Right at the start of lockdown, Mere Town Council’s local resilience co-ordinator and a range of other local volunteers stepped up to help out where residents were struggling, be that to fetch shopping or medication for those needing to self-isolate or shield, or to provide a listening ear service via a new local helpline.
To date nearly 1,000 calls have been received from residents asking for help, over 400 shopping/pharmacy trips done, and 162 calls fielded by 7 volunteers on the ‘listening helpline’.
- Several elderly residents were in need of something to do so an appeal was made for jigsaw puzzles. Within 2 hours some 15 jigsaws were donated which have been repeatedly sanitised and re-issued to people requesting them.
- A young mum with children was unfortunately and expectantly left to fend by herself. Within an hour of this happening she had food for several weeks provided along with cash to help with the essentials.
- Several donations have been made to those requiring financial help from various local groups.
- Many donations have been received from a whole range of people within the community – several examples were quoted coming from people who, since they were not spending money on petrol due to lockdown, donated that money to the foodbanks.
- One Church based foodbank providing weekly boxes of supplies. Another community based volunteer foodbank scheme which stocks more perishable goods have been giving priority to young families with toddlers in the morning and then to anyone else afterwards
Amazing neighbourhood support. Huge well done to all involved.
For more information on the different local support groups set up to help residents during the pandemic, please contact Karen Linaker, on 01722 434697 or email : firstname.lastname@example.org