Volunteers continue to keep Moulton, Cowbit and Weston area going during pandemic
More than 80 volunteers have worked to keep six South Holland villages ticking over during the pandemic.
Thanks to South Holland District Councillor Andrew Woolf, the residents of Moulton Seas End, Moulton, Moulton Chapel, Weston, Weston Hill and Cowbit have been looked after by him and his team of Street Ambassadors.
The team have been collecting prescriptions, picking up shopping and even just checking in with residents to ensure that they are okay.
Coun Woolf said: “At our peak we had 87 volunteers and we must have carried out more than a thousand jobs so far. It’s been a huge team effort and there’s been a mix of ages, from 18 to people in their 60s - everyone who has joined us wanted to join as they felt that they can help and do something for the community. There’s been a huge element of trust involved and we’ve not had one problem - it’s all been very respectful and trusting.”
At the start of lockdown, Coun Woolf sent out leaflets to every household in the ward informing them of the help available.
The help was not only appreciated by residents who were unable to leave their homes, but also by Moulton Medical Centre.
Coun Woolf said: “Some of the jobs have been things like popping a couple of pints of milk and a newspaper round to people and others have involved prescription collection runs.
“We have worked really well with the doctors surgery who have said they wouldn’t have been able to cope without the collections.”
As life slowly begins to return to the “new normal”, the Street Ambassadors and their work remains vital to many who are continuing to self-isolate.
Coun Woolf said: “It’s gone a bit more quiet recently, so we are down to around 40 in the team, but we are continuing to help people as there are many people who are still very cautious and nervous - and it doesn’t help with the news of an increase in cases.
“We are still active because we want to make sure everyone is okay.
“I don’t think it’s right to have an official end to what we are doing and have people in limbo.
“The teamwork was, and still is, fantastic and everyone came together with the same purpose - to help those who can’t get out. It’s been really quite overwhelming and I hope to organise something as a big pat on the back for everyone - which is truly deserved - in the future.”