Doing small things, making a big difference

The Good Neighbour Scheme is a free service supporting the community with a team of volunteers to help people who are having difficulty with the ordinary things of everyday life.

The Scheme is for anyone of any age and circumstances living in the Yarpole Parish, which includes Bicton, Bircher, Bircher Common, Cock Gate and Lucton.

The Scheme helps by doing the small things that make a big difference – the things that good neighbours do for each other. Here are a few examples:

?        Fetching prescriptions or library books

?        Running errands and shopping

?        Practical tasks at home, such as changing a light bulb or hanging a picture

?        Filling in forms or writing letters

?        Walking and / or feeding pets

?        Finding out about other sources of help

?        Occasional light gardening or sweeping

?        Lifts for medical appointments

?        Occasional family back-up

?        Calling in for a chat

  •      Coaching in using your computer


Call us anytime on 07885 525776. If you have to leave a message one of our volunteer co-ordinators will ring you back as soon as they can. 

Whatever your need, just ask; we will do our best to help.


The volunteers are local people who have offered their time and skills. If you are thinking about becoming a volunteer please contact us on 07885 525776.

Volunteers say what they can offer and when they would be available.

Volunteers are asked to fill in complete a simple registration form and give information for references and for DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service, formerly CRB) checks. There will then be a very informal selection process. Volunteers are security checked for adults and children and carry identity cards. They receive expenses for some activities.


Membership is free and is open to anyone regardless of where they live or whether they use or volunteer for the Scheme. Contact us on 07885 525776 for an application form.


Scheme Co-ordinator – Barbara Nurse

Co-ordinators - Brian Barnett, Anna Morley. Jane Praill

Treasurer – Linda Mckinley

Managing Committee –Val Ainsworth, Brian Barnett, Sebastian Bowen, Linda Mckinley, Anna Morley, Barbara Nurse, Jane Praill.