A Community Network for Bowes Park and Bounds Green
The Bowes Park Community Association (BPCA) is co-ordinating a network of community volunteers across Bounds Green and Bowes Park to support our neighbours during the Coronavirus pandemic. We think it is vital that we provide safe contact and practical support – at a distance – to anyone who needs it. We know other local groups are already setting up support systems which is amazing and heartening to know that we live in such a caring area.
To make sure no-one in our community is overlooked and to use our resources to best effect, we’d be really grateful if you could reply to this email or email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know:
Many thanks and take care
Emma, BPCA Chair
P.S. if you are reading this and are in need of support because of coronavirus, please contact us
Thanks for organising this Emma. Sorry to say I will be more of a taker on this than a giver.
My name is Kamal Kaddourah, I would like to help, but i do not know how - contact me please on 07717177733 or email@example.com
Below is an recent update from the BPCA on the support that they and others have been providing during the current situation:
- They have set up a network of Road Reps to co-ordinate support - there is an alphabetical list of the roads covered at the end of this update
- They have produced a short contact sheet, listing useful support telephone numbers etc : COVID-19%20Support%20-%20Bowes%20Park.pdf
- They had hundreds of emails, most were volunteers and organising that, but about 10-15 were people asking directly for help.
- They have had at least 50 calls, mostly direct from people in need.
- They created a list of "vulnerable people", and are working with local coordinators to check on them.
- They have referred a small number cases to Haringey Councillor James Chiriyankandath and/or Connected Communities when they needed more assistance than the BPCA could provide.
Streets with Reps:
North brook Road
Dear Noeleen - I think we've resolved this with phone calls and WhatsApp, but I want to explain to everyone.
As local ad hoc volunteer groups, there's a problem that we identified early on: there might be duplication but it's better than leaving someone out.
We don't expect or want any volunteer to do anything that puts them at risk.
The local councillors have been extremely supportive. Neither Catherine West nor any Local Councillors are directly involved with our flyer distribution and community project, but when there are individuals or households who need help beyond what the local volunteers can provide, the Councillors have been extremely quick to help those in need. Honestly, I feel we are very lucky to have this massive community volunteer network supported by our local Councillors who have assisted those in dire circumstances.
I hope that's a good explanation and it helps you and others on the site. Please contact me or reply if you want any further information.
The BPCA have also highlighted a number of good local initiatives:
Please see the attached document for local support information:
With the end in sight, the support need isn't going to be over. We have bereaved and long-term handicapped in our midst, and a lot of less vissible psychological damage. It may be useful to get together with your surgery to learn appropriate first aid support skills as the professional services are going to be overwhelmed. The bereavement charity Cruise comes to mind, and I believe St Johns Ambulance may be teaching trauma first-aid. Perhaps our leaders can pull an Authorised Version together.