A Street level view of Lockdown

A view from the street on how communities are coming together.

Neighbourhood Cares Soham

street level view pic By Charlotte Kirin  – on Twitter as @ckkirin

The Sunday before lockdown I took a template I saw on Facebook and printed out a simple leaflet with my name, address and phone number, offering to do shopping or be on the end of the phone for anybody who was self isolating or unwell, and I delivered one to each of the 40 houses in the street where I live.

Over the next few days I got texts and messages through the door from several people, every one of them offering help. We set up a Facebook group and a WhatsApp group, and suddenly the street where I’ve lived for a couple of years started to feel like a community, with links and chat and greetings that hadn’t been part of our previous, differently shaped lives.

I was aware that across this town and across villages and towns and cities all…

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