Guide East Devon residents Coronavirus update - 05 June 2020

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10. Cranbrook Covid-19 Community Connections – residents working together

Since the outbreak of Covid-19 and the beginning of the period of emergency measures on 16 March 2020, Cranbrook Town Council has been working together with several local agencies to ensure residents are supported through this challenging time. This has truly been an all-round community effort.

Reverend Lythan Nevard (Cranbrook Cornerstone Church) and Community Development Worker Aynsley Jones (Cranbrook Town Council) have been leading on coordinating the local emergency response efforts which includes:

  • the Cranbrook Community Association recruiting more than 50 volunteers,
  • the Cranbrook Education Campus delivering school meals to self-isolating families,
  • Cornerstone Church delivering prescriptions and shopping to self-isolating and shielding residents,
  • Exeter Food Bank supplying food and Cranbrook volunteers delivering,
  • ‘Grow Eat Do’ cooking free meals for residents in Cranbrook and the surrounding area,
  • Cranbrook Town Council successfully applying for emergency funding over £15,000 from Awards for All, Devon County Council and LiveWest.
  • Cranbrook Scrubbers making PPE equipment for the NHS
  • Move More organising community social distancing running as part of Exeter running club

These groups have assisted with over 889 calls regarding the pandemic, which is nearly one fifth of the community. In response to this, several residents have remarked that they do not know what they would have done without these services. The free community meals cooked by volunteers, which received funding by Devon County Council, has been a lifeline for the extremely vulnerable and a welcomed lifeline for carers near and far.

Further projects which will run in Cranbrook following the funding awarded and by consultation of a community poll include:

  • A community connections project for community skill sharing to improve learning, career development and social networks,
  • Online health and wellbeing training to enable our community to assist with making informed choices about their own health,
  • Opportunities to improve healthy eating and reducing food waste through online tutorials and a community garden,
  • Support for physical activity groups of which includes additional needs children

When the Chair of Cranbrook Town Council Les Bayliss was asked about the town’s Covid-19 efforts this is what he replied:

“From the outset of the pandemic Covid-19, the community of Cranbrook, have come together to provide for those in need. The residents of this town can be extremely proud of themselves in the way they have all rallied together to help those, who for many reasons during this disease have found themselves in difficult circumstances. In my opinion it is a testimony to the desire to help and the resolve of this community to do what is necessary when the chips are down.”

We would all like to thank Cranbrook in their role for keeping everyone safe and responding to new challenges which may not have been easy. Continue to stay safe with social distancing and follow the guidelines.

If there any questions or you need assistance with Covid-19, please contact:

Aynsley Jones, Community Development Worker, tel. 07428735861

Rev. Lythan Nevard, Cornerstone Church Cranbrook, tel. 07845 736420 (text is best)