The Good Neighbours service will soon be able to expand its support for the elderly in Bromley with the help of new funding. The charity will receive £10,000 from the People’s Postcode Lottery, which will enable it to help more old people in the borough.
The Good Neighbours scheme is run by the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS). It brings elderly locals and volunteers together to try to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness.
The volunteers can support people in a number of ways, including helping them with their shopping, taking them to medical appointments, or just being there for a coffee and a chat. The work they do can be tailored to meet the individual needs of the person they are helping.
The service currently supports 207 people throughout the local area, and it hopes this additional funding will enable it to support a further 43 people. It can be extremely lonely to have to cope on your own, especially if you have difficulties getting out of the house, so this type of support can be vital.
The Good Neighbours scheme operates across the country, and the RVS works with GPs and other social organisations to identify older people who could benefit from the service. In addition to reducing feelings of social isolation, the scheme supports those who are at risk of needing hospital care by helping them stay in their own home for longer.
Had you heard of the Good Neighbours scheme? What other services are available for older people in Bromley?
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