Buxton Street by Street COVID-19 Support
As the Coronavirus crisis unfolds, communities around the world are looking for ways to support one another and hundreds of local people in Buxton have united to help residents get through the emergency.
Do you know someone that needs assistance in Buxton? Could you help your neighbours?
Buxton’s Anna Watson is the driving force behind an astonishing self help initiative to help those in need during the crisis. Anna has worked for the local community for 13 years as a nurse for children, young people and their families.
She explained: “With the prospect that government guidance would shiH towards ensuring people are not able to move as freely around large areas as before, and with social distancing measures also increasing the barriers between people, I began to look at what support was available in Buxton. It was obvious that a street-by-street, neighbour-to-neighbour support system would be the best way forward and on the 16th of March, the COVID-19 Street by Street Facebook Group was born!
We’ve gone from strength to strength and so far, we have covered more than 140 roads in Buxton with offers of neighbour help using the national #viralkindness
flyers – a brilliant initiative that came about in response to those self-isolating, in particular elderly or vulnerable people.
Four days later, we had more than 1000 members. To date, there are almost 2,000 members as well as a team of incredible people working day and night to keep the ship sailing. Most notably, Claire Mitchell with her extensive experience working with the voluntary sector and being at the forefront of many a logical challenge and Caitlin Bisknell, a high profile member of our community for 20 years, tirelessly working hard for the most vulnerable people within our communies.
We are now proud to announce the launch of our new website: buxtonstreetbystreet.co.uk.
The website provides a central hub of useful information and updates in relation to the Covid-19 outbreak. If you wish to submit some information about a service or business, or, you need help or know of someone needing help, get in touch via the contact form.
Anna went on to say, “Her years of social division, we have witnessed people making links with the people living on their own street whom they may have never spoken to before and assisting in urgent tasks regardless of politics, beliefs or any other differences. In the face of adversity, this community has found a way to shine brighter than many of us can remember happening before. We are one.”