Neighbourhood Care Scheme

Working with local volunteers to support older people, people with physical disabilities and carers.

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Eleanor & Rachel’s Story

Rachel & Eleanor NCS

Honestly one of the most rewarding things I’ve done.

Rachel, when she was 15 years old, volunteered for the Neighbourhood Care Scheme as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme alongside her friend. Eleanor, who the girls visit, is 80. She originally contacted us to volunteer, but ill health (diabetes, heart problems, arthritis and depression) prevented her from continuing with this.

“I find it difficult to bond with people of my age. I do enjoy the girls. They feel free to talk about anything with me.”

- Eleanor (Scheme Member, NCS)

Here is a note that Rachel gave to the NCS:

“Dear Sharon and team,
This is just a little note to say thank you! I am so so so happy that I decided to get involved with the Neighbourhood Care Scheme. Thanks to you, I now get to meet up with someone who has different views, background and interests to anyone else I know. Visiting Eleanor is never a chore and I feel completely welcomed every time I see her, so thank you once again, this is honestly one of the most rewarding things I’ve done.”

The girls are the latest in a series of volunteers who have visited Eleanor since 2002. They continue to visit despite having fulfilled their Duke of Edinburgh requirement.

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