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
Members of the Cumbria Village Halls Network got together last week for a free workshop on using websites and social media. The group met in the cosy community room at Dufton Village Hall, using their recently installed broadband. With help from web-designer Phil Guest, the workshop was a whistle-stop tour of what makes a good website and how to make best use of social media for promotion.
The Village Halls Network is a way for committee members and trustees of community buildings across Cumbria to share practical ideas, relevant experience and to ask for help and advice. Members get together periodically, as well as supporting each other remotely.
Not only have the dedicated volunteers at Hunsonby Community Centre raised £300,000 to refurbish their community building, they’ve also been awarded a nationally recognised Hallmark quality standard for good governance.
Ofgem is carrying out a call for evidence for households who are not connected to the electricity distribution network, which we know at ACT is an issue for a significant number of Cumbrian residents
On the 13th November it is World Kindness Day, so as part of the #KindCumbria campaign we’ll be encouraging people to think about random acts of kindness and celebrating this on 13th November with our own very special 'Kind Cumbria Day'. Read more to find out how you can get involved.
The census rehearsal is in full swing and residents are being urged to complete their questionnaires online or at a community hub in Carlisle. The rehearsal will enable the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to test some of the systems and processes it has put in place ahead of the digital-first 2021 Census.
Join our dedicated team of community development staff. You will predominately be working with communities in Allerdale and Copeland. Flexible 22 - 28 hours per week – starting salary of £23,836 per annum, pro rata. The office is based in Penrith with options to work from home after probationary period.
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