Video report by Bob Cruwys
When the Covid-19 pandemic forced us into lockdown, communities responded with kindness.
Deliveries of shopping and medical prescriptions, organised by groups of volunteers or charities, have become a vital local service over the past few months, particularly for the more vulnerable people in our neighbourhoods.
The pandemic has changed our thinking. What's really important is looking out for one another and these guys just do it brilliantly. I'm proud of them and I'm so grateful because I have food to eat and the medication that I need and it's all down to them.
What people might not have predicted is how beneficial these community kindness initiatives have been to the mental health of those in need, as well as the volunteers themselves.
A short conversation, at a safe distance, on the doorstep or over the garden gate can be enough to brighten someone's day.
There is that inherent kindness that we want to show people. It's good for our mental health, it's good for other people's mental health and together we can actually lift towns and villages and cities together.
The mental wellbeing benefit may not have been the original purpose when volunteers signed up to help their neighbours.
In a way it is been a side effect, but it is something communities might well try to hang on to as part of our 'new normal'.
In Torbay, some of the most vulnerable families are getting help from a new Community Interest Company called RE4orm.
They deliver freshly prepared meals, donated by local restaurants, to those who don't necessarily have the skills or the means to make healthy food from scratch themselves.
It doesn't matter what your background is, it doesn't matter how much money you've got in the bank account, all people care about is helping their neighbour and the kindness and the love and generosity that is shown every single day blows me away.
IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW NEEDS HELP:
Samaritans: Call free on 116 123 or visit the Samaritans website
MIND: Mind has tips and support on its website. Coronavirus and your wellbeing | Mind, the mental health …
Shout: Confidential 24/7 crisis text support. Text "SHOUT" to 85258 or visit Shout Crisis Text Line
Crisis Support For Young People: Under 35s. Call Papyrus's Hopeline UK from 9am to 10pm weekdays and 2pm to 10pm on weekends. 0800 068 41 41. Text 07786 209697 Visit the Papyrus website
CALM: The Campaign Against Living Miserably, for people in the UK who are down or have hit a wall for any reason. Call 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight). Free, anonymous webchat with trained staff. Visit the CALM website
The Mental Health Foundation hosts Mental Health Awareness Week. Find out about the charity by clicking here: Mental Health Foundation.