Spreading some Easter joy
Last month, a local community group delivered a number of
craft bags and Easter eggs to children and families in their
Grangefield Committee, with support from Winterton 2022,
had arranged to do a children's craft session in the Easter
holidays, as part of their weekly coffee morning. That was
until the COVID-19 situation struck.
However, they decided to make up and deliver the bags,
which also included some educational work sheets, so
local children could still get involved. One of the bags also
contained a yellow sticker which saw the lucky recipient win
an Easter egg.
In the same week, they arranged with local company Cherpy
Cheaps Mobile Disco for superhero Spider-Man and two Paw
Patrol characters to visit the neighbourhood. They safely
walked round with the group to wave at children in their
homes, and to leave sweets for them.
The group also delivered 36 Easter eggs that had been
donated by the local Methodist church to children in the
Lisa Hall, Chair of the group, said: "We've had so much
amazing and overwhelmingly positive feedback from
everybody in the community.
"It's only right that we try and help to keep the
neighbourhood's spirits up during this time. I've struggled
with mental health issues in the past and loneliness was my
peak - we don't want others to struggle.
We want to try and still bring some fun, plenty of
spirit, and loads of smiles to the community.
Local support groups
Lots of local communities have set up online support groups
to help residents in their area.
For example, Our North Lincolnshire: Virtual Community
Group on Facebook has just under 9,000 members. They're
helping people, especially those who are elderly, vulnerable
and/or disabled, to access food and other necessities.
The Isle of Axholme Covid-19 Support Group on Facebook,
with over 2,000 members, has also been helping people in
their community. As part of the Epworth and Belton Good
Neighbour Scheme, they have also been posting local
and national government guidance and updates to keep
As they state, 'collectively we can make a difference to those
at risk but also bring a community together when it's most
Visit northlincs.gov.uk/coronavirus to see how you can
support your community.
Every Thursday at 8pm, people have been clapping from
their doorsteps, balconies, gardens and front rooms to give
thanks to our frontline workers and NHS heroes.
Check out clapforourcarers.co.uk to find out more and to
download window, family and social media packs to get
Think you have the loudest and most supportive street? Send
your videos to us so we can help spread the positivity.
These are just a few of the inspiring examples of how
you've all been helping and supporting each other. We'd love
to hear more of your stories - let us know on our
social media pages.
Bringing a smile