B Cador: October 2020
Well done toeveryone who volunteers as part of 'Wrenbury Together' and for the well-deserved award of £2,700 through the Covid-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund.
Wrenbury Together began in early 2020 to support vulnerable people in their community. The growth of the organisation has been accelerated through the response to Covid19. Over the past 4 months Wrenbury Together (30 volunteers) has been supporting the vulnerable residents to stay safe and well and connected in the community. We have worked closely with both GP practices and Cheshire East Council who have referred into our response support. Through our project we want to further develop the partnership model developed by Wrenbury Together in response to Covid 19 to enable better communication and more support for vulnerable residents in the Wrenbury, Aston, Broomhall Green, Newhall and Ravensmoor areas.
As lock down eases, we now want to continue to improve the social and mental wellness of those living in Wrenbury and surrounding parishes, supporting them in their own environments. Our objectives are to reduce loneliness and isolation, encourage access to community services, and increase capacity and confidence to cope with the challenges of everyday living. We want to provide a practical befriending service that is a blend of activities that matches our community need including: wellness calls, meal delivery and transport solutions. Our project is a direct response to the needs of the residents we have supported, who are the most vulnerable and isolated in our local community and many of whom have mobility issues.
Through direct contact with our volunteers, they have highlighted the need for the support that they have been able to access during the pandemic to continue, but also the need for other support to enable them to re-connect with their community (e.g. local transport support). In addition, our newsletter that went out to 1500 residents has been a great resource, not only for identifying vulnerable residents but also for identifying the support they require for the future.
Our volunteers have also identified that they also need support to develop their skills to maximise their support to people.
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