Volunteers have been making special deliveries to every household in Keswick to help lift the spirits of young and old during lockdown.
All properties in the town have received booklets called Wellbeing And Mental Health During Covid-19, while 150 fun activity packs to three-five-year-olds have also been distributed in the Keswick area.
The mass delivery was carried out in advance of mental health week by volunteers from Keswick Community Emergency Recovery Partnership (KCERP), which is operating a network of street wardens during the coronavirus pandemic.
The booklets, produced by suicide prevention charity Every Life Matters, offer support, tips and ideas plus helplines and websites. KCERP leader Heather Askew said: “As well as having street wardens who are able to help with practical problems at the moment, such as shopping or collecting prescriptions, we also have a group of volunteers who are phone befrienders. This service is for anyone who is feeling like a bit of company via the telephone and is available at [email protected] .”
The children’s packs delivered by Keswick Volunteers were donated by Booktrust via the Cumbria Library Service. Heather added “Cumbria Libraries got in touch with us to say that they had some free resources aimed at three-five-years-olds. They were able to deliver us three boxes of the activity packs that contained a little book and activity sheets and through our network of volunteer street wardens, we were able to get out these packs to youngsters across Keswick.”