When we went into lockdown I applied to the NHS volunteer responders appeal. I know that they were inundated so response time was slow. In the meantime, my husband who also works for Dudley MBC received an email through work asking for volunteers for Dudley CVS to help the local community so I put my name forward as well. I was soon contacted by Eileen and my story begins.
In normal life I work for Summerhill Pathways at Summerhill School in Kingswinford. Along with working in the office I am also teach swimming and lifesaving.
I was quickly matched up with three people who needed help with their shopping. When I first rang to introduce myself, I was a little nervous but we soon started to get to know each other. We have now got into a lovely little weekly routine starting with a chat for the shopping lists and a chance to find out a little bit more about each other. My Mum is vulnerable and lives in Shrewsbury so when we went into lockdown I knew that my sister would take care of her but I felt a bit useless. So, I started this process to help where I could. What I didn’t expect was to find three different, lovely people who are so grateful of my help but, in turn, have also helped me through these strange and unprecedented times by giving me a sense of purpose. I feel like we have sailed a path through these stormy waters together and we will keep going until we are able to step out onto a safer shore having battled this storm in the best way we can, with care and kindness for each other.
We will never forget one another and I hope one day, when all this is over, we may be able to sit down and have a proper conversation over a nice cup of tea.