Over the forty plus years since Chorlton Good Neighbours has been established we have developed from a group that provided mainly services through our volunteers, to isolated older people, in the form of visiting and providing practical support one to one. To a service that now also offers a range of opportunities for learning, gaining new skills, and new interests.
- For volunteers of ‘working age‘ volunteering can be an opportunity to add valuable skills to your skill set, both for your own satisfaction and your CV. The skills and experience gained from Chorlton Good Neighbours are invaluable and useful in any workplace.
- For older volunteers, and specifically those recently retired, we provide opportunities for you to make use of your skills and share your valuable experience.
For many activities both service users and volunteers come together to share their learning, which can be a very rewarding experience.
For more information on Volunteering visit our Volunteers Page
Training Courses and educational sessions for both Service Users and Volunteers:
- Be Well Age Well Courses: These are free, six session courses run by South Manchester Clinical Psychological Services. We have run two courses over the past year. Topics discussed at the sessions include – taking control, improving mood, vitality, positive well-being, and general health.
- Positive Living Groups: We have recently received BIG Lottery Fund to run monthly Positive Living Groups from October 2012, for both volunteers and older service users, with an emphasis on small goal setting and getting out of our comfort zones. These Groups will fit in very well with ‘the five ways to wellbeing’ which is the Council’s new approach to improving Mental Well-being in the community
- Cooking sessions: Several cooking sessions have been held for both users and volunteers, led by Cracking Good Food. Not only are people encouraged to join in with the preparation of the food, but there is a sharing of tips and snippets of information which everyone finds enjoyable – as well as eating the food at the end of course!
- History Talks The Chorlton History Group meets at CGN on the first Thursday of each month for a variety of talks that have included Yuri Gagarin’s 1953 visit to Manchester, the history of Longford Park, the history of the Manchester film industry, (“Lights, Camera, Drizzle: Manchester, England and Film”), the Life and Times of George Formby, Chorlton in the Middle Ages and the Gospel According to Punch and Judy
- Speakers: Coffee mornings and specific volunteers training sessions provide many opportunities for people to expand their knowledge, gain helpful insights and create an atmosphere of supportive learning.
Volunteer Courses: these courses have been run by Good Neighbours in the past and are likely to be held in the future, though some are dependent on securing funding:
- Induction training – learning the guideline and boundaries of volunteering for CGN.
- Sessions on building healthier relationships
- How to communicate better with those hard of hearing.
- First Aid training with St Johns Ambulance.
- Advice from a physiotherapist from the MRI Falls team giving information about the safest ways to transfer people in and out of cars, wheelchairs, and on and off chairs.
- At coffee mornings those present can learn from various health professionals – gaining tips on improving memory, strategies for dealing with reduced hearing, mental health worries or other local colleagues for example – crime prevention tips, how to keep your home warm, fire safety and learning about plans to redevelop Chorlton precinct.