General information on Link Schemes in Wiltshire

The Link Project supports an existing network of 45 community based Link Schemes in Wiltshire and Swindon and is also open to members of the community interested in developing a Link scheme for their own communities in Wiltshire. 

The Link Project's core service is providing a comprehensive and robust support and advice service via email, telephone and meetings to the Link Schemes. This service offers specialist and expert advice across a range of topics and is able to focus of regional and national policies that directly affect the scheme. 

The Project delivers an annual programme of training for Link Management Committees, Chairmen and Co-ordinators through regular meetings, seminars and training sessions. Priorities for training topics are set by the Link Chairmen and will be focussed on around the areas of Volunteer Recruitment, Leadership & Governance.

The Link schemes themselves are community based initiatives that aim to improve the quality of life for disadvantaged, elderly or infirm people by providing a structured good neighbour service delivered by volunteers from within the local community.Link schemes provide a free and confidential support service to enable those without access to transport or support resources to access local services and facilities. The service is provided by volunteers using their own cars. 

The range of Link Scheme services varies from providing volunteer drivers to take someone to a medical appointment, taking them shopping or to visit an old friend, or simply providing good neighbour care. The Link Service aims to complement the provision of other services, whether statutory or voluntary.

Each Link Scheme is run by a group of local volunteers managed by a local Link Co-ordinator. Users wishing to use the scheme simply call their local co-ordinator who will then arrange for a volunteer to carry out the task.