We are emerging from lockdown stronger, better connected and offering new services thanks to our “amazing” volunteers.
“We’re so grateful to all our amazing volunteers who have coped brilliantly with the many challenges lockdown presented and worked very hard,” said Kate Galliford, manager of the Beacon Community Centre in Beacon Heath.
“During lockdown we created an action group and we’ve seen the community grow closer as people have wanted to help their neighbours and vulnerable people,” said Kate. “It’s been inspiring to watch and we’re thrilled that many volunteers want to continue to work with us.”
Another exciting development was welcoming midwifery teams who are now permanently renting three rooms at the centre. “Lockdown has made us stronger, brought us closer together and created some great partnerships which we want to keep going,” said Kate.
Hundreds of hot meals have been cooked here and delivered to local families while schools were closed while the Exeter Foodbank now has its own dedicated room enabling it to store more food and better serve local residents.
Other services provided during lockdown included: contact sessions for families, education for vulnerable young people, counselling and South West Autism Support activities.