Desford Good Neighbour Scheme

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Serving the communities of the Desford Parish... Botcheston, Desford & Newtown Unthank

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What's been happening in the Desford Good Neighbourhood Scheme?

February 2016

Good Neighbours second AGM


On the 3rd February, we held our second Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Free Church, Desford. As no further nominations were received, the committee continues mainly as before but with Cressida Stanley-Williams as our new secretary.  Minutes of the AGM, the following committee meeting and the chair’s report are available on the website in the Minutes section.


It was wonderful to see so many of our Volunteers at the AGM and there was a good exchange of ideas about forthcoming projects.

December 2015

A DGNS Thank You


We know that the success of the DGNS scheme depends on teamwork and the support that all of our volunteers give. As a thank you from the committee to our volunteers, we held a mince pies and mulled wine evening on Thursday, the 10th of December at the Church Centre.


Photographs of the event to follow....

October 2015

DGNS on Radio Leicester


DGNS was featured recently on Radio Leicester as part of a programme about setting up good neighbour schemes.  Residents from Thurcaston and Cropston were interviewed first as they are just in the process of setting up their scheme.  Desford followed as an example of a well-established and “thriving” scheme.  Sue Richardson, Jeanette Smith, Pat Crane and Liz Ardley represented us as volunteers and several of our scheme users, including Jan Storey and Win Henson (our oldest at 103), were also interviewed.  There is a clip available on Jim Davis and Jo Hayward’s page.  If you wish to  listen, the link is:


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For previous DGNS news please visit our News Archive (click the link)

July 2016


Good Neighbours annual Garden Party


On Saturday, 30th July, about fifty volunteers, scheme users and friends gathered for the our DGNS second annual summer garden party.  Once again, we thank Richard and Mary Carr for hosting the event.  Tea, cakes and conversation were enjoyed by all in the Carr’s extensive and varied garden.  After a fairly wet month, we were blessed with fine weather.  It was lovely to have so many attend and to see new friendships blossoming.


December 2016

DGNS Volunteers, Thank You!


About thirty volunteers and committee members met at the church centre on the first of December to enjoy mulled wine and festive nibbles.  As telephone co-ordinators and committee members, we rarely see the volunteers as a group so it was great to meet and thank them personally for their continued goodwill.  We can all feel proud of the difference our combined efforts are making to our community.

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July 2017

Recognition for the Desford Good Neghbours Scheme


We are pleased to announce that the Desford Good Neighbour Scheme has been recognised by Leicestershire County Council for the work it is doing to help support the more vulnerable people within our community with day to day tasks. It has been highlighted as a case study in the the council's "Working Together to Build Greater Communities" document, which lists a range of strategies that the council will be trying to develop to build better communities in the future.

July 2017

Desford Good Neighbours Third Annual Garden Party


On the 15th of July, about thirty scheme users and volunteers met at our annual garden party and to celebrate over 1,000 requests for help since our launch in early 2014.  This year we were hosted by Dave and Maeve Crocker and enjoyed a special celebratory cake in addition to a delicious choice of cakes and refreshments.  James Isherwood, who made the 1,000th request for help and who cut the cake with Chair of the committee, David Surtees,  thanked us for our all our help and said, “ I don’t know what I would have done without you.”  It was wonderful to celebrate the ongoing success of Desford Good Neighbours.

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September 2017

Desford Good Neighbours supporting Leicestershire Communities recently filmed two of Desford Good Neighbours volunteers to highlight the work of the scheme. They wanted to demonstrate the work of Good Neighbours Schemes and how local people are helping their neighbours through small acts of day to day support. Click the picture to take you to the link.

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