WECAN (West Essex Community Action Network) is a Social Enterprise formed by the 3 long-standing VCSE infrastructure agencies servicing West Essex (Council for Voluntary Services Uttlesford, Rainbow Services, and Voluntary Action Epping Forest). We are recruiting a United in Kind...
United in Kind Coach Kim has collated the acts of kindness that she is seeing around her communities, and sent them in for us here.
"Uttlesford Community Response Team - Set up by Uttlesford District Council, CVSU, Volunteer Uttlesford and supported by over 330 volunteers gave up their time over lockdown for people who were shielding. They collected and delivered medication, did essential shopping, took dogs for a walk, became telephone buddies (a lifeline for many people who were isolated), bought the odd bunch of flowers, baked cakes, moved furniture, took a mobile phone to the hospital for someone who had been admitted and need it to contact family. Many acts of kindness were performed without any hesitation !!
Local groups such as the Dunmow Dementia Cafe and the Men's Shed were keeping in weekly contact with their members and giving support where needed.
Communities were coming together to provided support for their residents such as Care for your Neighbour, Takeley Support Small Local Business's and Chesterford Good Neighbours Action Group - to name a few.
One never knows, just how a person is feeling, and one Hello could brighten their day. Any act of kindness is an act of kindness. Taking out your neighbour's bin on collection day, giving away your windfall apples, offering to make a cuppa, asking 'How are you today', opening the door for someone, offering to get that tin off the high self in the supermarket for someone who can't reach, each one of these can mean a lot to someone. Each act of kindness is just as important as the other and makes a positive difference to the person receiving it.
Thank you one and all, it's so nice to know we are UNITED IN KIND."