Yare Valley Churches supporting the community
Churches in the Brundall and Blofield area, together with local councils and community groups and the local hardware shop have teamed up to provide community support during the coronavirus crisis.
Help is offered in the form of telephone support, delivery of food, medicine and library books and any other support volunteers are able to provide. This could include collecting prescriptions, dog walking, utility top-ups or even just a social phone call.
The parish volunteers are being co-ordinated by representatives from the Yare Valley Churches, Brundall Memorial Hall, Brundall and Postwick Parish Councils and the Brundall and Blofield Good Neighbour Scheme, supported by Brundall Home Hardware.
The Yare Valley group says “At this great time of strain, it is important we do our best to help each other and keep things as normal as we can. But, given the latest advice surrounding the self-isolation for everyone over the age of 70, as well as those with underlying health problems, or showing symptoms, our churches clearly cannot continue to operate as normal.
“We are therefore working together across our community to coordinate service and support that volunteers can offer safely without risking the health of the people around them. We will be guided by NHS England’s advice as the situation evolves and will endeavour to effectively communicate future messages.”
Residents are also being urged to keep an eye on their neighbours. “If you know your neighbours well enough, phone them or knock on their door to enquire if they need assistance. If they say they need some help and have no access to any nearby friends or relatives, then please put them in touch with us. If you are unsure about a neighbour and suspect they might need some help why not encourage them to contact us? But whatever you do to help, stay safe and follow all the NHS advice.”
Yare Valley churches can be contacted by e-mailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
or phoning: 07494 408301
This article first appeared on Network Norfolk’s FaithHopeLove website.