Building resilient communities - Ian Buchanan
Ian and members of his village have worked together to build a support network for the community during lockdown.
Just after the lockdown was put in place we realised that some the local wider community may have problems in doing grocery shopping, collecting prescriptions or paying utility bills. A small steering committee was set up, a bank account opened, assisted by donations from local businesses, and a leaflet drop was carried out with all the relevant contact details of volunteers. We now have a total of 72 willing to assist, our local village, Dungiven has a population of around 3000, with a large rural hinterland. Currently there are weekly and daily deliveries and the local Fold housing for the elderly receive dinners on a Wednesday and Sunday along with some of the very vulnerable. As the local Council recycling facility is currently closed it was decided to hire two skips for all to use for household waste, these are manned and have been utilised by those who wish to do those jobs around their homes when off work. A local clean up was organised and I must say it was very satisfying to be part of practically lifting litter along our country road.
I feel this time of unforeseen circumstances has created positive opportunities which has helped local communities come closer together in a very practical way.