclusive calendar of events.
In response to demand from prospective members they were successful in a grant bid to us (ACT) for Cumbria’s pilot Sport England’s Lace Up Project. This funding will provide a facility for those in rural communities to become more active in sport. Lakeland Canoe Club has purchased four new river kayak, paddles, spray decks, helmets and buoyancy aids as part of their 'Be Inspired, Kayaking For All’ project.
As the rural and community charity for Cumbria, ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) supports the recent national call for a rural strategy.
The Rural Economy inquiry report was published on 27 April, in it the Committee have called for a comprehensive national-level rural economic strategy, to be delivered locally via communities, councils and businesses.
ACRE Village Hall Improvement Grant Fund is now live - The Autumn 2018 budget announced that, to mark the centenary of the Armistice, government would support several initiatives, including making available £3m grant funding to support improvement projects for village halls.
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