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Care, community and citizenshipResearch and practice in a changing policy context$
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Susan Balloch and Michael Hill

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348715

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348715.001.0001

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

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

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(p.177) Eleven Neighbourhood Care Scheme: the ‘Coronation Street’ model of community care
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Care, community and citizenship
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Marylynn Fyvie-Gauld

Sean de Podesta

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861348715.003.0012

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

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