A group has been set up in Lavenham to help take the strain off isolated residents who need help with odd jobs and transport.
Roy Whitworth, chairman of Lavenham Parish Council, said around 40 people are involved in the new Lavenham Good Neighbours group.
He said: “The formation of the group was stimulated partly by the house fire at Tenterpiece in Lavenham, and concern about the changes to the warden service in local sheltered housing
“It highlighted how some people can be isolated and cut off from help.
“The aim of the scheme is to provide short-term help to anyone who needs it – for example, with a bit of shopping, some gardening or transport for a hospital trip.”
The group’s formation is being supported by the parish council and county councillor Jenny Antill.
It is led by Doreen Twitchett, Lyn Gurling, Rose Bates, Jane Bellward, Chris Twitchett and Trevor Tinkler.
So far, 17 volunteers have signed up, with 20 more in the pipeline.
Lavenham residents who need a bit of help can get in touch by calling 07922 850082, a mobile phone sponsored by Sudbury solicitors, Bates Wells and Braithwaite.