Village launches scheme

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A GROUP of villagers have launched a scheme to improve the quality of life for local residents.

The Good Neighbour Scheme, introduced last Thursday in Horringer, aims to help older people, family carers and people with health and mobility problems, whether in the form of assistance with shopping, jobs in the house and garden, or lifts to and from appointments.

Geoff Gow, scheme chairman, said: “I’m delighted with the excellent response from local volunteers, which will ensure the Good Neighbour Scheme can make a real difference to people’s lives.”

The need for the scheme was discovered in a village questionnaire last September, after which 50 volunteers came forward offering to help.

It also revealed residents wanted to meet socially and monthly afternoon teas were introduced at the community centre, with volunteers providing transport to those who need it.

“Already the afternoon teas have enabled housebound people to get out and meet old friends and neighbours,” said Mr Gow.

Villagers needing help can call the scheme, between 9am and 5.30pm on weekdays, on 07532 274795.