Aiming to spread community kindness
A community kindness campaign has been launched to brighten up the lives of people still living in isolation during the pandemic.
Alsager Community Support Centre's team of volunteers has been busy helping those stuck at home. Good deeds range from delivering prescriptions and doing people’s shopping to a friendly voice at the end of the phone.
The support centre said it has introduced its Community Kindness Campaign as there were hundreds of people in and around Alsager who have not been able to leave their homes or meet friends and family for over two months. Many, but not all of them, are elderly.
Support centre manager Liz Pinkney said: “Some have no internet, Facebook or Zoom, with only the television and occasional phone calls for company. To help lift everyone's spirits, we're asking people to make or buy small gifts for our volunteers to take to people along with their weekly shopping.
“Perhaps children could make cards, draw pictures, write poems or make bookmarks with a message, eg 'we're thinking of you'; 'you haven't been forgotten'; 'sending love' etc.”
Other suggestions are magazines, the Alsager Chronicle, jigsaws, chocolates, a small pot plant, and small craft items etc.
Unfortunately the centre cannot accept home made cakes or other food items. People dropped off items at a stall outside Alsager Community Support Centre (off Fairview/Civic car park) on Tuesday and they will be able to do so again tomorrow (Friday) between 10am and noon.
Mrs Pinkney added: “Hopefully we can repeat this each week; times will follow. Everything will be quarantined for three days before it is given out so there is no need to disinfect anything. Let's show how much Alsager cares, and spread some community kindness!”
Meanwhile, Alsager Community Support Centre has been praised by the Lord- Lieutenant of Cheshire for all it is doing during the crisis.
In a letter to Mrs Pinkney David Briggs, the Queen's representative in the county, said: “I understand that you have spearheaded the rapid response of the support centre since the beginning of this emergency and that you are providing outstanding support to the isolated, the elderly and the vulnerable in your community.
“In Her Majesty's recent speech she said: ‘I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge.’”
Lord Lt Briggs added: “You and each of your team should take great pride in what you have done and in what you continue to do to help those most in need in our local community.”