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SLAD ROAD AND SURROUNDING NEIGHBOURHOOD RESPONSE GROUP

This group has been set up to coordinate smaller neighbourhood networks offering support and help to one another during the Coronavirus crisis. We are small groups of local residents with various skills/experience who have come together to help our neighbours and local community. We do not have all the answers and we are not a professional organisation, but we have a lot of collective energy and desire to help!

Members are encouraged to find or set up Neighbour Networks for their individual streets and to use them to co-ordinate action at the very local level. Most groups are using WhatsApp to organise but whatever works best for you. If you already have a local network with your neighbours then use that.

You can tell us what street you are on and we can direct you to your nearest Neighbour Network, where you can help us to support our community.

Our main WhatsApp group is at:

The group covers the following areas:

Upper Slad Road chat.whatsapp.com/K7Bj8j7qEB63lPKq8jyRau

Uplands Road chat.whatsapp.com/BjuT1nLgXqWCnPfC8MOWYl

All Saints Road,

Springfield Road

Springfield co-housing,

Little Mill Court / Ben Grazebrook’s Well chat.whatsapp.com/GWrpXVwffn4DRI2vBtvSr7

Libby’s Drive

Slade Brook

Captain Barton Close

More are needed to make tasks easier so please set up your own with your neighbours and update on the main WhatsApp group

Here are some versions of leaflets that neighbourhoods have been distributing:

Group Co-ordinator: Megan Sheer. I will liaise with teams and neighbourhood networks.

Group Members should work to respond to questions in their small neighbourhood networks as they arrive, and help in any way we can. Phone calls, texts and tasks should be logged either in a notebook or in a digital form such as the simple Word doc below (please note: do not share personal information on social media or without prior permission of the owner)

Neighbourhood contact sheet

SAFEGUARDING

It is very important that you do not identify any person who is currently (or who may become) vulnerable in any public spaces – especially on Facebook and in the main  WhatsApp Group. Any lists of data (names, phone numbers etc) should be kept (with the giver’s permission) within the small neighbourhood group

PERSONAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING

It is essential that all volunteers assess their personal risk and health on a daily basis. Please: if you have any doubts about your health, notify your co-ordinator and stand down. There are other volunteering tasks that can be done from home without putting you or anyone else at risk.

Please don’t share medical information on social media, other than the main NHS and Gov.co.uk resources, or you can direct people to the Stroud Corona Response Facebook page. There is a lot of misinformation and it is impossible for neighbourhood coordinators to fact check and moderate.

Good hygiene is essential and we recommend reading the following resources ahead of any volunteering activities.

Hygiene guidelines

Practical steps for Support Work

SKILLS

If you have skills or resources (medical, technical, cleaning, catering, driving, social caring, or if you are just good at organising) that you feel can help, please contact Megan (megansheer@gmail.com)

Many thanks,

Megan Sheer (co-ordinator)

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