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What is a Link Scheme?

’Link’ is the name adopted by Good Neighbour schemes in Wiltshire

and Swindon. Link Schemes have existed in Wiltshire since 1979

and there are currently 45 operating in the county supporting rural

and urban communities. Melksham & District Link

is one of these schemes.

Link Schemes are voluntary groups which offer a transport

and good neighbour service to local people who are in need.

These essential services provide a safety net for those

unable to access services in other ways. Link Schemes aim

to complement other services, statutory and voluntary,

and clients will be directed to another service if appropriate. 

Link Schemes operate as small, independent charitable

organisations, and generally have a Management Committee,

Coordinators and drivers, all are volunteers.

Each Link Scheme responds to the needs of its community

and uses the skills offered by its volunteers.

Sadly, due to Covid, the Melksham Link weekly Open Door

coffee mornings held at the United Church have been suspended

until further notice. We look forward to starting these

get-togethers when the pandemic is over and it’s safe to do so.


At present, the Melksham Link scheme is only able to offer transport

to medical appointments due to the high demand for this service.

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