We have also had to think differently how we support residents in our high-rise blocks. A Housing Officer mentioned to us that grumbles were coming in about children being noisy, and are ultimately bored.
I can’t imagine how difficult it must be living in a flat, with small children, no garden to play in, no open parks and potentially struggling financially.
We held a community development team meeting via teams and brainstormed and thrashed some ideas out. The obvious one was to provide an activity pack to each flat with children, but the logistics which we would normally just get on with, were our stumbling block. That is until I emailed our colleagues in building services.
Our fantastic team of caretakers came to the rescue, picking up the ordered colouring books and crayons from the office, taking them to the blocks and then collating them into packs to deliver.
We realise that a kids activity pack will likely keep a child occupied for only half an hour, but that half hour could be just what the parent needs to have a quiet cuppa, peace to whizz the vacuum round or a chance to call their friend for a catch up.
Volunteering is still very much on our agenda. Supporting our communities, again from afar!
Our current activities in clearing community gardens etc have been postponed, but lots of other ideas have been discussed and are available. Such as calling residents for a chat or litter picking whilst going out for a walk.
The best kept garden competition is still going ahead, alongside a new relevant competition. Best creative window. Think of all those wonderful rainbows and messages of thanks in our communities that bring a smile to your face on your walk. It not only makes you feel happier but also brings a real sense of community, so let’s all celebrate it!