Things are changing at a neighbourhood level. Local groups, clubs and associations are coming together to form Neighbourhood Care Networks. Sports clubs, Scouts and Brownies, children’s playgroups and faith groups across the city are among those being invited to come together in their communities to best support their neighbours.
Since the beginning of lockdown, Plymouth Octopus Project has been supporting the establishment of Neighbourhood Care Networks within local areas, bringing community leaders together with some of the city’s organisations and services to organise immediate help to those in need. POP+, which supports the voluntary and community sector in Plymouth, regards the role of the networks as pivotal in caring for people, not only as the pandemic endures, but to build strength for the future. Now, with winter on its way, and all that might come with it, POP+ is giving £1000 to each NCN and calling on community groups and clubs to join them so that the reach of the networks may be extended.
You can be involved in a number of different ways. You might only want to get involved when you can, or be more involved working with local groups to support people in your community. Whatever you wish to do register to support your network and neighbourhood by texting 07411 949 742 after which you’ll be contacted by POP or someone in your neighbourhood who will be delighted to speak with you. You will get updates about what is happening in your neighbourhood, opportunities to volunteer and get involved.