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Volunteers with Good Neighbour Scheme in Haverhill receive a well-deserved 'thank you'

Volunteers who have been helping out at a scheme set up in Haverhill to provide help and support to people during the lockdowns were thanked at a special event last Saturday.

Haverhill Volunteer Centre organised the thank you event at The Haven Café for all those involved in the Good Neighbour Scheme that was established during the first coronavirus lockdown in 2020.

The service offered shopping, prescription collections, companionship and even help with practical tasks in the home to residents who were shielding and its success was reliant upon the dedication and commitment of a dedicated team of volunteers.

Volunteers were rewarded with cake and refreshments (sponsored by the town council), with a number of town councillors, including the mayor, Cllr Liz Smith, present to offer their own personal message of thanks.

Also there was the volunteer centre manager, Jill Moss and Emily Fox, the co-ordinator of the Good Neighbour Scheme.

Jill said the scheme had had such an impact that it was set to continue.

“It is still going at the moment until June 21 when everything is lifted but after that it will not be in the guise of a Covid scheme, but it will carry on for vulnerable people who are unable to get out to town to get their own shopping.

“We’ve got one lady that we ring every week and she said it was her lifeline.

“She said she didn’t know how she would be able to manage without it.”

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