At this difficult time, many are seeking ways to help others in the community. In the Grange Association, we are offering to act as co-ordinators to connect those who are able to help with those who are isolated and need assistance or contact. We have set up a web page with links to online forms for people to register their willingness to help, and to register if they might need help during this period, or if they know of someone else needing help. The help could be shopping, collecting prescriptions or newspapers, walking the dog, or just periodic phone calls to check.
Please register if you can “offer some help” in the Grange.
Those who are not members of the Grange Association are very welcome to register as helpers. We are validating the postal addresses of non-members who register, to protect against scammers and anyone who might seek to exploit others.
For yourself, or for someone you know in the Grange who is isolated and may require assistance, you can use our online form to register someone who would “welcome some help”.
We know that there are a number of local street-level initiatives already under way to offer support to near neighbours. There are WhatsApp groups, Facebook groups, and small groups of neighbours sharing contact details by postcards, as well as wider initiatives by Neighbourhood Watch and local churches. We are keen to support such local activity; we are not seeking to replace it. If you are part of such an initiative, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spreading the word
Those who stay in the Grange use a wide range of communication methods, from WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook and email to good old phone calls and notes through the letterbox. We want to take advantage of all of these. Please send a link to this forum thread to anyone you know in the Grange area who might be interested in registering as a helper, or who might need some help themselves over the coming weeks.
Our preference is for people to sign up using our online forms. However, we have also produced this leaflet which you can download and print. (It includes a sheet that can be printed double sided to be cut into two A5 leaflets for distribution.) Please pass copies of this leaflet to any of your neighbours who are not equipped or comfortable to use email or web forms, to help us spread the word. If you distribute more than just a few of these leaflets, please let us know, as we are planning a wider leaflet distribution throughout the Grange and we will aim to avoid duplication.
Keep watching our web page for updates on how to stay safe and how we can help each other: