An army of street wardens recruited by Keswick’s voluntary emergency group is already out helping the town’s oldest and most vulnerable residents.
Within a week of the call to arms, Keswick Community Emergency Recovery Partnership (KCERP) has mobilised the band of volunteers to drop leaflets through the door of every household in what is an astonishing effort for such a small town.
KCERP has dealt with a guidelines which change daily to establish the network of volunteers who are offering emergency support including collecting prescriptions and shopping or dealing with other issues for residents in lockdown.
Lead officer Heather Askew is at the sharp end of setting up the logistics, supported by KCERP trustees Sally Lansbury and Martyn Sharp. There are 10 zone coordinators, each overseeing a team of six to eight street wardens.
The 10 Zone Co-ordinators (see map to see who is looking after your area) are listed here:
- Zone 1 – Andy Murphie
- Zone 2 – Graham Thompson
- Zone 3 – Angela Spooner
- Zone 4 – Markus Campbell-Savours
- Zone 5 – Diane Cannon
- Zone 6 – Jean Murray
- Zone 7 – Pearl Pinnick
- Zone 8 – Stewart Southerland
- Zone 9 – Simon Parle
- Zone 10 – Sharon Hodgson
Email [email protected] to contact your zone co-ordinator.
Volunteer street warden Rebecca Smith received the following message: “After a couple of weeks of adjusting to the new arrangements to keep safe, we have, to date, coped with the self-isolation regime, slipping out when necessary for prescriptions and essential fresh foods and milk.
“However, as the advice becomes even more rigorous, we recognise that we may well need to accept offers of help in order to reduce our trips out even further, in order to help meet the requests to minimise or eliminate unnecessary contact. Be sure if we need help, we will be in touch. Your offer to help is a great comfort.”