Posted: Tuesday 14th April 2020
To start, I would like to say a massive and personal thank you to all the key workers, doctors, nurses, police officers, social care workers and many more who have ensured our safety over the Bank Holiday weekend.
It’s also important that we thank all of you who stayed at home this weekend. I know it was hard not being able to enjoy the Bank Holiday with loved ones or to make the most of the glorious weather we had. However, by staying at home, you helped lessen the impact of the virus and protect the NHS.
Never before have we been asked to adapt as quickly and pull together more effectively in such a fast-moving situation. Every day I am impressed with the determination and commitment of individuals, families and communities in our area who are working hard to protect the vulnerable people in our community.
I want to take a moment today to recognise the many wonderful initiatives that local communities have set up in order to support each other in this crisis.
Firstly, thank you to the YMCA Dulverton Group who in recent weeks have made changes at The Beach Hotel in Minehead to ensure homeless people have a space safe to isolate. This is a wonderful example of a group of people who are going above and beyond to look out for some of the most vulnerable in our communities.
Meanwhile in Bristol, Muslims4Bristol have been working hard alongside the City Council and local taxi drivers to provide emergency food parcels to vulnerable citizens. By working together, they have ensured that those shielded individuals still have the supplies they need to remain safe.
It’s during these uncertain times that we look out for each other and that’s exactly what young Lulu and Jemima did last week. During their daily exercise strolling through woodland in Clevedon, they stumbled across a safe. After the family called the police, officers were able to reunite the owners with the safe and, most importantly, several sentimental items that had been stolen.
I know many others in our communities are helping to support vulnerable people and it is such kindness that will help us get through this difficult time.
We must continue to look at the positives and take the time to acknowledge selfless acts of compassion.
I look forward to the day when we can look back on this time and know that as a community, we came together to support one another; you have all done us proud.
In the meantime, please stay home and stay safe.