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How our communities have come together during the crisis

03 June 2020

Over the last few months, there’s been an incredible response from individuals and communities coming together to support others during the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. Here are a few heart-warming ways our residents, staff and contractors have supported and helped people in their community during this time:

Showing support for our fire fighters

A false fire alarm at Portland Place in Haringay, one of our sheltered housing schemes, resulted in residents singing to the fire fighters who attended the call. This was their way of showing their appreciation for them during this time.

Supporting older residents

Some of the contractors working in our Extra Care and Flexicare facilities for people over 55 have truly gone above and beyond by delivering items such as milk, newspapers and bread to residents in need.

Fundraising for the NHS

One of our Hertfordshire and Outer London local panel member shaved her hair for charity with an initial goal of raising £150 for NHS charities. However, donations poured in and she raised an impressive £1,440!

Residents supporting each other

Volunteers in Rectory Park have come together to support neighbours who might be isolating because of coronavirus. A local resident contacted our Resident Engagement team to find out how she could reach out to other residents to provide them with additional support during this time. The team sent a text message to all residents with her number for them to contact her directly. She rallied other volunteers who printed out flyers and dropped them around to all residents offering their support to help people by collecting and delivering essential items and medicines.

A group of residents in Hertford have also come together to support the cleaning of their communal areas by assigning space outside each of their homes to wipe down hard surfaces more regularly.

Network Homes’ staff supporting their local communities

Many Network Homes’ staff have been volunteering their spare time to support local communities. For example, one colleague has been delivering English and Creative Writing lessons to 40 young people on their weekends.

Do you have a story you’d like to share?

These are just some of the ways you and other people in your community have helped each other since the Governments lockdown. If you have a good news story you’d like to share about how you’ve supported others in your community or you’ve been supported during this time, please let us know by emailing us at newsdesk@networkhomes.org.uk.