Neighbourhood Care Scheme: the ‘Coronation Street’ model of community care

Marylynn Fyvie-Gauld and Sean de Podesta

in Care, community and citizenship

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9781861348715
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301608 | DOI:
Neighbourhood Care Scheme: the ‘Coronation Street’ model of community care

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This chapter draws on an evaluation of a Neighbourhood Care Scheme in Brighton and Hove. It presents a unique example of community and community spirit, and demonstrates how volunteering can flourish in such a way that everyone benefits. Since 1998, the scheme has grown from 23 users and seven volunteers to involve over 300 users and 126 volunteers, representing in 2005–6 a total of over 2,812 visits and 5,098 volunteer hours. This scheme fits well with the philosophy of the White Paper Our Health, Our Care, Our Say: A New Direction for Community Services, which calls for a more prominent role for the community and voluntary sectors in the delivery of social care. The chapter questions, however, the capacity of volunteers to deliver such care on a consistent and long-term basis.

Keywords: community care; community spirit; volunteering; social care delivery

Chapter.  5315 words.  Illustrated.

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