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Caversham Good Neighbours is a community initiative formed some years ago and has strong links with Churches Together in Caversham. We offer essential transport to the elderly and disabled and visits to the sick and housebound. Volunteers welcome.
Good Neighbours History
Caversham Good Neighbours (CGN) started life in 1965. The initial motivation came on the one hand from a local G.P., Dr Beale, and on the other hand from a local priest, Rev. Derek Eastman.
In more recent years, CGN has been providing a befriending service to housebound or lonely people in their own homes, albeit in limited numbers. Volunteers have also been helping existing users of the service in related ways, such as taking people shopping or to the hairdresser or to attend social clubs. CGN is currently working to extend these services through publicity and volunteer recruitment.
The core service of transport to hospitals and surgeries has remained at the centre of the organisation, constituting a substantial majority of its business. The service has always been funded solely from donations given by those who use the service.
Here to help
If you are housebound and feeling lonely or are going to be stuck in hospital for a while and would like someone to come and visit you, then do give us a ring.
If you would like someone to take you, say, to an appointment at the surgery or on a shopping trip, then we will fix for a driver to come over and give you a lift.
Just ring 0118 948 3466 on weekdays between 9.30am and 11.30am and explain what you would like us to do and we will do everything we can to help.
How to become a Good Neighbour
If you would like to join us as a volunteer, we will take care to ensure you are prepared and supported to do so comfortably and safely. Because we provide services to vulnerable people, we also have a duty to them to undertake reasonable checks, including any that are required by law.
If you are interested visit our website for further information.