Welcome, how can we help you?
Smarden is a wonderfully friendly place to live. But life sometimes presents challenges that can be difficult to deal with on your own. The Good Neighbour Scheme is run by a group of volunteers who live in Smarden. Our aim is to be there when you need us, working together to provide advice and assistance, helping people to continue living in our rural community.
When life becomes a little challenging, when you feel a bit isolated, when you need a helping hand, or just want someone to talk to please contact the Good Neighbour Scheme and find out how we can help.
Most of our services are FREE of charge! We have set them up in response to requests from Smarden residents, and we are always happy to consider your suggestions for new services that we could provide.
Here’s a summary of the services we currently offer:
Adverse weather/ winter assistance:
Floods, snow, fevers and colds, icy pavements and roads can prevent you from getting out. We can help you out with shopping, collection of prescriptions, transport etc.
Are you living on your own and feeling lonely, or just a bit fed up? We can arrange visits or phone calls from one of our volunteers just to check that you are OK.
Drop in for coffee and a chat:
Tea and coffee is served every Monday morning from 10.00am to 12 noon, at the Charter Hall. Come and meet some of your neighbours, make new friends or just come for a quiet cuppa – everyone welcome.
Emergency car service:
If you need to get to an appointment and friends or family are unable to take you, we will do our very best to get you there.
Gentle health walks:
Take a gentle walk to benefit your health. You can join our friendly group of walkers that leave from the Charter Hall every Monday at 10.15am, and finish with a cup of tea or coffee in the Charter Hall.
Hearing aid batteries:
Hi Kent visits the Charter Hall on the first Monday of the month and are available to assist you between 10.00 am and 12 noon. Come along if you need help or advice with your hearing aid.
Meals on Wheels:
We run a lunchtime meal service Monday to Friday at a reasonable charge for a 2 course meal. You can use this as a temporary or a long term permanent service.
Prescription Collection from Headcorn Surgery:
If you are unable to make other arrangements, we can send a volunteer to collect your prescription for you.
Do you want to go to Headcorn or Tenterden but can’t drive or don’t have a car?
We have volunteer drivers to take you. Return trips to Headcorn every Thursday morning, and Tenterden on Tuesday or Thursday mornings once a month.