Neighbours give helping hand

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A Good Neighbourhood Scheme has been launched to give assistance to residents in Bacton, Cotton and Wyverstone.

The scheme has 35 volunteers, all CRB checked, who will help out with transport, form filling, befriending, collections, pets and one-off garden tidying.

The scheme, launched on May 21, was set up with a grant of £750 from Mid Suffolk District Council.

Mike Hall, secretary of the Good Neighbourhood Scheme, said: “The scheme is basically a group of volunteers and a mobile phone.

“We have a duty officer every week who will hold on to the phone. If they have someone call saying they need someone to help pick up a prescription, for example, they will ring the volunteers to see who can do the job. It is not an emergency service, it is just a way of helping people out who find these tasks difficult.

“Just a little bit of help can make people’s lives a lot easier.”

Any residents in Bacton, Cotton and Wyverstone who require help should call 07980 948 641 and the duty officer will arrange for a volunteer to call.