MAYOR'S COLUMN: Coming together to support communities

North Tyneside has come together to support the community during the coronavirus pandemic and hearing about all the acts of kindness – however big or small – has been truly humbling.

Monday, 1st June 2020, 7:00 am
North Tyneside Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn.

National Volunteer Week runs from June 1 to 7 and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who have helped one another in North Tyneside.

It really is a community effort with charities, community groups, businesses and different organisations all providing vital support, but this also includes all our selfless residents who have helped their families, friends, neighbours and communities.

I am immensely proud of over 200 council officers who have volunteered to be redeployed to work alongside existing teams to run essential and frontline services.

Many of them are working within the council’s Covid-19 Support Hub, set up in March to help those who are shielding and can’t call on anyone else. By the end of May, our teams had fielded almost 14,000 calls from the public.

As part of the hub, 250 volunteers from local charity VODA have supported over 1,500 residents by shopping, delivering food parcels and picking up prescriptions. Forty-five businesses have offered their services as part of the support hub too, helping to provide essential groceries and prepared meals, through North Tyneside Business Forum.

Life has changed in ways few could have imagined, but people right across our borough have supported each other in remarkable ways and our community spirit is stronger than ever.

We give our heartfelt thanks and celebrate you all.

Norma Redfearn CBE, North Tyneside Elected Mayor