Gotherington Oxenton Woolstone Neighbour Scheme

Do you need help with:

– transport to the shops, doctor, hospital or to local social events
– small DIY tasks, internet usage, help with minor household problems
– official form filling
– emergency childcare or carer illness
– recuperation after illness or treatment
or just simply a chat, in fact, anything of an occasional or emergency nature?

Or do you know someone who does?

GOWNS is a voluntary good neighbour initiative run by residents of the three villages with financial backing from the Parish Council and the Parish Church. Its aim is to provide help to any resident of the three villages, whatever their age and circumstances and particularly those who are older or disabled.

This is not an exhaustive list, tell us your need and we will try to fulfil it!
Please note that GOWNS is not intended to replace Social Services or provide long term care or assistance.

The scheme is operated by a team of volunteers who take requests for assistance on the scheme’s mobile phone and arrange for the task to be done by a volunteer with the necessary skills. There is no charge for this service, but clients can be asked to cover expenses incurred and pay for such things as car parking, shopping, etc. Fuel costs are currently charged at 45p/mile.

More volunteers are always needed to extend the range and number of tasks that can be taken on. If you feel you can help, please telephone the Duty Co-ordinator.

If you need assistance or just want to know more about GOWNS, please telephone the Duty Co-ordinator:  07752 152485

All volunteers are Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checked and fully insured

Download and keep the GOWNS help card, which contains lots of useful numbers and more information about GOWNS.

We have been running in the village now for 10 years and celebrated our 10th anniversary with a tea party for all our volunteers: