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Kings Langley Good Neighbours

Another successful year was recorded at Good Neighbours AGM on Friday 18 November.

Another successful year was recorded at Good Neighbours AGM on Friday 18 November.
Volunteers and associate members filled the small hall at the Community Centre yesterday to hear reports of an association getting back to full strength after the pandemic.
Driving clients to hospital appointments was now a major activity with the 'carnage' at Watford General Hospital proving a challenge for our volunteer drivers.
The Lunch Club is slowly returning to the original capacity but there is still room for new members.
Our Gardening/DIY service is in demand again, under its new organiser, Nick Clarke.
Numbers of volunteers, particularly for drivers and the Helpline, are still below average and a publicity drive is in progress.
If you are interested in volunteering or need our help leave us a direct message or call us on 07790 668672

AGM


Lunch Club returnsLunch Club gradually returns to full strength.

Our Lunch Club has been running each week since February with slowly increasing numbers. We still room for more - if you are interested leave a message on our Lunch Club line (07527 907128)

(Photo - one of our volunteers chatting to Lunch Club members)



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" .... find some fulfilment and satisfaction in helping make someone's life run a little smoother and easier."

My job involves an unusual shift pattern which means my availability varies, but flexibility is the name of the game when it comes to Good Neighbours. There is no expectation or undue pressure; you simply do the drives you can. It can fit around anyone's schedule. You receive a text, you respond to a text. It's that simple.

For a very small amount of time out your day, you can take some of the stress out of someone's hospital visit (which can be stressful enough), and find some fulfilment and satisfaction in helping make someone's life run a little smoother and easier.

The good people I have driven in my spare time have enriched my life and made me feel a part of the village. Just give Kings Langley Good Neighbours a call. You’ll be glad you did."

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"After two months of occasionally squeezing senior citizens into my Mini ...... I can safely say that I have found a mother lode of human accomplishment, not to mention decency and good humour."

By Charles Raines

I recently moved to Kings Langley to start a new job and a new life (no, this isn't a Bridget Jones novel). Partial to a broody nighttime stroll, I got to know the village by walking around. One evening I came across a flyer on the village bulletin board, asking for volunteer drivers for Kings Langley Good Neighbours. I thought, I have four wheels and a hole in my soul that needs filling. What have I got to lose? Filled with vim and vigour from the 'Uncle Sam'-esque poster, I gave them a call. Introductions with the lovely committee members, and a short vetting process, followed. I was then armed with a shiny volunteer card and ready to start. Charles Raines

 

After two months of occasionally squeezing senior citizens into my Mini - think human Tetris meets Twister - and taking them to, usually, the hospital or the doctor, I can safely say that I have found a mother lode of human accomplishment, not to mention decency and good humour. Many of them have lived in Kings Langley for 50 years. The conversations vary from the true originator of the works of Shakespeare (hint: Sir Francis Bacon), to the chewiest chocolate chip cookie recipe (the key is cornstarch, melted butter and brown sugar). The consistent theme with everyone is they are an absolute pleasure to talk to and genuinely grateful for the service.

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