Happy Birthday to us– and Thank You to our wonderful volunteers!
On Tuesday BSBS – Buxton Street By Street – celebrated its first birthday.
When we set up this little Facebook group a year ago, ahead of the first national lockdown, little did we anticipate the impact it would have.
We hoped that by encouraging neighbours to help each other we would help to alleviate fear of Covid-19 and what it might mean to our community. We asked Buxton folk to deliver leaflets – street by street – offering practical support from shopping and collecting prescriptions, to stopping for a socially distanced chat or a wave and taking dogs for a walk.
In the past year our volunteers have:
• Run well in excess of 1500 errands for neighbours
• Delivered 2400 food parcels to around 150 families across Buxton
• Delivered 351 school lunches
• Delivered Easter eggs, books and Christmas presents to families in crisis
• Worked with Buxton for the Love of Scrubs to deliver homemade PPE
• Worked with the town’s GP surgeries to manage volunteer support for the town’s vaccination centre.
• Built partnerships with all Buxton’s schools, Connex, High Peak CVS, High Peak Foodbank, Buxton Rotary, Buxton Lions.
On top of that there’s the work we have done and support we have received from so many groups across Buxton: Waste Not Want Not, Scrub Hub, Helping Hands, Serpentine Community Garden, Tradesman’s Entrance, RoFA, Vision Buxton, Explore Buxton, High Peak Youth Forum and Buxton Baby Bank. and the town’s supermarkets: Morrisons, Aldi, Waitrose,
Thank you too to Do Some Work (designer of the logo), Buxton Website Design, The Agnew Film Company and Brin Ladd and Pete Williamson of Rose Amongst Thorns for our anniversary song
Our amazing network of volunteers now covers the whole of Buxton – and are working hard to keep up with the ever-changing situation to ensure that we continue to help our community through the pandemic.
So – a huge shout out and thank you to everyone who has helped us – and especially to all our volunteers. Without you none of this would have been possible.
Anna Watson, Caitlin Bisknell & Claire Mitchell
Co-ordinators, Buxton Street By Street
Listen to our One Year Anniversary Song here.