Our ‘Good Neighbour Scheme’ was started back in March in response to the government Covid-19 lock-down. The aim was to be a short-term solution to the difficulties people faced as a result of having to self-isolate, shield or pause their working life.
Now, with winter approaching & new restrictions in place; people in our community are still dealing with the impacts of Covid-19. We want to spread the word to people in Saxmundham and the surrounding areas: We’re still here to help!
It’s really important to us that we reach as many people in our community facing challenges as possible so please keep spreading the word! We’re particularly concerned about anyone without internet access who may not know about the services we offer. Please make sure to check in on your relatives, friends and neighbours and let them know about IP17 GNS if you think we could help with any of the following:
What we do:
- Assist with emergency food & essential supplies for those suffering financial hardship due to the pandemic
- Collection & deliveries of prescription medications for anyone self-isolating, shielding or quarantining.
- Referrals or signposting to other organisations for further help such as food bank referrals.
- A phone buddy system. receive regular phone calls (you choose how often) for a chat & to check in for anyone experiencing loneliness or anxiety.
- Enjoy community activities designed to inclusively promote well-being, socialisation and physical movement. See our blog for a list of what’s available.
Who we help
We aim to support as many people as possible, old or young, from all different backgrounds. Covid-19 is affecting us all in different ways so it’s important we all get the support we need to get through these challenging times.
As a guide, our support is aimed at, but not limited to:
- Anyone who was previously advised to shield & prefers to still stay at home
- Anyone self-isolating due to symptoms or coming into contact with someone with symptoms. This includes anyone contacted by Track & Trace asked to self-isolate.
- Anyone quarantining after returning from abroad
- Anyone experiencing financial difficulties caused, or made worse by the pandemic.
- Anyone whose mental health or well-being has been affected. If you’re feeling lonely anxious etc, please give us a call to see how we can help.
- Carers who are isolating to protect the people they care for.
How to reach us:
By Phone: 0333 335 5266 or text 07835 064587
We’re also putting out leaflets, postcards and posters around the town, through people’s letterboxes and in the Drs surgery.