Reepham has now set up its own Good Neighbour Scheme to assist vulnerable, disabled or isolated local residents in simple ways, such as by befriending them, helping with domestic tasks like mowing the garden, putting up curtains, changing light bulbs, arranging appointments, helping with shopping, giving a lift to shops or appointments or filling in forms.
It will be two or three months yet before the scheme is formally launched but the inaugural meeting was held in the Bircham Centre on Monday 4 November, when a constitution was adopted and a steering committee and officers appointed to manage the scheme and take it forward.
The scheme has already signed up 12 enthusiastic volunteers, but more are still needed.
Good Neighbour Schemes are a great way to meet new people and to make a difference in your community. Volunteering is flexible so you decide what you are prepared to do and when, according to your interests and availability. Training is provided and expenses are covered.
The next meeting will be upstairs in the Bircham Centre on Monday 2 December at 6.30 pm and will include a training session from Henry Meiklejohn of Norfolk Rural Community Council.
If you are interested in getting involved or just want to find out more, please call Gill Wells on 01603 872788 or Linda Fullegar on 01603 870945.