Villagers from Market Overton set up group to help neighbours

Committee members, from left, June Sanderson, Tim Hills, Al Sarjeant and chairman Andrew Stewart
Committee members, from left, June Sanderson, Tim Hills, Al Sarjeant and chairman Andrew Stewart
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A group of kind-hearted villagers have formed a volunteer committee to help their neighbours with a range of everyday tasks.

The Market Overton Good Neighbour Scheme will launch on November 24 with the support of the Rutland Community Spirit charity.

Led by parish councillor Andrew Stewart, the group hopes to offer help to any resident in need.

Coun Stewart said: “We formed a committee and have been round the whole village with information.

“We have recruited 40 volunteers who would be prepared to undertake various good neighbour jobs.”

The group is ready to carry out a wide range of tasks around the village.

This could include getting someone to the doctor or hospital, shopping, food preparation, collecting pensions or prescriptions.

Volunteers will be able to offer help with computers and the internet.

The group has a number of handy members who will be able to carry out minor household repairs, such as changing a light bulb, hanging a picture or unblocking a sink.

Help could be offered with tasks such as filling out forms, pet care or dog walking.

And villagers in need of company can simply ask for a visit from one of the volunteers.

The scheme will run during the day and will not act as a substitute for the emergency services.

Funding will initially come from the Big Lottery Fund, with support from Rutland Community Spirit. The charity has already set up good neighbour groups in Whissendine, Greetham and Braunston and hopes to set up similar schemes around the county.

Coun Stewart said: “The committee has a mobile phone and one person will be on duty for a week. Someone calls us and asks us for help and we see who can get it sorted out.”

The scheme will be launched at a public meeting at Market Overton village hall on Sunday, November 24.

People are invited to go along, to meet the volunteers and to find out more information.