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Over to You

Whetstone Good Neighbour Scheme

We were pleased to speak with organisation chair Louise Hathaway for our August Over to You feature.

What does Whetstone Good Neighbour Scheme (WGNS) do and how does it help people?

"Whetstone Good Neighbour Scheme is made up of a group of local volunteers. It aims to provide neighbourly assistance to those residents of Whetstone who are vulnerable or in need of short-term assistance. We can help with things such as:

  • transport to the doctors, dentists, shops, and social clubs
  • collecting prescriptions
  • filling out forms
  • light DIY or gardening

Our volunteers do not charge for their services, however, when transporting people outside of the village there will be a small charge." 

What did your members say about the event?

"As a volunteer you could hear the fear in our service users’ voices as we picked them up. But they overcame their fears and on the way home they were full of smiles and laughter. It was so uplifting to see and made me realise why we do the job. I felt very humbled."

“We have had a lovely time and made new friends in the process. I can’t thank you enough for what you have all achieved since lockdown, and we are so grateful; it’s helped us to overcome our fears” Mrs S.

“So nice to get out and meet people face to face. We were so afraid to come, but what a lovely meal and great company” Mr W.

 “The volunteers and the Scheme have done so much for us, it’s been great. When is the next one?” Mr and Mrs H.

"All the volunteers have worked extremely hard since lockdown and they do an amazing job, I couldn’t be prouder of them. Whetstone Good Neighbour Scheme was awarded a £500 Revenue Grant from Blaby District Council towards running this event and we would like to thank Blaby District Council for making the event possible.

If you need help from Whetstone Good Neighbour Scheme or you would like to volunteer, please contact them on 07939 685537 or visit their website linked below.

Last updated 25 August 2021
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