Local action on Covid-19

Our first week in action

Dear Volunteers

What a month its been!  Since a small group looked to set up the action group to help self-isolating residents during the lockdown, the growth and pace of change has been a complete roller-coaster.

  As of today:

  • We have had a truly amazing response from our community with around 100 volunteers helping their fellow residents
  • We are currently actively helping over 140 residents and the number is still growing
  • We are registered as one of the 27 recognised HUBs within Horsham District Council (“HDC”) and so are a key part of the wider national effort.  This brings with it support and advice, but also the need for various levels of reporting and control

WHAT ARE WE DOING?

We are operating:

  1. A dedicated phone helpline service 6 days a week from 10:00 – 15:00 via a team of 15 volunteers for vulnerable residents to call for help
  2. A daily pick-up and delivery service from 4 local stores and 3 pharmacies 6 days a week via 42 volunteers on a rota basis allocated via a weekly doodle poll
  3. A befriending chatline service via 12 volunteers each operating in a dedicated region in the village
  4. A DVD/ book library
  5. An on-going communication programme. This started with posters in the village and fliers through every letterbox. It has been followed up with Easter Cards for each registered vulnerable resident
  6. A soon-to-be-launched website – www.wcanag.org – hopefully live this coming week

Our mission is “Mobilising our community to help alleviate suffering during the COVID-19 Pandemic

HOW IS THIS MANAGED?

General communication of the mission, action and how to get involved is via:

Communication of the operation is via:

HOW IS THIS BEING FUNDED?

  • Setup costs of around £200 were kindly reimbursed by WCPC
  • We set up a crowd-funder page which has attracted just over £600
  • An application for a dedicated bank account with NatWest has been actioned

REACH AND LINKS TO OTHER GROUPS?

Although this was originally set up to assist the most vulnerable, mainly elderly in our community we have discovered that the definition of “vulnerable” is actually far wider than originally envisioned.  We should look to capture all of these names, even if all we end up doing is passing it on to HDC.

We are also now looking to extend the reach to help key workers within our community – if you know someone that fits into this, please send an email to this email address and we will see what we can do to help these wonderful people.

THANK YOU

The depth of response from our community has been truly heart-warming.  Can I just take this opportunity to thank every single one of you that has volunteered for the West Chiltington Action Group.  The significant number of people that are just quietly rolling their sleeves up and getting stuck in to this project of helping our community, with no need of praise or thanks, is humbling. This note is both praise and thanks to all.

Sue Kowszun

West Chiltington and Nutbourne Action Group

Community in Action