Good Neighbour Project

                                                                                       Last updated 2nd July 2015

Recent news for Melksham Villages

Co-ordinator Lise Griffiths: telephone 07541 353430 or email

A free and confidential service which puts older residents in touch with the services and people that can help them to live more independent lives

Falls Awareness

* Check for hazards such as a loose carpets or rugs, clutter or cables. Are the stairs well lit with suitable rails?

* Much as we love our pets, they can be a trip hazard. A bell on the collar can help!

* Have your eyes and hearing checked regularly.

* Manage your medicines – some medication can cause dizziness or affect balance.

* Tackle the fear of falling – if you have had a fall, or don‟t feel confident to move about, there are exercise classes available locally which can help.

* Consider having a personal alarm (Lifeline) which you can use in the event of a fall to get help quickly. Some providers can now also supply fall detectors.

If you would like further information on any of the above, or any other issue affecting older people in our community, please call your Good Neighbour Co-ordinator Lise Griffiths on 07541 353430 or email 

Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging now live in the Melksham Community Area

Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging has now launched in the Melksham community area, including Seend and Bulkington. People signed up will be able to receive messages about policing and crime matters in their area, such as community policing news and events, appeals for information and crime prevention advice. They will also be able to reply to messages, feeding back information to their local neighbourhood officers to help them in policing their local area. There are no contracts, costs or obligations of any kind for anyone who signs up.

To join Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging or to find out more visit
Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging will NOT be monitored 24 hours a day. People should always call 999 in an emergency or 101 in a non-emergency. 

The Wiltshire Good Neighbour Project was set up to put people at the heart of our rural communities.It aims to strengthening Wiltshire by enabling & empowering older & vulnerable residents to access the services, information & support they need to live safe, comfortable, fulfilling and independent lives.

Wiltshire Good Neighbours is an exciting service that is being funded by Wiltshire Council and provided by Community First in partnership with Age UK Wiltshire and Age UK Salisbury.

The service is an innovative response to a recognised need that many people living in our rural communities are unable to connect with the key services that help maintain well being and support their quality of life. Wiltshire Good Neighbours is primarily aimed at older people living in rural communities who may be vulnerable or at risk of becoming vulnerable. The service seeks to establish a trusted and effective bridge between vulnerable individuals and the statutory services and local voluntary organisations that are able to offer help and support. 

Who is my local Good Neighbour Co-ordinator?There is a network of Good Neighbour Co-ordinators in place who are in operation in every rural parishes throughout Wiltshire. They are a friendly and familiar face in their community, one that people recognise and trust to listen to their concerns and put them in contact with those who can help on a variety of matters and issues no matter how small they may seem.

 What does a Good Neighbour Co-ordinator do? By visiting clients in their home and listening to what they have to say about their needs, a Good Neighbour Co-ordinator can identify which organisations are best suited to deal with each individual clients situation and we then refer or support a client to access that service. We will always follow up the referrals we make, to ensure that our clients have received the service they needed. Good Neighbour Co-ordinators work flexible hours, so they are available at a time that suits our clients and their families.


Good Neighbour Project contact: Caroline Metz  Wiltshire Good Neighbour for the Melksham Rural Community Area : 07541 353430 or

Wiltshire Good Neighbours    

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