HelpMyStreet is a new service that aims to make it easy for people to help each other in their local community. Since its launch 9 months ago, it’s enjoyed great success, including the creation of a Ruddington-focused website, www.helpmystreet.org/ruddington – home to the Ruddington Community Response Team.
The latest community to go live, Ruddington’s version of HelpMyStreet was the fastest to reach its target of 60 volunteers and, in just a few weeks, had the village totally covered. The help on offer includes shopping for essentials, collecting prescriptions, dog walking, delivering hot meals, running local errands and just getting in touch for a friendly chat.
Mark Hawkins, Founder, commented: “This crisis has been horrendous for so many people. But one of the positives has been how the public have stepped up to help the vulnerable in their community.
“And it is that spirit that we are trying to capture with HelpMyStreet. Thanks for being one of the first onto the platform – you are the founding community on the site.”
If you’re interested in supporting HelpMyStreet, there are 3 ways you can help:
- Email ideas for how to make HelpMyStreet even better to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Spread the word to potential partners such as charities, church groups and councils
- Log in to the Ruddington website and check for tasks. Whilst there are currently more volunteers than tasks, there are some open tasks that can be done remotely, e.g. friendly chats.
To request help from HelpMyStreet, please visit the Ruddington website or email email@example.com. Alternatively, you can call the Parish Council office between 9:30am and 12:30pm, Monday to Friday, or leave a message outside these times.
Mark Hawkins, HelpMyStreet
Top photo credit: Peter McConnochie of UrbanScot Photography