Desford Good Neighbour Scheme

Tel: 0744 3640 611

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

Circle of Friends Circle of Friends

Scheme Users

Who can we help?


We can provide short term help and support to anyone, regardless of age, who is a resident in the parish of Desford (this includes Botcheston, Newtown Unthank and Kirby Grange).


What help or support can we provide?


We can help with various tasks, such as:


Light gardening in case of illness or injury

Light housework on a short term basis

Lifts to appointments, shopping and visits

Help with shopping

Collecting prescriptions



Filling in forms (non financial)

Help with the internet

Dog walking in case of illness or injury

Help taking pets to the vets

Help moving furniture

Changing lightbulbs and fuses

Minor DIY and decorating

Temporary help with laundry

Help clearing snow...


This list is not exhaustive so if you need help or support with any other tasks please speak with our phone-coordinator.



How the Scheme works


1. You ring the telephone coordinator to discuss your needs.


2. The coordinator arranges for a volunteer to get in touch with you.


3. The coordinator rings you back and gives you the name of  your volunteer.


4. The volunteer will ring you and make arrangements to help.


Please refer to the Transport charges - zone boundaries to find out the charge of any journey you arrange with our volunteers.


Transport charges are priced as below:


All short trips within the parish, of less than 4 miles are free.


Longer round trips, in excess of 4 miles, will incur Zone 1 charges.


We are no longer using a zoned map but calculating the zone charge based on mileage.  


Charges are based on a return trip cost.


Parking fees are not included and are charged separately.  


Other longer journeys are charged at 45p per mile (HMRC advised amount).  


Zone 1

Charge  = £5.50

Radius mileage = 6.1 miles


Anstey, much of Barwell, Bocheston, Earl Shilton, Enderby, Groby, Kirby Grange, Market Bosworth, Markfield, much of Narborough, Newbold Verdon Village


Zone 2

Charge = £6.50 

Radius mileage = 7.2 miles 


Glenfield, Fosse Park, Ibstock, Stoke Golding


Zone 3

Charge = £8.50 

Radius mileage = 9.4 miles 


Much of Hinckley, much of Leicester, Birstall, Blaby, Coalville, Countesthorpe, Whitwick


Zone 4

Charge = £11.00 

Radius mileage = 12.2 miles


Wigston, Oadby, Nuneaton, Loughborough and Ashby



Common destination requests are listed below:


  Zone 1

Hospitals and Medical Centres

Back Lane Surgery, Market Bosworth   Forest House Medical Centre  Newbold Verdon Medical Centre



Bosworth Dental Practice,  Earl Shilton Dental Practice, Forest House Dental Centre



Co-operative in Earl Shilton, Market Place in Market Bosworth and Woodlands Garden Centre



Narborough train station



Market Bosworth Country Park


Zone 2

Hospitals and Medical Centres

Glenfield Hospital (main entrance)    



Fosse Park


Zone 3

Hospitals and Medical Centres

Hinckley and District Hospital (outpatients), Hinckley Community Hospital, Leicester Royal Infirmary (main entrance)



Mount Road Dental Care in Hinckley



Asda in Hinckley, Beaumont Lees Shopping Centre, High Cross Shopping Centre,

Morrisons in Hinckley and Tesco in Hinckley



Hinckley train station, Leicester bus station, and Leicester train station


Zone 4

Hospitals and Medical Centres

BUPA/Spire Hospital, Oadby, Leicester General Infirmary



Burbage Dental Practice, MyDentist in Hinckley



    Common destinations outside of Zone 4  

Fielding Palmer Hospital, Lutterworth (14.7 miles via A426)  £13.20

George Eliot Hospital, Nuneaton (14.9 miles) £13.20

Loughborough Hospital (14.1 miles via M1) £12.70

Nuffield Hospital, Leicester (12.7 miles via Ratby/Leicester) £12.40


All routes are confirmed using Google Maps and the shortest distance applied from the centre of Desford.


How to contact us?


You can ring our phone-coordinator on the scheme mobile between 8.00am and 8.00pm to discuss your needs. 

0744 3640 611

or email us at

[email protected]

or if you'd prefer you can complete the form below (we may take up to 48 hours to reply to emails or the online form, so if you're request is more urgent please ring our phone coordinator - thank you)



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