“Caring in Covid” – you saw us – soon you can read about us!
As part of the wider Oaklea Trust charity you will be aware we’re all about ‘supporting stronger communities’ – as a result Oaklea (and R2W) have been recognised by the National Care Forum thanks to their ongoing work during Covid19.
We did regular food deliveries to other key workers -like Appleby Health Centre
R2W/Oaklea will now feature in the National Care Forum (NCF) “Caring in Covid 2020 ebook”. Social care organisations across the UK were asked to submit stories in September to go into the book -and they selected examples that were a bit different and where care bodies went beyond the norm and responded to the needs of their communities. To mark this we were also given certificates to recognise this.
The gloves are off: A dynamic kitchen duo keeping the Eden valley fed
Much of the entry in the book will focus on work done at the Appleby Hub in #Lockdown1 -where we provided a food & delivery service to people in Appleby and surrounding East Fellside villages. It was also about spreading #kindness in a sparse rural area at a time when many were facing isolation – the Hub team may have been the only contact many people had.
Anne Waddington-Feather from NCF: “Please find attached certificates of appreciation for sending in your stories. I’ve also attached one for Rowan too – it was wonderful to read about his experience on the Yorkshire Dales website Young Ranger Rowan volunteering for Oaklea. Thank you once again for sharing this story with us.”
Many of you will be familiar with young Rowan through his activities during the first lockdown spending 5 months at the Hub delivering food etc (go to Oaklea community response to Covid19 for more tales regarding what Oaklea/R2W did during the first lockdown and response to ongoing Corona virus across our patch).
Rachel Walker, Campaign Manager at NCF: “We need to celebrate in these times, even (or especially) the small things!”
Rachel adds: “To raise awareness of the upcoming book and shine a spotlight on some of the most exceptional stories, we are going to have an online Christmas Countdown Advent Calendar – because Santa’s had his test and is on his way! The calendar will go live on 1st December and run until 24th December. Each door will open on a different story from the book.”
Happy shopper: Across R2W teams were also involved in supporting the vulnerable – who can forget ‘happy shopper’ Paul and gang from The Furniture Warehouse making sure customers in Oaklea supported living settings got fed -and their daily pinta!
Update Friday 27th November:
The Chair of Yorkshire Dales National Park, Neil Heseltine, who has a farm near Malham, contacted us this week to add more praise; “This is brilliant, and the Spiffin Tiffin vid is great, do they deliver to Malham? Please send our thanks and congratulations to Rowan and the team.”
Social history in the making: A bit more about the NCF project – Let’s show the world how great care looks!
“The NCF ‘Caring in Covid’ project aimed at documenting the experiences and contributions of the incredible response from NCF members during the COVID-19 pandemic. NCF asked for stories of ‘caring heroes’ which they will be bringing together in the form of an ebook to create a lasting legacy of the pandemic. It’s a great opportunity for ALL NCF members, from each and every care setting, to tell their stories about ‘Caring in Covid’. This will be an important part of social history, and we hope the book will also be a unique and important marketing resource for NCF members to help with your promotions and enquiries.
NCF wanted to hear from members with the stories of real people on the frontline of the Covid pandemic and have 5 categories to reflect the diversity of many people who work in social care:
- Stories from the frontline
- Community and Volunteer voices
- Keeping it fun
- Keeping the connection
- The many faces of leadership
Each member could send in one story for each category #HereToCare Campaign.