Good Neighbours Coventry

Good Neighbours Coventry was founded in 2016 to provide friendship and social activity for over 50s in Coventry. More about our usual operations can be found below. Face to face befriending and all social clubs are currently suspended.

During COVID-19 (as of 27.7.2020):

We are offering during COVID-19 to isolated over 50s in CV1-CV6:

  • Temporary telephone befriending
  • Temporary pen pal befriending
  • For older people with no income, support with social supermarkets or Foodbank parcels
  • Temporary medication delivery (only if pharmacy will not deliver)
  • From September 2020 – home befriending visitors

We are not accepting new referrals for shopping support or for 18-49 year olds.

We are volunteer dependent – so we cannot guarantee support to everyone. Referrals will not be processed over weekends/Bank Holidays/evenings. We can’t force anyone to accept support.

If you are able to shop online or via the telephone, you can find our list of local shops offering food delivery here: tinyurl.com/covfooddelivery .

To refer someone aged 50+ for support, send us this form: July 2020 Good Neighbours Coventry referral form to goodneighbours@hopecoventry.org.uk .

To volunteer, please visit tinyurl.com/gncovid19 .

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Our usual operations

Good Neighbours Coventry was developed by local churches (via HOPE Coventry and Together for Change) in partnership with Age UK Coventry and Warwickshire to reduce isolation and therefore improve wellbeing amongst older people. This takes the form of 1:1 befriending (visiting people at home and simply chatting to them), group activities (such as coffee mornings, choirs, and more), or signposting to other useful organisations and clubs (through our Activity Guides – download them below – and other contacts).

If you know anyone over 50 who might benefit from a weekly visit from a befriender, a local coffee morning or friendship group, please get in contact with us. Equally, if you have half an hour at any point in your week spare to offer friendship over a cup of tea to a local older person, we would love to hear from potential volunteers too. For more information on Good Neighbours Coventry groups, befriending or visiting, contact goodneighbours@hopecoventry.org.uk or 07563 902 904.

Churches or faith based organisations looking to start or improve an older people’s outreach project can apply for a small grant, so do get in touch to register interest for this.

Activity Guides for Over 50s

All friendship groups are currently on hold due to COVID-19, as of July 2020.

We have developed printable activity guides for each area of Coventry CV1-CV6, explaining which social groups and clubs are available, what they are like, and how to get there. Each guide is always a work in progress, so if you spot a group that is missing, or an update that is needed, please do let us know! Get in touch with us for a copy.

CV1 local area activity for over 50s guide
CV2 local area activity guide Good Neighbours Coventry Jan 2020
CV3 local area activity guide Good Neighbours Coventry Jan 2020
CV4 local area activity guide Good Neighbours Coventry Jan 2020
CV5 local area activity guide Good Neighbours Coventry Jan 2020
CV6 local area activity guide Good Neighbours Coventry Jan 2020

Featured Projects

Afternoon tea in Hillfields for people aged 60+. 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, 2.30-4pm, at the Hope Centre, Vauxhall Street, CV1 5LF. Homemade cakes, scones, sandwiches and tea in teapots and friendly conversation, all for just £1. Call 07773 153 651 for enquiries, or just turn up!

Good Neighbours of Willenhall Community Choir. Every Thursday, 7-9pm, at St John the Divine, Robin Hood Road, CV3 3AY. Come along and sing and make new friends in this unauditioned choir for over 50s. Call 02476 303 266 for enquiries, or just turn up!

Cheylesmore Good Neighbours. Every other Friday, 2-4pm, at Quinton Road Baptist Church hall, Cheylesmore, CV3 5PZ. This is a large and lively group which has outings, lunches, and speakers on a huge variety of topics, as well as tea and chat, for only £1.50 per session. Call 07787 597 467 for enquiries, or just turn up!

Finham Seniors. Every Monday from 2-4pm in St Martin in the Fields church hall, Green Lane, CV3 6EA, £1.00 per session. Each week there are different activities; musicians and singers often perform, and there are events such as Boat Trips, Afternoon Teas, and other outings.  For enquiries, contact Rosemary on 02476 419408 or just turn up.

HOPE Coventry
c/o Coventry Foodbank,
Progress Way, Coventry, CV3 2NT
Registered charity number 1155912
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