A view across The Dene and park of Manor Park, Uckfield, where a good neighbour scheme has been launched.

Good neighbour scheme launched on Manor and Hempstead estates

People living on the Manor Park and Hempstead Fields developments can now turn to their residents’ association if they need a helping hand.

Everyone living on the twin estates is eligible for this free service which offers help with odd jobs around the house and form filling.

Volunteers are also happy to just pop in for a cuppa and a chat with those feeling a bit lonely.

Car scheme

It follows the success of the association’s surgery car scheme which was launched five years ago.

Paul Sparks, Chairman of the Manor Park and Hempstead Fields Residents’ Association, said:

“The association is pleased to introduce this new service for its residents and very proud of the number of volunteers that immediately came forward to support the scheme.

“At first, we will be limiting the help our volunteers can offer, but once we have gained some experience we hope to be able to extend the range of assistance we provide.

All ages

“We know that Good Neighbour Schemes in other communities have benefited people of all ages including those feeling isolated and alone and others that are a little frail and need a simple thing done like changing a light bulb or help with filling in a form.

“There will be no charge made for what our volunteers do and we are looking forward to lending a helping hand to our residents be they young or old.”

The project was formally launched on Tuesday (November 13) – World Kindness Day – which Mr Sparks said was a great day to celebrate this initiative.

Supporters

The association thanked Action in Rural Sussex and the Uckfield Volunteer Centre for their “invaluable support” in setting up the service.

Residents of Manor Park and Hempstead Fields, wishing to take advantage of the service, should ring 01825 578017.

*All the Good Neighbour Scheme volunteers have been subject to enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.

World Kindness Day event at Uckfield Volunteer Centre

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