Many residents will already be familiar with Helping Hands, the Good Neighbour Scheme operating in Leighton-Linslade for the past three months, and August 5 saw its official launch.
Held in the library, it was attended by Andrew Selous MP, Mayor Ray Berry, Cllrs Alan Brandham and Mike Bishop and several volunteers from the scheme.
Mike Fayers of Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity handed over a start-up cheque of £300 to the group. “This means that we are officially off and running,” said Anna Lloyd, one of the founders of Helping Hands.
“There are so many individuals in the town who can use a little help or a friendly visit and so we hope to provide a much needed service here.”
Mr Fayers added: “Think of the group as a ‘safety net’ for the town, responding to calls from anyone in need of a bit of occasional help.”
The scheme’s volunteers do not take on tasks best suited to trained professionals or the emergency services but are there to help with things that make all the difference – little jobs around the house – or garden – the kind of help that a good neighbour would volunteer to do. Sometimes it may just be a visit over a cup of tea.
Volunteers can give as much or as little time as they have, maybe only a couple of hours a month at whatever time suits them.
If you would like to volunteer or could use a visit from Helping Hands call 07581 799273.