Bicester Good Neighbour Scheme (BGNS) is a voluntary organisation that offers free support and friendship to older people in Bicester and nearby villages. We match our clients (known as Friends) with local people, who give some of their time to help.

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Gaynor and her BGNS Freind

Who qualifies for the Good Neighbour Scheme?

Our volunteers are happy to visit anyone who needs help, but priority is given to those who are over 65 and live alone. If you would enjoy some friendly company, or need a little help, please give us a call.

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Who are the volunteers?

BGNS volunteers are simply kind-hearted local people who lend a helping hand. All are DBS checked and they all carry identification. Interested in helping? See our Volunteering page for more information.

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How to arrange a volunteer visit or get some help
Updated July 2021

CORONAVIRUS: BGNS is following all Government advice to keep our BGNS friends (clients) and volunteers safe. Do contact our Scheme Coordinator by telephone or email to discuss your request but please note that our capacity to arrange new befriending visits or other help may be subject to delay.  

To ensure everyone’s safety we will ask you to provide some information including: emergency contact details; whether you have any special needs; and some safety questions about your home environment. ALL INFORMATION IS KEPT CONFIDENTIAL AT ALL TIMES.

For more information about us, download our leaflet.

Our leaflet explains who we are and what our volunteers do. It can be downloaded to print and share with anyone that is not online.

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"A really good friend. So very thoughtful and kind; I simply couldn't manage without her." - Val, BGNS Friend

Volunteering with us makes a huge difference to an older person’s life. We offer befriending and help with simple day-to-day tasks. Call or email us now to apply or find out more about volunteering.

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