The ‘vital’ role of Emsworth Good Neighbours in supporting elderly residents across the community was recognised by local MP Alan Mak at the volunteering group’s recent AGM.
Mr Mak spoke at the meeting of volunteers to highlight the important relationship between such groups and regular healthcare services run through hospitals, GP surgeries and the NHS.
Good Neighbours is a nationwide support network affiliated with the Royal Voluntary Service, which aims to alleviate the pressure on local NHS services by identifying vulnerable residents and providing a frontline service in patients’ home, ranging from providing transport to hospital to befriending.
Individual groups offer specific services such as getting people to health appointments or befriending. Others provide cafés or coffee mornings, lunch clubs and more. Some groups offer a wide range of neighbourly help such as shopping, sitting for carers, even minor repairs.
Emsworth Good Neighbours chairman Felicity Keeping said: “We were delighted to welcome Alan to the Emsworth Good Neighbours AGM. We help those members of the local community who have no one else to call upon, and it was pleasing to see our local MP highlight the important role we play. Our work helps take the pressure off local healthcare services, and gives our service users a greater sense of independence.”
To find out more about Emsworth Good Neighbours, call 01243 430999.