Good Neighbours is the operational name of The Good Neighbour Project which was constituted as a charitable trust with the Charity Commission in October 2008 under charity number 1126344.
Good Neighbours is a local Christian charity offering a range of services to the older generation in and around the Tunbridge Wells area.
We are a well-respected local charity that enjoys good working relationships with other charitable organisations, including Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and Kent Adult Social Care and Public Health Services.
Our Aims and Objectives
Good Neighbours aims to address social isolation in the vulnerable, socially isolated elderly who live in the Tunbridge Wells area. Our charity’s purposes as set out in our constitution are:
- To support vulnerable older people in the Borough of Tunbridge Wells who require assistance to live independently.
- To promote, or assist in the provision of, facilities aimed at promoting social inclusion.
- To deliver Postural Stability (falls prevention) exercise classes with the objective of improving the quality of life for older people.
We focus on supporting older people in Tunbridge Wells in order to prevent social isolation. The support we provide through the Good Neighbours Befriending Service allows elderly people to remain in their own home by helping them to retain, regain or improve emotional, mental and physical well-being, thereby keeping their independence.
The main activities to meet our objectives are:
- Psychological and emotional support (including those at end of life and early stage dementia)
- Facilitating our clients to re-engage with their social networks
- Encouraging physical activity to prevent ill-health/depression
- Running specialised Postural Stability classes (falls prevention)
- Practical short-term help in times of crisis
- Advocacy/guidance to clients especially those with failing cognitive ability
- Accompanying clients to medical appointments
- Mentoring clients by helping them achieve agreed goals
How Our Activities Deliver Public Benefit
Our charitable focus is to prevent social isolation and help the elderly to remain living and functioning in their local community. The following people benefit from our services:
- Socially isolated older people
- Older people who are at risk of falling
- Families who do not live near their elderly relatives
- Elderly Carers looking after elderly partners
- Unemployed adults, giving them the opportunity to gain new skills by volunteering
- Recently retired adults, giving them opportunities to function as part of their local community