Honouring Hampshire’s good neighbours
The good deeds undertaken by 70 unsung heroes from across Hampshire have been recognised in our Good Neighbours Awards – Young and Old.
This year we brought together two sets of awards for the first time – the Good Neighbours and the Making a Difference award for young people.
We are keen to highlight the importance of intergenerational work across Hampshire that benefits young and old alike.
One such project is the ‘Pass IT On’ project in Farnborough. Every Monday evening Farnborough college students run a group for older residents who come into college for a cup of tea, a chat and for one-to-one help with IT.
Chris Auckland, a student involved in the project, said: “We all get a lot of satisfaction knowing we have helped someone. It has opened up the world for the lady I help – she is delighted she can now confidently surf the internet and use email to keep in touch with people. I have also learned a lot about the area of India where she was brought up as she has shared a lot of interesting stories with me about her life.”
The project was among a whole host of good neighbourly acts which were recognised. Individuals who shop and garden for older people, those who support disabled young people to access activities in their communities, and a group of young people with disabilities who are helping to shape services, were among those celebrated.
The awards, which were created by Hampshire County Council in partnership with Age Concern Hampshire, Brendoncare Club Hampshire, Carers Together, the Good Neighbours Support Service, the Royal Voluntary Service (formerly WRVS), The Children’s Alliance and Community Development Facilitators, were hosted by the Chairman of the County Council, at a special ceremony in the Great Hall, Winchester in March.