Norwich City is delighted to highlight our first weekly Community Hero, showcasing the story of those special individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Sheringham Town and District Councillor and deputy mayor, Liz Withington, has been nominated for her role in co-ordinating the many initiatives currently happening in Sheringham, to help the community during this unprecedented time.
“I realised very early on that there is going to be a very significant role for the council to play so I started developing Sheringham Community Support. The aim was to offer help, advice and support to every household in the town by recruiting volunteers on a street by street basis.
“The response has been overwhelming, with over 150 roads securing volunteers and just 15 roads left remaining. This has helped to connect people with everyone on their street and to support those who are most vulnerable by collecting their shopping, prescriptions and just keeping an eye on everyone,” she said.
There are a group of six councillors working alongside Liz to help co-ordinate the Sheringham Community Support group. The scheme has meant they have connected with the Salvation Army to help make food parcels available when required and are continuing to help the local dementia group by building regular support networks for people who have been identified as living with dementia.
“Our local taxi company, Anglia Taxis, have also been brilliant, collecting and delivering peoples shopping for just a taxi fare so people therefore don’t need to rely on a volunteer all the time.
“It’s lovely to be nominated and to have what we are doing recognised, seeing how it’s making a difference to people’s lives. This is not just about me; this is about the whole team of people who have come together. I really couldn’t have done this on my own,” Liz added.
Lauren Gregory, Sheringham Town Council administrator, said: “Liz has shown great dedication to her Community, through work as a Town and District Councillor, being the instrumental role in organising and starting up Sheringham Community Support Group, under the umbrella of Sheringham Town Council.
“Sheringham Community Support strive to cover all roads in Sheringham ensuring the vulnerable and isolated members of our community get vital assistance required; through shopping, collection of prescriptions, collection of mail, dog walking or having someone to talk to; at no charge.
“Other Voluntary groups in the Town including Mutual Aid Sheringham (M*A*S*H) are also providing a vital service during these challenging times, to the benefit of the Community as a whole.”
For more information about Sheringham Community Support, or to sign up as a volunteer, phone 074236 77192, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the SCS Facebook page.