Community spirit 'roused' during Covid lockdown
Community spirit shone through in St Peter’s in the face of the Covid pandemic the chairman of the ward’s parish council has said.
Alan Tucker highlighted the efforts of the coronavirus support group and volunteers collecting items for Worcester Foodbank as he delivered his report at the annual parish meeting.
He said Covid “roused the community spirit”.
He added: “A group of residents responded quickly to the implications of the first lockdown and set up phone help lines and volunteers services to aid those residents who, for whatever reason, could not get out to get medication, shopping or other requirements.”
He explained that during a 100-day period from March to June last year the coronavirus helpline received 333 requests for help, which volunteers responded to.
Three-quarters of those were for collection of prescriptions with the remainder for shopping requests for food and other household essentials.
He said: “This fantastic community response could not have happened without the support of many individuals and organisations such as Kristy Walters, county and city councillor Steve Mackay, the Ministry team and members of St Peter’s Baptist Church, South Worcester Voice for promoting the service, the management and staff at Lloyds pharmacy in St Peter’s, Mike Danson and all the staff at Tesco in St Peter’s and everyone who volunteered to respond to requests for help since the first call was taken on March 20, 2020.”
Mr Tucker extended his sympathies to anyone who had suffered as a result of the pandemic, saying: “Our thoughts go out to those who have been affected by the loss of a loved one or friend, to those who have had Covid-19 and those who are still suffering with long Covid.”
St Peter’s Friends of Worcester Foodbank adopted an initiative launched by Worcester City Football Club chairman, Steve Goode, of Battenhall, to mobilise collection of food and essential household items as residents clapped for carers.
Mr Tucker said that initially 22 streets in St Peter’s were involved before extending to all 116 streets in the parish, with 45 volunteers involved.
He added: “The food collections could not happen without the help and support of many people, in particular the ministry team at St Peter’s Baptist Church for the use of their hall, councillor Steve Mackay for supplying the printing, councillor John Renshaw and Andy Browning [of St Peter’s Baptist Church], everyone who volunteered to leaflet, collect and sort the donations and the residents of St Peter’s for their generosity throughout the year.”
The monthly collections have resumed in St Peter’s and will continue through until autumn.