Operation Good Neighbour – Wroxham and Hoveton
Another good example of community support being provided by parish councils in Norfolk. This time across two parish councils operating in different districts (BDC and NNDC).
Operation Good Neighbour is a rapid response project to provide community support in the Wroxham and Hoveton areas during the Coronavirus crisis. The project is a collaboration between the existing Wroxham and Hoveton Good Neighbour scheme, Wroxham Parish Council, Hoveton Parish Council and the Wroxham Benefice with a lead from Cllr Fran Whymark (BDC & NCC) and input from Hoveton & Wroxham Medical Centre. The collaboration was able to form and then mobilise quickly with the group convening via Zoom. A website and social media presence was established quickly. Volunteers were recruited, a vetting process agreed and undertaken via phone. They currently have about fifty active volunteers. The original offer was an emergency food box based on a Trussel Trust list. Their local independent supermarket, Roys, agreed to put together boxes and provide them at below cost. Volunteer co-ordinators took referrals, allocated them to volunteers and arranged food box collections and deliveries. The project also offers a phone befriending service and other support such as collecting prescriptions. The project received a grant from Norfolk Community Foundation for £1000.
Posted: Mon, 27 Apr 2020 14:00 by Helen Carrier