Stories from local Street-by-Street Support Reps
I got involved with Friends of Westdene Green’s Street-by-Street Support when I read the letter which popped through my door a few weeks’ ago. I don’t do much for the community, but felt this was a really worthwhile initiative and I was keen to get involved. We have a great team of Street Reps already on Redhill Drive, and there was no coverage on two nearby streets, Gableson Avenue and Whitethorn Drive, so I offered my services! My son, Jacob and I delivered nearly 50 letters to these two roads offering support and also asking whether anyone wanted to become a Street Rep themselves! As a result, I found out that Gableson Avenue already have their own support group set up which is brilliant news and I’ve not, as yet, had any requests from support from Whitethorn – but folk know where I am if they need any help.
My fellow Street reps in Redhill Drive now number 7 and we have a WhatsApp group which allows us to report back all our activities and also to discuss any issues which arise. Some of the reps have been shopping for elderly neighbours, including a lady with dementia, and one street rep is having regular social phone calls with a lady who lives alone. So we’re hopefully making this challenging time a bit less challenging for our neighbours.
Jocelyn Owen, Street Rep for Redhill Drive and Whitethorn Drive
Being able to get involved with my friends and neighbours on this Street to Street Support network, has helped me come to terms with the huge challenges lock down brings. Being able to team up with neighbours, and think about the different needs of people in our community, how we can all work together, has been a huge help to me over this past month. There are always silver linings and feeling closer to my community, the opportunity to feel useful, and share support, is a very real, very bright, strong silver lining. One that I can already see stretching into the future as enforced isolation reminds us just how vital we are to one another.
Charlotte Hastings, Street Rep for Windmill Drive
"As I have autoimmune disease I had a letter from the NHS a few days ago to say that I cant go out. Although I'm not going to be stopped from walking! I reached out to my Street Reps and Maria really kindly went to get my shopping. Thank you for all you do for The Barn and the local community! It's much appreciated" Resident of Barn Rise