Demand for our services continually increases. Most of our groups have a need for more volunteers. We need YOUR help.
What is the Good Neighbours Network?
Good Neighbours Network is a collection of 125 independent local groups, run by local people for local people. They all offer a helping hand to others in their community.
Each group offers slightly different services. Many offer befriending, hospital transport and shopping. Some offer DIY and gardening. Others offer social activities such as lunch clubs, or even film and bike clubs. Each volunteer does as much or as little each month as they can manage.
If you can see yourself supporting these valuable activities, read on to find out more.
What does the Good Neighbours Hub do?
We aim to support all the independent voluntary groups in the network by relieving them as much as possible, of the bureaucracy associated with running a group; alongside offering professional and ‘hands on’ guidance. For example, safeguarding training, befriending workshops, and drop-in Resource Cafés which are open to all and offer somewhere local and friendly to access updates, on-line learning and advice. Being part of our Network indicates that groups are following good governance practices.
We also offer advice on marketing, have some tools on offer to complement this and communicate with all Good Neighbours via this website.
Where does Good Neighbours operate?
We have been going for over 40 years and now have 120+ locally run groups in Hampshire. The groups are independent, but membership of the Network ensures that groups are well-run, dependable and safe. If you live in Hampshire there will usually be a scheme local to you. If not, perhaps you would like to start one? We can help you!
If you are outside of Hampshire but interested in how Good Neighbours can reach your area do get in touch.
How do the groups work?
Each group has a coordinator who takes calls from people who need some help. They are then matched with people who can help them.
The system is popular with volunteers as it is flexible and can fit in with an already busy life and is popular with people who require a little help, as they benefit enormously knowing they can rely on a trustworthy and friendly face. Our best recommendation is that very often the helped go on to become helpers.
There are so many ways in which help can be offered, there is always something that people can do. Driving, gardening, dog walking, shopping, sharing some time over a coffee, even just changing a lightbulb can make a big difference to someone.
How much does it cost?
All the tasks are undertaken for free. Any donation received helps the groups costs, especially reimbursing volunteer drivers for their motoring costs.
The GNN Hub is a grant-funded charity and provides its services to groups free of charge. There is a charge for certain items, such as lanyards.