Almost Weekly News No. 30 – 11/01/2021
Happy New Year everyone…
I’m sure you will all agree that things feel very different now from when we closed on the Friday before Christmas.
Shropshire was moved from Covid-19 Tier 2 to Tier 3 on New Year’s Eve and then last week the Prime Minister announced a third, national, lockdown.
Having spent last week studying the guidance from the government and Shropshire Council and following a review of our risk assessments – particularly taking into account the new more transmissible variant of Covid-19 – we have concluded that it is safe to continue face-to-face services at Rockspring – provided we reduce our daily numbers.
At this challenging time many of our members are shielding, either voluntarily or because they are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) so we hope we can offer everyone able to attend a place once a week.
We will complement the reduction in face-to-face services with digital/remote contact, through regular, scheduled, activity-based sessions.
Please get in touch if you haven’t already been contacted by one of the team about the sessions and activities we have planned. Youth Club and Diversity will continue online for the time being, whilst we continue to monitor and follow the latest advice and guidance.
Stay safe everyone. Working Together we can do this!
Zooming into 2021…
Youth Club Online: After the festive break it was lovely to catch up with Youth Club members this week, hear about their Christmas
and how they spent time walking, building snowmen and enjoying some of the films that were shown on TV.
We had a movie soundtrack quiz to get our brains ticking and got to see some of the gifts that some of us received!
Latest news on Neil’s Everest Challenge…
Undeterred by the weather, Neil’s fantastic Everest challenge continues a pace – cycling up to the summit of High Vinnals, near Ludlow, 38 times – which is equivalent to the height of Mount Everest 29,000ft!
Neil’s already raised a brilliant amount of money for Working Together, but there’s still time to contribute by clicking on: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/neil-buchanan
A few thank yous…
Firstly, a very big thank you to everyone who sent us cards, presents and seasons greetings. Thank you also to those who placed Christmas orders – we hope you enjoyed your fayre.
Humphrey Salwey Donation
We’d like to say thank you to Humphrey Salwey for the recent donation to Working Together – it will help us to provide support for our members during this lockdown, including online activities.
Thanks again to all our supporters.
Food Bank Report
A big well done to all of our members who have been working hard assisting with Food Bank donations.
There’s a lovely mention of WT in the Food Bank’s annual report and we’re all really proud to be working together to
support people who are experiencing difficult times.
“A new collaboration with Working Together”
“We were finding that we were unable to keep on top of all the donations we were receiving. Working Together have stepped in and are regularly sorting, checking, organising, and cataloguing all the food that we can’t fit into our room in the Baptist Church. This means that food with a shorter use by date is given out and food with a longer date is stored until it is needed.”