What Covid-19 has taught me about (AG) Comm-unity

Just before lockdown, before we were asked to “stay home”, I printed off a letter and posted it to over 80 houses in my neighbourhood. The letter explained what I could do to help anyone self-isolating or feeling lonely, and I included my phone number so they could get in touch. I offered to do grocery shopping, collect medication for them or just be there as a friend to have a chat with.

Over the last few weeks I have received lots of phone calls, email and texts from those neighbours to simply say THANKYOU. The main response was that it’s good to know there is someone there to help IF they need it. So far, I’ve shopped regularly for five families, and each one of them is very conservative in how much they ask me to do for them. They don’t want to be a burden. The fact is, most of my neighbours don’t need anything. It’s surprising how much ‘stuff’ we don’t need to survive a pandemic.

I’m doing this because it’s the right thing to do for my local community. I’m doing it because I would want someone to do this for all the people I care about, that I can’t help right now. I’m doing this because community and kindness matters.

Lynne Ashcroft Griffiths – Founder, AG Comms