Good Neighbours Coventry
Helping older people during COVID-19
Good Neighbours Coventry scheme 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 7.4.2020):
We are offering during COVID-19 to isolated over 50s in CV1-CV6:
- Temporary telephone befriending
- Temporary pen pal befriending
- Temporary grocery shopping delivery
- Temporary Foodbank parcels for older people with no income
- Temporary medication delivery (only if pharmacy will not deliver)
However, please understand that we are volunteer dependent – we cannot guarantee support to everyone. Referrals will not be processed over weekends/Bank Holidays/evenings.
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 in for support, make sure you have their consent to do so, and then email firstname.lastname@example.org their contact details, or leave a message by calling 07563 902 904. We can’t force anyone to accept support.
To volunteer (especially if you drive and are available daytime Mon-Fri), please visit tinyurl.com/gncovid19 .
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, please contact email@example.com or 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 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
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.