Minutes, Agendas and Voting Forms
AcT Good Neighbours News - June, 2022
Notice of Annual General Meeting
To be held on Thursday July 14th, 2022 at The Pavilion, Ogilvie Sports Field at 2.00pm
All are welcome, but if you would like to come please RSVP to Pippa McLardy via eMail : firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel. 01728 454565.
Please feel free to wear a face mask.
Minutes, Agendas and Voting Forms can be found on the left hand side of this page.
If you have a small task you would like help with, or if you would like to become a Good Neighbour, call us on
07521 047 843
Pippa McLardy - Hon Sec
How the Scheme Works
The "Scheme Phone" is held on a rota basis by the volunteers. When someone rings for assistance, the "Phone holder" will try to find someone from the volunteer list who can provide the requested help. All the volunteers are from Aldringham or Thorpeness, they are insured by the scheme and have had the necessary Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks (formerly CRB - Criminal Record Bureau) .
How can we help?
Typical tasks that we aim to help with are:
Give you a lift (45p/mile)*
Look after/exercise your pet for a short time
If you need some help please telephone
07521 047 843
* There is a flat charge of £3 to Aldeburgh, £5 to Saxmundham and 45p per mile elsewhere within a (approx) 5 mile radius.
The suggested donation to cover petrol costs for lifts to Ipswich Hospital** and other medical facilities within this area is £25 for a round trip (£50 for a lengthy stay if separate volunteers are used for trips to and from the hospital), and £30 to James Paget Hospital.
Good Neighbours can supply Data Link containers for any parishioner who would like one to record your current medication, allergies and contact numbers for her doctors and next of kin.
Party RSVPs, requests for Data Link containers and any requests for help with minor tasks should go to the GN phone 07521 047 843.
Good Neighbours operates throughout the year, festivities notwithstanding, so if you have a small task you need help with, call 07521 047843 anytime and a volunteer will get back to you.
Pippa McLardy - Chairperson
** There is absolutely no compunction for volunteers to agree to offer trips to the hospital if they feel the journey is too far or too time-consuming. The volunteer should feel justified in keeping this payment to cover the basic cost of fuel and wear and tear. Where the charge for a medically-related journey would cause financial hardship to the passenger, the volunteer driver can apply to the GN Steering Group for payment. Pro rata payments (at approximately 46p per mile) will be applied for other journeys. Any volunteer prepared to make the journey may apply to the Steering Group for a Volunteer Parking Permit at Ipswich Hospital. These are specific to one vehicle and need to be re-applied for if the vehicle is changed.
The Aldringham cum Thorpe Good Neighbours Scheme was launched in February 2008, under the umbrella of Suffolk ACRE (now Community Action Suffolk). Through the Good Neighbours Scheme a group of volunteers provide occasional help to people in the parish.
The purpose of the scheme is to provide occasional assistance to people in the villages of Aldringham and Thorpeness. The range of help that can be offered is dependent on the number of volunteers that have joined the scheme and what type of help they can offer - typical tasks are shown below.
It is important to stress that the scheme is based on "best efforts", as it relies on the availability of the volunteers. It is not a substitute for the usual medical or care services and it is not available 24 hours a day! Please remember that we will always try very hard to find someone who can help, but in some cases it might simply not be possible.
Currently we have 38 volunteers in the scheme, including a steering group of 7 people.
If you feel that you could also offer occasional help with some, or all of the tasks, please contact us. The more volunteers we have, the more effective the scheme will be!
Current Steering Group members:
|Chairwoman Jill Hubbardemail@example.com|
|Hon Sec Pippa McLardyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Hon Treas Jo Ogilvieemail@example.com|
|Membership Sec Joy Dayfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Technical Sec Andrea Grayemail@example.com|
Other Steering Group Members