Volunteers in Eastbury and Moor Park have gone the extra mile in supporting their community during the Covid-19 pandemic. Here, in their own words are some of the actions that they have undertaken for their fellow residents:
- Our main role – Shopping, prescription runs and essential errands for anyone affected by Covid-19, in particular the elderly, vulnerable and those whom are self isolating;
- Eastbury & Moor Park Community Food hub – The set-up of a local food hub which is open 7 days a week (8am-8pm). Our main focus has been donating items to the Three Rivers Food Hub so that they can send emergency food boxes to vulnerable residents in the district. We update our donations list weekly based on what the council are running low on;
- As the local community has been so generous we have also been able to send food and biscuits to Hillingdon Food Bank, Michael Sobell Peace Hospice, Northwick day services in Oxhey, Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, Holywell Food hub, Harefield Hospital & Watford New Hope Trust;
- We have been building strong relationships with many local groups and businesses
- Eastbury & Moor Park Community Baking Initiative – We had 45 home bakers make cakes and cookies for nearly 400 local key workers – all local care home staff, refuse collecting team, Royal Mail delivery staff, pharmacies, school teachers, local police team and supermarket staff. We will be baking next week for the firefighters based in Rickmansworth and the team who work at the civic amenity site in Rickmansworth;
- Through this initiative we were asked by a local care home to help source donations from the community to help renovate their garden. The community have provided garden tables and chairs, plants, ceramic pots, paving slabs and pebbles. One volunteer donated a brand new set of bed side tables and the Chorleywood Corona Support Group donated a fridge!
- Puzzle Packs for the elderly – These were put together by Tracy and her team at Sunrise Senior Living in Chorleywood. We collected 22 in total; 15 were given to Northwood Live At Home Scheme to distribute and 8 were given to elderly local residents; and
- Eastbury & Moor Park Community Toy Appeal (our current initiative) – Our aim is to ensure that all 104 pupils who attend a local Learning Disability school are given a gift/toy before the end of term. We have set up an Amazon wish list to help achieve this target.
This has all been made possible by the sheer hard work of both of our coordinators, Naomi, Ramneek and Sabrina, all of our volunteer team and the wider community who have supported us in every single initiative. A special mention should go to Ian Chapman-Curry who brought us together at the very beginning and who plays a very important role in keeping our group going along with the other members on our steer group.