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Good Neighbours Scheme in Mill Hill and Burnt Oak celebrates 30th anniversary of helping elderly and disabled
A volunteer-run service providing a “lifeline” for the elderly and disabled in Mill Hill and Burnt Oak is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
The Good Neighbours Scheme, a band of volunteers providing support to vulnerable members of society, is looking to attract more helpers and users of the service as it marks three decades this weekend.
Members support almost 80 people in the area and host a series of luncheon clubs for the housebound elderly or those with mobility issues.
Trustee Joan Leith said: “It is a lifeline for a great many people who are otherwise housebound. There are a lot of elderly people living alone, often without family support, and this scheme is all about being a good neighbour and looking out for them.”
The organisation receives a small amount of funding from Barnet Social Services but largely relies on donations from supporters and fundraisers.
Organisers are now looking to increase the service to meet the demands of the growing elderly population.
Ms Leith said: “In modern times it has become more difficult for elderly people as more families move further away. We find there is a feeling among younger people that they want to help but they don’t always know how.
“This is a great way to get involved. We need more volunteers to make the next 30 years as successful as the last.”
If you would like to volunteer or know of an elderly or disabled relative or neighbour who might benefit from the service, telephone the GNS on 0208 906 3340 during office hours.
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