Cromer Good Neighbour Scheme

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Working in collaboration with Norfolk County Council, CAN is supporting the local community in Cromer to launch a scheme in the town.

A Good Neighbour Scheme is pretty much anything the local community wants it to be and is run by local people, for the benefit of local people. Most schemes help with simple one-off tasks such as shopping, collecting a prescription, changing a lightbulb, a lift to a medical appointment or walking a dog. Some also offer befriending. A friendly chat and a cup of tea can make all the different to someone’s day. Many schemes have evolved from existing ‘neighbourliness’ in the area, just putting a slightly more formalised process in place. There is a single telephone number to ring with requests for help. The request is then circulated the scheme volunteers and if someone can assist they do.  This means volunteering is very flexible with people helping out as and when they can.

At a recent public meeting held at Cromer Library Paul Robinson, Chair of the North Walsham scheme said ‘Last year our 46 volunteers helped more than 300 people in our town doing 900 separate jobs. The satisfaction you get from this is amazing.  We are now arranging social activities for neighbours and volunteers as well as the practical jobs.’

For more information about Good Neighbour Schemes or if you would like to get involved in the Cromer scheme please contact:

Sally Thornton, Community Development Officer at CAN [email protected] 01362 698216  
or Fay Sheldon, Community Development Worker at Norfolk County Council – [email protected]  Tel. 07450 655475