Community First News & Updates
Macmillan Cancer Connections: Planting Seeds
With so many aspects of our lives having to be adjusted over the past weeks it has not been surprising to see new ways of working emerging from the many volunteers that are supporting out in our communities.
My son and I planted some seeds at the start of the lockdown and over the past few days I have noticed how strong the little plants have become.
I feel that is reflected in our communities with their ways of working. Something that has struck me is the brilliant way that volunteers and community members spring into action and take the actions needed to address what is needed. When we look at community organising it has a focus around the power to make change for yourself; to impact on the wider community and this is certainly happening with the groups that I have met through this project.
Stevie from Bradenstoke has been working with Karen to deliver shopping to older isolated individuals in Lyneham and Bradenstoke, the virus has not stopped them from communicating over the phone and making their plans to support those that need it.
Have any of you started your VE day creations following on from Stevie’s idea in last month’s blog piece? I’d love to see your creations; just send them in to firstname.lastname@example.org or tag us on Facebook (@CommunityFirstWiltshire) and Twitter (@commfirstwilts)
Cancer Support Salisbury held their first online drop in on Wednesday 6th May via a zoom session; it was great to connect with a few of the people from the drop in and hear the stories of how things are for them in their situations.
They have also had the great news that a local business has decided to donate some more money to them, thanks to the hard work of Diana who wrote to them explaining the hard work of the project thus far- all these little forms of support go a huge way to keeping the whole group going.
Over the coming weeks I will also be looking to gather the information and feedback that has been observed by the Cancer Connection Volunteers over the past year or so. This will be used as a report to feedback to Macmillan and Community First and a way of highlighting things that may need changing, or singing the praises of the great things going on rurally in Wiltshire around cancer.
If you would like to be a part of this please drop me an email and I will be in touch.
It is a truly unusual time for people that are usually connecting with people so frequently in day to day life; I must say I am very much missing coming out to meet and see you all and I look forward to this lockdown lifting once safe to do so; but I am thinking of you all and continue to be amazed by the brilliant ways that people and communities are responding to this pandemic. You are all definitely what I love about my job