Good Neighbours Offering Meppershall Excellent Services
The GNOMES are dedicated, government checked, insured volunteers who help and assist any resident of the village who is temporarily, or permanently, unable to do basic tasks for whatever the reason.
GNOMES – WHAT WE DO
A helping hand when you need one?
Befriending, a listening ear whenever you need one, a visit for a cuppa and a chat or to help with form filling. GNOME volunteers can help take you out for an occasional walk if you are wheelchair bound and can help with pet care when you are unable to do so. Gnomes also participate in the Nominated Neighbour and Message In A Bottle Schemes.
We can help with lifts to Doctors, Dentists & Hospitals and other health related appointments and collecting prescriptions. GNOMES can also help take you to visit meet a friend or your family and can help with your shopping. There is a charge if a car is used and you only reimburse the volunteer driver at the rate of 45p per mile plus any parking charges. Typical mileage costs for return trips are; Shefford Health Centre £2.20, Lister Hospital £10.80 parking and Morrisons in Shefford £1.40. Costs are recovered for each return journey not per passenger.
We can help with lifting or moving items, within your home when you are unable to do so and can do minor do-it-yourself tasks for example change the battery in your smoke alarm as well as light gardening tasks when you need a helping hand. The assistance and help we can give has no defined boundaries other than those determined by the skills of our volunteers, so please ask.
WHO WE ARE
Contact to use us, volunteer or make a donation.
The GNOMES were established on December 2nd 2013 and are a group of dedicated, government checked, insured volunteers who help and assist any resident of the village who is temporarily, or permanently, unable to do basic tasks for whatever the reason. Since those early days, as of our 2016 AGM we have helped 88 Clients with 179 jobs
Our volunteers are people just like you and have all been vetted by the Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) and are covered by our public liability insurance. We receive no funding from any charity or local government, so we rely on donations from villagers and have administrative support from the Bedford Rural Community Charity.
How we can help you? by providing help and assistance to any resident of the village who is temporarily or permanently unable to do basic tasks for whatever the reason.
How can you help us? Use our services; the more we help the better we become, so please contact us. Become a volunteer. It can be a very fulfilling experience. Not only will you help people in the village, you will make new friends and learn new skills. If you have time to spare, no matter how little, it could make a difference, not only to a villager’s life but probably yours too.