Each week I'd like to take a moment to celebrate and recognise the hard work of those who have done so much to help us get through this difficult and troubling time. Thank you to everyone who nominated their Gower Hero!
Here is the third wave of Gower Heros. If you have someone you'd like to nominate, you can do so here
This week's Gower Heroes are:
· Set up Volunteer support in Pennard Ward – 80 volunteers supporting 160 households with prescription and shopping collection and delivery, post office drop offs and phone befriending calls to prevent social isolation. Provided every household with newsletters to let residents know what support is available to them.
· Coordinated meetings of all Community Councils to share best practice and ideas.
· Set up Pennard Emergency Food and Technology Support providing food for people struggling financially in the ward as well as IT support, 4G routers/tablets etc. Collaborated with Digital Communities Wales to train community IT champions to provide IT support and training over the phone/internet as appropriate.
· Coordinated regular meetings with local businesses and organisations to keep up to date with Welsh Government guidance and support the community through the changes
Helen has done an amazing job all the way through lockdown of keeping spirits up by posting videos of her daily walks in the beautiful local environment, as well as singing videos in lieu of the Musical Memories choir getting together. These videos have been a window to the outside world for people who are shielding or self-isolating. She has used Facebook groups to reach out to people all over the area with these videos. She's clearly been thinking of others in the Mumbles area who haven't been able to get out of the house and who may be feeling isolated or shut off from the world. It's been really uplifting to see someone doing their little bit to try to reach out to fellow community members and bring a bit of light at this difficult time.
Catherine, together with husband Jason, are true 'community champions'. During the Coronavirus pandemic Catherine has gone 'over and above' even her existing exemplary community work. She has been collecting and delivering food, providing crisis management and supporting the general volunteer efforts in Pontarddulais and surrounding areas. Catherine and Jason are a formidable team and have been available permanently to offer a kind word or any help regardless of denomination or belief.
Catherine tirelessly supports her husband Jason as well as the team of volunteers that do so much within the community. Her efforts have been an immeasurable support to the community she serves.
Jason, together with wife Catherine, are true 'community champions'. During the Coronavirus pandemic Jason has gone 'over and above' even his existing exemplary community work. He has been collecting and delivering food, providing crisis management, supporting the general volunteer efforts in Pontarddulais and surrounding areas. Jason has been available permanently to offer a kind word or any help he possibly can regardless of denomination or belief.
His tireless efforts have been an immeasurable support to the community he serves.
Thank you. You are this week's #GOWERHEROES