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Coming together

to help each other

Despite the difficult times recently, there have been loads of amazing stories

about how these circumstances have brought people and communities even

closer together.

Check out just a few of the inspirational stories:

Bringing life to a community garden

Residents at Riverside Flats, West Butterwick, have been working together to

get their community garden ready to grow vegetables.

The garden had not been used for a long time so the tenants decided to start

digging, raking and planting vegetables for them to enjoy later in the year, and

to help brighten their small community of 10 flats.

It has been dedicated to a former resident who sadly passed away last year.

Col Cranidge, one of the tenants involved in the project, said: "This is the very

first year we're doing this. We've been going out at different times to work on it,

and we've all really enjoyed having something to focus on together in times like

this.

"We're going to carry on with this for years to come. It's allowed us to get to

know each other even better, and it's definitely brought us all in the community

even closer together."

Col also explained how the residents have been looking out for one another in

other ways.

He explained: "Whenever one of us is going out to the shops, we've been

checking with each other to see if they need anything and bringing it back to

leave on their doorstep.

"We've just wanted to help one another in these difficult circumstances."

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Helping with necessities

The Westcliff (and surrounding areas) Association recently donated food for people most in

need in the local area.

The community group bought almost £70 worth of essentials which helped 25 people who

needed help and support during these difficult times.

They also supplied 50 activity packs for children and families in the neighbourhood.

Ann Elliott, a member of the group, said: "We're here to help the community in any way we

can, and so it was great to give something back."

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