Pictured from the left are Jane Brigginshaw (chair & volunteer coordinator), David Casswell (safeguarding lead), Jane Parker (secretary), Charlotte Barber (Allison Homes) and John Carrott (publicity lead).
The Larkfleet Homes Community Fund was set up to help community groups and ventures which support the Larkfleet vision of integrating new developments into the community. It supports charities like the Good Neighbour Scheme which are based within ten miles (16 kilometres) of any housing development by Larkfleet Homes or Allison Homes, both part of The Larkfleet Group of Companies.
The fund welcomed the application from the Gosberton and Quadring Good Neighbour Scheme because it supports residents and unites the community. The scheme was successful in its bid for funding because it is based close to Allison Homes’ development at Pinchbeck Fields, just north of Spalding.
The Good Neighbour Scheme is a national initiative being rolled out to villages in isolated and remote areas by voluntary services. It is aimed at assisting people who don’t have a support network and those who need help in times of crisis. The scheme helps people obtain services that would normally be inaccessible to them by providing them with transport and highlighting other local services that are available to them.
This initiative is designed to combat loneliness and isolation by encouraging its users to be socially active. Ultimately this will help to ease pressure on GPs' surgeries which have seen a rise in patients with no medical requirements attending clinics simply because they are lonely.
The Gosberton and Quadring Good Neighbour Scheme was launched at an event where a cheque from the Larkfleet Homes Community Fund was handed over.
Karl Hick, chief executive of Larkfleet Homes, said: “It’s really important to us that when we build new homes for people, we actually develop communities. We are delighted to support charities and volunteer groups, like the Gosberton and Quadring Good Neighbour Scheme, in the areas where we are working. Groups like this are very often the backbone of the community and the value of the support which this funding offers to the people who use their services is immeasurable.”
Jane Parker of the Gosberton and Quadring Good Neighbour Scheme said: “As a community organisation we are passionate about bringing together a wide range of people from our community. It helps reduce isolation for some and helps others access services that they would otherwise not be able to.
“The money from Allison Homes and the Larkfleet Homes Community Fund will help to fund our core activities, including providing transport and companionship and helping with small household tasks.
“We also want to hold afternoon tea events and coffee mornings and to start up a lunch club and a walking group. This funding will help us to do that.”