Introducing the Nantwich Buddies...
At the beginning of lock down, RedShift had to abruptly stop preparations for our long -awaited relaunch on 1st April as a Community Podcast Network (previously we were broadcasting 70+ hours of live online radio).
So, to keep us busy and make good use of our strong community network, we swung into action and set up a volunteer support network to help households that needed to isolate.
The first 40 volunteers came from our immediate network, family and friends within the first three weeks. We began working with Cheshire East's People Helping People team who received the calls from the general public asking for help, mainly with shopping and prescription collection.
To date we have supported over 160 households in Nantwich and our volunteer network has topped the 60 mark.
Here come the #QueueBusters
Having queue for six hours over three visits in three days at the Well Pharmacy in Nantwich, we offered our support to the staff at the pharmacy to help manage the queue by checking why people were there and finding out if their prescription was ready. For 12 weeks we provided a team of #QueueBusters to the chemist which was really well received and during the early (and very sunny days) of lock down, it was a really enjoyable and worthwhile use of over 500 volunteer hours.
On 15 June, Nantwich started to come back to life. In association with inNantwich and several of the #IndependentTraders in our floral market town, we launched a campaign to encourage people back into town.
We identified there was another use for our friendly team of volunteers: #Befriending and #Street Ambassadors. Our Befriending service assigns volunteers to people that are still isolating, they could be long term sick or struggling with their mental health. They may just need a friendly face to walk with them into town for their first couple of trips out of their house for 13+ weeks.
The idea for the #StreetAmbassadors came about after the challenges people faced navigating the road closures and contactless payment machines in the car parks.
Where are we now?
We are here for our town, for anyone in our community that needs us. We can help with shopping, dog walking, basic gardening jobs, befriending, prescription collection, whatever people or organisations need help with in Nantwich - just ask!
Could you perhaps...
Volunteer 1+ hours a week
Befriend an isolated person
Shop for an isolated person
Pick up prescriptions
Walk a dog
Cut the grass
Help with computers
Bake a cake
Help with a craft project
Offer mental health support
Be a Street Ambassador