Chorlton Good Neighbours (CGN) is a neighbourhood care group working in the Chorlton, Chorlton Park and Whalley Range wards in Manchester
Started in 1967 by a group of local churches, community groups and other local people, we are now a well established charity offering social, practical and emotional support to mainly older people in our community.
We do this by recruiting, training and supporting volunteers who in turn provide this support by helping us run a range of services and activities.
How is Chorlton Good Neighbours funded?
CGN is funded through a variety of sources, including Manchester City Council, grant making bodies and individual donations and legacies, as well as our own fund raising efforts.
What services and activities does CGN offer?
- Coffee mornings
- Sunday teas
- Exercise classes
- Lifts to and from appointments
- Home visits
- Help with odd jobs
- Referral to other agencies
- Provide general advice and useful local knowledge
- Social events
- Information events & regular newsletters
- History Group
- Day trips
- Gardening Club
- Men’s snooker & social afternoon
- Melodics singing group
- Positive Living Group
Who are our users?
- Local older people – mainly from Chorlton, Chorlton Park and the Whalley Range area.
- Our users often have little or no local family and need support to engage in activities to remain independent
- The majority of our users are women, but more older men are getting involved as we broaden the range of activities
- We are not able to support older people with complex needs (ring for more details)
What do our volunteers do?
- Give lifts in their own cars to users. This includes helping with access to both onsite activities – such as a lift to a CGN coffee morning or exercise class- and lifts to off-site activities such as appointments for doctor’s surgeries, hospital or clinics.
- Support social events such as coffee mornings, fundraising events, Sunday teas and day trips out to places of interest such as the seaside and country hotels.
- Make home visits to individual older people who are housebound or struggle to get out and about and become isolated.
- Carry out odd jobs. Assisting our older members with practical tasks such as form filling, dog walking and collecting prescriptions.
- Wheelchair pushing. Taking housebound users out in their wheelchairs on walks to local parks, banks and shops, providing invaluable companionship, helping them maintain independence and get some fresh air.
- Support the running and promotion of the group. this can include being trustees, manning stalls at community and school fairs, running concerts and other fundraising events and giving talks to community groups and other organisations
- Help with one-off projects such as surveys, bid writing, and project evaluation
Who works for Chorlton Good Neighbours?
- Helen Hibberd is our full-time coordinator who oversees the daily running of the organisation.
- Diane Dixon is our part-time visiting support worker whose remit is to offer a regular weekly visit to older people with specific needs
- Philip Barrett and Geraldine Wall are our part-time ‘older mens project’ workers. Phil visits older men in their own homes and finding new local activities and interests for them Geraldine is a freelance worker coordinating the gardening project.
- Moira Bowater, started as our community support worker in July 2016. This is what she says about her part-time post:”I have met a number of people with various needs and have enjoyed getting to know the people I visit. Some of the people I visit I take out shopping in a wheelchair others I visit for a chat or we go for a walk or go to a cafe for a chat and cup of tea or coffee”
Aims of our Community Care Group
- To work together to improve the wellbeing of older people in our local neighbourhood by developing a wide range of social and practical activities and services
- To bring together our members -both users and volunteers- in a relationship of mutual respect and support to improve individual’s lives and the wider community
- To make our community a kinder and better place to live by bringing people together, spending time with each other and working together
- To continually improve what we do and how we do it by learning from each other and sharing ideas with other community groups
- To look for ways to access the financial and human resources to ensure the consistency and continuity of the services and activities we provide
- To enable excluded and disadvantaged older people to fully participate in social and community activities
- To focus on improving social welfare and engagement for the benefit of the local community by supporting older people in every way we can
- To engage in cooperative actions and deliver services rooted in the local community and neighbourhood
- To mutually assist each other in overcoming isolation and maintaining our physical and mental health