Over these past weeks, the majority of us have been required to stay home. How lucky we are, that not only are our homes in lovely countryside but, as the lockdown has demonstrated, we are part of a wonderful community.
Early in March, just before lockdown, we set out to contact every village household to reassure all, that whatever lockdown was going to mean, they would not be alone.
In Copgrove, being smaller than Staveley, through informal arrangements, residents have been able to help each other simply by looking out for their neighbours, keeping in contact, and sharing errands.
In Staveley, due partly to the greater number of households, we established a Buddy Scheme. Through the scheme, volunteer ‘helper/buddies’ from less restricted households were allocated to households who requested help and needed to strictly isolate. Some buddies were on stand-by to step in and help where and when situations and personal circumstances changed.
Buddies have cheerfully multi-tasked : picked up shopping, phoned for friendly chats, helped with pets, picked up supplies and medicines and provided information about local home deliveries for their neighbours, for long established and for new friends.
To all those who have offered help and friendship and especially to those who continue to provide it: A BIG THANK YOU from the community. However, we do not know what challenges the next few months will bring. Whatever they are, you and your household will not be alone. If you are self-isolating, require shielding support, a buddy or other help, PLEASE GET IN TOUCH.
Likewise, for anyone who is finding every day is too like the day before and staying home means little human contact or you are very new to the village do PLEASE GET IN TOUCH. You are not the only one and we are happy to coordinate the exchange of phone numbers with a view to creating even more new friendships within the villages, our home.
TO GET IN TOUCH:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: 01423 340650
‘YOUR PARISH COUNCIL WORKING FOR YOU’