Good Neighbours

support, practical help and befriending for older people

What does it do?

No two Good Neighbours services are identical but the intention is broadly similar in every case. Namely, to offer the practical help that can make all the difference to older people - whether it's assisted shopping, accompanying to appointments or posting letters. It's our way of helping people stay independent whilst providing friendly, social contact and making sure they're safe and well. Good Neighbours help counter social isolation and the service can act as a pre-emptive step to keep those who are vulnerable out of hospital.

Royal Voluntary Service can help older people maintain their independence and stay involved in the local community.

We have volunteers across Dorset and Wiltshire who offer help and support so older people can stay independent at home in Salisbury, Christchurch, Bournemouth, Poole, Lyme Regis, Shaftesbury, Chippenham and the surrounding areas.

See our local services below but we may be able to offer you more. If you can't find something suitable for you or a loved one then just ask.

As everyone is different, Royal Voluntary Service can tailor support to your individual needs. We’ll visit you at home and work with you to create a support package that suits you.

All our volunteers have been DBS checked.

Who it is for?

Older People

Where it is available?

Regional service (Dorset, Wiltshire).

How to access or apply for it:

Contact Royal Voluntary Service Dorset and Wiltshire

Email address: dorsetwiltshirehub@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk

Telephone: 01305 236666

Opening times
Monday: 09:00-15:00
Tuesday: 09:00-15:00
Wednesday: 09:00-14:00
Thursday: 09:00-15:00
Friday: 09:00-15:00

Additional information:

It's our way of helping people stay independent whilst providing friendly, social contact and making sure they're safe and well. Good Neighbours help counter social isolation and the service can act as a preemptive step to keep those who are vulnerable out of hospital. Working with local GPs, Royal Voluntary Service will identify those older people in the local community who are most risk of ending up in hospital within the next year. By acting first, Good Neighbours can alleviate the strain on local services.

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Info last updated:

28/11/2017