Weʼre raising £5,000 to raise funds for Wells Coronavirus Network
- Wells, Somerset
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No more than a few minutes walk from where you and I live, there are hundreds of good people who, no matter how hard they try, couldn’t cope and still can’t. Who have struggled ever since that dreadful day when someone told them they had to stay indoors, to shield, ever since the day they lost their job, ever since the first time their already fragile mental health snapped, and went on snapping.
These people are real, very real and it's all happening, just down the road.
- That's why Wells Coronavirus Network (WCN) is as active as ever, taking calls from the isolated who want someone to do their shopping, to collect their prescription, or just to phone them for a friendly chat. And, on occasion, a call from someone with far more serious issues.
- That's why around 300 fine Wells residents signed up as WCN volunteers, taking their turn to answer the helpline 01749 479079, getting people the help they need, responding at short notice, going out in the cold and taking support to a vulnerable person. Remember that figure, please - 300, all heroes, all still working as a team, in their community, doing what has to be done.
- That’s why, when a number of volunteers went back to work, others came forward to take their place.
- That's why students from the Blue School have started to join the team, doing what they can in their spare time.
- That's why the Vineyard Foodbank has seen the number of Wells families applying for food parcels triple in recent months.
And remember, this is Wells, this is not some struggling post-industrial town, this is not what we used to call, so patronisingly, a third world country. This is Wells - the jewel of the West Country.
WCN is effectively a partnership, with the Foodbank, the Connect Centre, Mendip Health Connections, Project Factory, the Wells Dementia Action Alliance, Citizen's Advice and two dozen other, more specialised services. The Wells care community, all in one place, at last.
Since March, WCN volunteers have brought support to around 500 local people. And that’s not counting those who are too proud to ask.
WCN's transition to a more permanent Wells Community Network, the City's long-awaited community hub, has seen the recent launch of Let's Do It! Wells, a volunteering platform for the entire community, in a new alliance initiated by the Bishop's Palace. Even if you have only an hour or so to spare, everyone can pick up a challenge and help something or someone – everyone can make a difference, often a really big difference.
The pandemic created WCN. Ten months later, 300 people can stop for a moment, hold their heads up high, and carry on. Wells is a better place. Wells can, and must, now step forward, together.
Please help us to continue to make it happen by donating your time and money to WCN.
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Jan 22, 2021
With very grateful thanks .I've avoided breaking shielding regulations.
Jan 12, 2021
You are terrific!
Jan 12, 2021
Jan 11, 2021
Keep up the good work.
Jan 11, 2021
What can I say? Your Network/Volunteers say and do it all.
Jan 10, 2021
Well done to all volunteering to help our community here in Wells!
Jan 10, 2021
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Wells Coronavirus Network
Wells Coronovirus Network’s 170 volunteers support many in the community by offering help with shopping, prescription collection, running the helpline and befriending calls to those who are isolated. Thank you for your generosity. Have fun !