This measure looks at the number of people the Good Neighbour/Village Care Schemes support. Customers can receive support from volunteers who act as a ‘good neighbour’, helping to provide a safety net for vulnerable adults in the local village/town they support. The schemes help to reduce feelings of isolation and exclusion.
There was an increase of 45 customers from April – June 2018. Areas that have seen the noticeable rise in customers supported are in Houghton Regis, Biggleswade, Clophill, Flitwick and Sandy, whilst a reduction of customers supported was seen in Leighton Linslade and Toddington. The number of Good Neighbour Schemes established and operative is not likely to increase in the immediate future as most communities have a scheme. The focus for the future is maintaining support to existing schemes and to encourage them to take on a greater diversity of tasks, linking to social prescribing and other networks.