Good Neighbours Coventry
Linking local older people to friendship and community
The Good Neighbours Coventry scheme is an exciting initiative 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, please contact Jess Day-Pollard, Project Manager, on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07563 902 904.
Churches or faith based organisations looking to start an older people’s outreach project can apply for a grant of up to £1500, and grants of £500-£1000 are available for existing older people’s groups (download the grant application form and guidance notes here). Good Neighbours Coventry has small grants available for groups, so do get in touch to register interest for this.
Activity Guides for Over 50s
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 area social activity guide (for over 50s)
CV2 area social activity guide (for over 50s)
CV3 area social activity guide (for over 50s)
CV4 area social activity guide (for over 50s)
CV5 area social activity guide (for over 50s)
CV6 area social activity guide (for over 50s)
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.