Didsbury Good Neighbours: how to help

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Ahead of our Volunteer Fair at the end of July, Didsbury Good Neighbours very kindly agreed to tell us a little more about what they do. They’re a fantastic organisation, so please do consider getting stuck in – whether that be for one-off or regular volunteering! Here’s their story:

 

When was Didsbury Good Neighbours founded and what was the intention behind setting it up?

Didsbury Good Neighbours was first established back in 2011 and has grown a lot over the last decade. We are registered by Company’s House and The Charity Commission; all our directors and trustees are unpaid volunteers!

Our aim is to support older people through a volunteer befriending service and a programme of social activities. 

How can local people get involved?

We are a volunteer-led organisation and offer a range of volunteering roles. You can give your time on a regular basis or ‘as and when’ you are able to. Currently, we are in need of befrienders who can visit people in their homes for a cuppa and a chat, relieving loneliness and isolation.

We also need volunteer drivers, with at least 30 minutes a week to spare, who can help our members get to the centre to take part in our weekly activities. Volunteers also help us run our weekly activities such as Coffee Morning, Film Club and Chair Yoga. There are many ways to get involved, such as fundraising and helping staff our reception desk.

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What do you most want people to know about Didsbury Good Neighbours?

We are a small volunteer-led charity providing services for older people 55+ in Didsbury. We are based in the Didsbury Neighbourhood Centre in the beautiful setting of Didsbury Park. We welcome volunteer applications for a range of volunteer roles from adults 18 years+. We firmly believe that our volunteers benefit just as much as the people they work to support.

What are some of the challenges you face? 

We face many challenges due to the reduction of statutory services, a reduced intake of befrienders and the lack of accessible funding needed to support the work we do. As a result of cuts to health & social budgets, we have seen an increase in complex referrals which we do not have the means to support. Whilst we do our utmost to support or signpost those referred, there is a noticeable increased demand for more complex support.

What’s the best way for people to get in touch with you and keep up with your activities?

Anyone interested in finding out more about our volunteer opportunities can:

 

Registered Charity Number No 1145943