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Moulton Village pulling together

Our local community was quick to react and mobilised ourselves to create localised Whatsapp groups which cover every street in Moulton so that residents can keep in touch with each other and request help or offer support – we allocated a leader for each street group and created a further whatsapp group for the leaders so that we can share updates and concerns, posting these updates to our street groups

Led by Angela Bush, we sourced free food via the Olio app, which volunteers collected each day and advertised on the app as available so that residents could request items then collect from the doorstep

We very quickly identified through the leader whatsapp group, those residents who were shielded, self-isolating or experiencing difficulties due to coronavirus, and commenced deliveries of the free food sourced via Olio to these groups without their need to request. We took this one stage further when the landlady of our local pub, Doll of The Lion, created home-made soup and sandwiches for all of these residents who had been identified. A group of volunteers worked together to organise, pack and distribute these throughout the village (whist social distancing and wearing masks and gloves) creating one big virtual picnic!

Angela has now set up Moulton Community Food Hub which became live on Saturday 18th April. Our community and volunteers pulled together to both donate, organise, prioritise and distribute food to those who are most in need

We continue to keep in touch with each other through our whatsapp groups and facebook – keeping a positivity around the village and links with each other

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