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Good Neighbours Scheme marks 30 years of service to elderly in Mill Hill and Burnt Oak
Volunteers celebrated 30 years of an elderly help scheme with balloons, birthday cake and old friends.
A hall “full of chatter” greeted members of the Good Neighbours Scheme for Mill Hill and Burnt Oak as they marked the anniversary last weekend at The Wilberforce Centre at St Paul’s Church, in The Ridgeway, Mill Hill.
The scheme, which provides “a lifeline” for elderly people, was first set up as a lunch club by five churches in the Mill Hill area.
It has since grown to 70 volunteers who cover a range of neighbourly good deeds for approximately 200 elderly and infirm.
Deputy Mayor Brigitte Perry joined trustees and local councilors to mark three decades of the service on Sunday.
Volunteers provide transport to surgeries and local hospitals, a shopping bus, two lunch clubs and befriending to the housebound and lonely.
A celebratory cake was cut and the organisation’s first administrator Judith Pelikan spoke to some of the current crop of volunteers.
She said: “It is wonderful to know that our little light has become a large beacon.”
For more information about the service or to become a volunteer, telephone the GNS office on 020 8906 3340 on weekday mornings.
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