Organisers behind a community network that has seen positivity soar have revealed plans to continue past the Covid-19 crisis.
The Carlton and Villages Network has been operating since March, with 40 volunteering buddies currently helping 70 vulnerable or self-isolating residents.
With 250 members on its Facebook group, the network is now thinking beyond the pandemic and hopes to keep the community spirit alive by using its website, that is currently in the making, to spread good news.
Assistant Curate of Drax and Carlton Churches Becky
The reverend said: “it’s been really heart-warming to hear how generous our neighbours have been to each other, sometimes on social
She also said the group had become a “real community partnership” with members from Carlton and surrounding villagers utilising their skills to get the network off the ground.
“Helen Snowden is coordinating medication collection from the surgery, Sarah Woodward a local designer has designed a logo and set up email support, Kate James an IT consultant is helping us launch a new website and local lawyer, Clare King, is giving safeguarding advice.
“Both the methodist minister Peter Barnett, and reverend Anna Burr, vicar of the parish, are supporting the development of the network and linking in church volunteers with the project. Local NHS staff and retired social workers are keeping an eye out for the buddies too. Councillor Mike Jordan is one of the buddies and is supporting families he met during the recent flooding in West Bank.”
The network says its work to help its
One resident who lives alone and had been helped by the group said: “I think this is amazing, I never thought I’d be able to ask someone local to nip to the shops for me. I’d got used to managing on my own with the support of social care, but it’s really cheered me up to know that the network exists.”
To contact the network which serves Carlton, Camblesforth, Westbank, Drax, Newland and Long Drax, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone: 07562267815 or visit their Facebook page: @carltonvillagesnetwork.
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