Friday, 13 December 2013

e-Cops Neighbourhood Return: Season's Greetings, And First Year Round-Up

It’s been a fantastic first year for us.

Neighbourhood Return launched on 1 November 2012.  Midway through December 2013, we have 5,796 volunteers signed up across the UK, and 299 carers registered.  We’re on course to begin 2014 with 6,000 volunteers, and 300 carers.

At the end of January, we had 36 people with memory problems signed up.  By the end of June, that figure had risen to 175.  We’re keeping our growth rate up – and we need you to keep telling your friends, neighbours and colleagues about us, so that we can be there for even more people in 2014.

We want to make contact with people affected by memory problems before they go missing.  We know that not everyone does – 67% of carers we spoke to in the summer said the person they care for has never been missing before.  But we are there in case they do.  And of the 12 people reported missing to us so far in 2013, 12 were returned home safely.

You can read more about how we’re doing in your area, and find out what other carers and volunteers said to us in the summer, by having a look at our most recent blog, summing up some of our successes to date.

Such as 90% of our carers saying they would call Neighbourhood Return before the police. Or 48% of our volunteers telling us they’d never volunteered before.

You can also meet a volunteer, a carer, and a person with dementia, and find out exactly how a successful search operates from each of their perspectives.

All that’s left for us to do now is to wish you a wonderful festive period.

Neighbourhood Return Team