Good news roundup – 24 April

Another busy few weeks for our growing community, with over 2000 people now connected on our Facebook page. There have been some really inspiring and supportive things organised by our neighbours over the last two weeks, so here’s a quick round up!

Our mutual aid group has now helped over 100 people get help with shopping, prescriptions, advice and support from other groups. One neighbour, who was helped with some shopping and a prescription collection, said that we were the first people she’d spoken to in a month, and how relieved and happy she was to find her community organising to help each other.

The team behind the Roath Community newsletter has been hard at work again, and the second edition is being delivered in Roath! Look out for it coming through your doors, or you can find it at Wellfield Fruit and Veg Stall and selected local businesses.

A lockdown library has popped up in a disused phonebox on the corner of Canada Road and Whitchurch Road! When you’re next out on your exercise why not swing by to pick up or share a book, puzzle, seedling – whatever you like!

There was more music and celebration to thank the keyworkers on Thursday at 8pm. Raj Singh was joined by his dad on the dhol on Shirley Road; there were reports of dhol drumming on Connaught road; and a resident on Cressy Road serenaded the neighbours on her cello. Loving all this carnival creativity!

Student society Pharmabees have started a great initiative to distribute a wildflower seed mix of native plants to help the pollinator population. Seed packets and growing instructions will be available as of the 22nd of April from Crwys Road Co-op. If you’re popping down for your essential shop then ask for a mix at the till! If you’re self-isolating then one of our group can grab you one – just drop us a message on the Facebook group.

Good News Roundup – 05.04.2020

Wow, what a busy couple of weeks it’s been for our community and RCGHP teams! We hope you have all managed to enjoy some of the beautiful Spring sunshine we’ve been blessed with recently.

There have been some really inspiring, heart-warming deeds this week in our community which we would love to share with you all, to not only boost morale, but for the organising team to show huge appreciation for our volunteers and the difference they are making during this difficult time.

Here are some of the amazing things that caught our eye this week;

  • Claude the bearded dragon made headlines when her wonderful neighbour, Alex, came to her rescue to buy her favourite salad mix whilst Claude’s humans were self-isolating. Thank you, Alex!
  • A fabulous group of people have created ‘Roath Community News’, a newsletter for neighbours in Roath to stay updated with all the current affairs. Look out for the newsletter in your post soon, or check out the online version here.
  • Our fantastic neighbours on the community phoneline helped a lady in her eighties find support for her boyfriend, also in his eighties, as the two were self-isolating in their own homes (so sweet!)
  • Waterloo Tea are co-ordinating to provide free food and drink to NHS workers at Heath Hospital and are supported by some amazing local businesses. Check out the website for more information here.
  • A group of organised neighbours set Neil of Wellfield Road Fruit and Veg Stall up with a Facebook page to support his business in these difficult times and make sure we’re all well fed! Check out his Facebook page for more details here. P.s, he also delivers!

And finally, we’d like to thank everyone who has taken time out of their day to help their community this week, through grocery drops, collecting prescriptions, dog walking or simply a friendly phone call to check up on a neighbour. The uplifting sense of community spirit has been phenomenal amongst all the worry. We couldn’t make this support group work without you!

Keep safe, sane and sanitised,

RCGHP Mutual Aid Team