Community Wheelchair Scheme
January 2020: The community wheelchair scheme is now launched!
We have a few wheelchairs that can be used for short term loan by people in Woodhouse and Woodhouse Eaves as part of the Good Neighbour Scheme. It could be for example, for hospital appointments, following an accident or injury, when a friend comes to visit, or for a social occasion.
As with everything to do with the Good Neighbour Scheme, just phone the usual number, 07561 890100 and we will try and help.
Award Winning! Woodhouse and Woodhouse Eaves Good Neighbour Scheme
What a year it’s been for the Woodhouse and Woodhouse Eaves Good Neighbour Scheme (GNS for short)!
The GNS was set up in 2016 and over the last three years has gone from strength to strength. We held our third Annual General Meeting in October and were proud to report that in those three years, we had carried out 1,009 jobs! Another achievement in the year was the Community Fair held in March, when over forty groups and organisations came together to show everyone what they have to offer from within the two villages. The stalls filled all three halls and there were demonstrations, children’s crafts, a café run by the Scouts and singing by pupils of St Paul’s C of E School, amongst many other activities.
At the beginning of October, we won the Rural Service category award for 2019. A trophy and a certificate were presented to us by the Rural Community Council.
At the beginning of November, we won the Volunteer-led Organisation of the Year – in the Voluntary Action for Leicester and Leicestershire (VALL) 2019 awards.
We were then awarded the Overall Charity of the Year! Over 400 nominations had been received, so what an accolade!
These awards reflect the hard work and outstanding commitment from the team of volunteers who give up their time cheerfully to help their neighbours. Thank you, everyone! Thank you, too, all who have made donations and funded the GNS in its first three years.
By the way, for those of you who saw the Leicester Mercury’s article on Friday 8th November, headlined “Charity that helps elderly”, we’d like to point out that we will help anyone over the age of eighteen. There are times when everyone needs a bit of support and that’s what we do.
If you would like to be involved in our AWARD-WINNING scheme – as a driver or befriender, as a member of the steering group or you would like some help or support – then just ring the GNS mobile 07561 890 100. We would be delighted to hear from you.
RCC Rural Achievement Awards
We were delighted that the hard work of our colleagues and volunteers was recently recognised through us being awarded the Rural Service Award in the recent Rural Community Council Leicestershire & Rutland Rural Achievement Awards 2019.
Thank you to everyone involved for all you’ve done to help make this possible through providing this excellent service for our community.
Our 3rd Annual General Meeting
Thank you to everyone who attended our 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday 3rd October. Please find the minutes attached here, a summary of the year here, our income and expenditure report here, a report of the befriending service here, and a selection of photos from the event below.
Jobs by type, 10/1016 – 30/09/19
BBC Radio Leicester Interview
We were very pleased to be invited to be interviewed live as part of BBC Radio Leicester’s breakfast show on 31st July. We were given the opportunity to discuss the benefits of the scheme and the difference it has made to the local community.
Latest Update – July 2019
Rural Achievement Awards 2019
For the second year, the Woodhouse and Woodhouse Eaves Good Neighbour Scheme has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Rural Service Award in the 2019 Rural Achievement Awards! The winner will be announced on the 10th October.
Thank you to all of our volunteers for your help in gaining this recognition of the Scheme.
Community Fair – Roundabout (village magazine) article, March 2019
We do live in very busy villages! On Sunday 24th March 2019, several months of hard work were revealed with our first Woodhouse and Woodhouse Eaves Community Fair.
From the setting up of the three buildings, the village hall, King George Vth room and annexe, it ran like clockwork, and even the sun shone! The 49 stalls were allocated, and each group filled their space with posters, leaflets, banners, photographs, images, objects and so much more! The enthusiasm, discussion, sharing of ideas and experiences, as well as the sense of fun were evident throughout the afternoon as every room became crowded with people. The chatter was only broken by the demonstrations and events, which were all engaging and informative, as well as very different in each building.
The range of groups, services and organisations showed what a remarkable place it is where we live! There were representatives from all age groups behind the stalls, visiting and demonstrating. No one could have anticipated the number of people who came, let alone the interest and delight that was shown. Some people came for a chat with friends and neighbours or to find out about particular things, and others to volunteer or join a group. Whatever the reason, the atmosphere was buzzing, energetic and full of life, but also gentle, friendly, supportive and compassionate.
The refreshments were organised by the Scouts, who served drinks and delicious cakes with efficiency, smiles and delightful conversations throughout the afternoon.
In the village hall there were, like elsewhere, an extraordinary range of stalls representing the villages. For example, the May Day Challenge demonstrated their enormous contributions not just through charitable donations, but also to running and our locality. The WI and History groups showed their programme of fascinating and diverse events and the Good Neighbour Scheme the support both provided and needed locally. The groups also revealed how people work hard to keep our villages safe and clean, for example the Litter Pickers’ stunning images of the amount of rubbish that they have collected and the Traffic Watch’s scary photographs of both the speed and quality of driving locally. The film group demonstrated the breadth of genre for their film nights and the children from St Paul’s School’s choir the enjoyment of singing as a group. The sketches by the Beacon Players were both fun and thoughtful. Dust if you must, a poem by Rose Milligan was performed by Hilary Ayling. It summed up so much as it described what you could do with your time in a gentle, humorous way, but with a sting in the last verse. Richard Mollart’s description of the new projector and sound equipment was comprehensive and useful for all those wishing to enjoy the facilities.
In the King George Vth room there was much excited chatter as visitors approached the wonderful and diverse stands and displays, but all fell quiet when peaceful Chinese music started to issue from the demonstrations area. The music was accompanying Pamela Martin as she calmly demonstrated the beautiful Yang form of Tai Chi that she teaches. Following this the accomplished Irish dancing children’s group attracted a very encouraging audience and was much appreciated as they showed their individual and collective skills. The yoga that followed was again a lovely peaceful affair as four volunteers enjoyed a taster session of yoga and mindfulness; they came away relaxed and refreshed. The three young people’s age groups demonstrating the skills they have learnt at the Yasmin Amber School of Dance were most impressive; they were again superbly supported by an enthusiastic audience. When a technical error affected the soundtrack, the dancers still continued to execute their moves in a coordinated and graceful fashion. The stalls around the room had so many carefully prepared displays to tell villagers what they were offering. There were live demonstrations at the stalls of both lace making and painting.
As with the village hall and King George Vth room, the annexe was buzzing with enthusiastic stall holders and interested visitors. The many families who came to the annexe left with their children sporting beautifully painted faces and clutching fantastic art creations they had made themselves. Younger children took part in a Dinosaur Dig, using brushes to carefully remove sand and reveal buried dinosaur bones. A lovely demonstration of a form of Tai Chi known as Harmony in Motion was given to a relaxing soundtrack of classical music, and later in the afternoon six children found themselves donning lab coats to take part in a proper science experiment led by the Mini Professors team, combining chemicals to make carbon dioxide!
As with all new events, the organising committee worked extremely hard, doing their best to ensure that all groups in the village were contacted well in advance to see if they wished to participate. Unfortunately, one or two groups did not receive an official invitation, and to those groups we would like to apologise. The feedback we have received following the Community Fair has been overwhelmingly positive and we would like to thank all those who have said how much they enjoyed the event. Thank you to all those businesses and individuals who donated raffle prizes, the helpers who set up and also took down all the equipment and to you for coming along. This amazing event was made so by all the fantastic contributors to the day who put so much into preparing for it. The Community Fair was a truly community event celebrating the many benefits and joys of living here.
Woodhouse & Woodhouse Eaves Community Fair
We would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who supported the Community Fair, whether you helped organise the event, represented a group or organisation, or came as a visitor. We hope you will agree it was a very successful event.
If you have any feedback or suggestions please email them to [email protected]
Thanks to our fantastic photographer, Bob Young, we’re pleased to bring you a selection of photographs from the event. Please click here to view the Community Fair photo gallery
Woodhouse & Woodhouse Eaves Community Fair, Sunday 24th March 2-4.30pm
We live in busy villages. However, would you like to know more about what is happening locally and maybe even how to join in? The Good Neighbour Scheme is co-ordinating a Community Fair, to be held on Sunday 24th March from 2 to 4.30pm.
There will be over 30 stalls from different groups, services and organisations showing what they do, and there will even be some demonstrations (see programme of events below). You can come along and just wander around, meet the organisers of the groups, collect information and ask questions.
Refreshments will be on sale in the Village Hall and there will also be some children’s activities.
It will be an afternoon which will celebrate what it means to live in Woodhouse and Woodhouse Eaves. Everyone is welcome and entry is free.
If you would like a lift, please contact the Good Neighbour Scheme on 07561 890100.
Programme of events
Tea and cakes will be served cafe style in the Village Hall.
|2:20pm||Woodhouse Eaves Village Cinema|
|3:00pm||St Paul’s School Choir|
|4:25pm||Raffle Draw – you need to be in the hall to claim your prize (free ticket issued to everyone attending)!|
King George V Room
Watercolour demonstrations by the Woodhouse Eaves Art Group and lace making demonstrations by the Carillon Lace and Handicraft Group will be ongoing during the afternoon.
|3:00pm||Yoga and Mindfulness|
|3:40pm||Yasmin Amber School of Dance|
Children’s art activities and face painting will be ongoing during the afternoon.
|2:40pm||Harmony in Motion Training (Tai Chi)|
|3:20pm||Mini Professors (exciting science for 2-5 year olds)|
January 2019 Update
Attached here are some charts which show the total number of jobs that we have carried out in our community and a breakdown of their type.
There is also an interesting bar chart of a yearly comparison, showing a comparison of the same 3 months over the years that the Good Neighbour Scheme has been operating. You can see from this how the service has really grown in popularity and how we are making a real difference to support people in our community
Update from our 2nd Annual General Meeting
October marked the end of the second year of our Good Neighbour Scheme and we celebrated with our AGM on the 3rd. The evening was really well attended with interesting presentations from various members of the committee, as well as a Q&A session after a drink and nibbles.
Click here to see relevant documents for your interest and our thanks to everyone who has been involved in making the last two years such a success.
Dementia Friends Information Session – 30th October 2018
There are currently 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025. Dementia doesn’t care who you are and could affect any one of us. People with dementia often feel – and are – misunderstood, marginalised and isolated. And that means that they’re less likely to be able to live independently in their own communities.
Many of us have personal experience of someone living with dementia, maybe a relative, friend or neighbour, but it can be difficult to know how best to help. The Good Neighbour Scheme has organised a Dementia Friends Information Session for Tuesday 30th October 7:00pm – 9:00pm in the Methodist Church. The session will be run by a Dementia Friends Champion – this is a volunteer who encourages others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia in their community. The session will provide information, a better understanding of what it is like to have dementia and look at ways to support someone to live well with the condition.
Dementia Friends is an initiative by the Alzheimer’s Society which believes in the need to create a climate of kindness and understanding, so that everyone affected by dementia feels part of, not apart from, society. The more we understand, the more we can do to help people stay independent and live the life they want for as long as possible.
The session will last about an hour and there’ll be time for tea and chats at the end. It is quite structured but informal and involves a small amount of easy and enjoyable interaction. It is not in any way a “lecture”. It concludes with an invitation to everyone to consider what simple actions they might be able to take and to become a “Dementia Friend”. Most people do that because it’s very simple and satisfying to do but of course there is no obligation. Providing the information is the main purpose. Questions and discussion are part and parcel of the session.
The evening is free and open to anyone over the age of 18. We have a limit of about 40 places and it would be helpful to know how many people will be attending.
To reserve a place, call or leave a message on the GNS phone – 07561 890 100 or email [email protected]
Annual General Meeting – 3rd October 2018
This year’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 3rd October at 7.30pm in Woodhouse Eaves village hall. All are welcome, so please keep the date free and come and join us if you’re able. Refreshments will be provided. Please click here to see the agenda.
Latest Update – August 2018
Good Neighbour Scheme giving lifts locally – June 2018 Roundabout (village newsletter) article
Over the next few months, there will be articles in Roundabout on the Good Neighbour Scheme in Woodhouse and Woodhouse Eaves. These will include how it works, who it is for and feedback from the people who have had help from the scheme.
One of our most popular requests is about lifts locally from or within the two villages. If you would like a lift, for example, to the hospital, doctor’s, hairdresser’s, railway or bus station then please do ring us. We can take you from door to door. By asking the Good Neighbour Scheme, you have someone local giving you a lift. All of our drivers are DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checked and insured.
You may like a friend or relative to come with you, and that is fine, so do mention it when you phone. If you have a Blue Badge, then please bring it with you as this can make parking easier. If you would like to get a Blue Badge, then we can help you to apply for one.
We usually have access to a wheelchair, if you need it. This can be especially useful for a hospital visit when the distance between the car park and the appointment can be significant.
Lifts are free within Woodhouse and Woodhouse Eaves. After that there is a charge of 50 pence per mile for any trips outside the villages, which you pay to the driver at the end of the journey. This fee is used to maintain the Good Neighbour Scheme phone line and to reimburse the volunteer driver for petrol. We will give you an estimated cost when you phone. You will also need to pay for any car parking charges.
If you are going to an appointment that you know may take a while and would like a lift home afterwards please mention this when you phone. We may then arrange for two drivers – one to take you and another to bring you home.
So, if you would like a lift, please do contact the Good Neighbour Scheme on 07561 890100 and we will do the rest.
Looking out for one another – May 2018 Roundabout Article
The Woodhouse and Woodhouse Eaves Good Neighbour Scheme is now very well established. It is a group of volunteers who can support with many different things locally. It can include driving you to appointments or an event, or having some companionship and a chat. Is it all free, except for trips out of the village, which are charged at 50 pence per mile. There is one number you can call, 07561 890100 and we will do the rest.
So, if you would like to go to an event held by the Film Club, the WI, the Beacon Players, or the Woodhouse Local History Group, or any activity locally and want a lift, or someone to go with, just ring 07561 890100. There is so much going on and we want everyone to have the opportunity to enjoy living in these villages.
If you have a medical appointment and would like a lift, or someone to be with you during the appointment, please ring the number. It can be reassuring to have a lift from door to door so that you can concentrate on your own needs. Or alternatively, you might want a lift to the hairdresser or the chiropodist, or to do some shopping, then ring the number.
Many people have enjoyed having companionship, which can be weekly or less often depending on your choice. This can be for a cuppa or while you do something together. All you need to do is ring the number.
If you know a friend, relative or neighbour who you think would enjoy the scheme, do ask them about it and encourage them to ring. Or, you could agree that you ring on their behalf. The Good Neighbour Scheme is all local, so it is for you to use and enjoy.
April 2018 Update
Another 3 months on and the Good Neighbour Scheme volunteers have been working hard to help their friends and neighbours in Woodhouse and Woodhouse Eaves.
Here are our latest stats showing what we’ve been up to. If you have any questions or would like to know more about the scheme or how you might benefit from what we do, please go to the “contact us” page.
January 2018: Our latest stats
We are really pleased that the Good Neighbour Scheme continues to be popular, with the number of jobs that we’re doing for people in our community increasing all the time. The two graphs below show the number and type of jobs that we’ve carried out since the scheme started in October 2016, and also the comparison of October-December 2016 to October-December 2017.
If you live in Woodhouse or Woodhouse Eaves and would like to receive some help from the Good Neighbour Scheme please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 07561 890 100.
Updates from our Annual General Meeting
Thank you to everyone who came along to our AGM, and to all who continue to contribute to and support the work of the Good Neighbour Scheme.
Please follow the links below to a variety of documents relating to the AGM:
Our income & expenditure report (Note, the donation from the Woodhouse Scout Group was from the 2016 Scarecrow Festival).
Annual General Meeting: 4th October 2017, 7.30-9pm
Come along and hear about our great first year at the Good Neighbour Scheme.
The meeting will be held at Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall. There will be some short presentations about the scheme, a chance to ask questions, and of course a glass of wine and some nibbles!
The meeting is open to everyone and free to attend – so please spread the word and come along.
September 2017: Roundabout Magazine Article
The Good Neighbours Scheme continues to offer a useful service to the residents of Woodhouse and Woodhouse Eaves, and for that we are all proud to be involved. Driving people to appointments, both medical and other requests, is our most popular service to date, along with requests for companionship. We have now reached over 100 occasions where we have been able to be of help to members of the community which is great. Could you use some help from a volunteer from the Good Neighbours Scheme? Maybe you’re recuperating from an illness and would like a bit of extra help for a short time? Could we help you around the house or garden, or maybe you need someone to walk your dog until you are feeling better? If so, please do get in touch. You can call or text us on 07561 890 100 or have a look at our website for more information.
This year we are joining up with the Horticultural and Craft show in September to offer lifts and support to people in our community. Maybe you’ve got some potentially prize-winning produce or craft item that you need some help transporting to the village hall? Or would you like someone to offer some support to walk around the show and enjoy a tea, cake and natter with afterwards? Please do get in touch with us if this is you.
July 2017: Nine months in
We are pleased that the scheme continues to be popular and is making a real difference to the people who have used it so far.
This graph shows the jobs we have completed in the nine months since our launch:
April 2017: Half a year of being Good Neighbours
The Good Neighbours Scheme is now 6 months old! We are all really pleased with how things are going and feel we are making a real difference to people in our community. Our number of volunteers is steadily increasing as well as the number of people who have been helped by the Scheme, up until the end of March we have completed a total of 70 jobs. The most popular requests that we have had so far has been for lifts to medical and other appointments, followed by companionship. This has been a growing area for the Good Neighbours Scheme and we have been really grateful for the help of Cherrie and Denise in joining the steering group as companionship co-ordinators who have volunteered to take on the task of organising rotas for our companions and matching requests with the appropriate volunteer.
Could a volunteer help you with anything? Do you need some short-term help with dog walking or caring for other pets? Do you have some forms or paperwork to fill in but keep putting it off because you don’t feel able to tackle it alone? Are you looking out at your garden feeling overwhelmed by the task of taming it? Don’t feel that you’re on your own; the Good Neighbour Scheme can help! Just call us on 07561 890100 and have a chat to us about how we can help.
Open Meeting – 3rd February 2017
The Good Neighbours Scheme has now been running since October and we are all really pleased with the start that we’ve made. This was celebrated in an informal meeting on Friday 3rd February in the village hall. The meeting was well attended and, over a glass of wine and a buffet supper, Judith Harrison (treasurer) shared some statistics on our achievements so far. So far 24 different volunteers have been involved and the evening was also a way of thanking all our wonderful volunteers for their time and energies generously donated to the scheme.
For further details please find the minutes of the meeting here.
30th January 2017: Our first three months
The Good Neighbour Scheme has got off to a great start, with the number of jobs we have carried out increasing steadily each month.
Please see below a summary of our key statistics from our first three months of operation.
The Good Neighbour Scheme has now been running for 3 months and we’re delighted with the way that the service is being used to help local people in our community.
Feedback has been really positive from both service users and volunteers with both finding it a beneficial and enjoyable experience.
The steering group has been meeting regularly over the last couple of months to resolve any challenges that have arisen while we’re in our infancy and volunteers have also been helpful in suggesting possible changes that will improve the running of the service ‘on the ground’.
To this end, a meeting for all volunteers has been arranged for Friday 3rd February, 7:30pm in the village hall. If you are registered as a volunteer with the Good Neighbour Scheme but haven’t yet received an invitation to this meeting, please email [email protected] for more information.
The Good Neighbour Scheme is now up and running, and we have a large number of enthusiastic volunteers enrolled and ready to play their part.
Please get in touch if we can help you.
29th September 2016: Ready to launch
Work has been progressing well, finalising details for the launch of the Good Neighbour Scheme. Volunteers have been getting their DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks organised and verified and we now have a good number of volunteers all ready to go.
A meeting on 27th September was well attended and volunteers had a chance to meet each other over a cuppa as they received final information before the launch of the scheme.
The official launch will be on Sunday 2nd October where we will have a stall at the local Scarecrow Festival to help us publicise the scheme as widely as possible and get off to a flying start.
September/October 2016 Roundabout Article
Everyone involved in setting up The Good Neighbour Scheme have been working at full throttle to get the scheme up and running as soon as possible; meetings held in both the village hall and the pub have been fruitful and we are all looking forward to when we are able to launch the scheme and get on with the business of being ‘good neighbours’.
A meeting was held in August and lone working policy, safeguarding and DBS checks were discussed; to this end volunteers were asked to attend one of three sessions to bring their ID documents for DBS checks and have photos taken for ID cards; the safety and protection of both volunteers and those requesting help is of paramount importance to us all.
Next jobs on the list are organising a bank account, insurance for the scheme and a mobile phone contract. Once we’re up and running this mobile phone will be the way that you can contact the scheme to request help with transport, dog walking, small household or gardening tasks or just someone to pop round for a cup of tea and a chat.
We’re meeting again in September to finalise things then the aim is to launch the scheme in early October so look out for us at the Scarecrow Festival. In the meantime if you want any more information, would like to volunteer or would require help with something please email us at [email protected] and we’ll be happy to help.
20th August 2016
We are busy getting everything set up ready for the launch later this year. We are putting in place all of the necessary processes and procedures, recruiting volunteers, and designing our website so that we can get things off to a flying start.