Caring for one another in our lockdown community
An opportunity to interact with our neighbours in a more meaningful way
Having lived in Harston for nearly 30 years I find the community caring and friendly but we are all busy people tending to jump into our cars and head off up or down the A10 to pursue our interests, social and family contacts further afield. Suddenly, in lockdown, the extent of our activity was greatly reduced to the village and its immediate locality. It offered us time and the opportunity to interact with our neighbours in a more meaningful way initiated by the Thursday ‘Clap for Carers’. We learned more about one another, about our individual needs and circumstances. People went out of their way to check on neighbours living alone or who were self isolating. We enjoyed going for our daily exercise and passing the time of day with people that we knew by sight but had hardly ever spoken to. It would be such a pity if as we are released from lockdown and we return to our busy lives that this sense of caring for one another in our community was lost.
I would like to thank
First of all, I would like to thank the Harston Help volunteers for their support in each area of the village and the Parish Council for initiating this. You helped us all to feel that we were not alone during this scary and unusual time.
Secondly, I would like to thank Kukka Holloway and the organisers of the Harston Community Food Hub for identifying a need and an opportunity in our community and for making the project a reality in an amazingly short space of time. The Food Hub is a practical way that we can come together to support one another in Harston and surrounding villages.