Community kindness in coronavirus lockdown - the tonic for our mental health
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.
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.
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.
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Samaritans: Call free on 116 123 or visit the Samaritans website
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