A very important story here, led by people I have an awful lot of time for: Lichfield District Councillors Sue Woodward and Dave Robertson, plus the wonderful Kate ‘Cardigan’ Gomez of Lichfield Lore, Lichfield Discovered and Lichfield Waterworks Trust fame.
I have a feeling the blog is going to be reporting a lot of community initiatives as the Coronavirus/COVID 19 situation develops, and this support network plan is really, really positive and I think, a great thing.
I’ve cheekily carried this one over from my old friends Lichfield Live – you can visit and read the original (and the rest of the great output of Lichfield Live) by clicking here. I can’t write this better than Ross already has, so I make no apologies for reproducing it.
My best wishes and thanks to Sue, Dave and Kate and all involved, and I hope similar plans will kick off in our immediate area.
Lichfield Live wrote:
Bid to create community database to support Lichfield and Burntwood residents during coronavirus outbreak
People in Lichfield and Burntwood are being asked to offer their help for community members who may need support during the coronavirus outbreak.
Additional restrictions are expected to be introduced next week as the country continues to battle COVID-19.
Cllr Dave Robertson and Cllr Sue Woodward say they have received a number of calls from residents concerned about the impact of an outbreak.
Cllr Robertson, Chair of Lichfield Labour Party, said:
“People are understandably concerned about the immediate and longer-term future.
“As councillors, we want to offer practical help but our numbers are limited and we don’t yet know how things are going to progress.
“We don’t want local people to feel that they don’t have the support they need at what may become for them a time of crisis but we do want to be prepared for all eventualities.
“We are therefore asking community and voluntary organisations across the constituency to commit to sharing a telephone number and email contact address for people to get help, even if it’s only a bit of moral support.”
Cllr Dave Robertson, Lichfield District Council
“We can show what a strong community we live in”
Discussions have now taken place with Kate Gomez, who has been involved with projects such as the Lichfield Repair Cafe, to develop a database of people others can call on in times of need over the coming weeks.
“I want to pull a simple database together – just the name of an organisation plus a secure telephone number and email – which can then be used to signpost people, even those most isolated, towards help.
“Whether it’s a bit of shopping by a trusted person or a willingness to drop vulnerable people a letter, this is a time that we can really show what a strong community we live in.
“When coronavirus is all over, I hope we can continue with this database for people who are anxious, lonely or just need someone to care.”
To add your organisation’s details to Kate’s Be A Friend database for Lichfield constituency, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“People are feeling very unnerved”
Cllr Sue Woodward, Labour county councillor for Burntwood North and leader of Burntwood Town Council, said it was important that the community pulled together.
“People are feeling very unnerved at the moment and we want to do whatever we can to offer help.
“We have a thriving community and voluntary sector locally and feel sure they will also want to help in their locality.
“They have people in their groups who have the appropriate security clearance and training in the safeguarding of adults and children who will ensure safe support in which people can have confidence.”
Cllr Sue Woodward, Burntwood Town Council