Many of our pupils have been involved in helping the local community during lockdown. One of those is Georgina Lamdin (8Sherborne)who has played an active role in the Covid-19 Mutual Aid project in the Selsey area since the school closed. After completing her school work for the day, Georgina spent a great deal of her time as a "street buddy" helping to coordinate and carry out the regular delivery of food parcels to 30 vulnerable members of the community.
The whole family were involved in the project organised by the Selsey Community Forum who created a Covid-19 Mutual Aid project to support the community needs in advance of the lockdown. The project was off the ground within a few days, 5500 door cards produced for free by local printers, and distributed through the 140+ Street Buddies (of which Georgina was one) who were created for the project. The Street Buddies took responsibility for various streets to ensure all the community was covered for errands, shopping, prescriptions etc where residents were needing to self-isolate.
The group discovered that there was a need to support some households with food supplies and in some cases, nourishing cooked meals. Enough funding was raised to ensure that this has been free to the recipients. Some 30 households receive a weekly food parcel through a partnership with UKHarvest (distributors of surplus foods).
Dr Mike Nicholls, Chairman of the Selsey Community Forum said, “For several years now Georgina has attended teas run on Sunday afternoons for lonely older people. Often 40 would be in attendance and Georgina will happily assist serving tea to them, play games, chat and play the piano. She is much appreciated in this inter-generational activity. More recently in this Covid crisis she has been assisting three times a week in taking meals to vulnerable people.”
Well done Georgina – you should be very proud of yourself. And well done to all our other students who have been helping out in the local community over recent months.