Community First New Forest

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Ringwood Good Neighbours group are urgently in need of some help

The group aren’t able to continue running without the support of volunteer coordinators. If you have a few hours to spare a month, would you be able to help co-ordinating the befriending scheme in the BH24 area?

This is a varied and interesting role which includes:

  • Helping to ensure training needs of volunteers are met
  • Assess clients and match them with a befriender
  • Listening and supporting the volunteers regarding their befriending role
  • Deal with volunteer expenses
  • Compile a list of local activities and support groups for the use of befrienders wishing to recommend additional social contact to clients

Full training is given as well as ongoing support as part of a dedicated team. For more information or to apply please click here:

Connect to Support

Hampshire County Council launches new website to help residents manage their wellbeing, care and support needs

Many of us have, or know someone who has, a care or support need.  Sometimes this is an obvious need arising from age, illness or disability.

Sometimes it is not so clear when help is needed:  for example, those in our community who are feeling lonely but do not know how to meet other people or those in need of emotional support because they have suffered a bereavement.

Connect to Support Hampshire has been set up as a ‘one stop shop’ to signpost residents to the right source of help or support.

It is also a great source of information for those who want to look after their health and wellbeing to prevent the need for care and support services in the future.

The website offers:

  • An information and advice section covering a variety of topics including Health and wellbeing advice, Managing at home, Community transport, Specialist holidays and leisure activities for those with disabilities, Equipment and adaptations, Help and support for carers and much more.
  • A ‘Community directory’ which signposts residents to hundreds of local and national organisations offering a wide range of services and activities – from community centres and lunch clubs, to dementia support services, to local amateur dramatics societies!
  • A directory of care homes and nursing homes in Hampshire
  • A directory of home care agencies offering personal care (such as help with bathing ) in residents’ homes.

Information is easy to navigate and the home page of the website includes an ‘Interactive community’ where you can click on relevant images to find the information you want.

To find out more visit