A much more steadier day with five requests for assistance being received.
The day started well with another five minutes of fame on BBC Radio Lincolnshire at 0936 hrs with Carla Greene. The main points of the chat were about where I see the situation going over the next few weeks and what legacy will remain when we are back to normal. Firstly, I stated that the I currently do not envisage any significant change and the Group will continue to provide assistance as necessary out to 1st September and possibly further if demand requires it. Regarding the legacy, I am considering forming a Branston Community Group for the following reasons:
To capture the goodwill of the volunteers and residents.
To empower residents to take a lead in putting together activities; Beer Festivals, Christmas Markets, sporting and social events.
To enhance community engagement and develop community spirit.
To co-ordinate existing groups.
Be a public voice for the Branston Parish Council
Although at the concept stage, if anyone is interested in being a part of this or would like further information, please give me a call on 07546 241940.
The Branston All Saints Covid-19 Food Bank received its fifth delivery from FareShare (Hiull & Humber), which was gratefully received, as was the cash
from two regular donators – thank you. Food donations from residents are of course still very welcome. The Food Bank with Natasha at the helm continues to provide valuable assistance to residents within and outside of the village.
‘Volunteers Week’
Here is an extract of an article that has been submitted:
All of the volunteers have undoubtedly made a significant contribution to the welfare and wellbeing of over 160 residents within Branston and across 10 other communities, who have depended upon their support. This has not only ensured their safety but importantly protected the lives of vulnerable residents. The commitment of the volunteers along with dedicated support from the Branston Parish Council, Branston All Saints Covid-19 Food Bank, Branston Surgery, Branston Co-op Food Store and Pharmacy, Morrison’s, and FareShare (Hull & Humber) has been outstanding and has made Branston a better place to live under difficult circumstances. Thank you very much.
To finish, unfortunately today a volunteer who returned to their vehicle in the Canwick Tesco car park after shopping for a resident found that an abusive message had been left on their windscreen. Although wearing a volunteer lanyard the motive is not known. The incident was reported to the Store Manager. Unfortunately no CCTV was available and he expressed his sincere apologies. It has also been reported to the LRF. It is hoped that this was an isolated incident, but if any volunteers experience such or similar behaviour, please let me know immediately.
Take care and Stay Safe
Thank you for your continuing support – Andy