The NCS is a good neighbour scheme that supports older people, people with physical disabiities and carers by recruiting local volunteers to support them in a variety of ways. The scheme operates in ten neighbourhoods of Brighton & Hove, embracing about half of the city’s population (c.125,000 people).
The NCS is committed to the value of good neighbourliness.
Volunteer Training Programme for 2013-14
In the year to 31 March 2013, 115 volunteers (including 22 from other organisations ) attended our training sessions. Our new Community Health and Wellbeing volunteer training programme for 2013-14 is now available.
The training is FREE to volunteers in Brighton & Hove are working for groups promoting health and wellbeing. Click the image below to download a copy of the programme.
To book a place on a training session, please phone 01273 775888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Where we work and arrangements from April 2013 – Good News!
From 1 April 2013, we will be taking new referrals in all ten of the neighbourhoods in which work. Please go to “Neighbourhoods” page for details and to see a map.
Good News from 2011-12!
Although it began uncertainly, the year to 31 March 2012 turned out to be another very positive year for the NCS. Here are a few highlights:
- For the second year running, over 250 scheme members received direct support from a volunteer.
- We enabled 224 volunteers to support their neighbours.
- Scheme members received more than 10,900 hours of support.
- 90% of scheme members reported a benefit from volunteers’ visits.
- 97% of volunteers reported a benefit from the volunteering.
- In our first full year of operation in Whitehawk, 31 scheme members received more than 1000 hours of support from volunteers.
- We were finalists in the 2011 Guardian Public Service Awards, in the Care for Older People category.
The National Lottery Awards
In 2010 the NCS reached the Final of the National Lottery Awards in the Best Voluntary/Charity Project category. Although we did not win, the scheme featured in the Awards programme live on BBC1. You can view a short film made in connection with the Awards below:
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