The Good Neighbours Network
The Good Neighbours Network is comprised of independent volunteer led and run groups that offer medical and social transport, shopping, prescription delivery, social groups befriending amongst other activities across Hampshire. Each group is based within their local community and as such can respond to what their community needs.
The Good Neighbours Network is a partnership of Anglican dioceses across Hampshire - Winchester, Portsmouth and Guildford and formed in the 1970s with the advent of care in the community and in some cases have been existence for over 40 years. There were six groups in 1976, and they have grown into a network of over 120 groups across the whole of Hampshire.
The Good Neighbours groups have been of invaluable support to people who have been self-isolating and shielding during the CV-19 lockdown due to their ability to be responsive to local need.
The Good Neighbours Network acts as a central hub for these voluntary care groups. The small Network team (Team Leader, Network Administrator and 2 Network Advisers) offer guidance and training to GN groups on good governance, volunteer recruitment and safeguarding and we ensure that there are regular networking opportunities. The Network team encourages peer mentoring between groups and continues to facilitate a shift away from more traditional models of conventional voluntary sector organisations and the “service provision” approach that does not fit with these independent self-organised groups of volunteers.
Over 4000 Good Neighbours dedicated, inspiring and selfless volunteers offered over 200,00 acts of kindness in 2019.