With all the uncertainty in the world at the moment with turbulent financial markets and the concerns around COVID-19, it’s doubly important to make sure that we’re continuing to do positive things and come together as a community. Goostrey has a tremendous village spirit and Love Goostrey decided to do something to show that to its best, but also to support people in a vulnerable time.
So, would you like to get invoved in the Love Goostrey Volunteers? What we’re trying to do is to get one, two or three volunteers from every road around the village who would be happy to be called on by their neighbours who might be stuck inside during a period of self-isolation. If the government does ask people over 70 to stay inside (which has been widely mooted in the press) for a prolonged quarantine then this would be an even more vital service.
The sorts of things the volunteers could do are:
- Pick up shopping – The Trading Post have said that they will put together orders for local residents and volunteers can pick these up and drop off to their neighbours
- Pick up prescriptions –
- Do a post office run
- Listen if someone needs a friendly ear to talk to
The idea of having two or three volunteers from each road is so that the responsibility can be shared and this doesn’t become an onerous task. We’ve also asked that there is an 8pm curfew for requests so that it doesn’t interfere with children’s bedtimes, etc. Clearly, we would urge all volunteers to heed any relevant Government advice around precautions for good hygiene and personal safety.
We’ve had an incredible response so far with 96 responses to the original Facebook post and volunteers filling out their details on the sheet. The next step is to complete the list so that we have names and numbers from all roads in the village. The volunteers will then print off the contacts and deliver them to the roads they’re covering, as it’s important to remember that not everyone is on the internet!
Clearly, if you live in Twemlow, Blackden, Boots Green or somewhere nearby then this project equally applies to you! If you can volunteer then do so and just add your road name to the list.
Would you be able to help? If you’re happy to do some runs for your neighbours then please add your details to the spreadsheet here.