Started 6 weeks ago, Lewes Coronavirus Volunteers (LCV) are a group of 1,200 members and 600 volunteers providing help to anyone in Lewes who is vulnerable or in need as a result of Covid-19.
We have moved fast. But we need your help to move faster.
Lewes District Council Leader Zoe Nicholson:
'I cannot overstate the contribution LCV efforts have made to keeping people safe and supported. Since the outbreak began, the council and other public services have been working around the clock to respond to the challenge of Covid-19. It is people such as LCV who have been the heroes of this outbreak and made sure that no one in the community is left without the support they need.'
Why we need your support
We have pledged to support and maintain 3 foodbanks in Lewes, via our food-hub and with direct funding. We have secured immediate funding, but this will not last long and we need to know the future will be secure.
We need to start investing as much money as possible to directly support NHS front-line staff and carers.
We need build a database of professional who can offer well- being, mental health, financial and legal advice.
We need to invest in infrastructure such as an improved website and database.
Our story so far...
Lewes Coronavirus Volunteers (LCV) was set by Lewes resident Emma Amies. Ahead of lockdown, Emma could see the need for a network of volunteers to provide assistance to vulnerable people in Lewes and the surrounding district. She set up a Facebook page and the response was immediate and huge.
Six weeks later LCV has 1,200 members and over 600 volunteers (this in a community of about 12,000 adults). Every day the activity levels increase. A board of five trustees is in place and experienced key staff are being recruited, all non- paid.
Working in partnership with Trinity church in Lewes, a food hub has now been established to deal with the over-spill and new referrals from the existing three food banks in the town. The hub is also acting as a centralised delivery point and fundraising point, in order to make sure that all the food banks have viable stocks and can respond to increasing demand. We are already seeing a significant uptake, and common sense suggests the pressures will continue to rise.
As the crisis continues LCV plan to identify and address emerging needs, working with existing groups where appropriate and without duplicating provision.
We are actively sourcing accommodation for front-line NHS staff and key workers who need to self-isolate and we are now exploring ways of getting practical help, materials, food and other support to as many local carers as possible
We anticipate a growing need for expert advice on well-being and mental health support, as well as financial and legal advice.
All of this takes a huge effort from a lot of people, and it takes money.
We have the people (although more is always good!), CAN YOU PLEASE HELP WITH THE MONEY?
LCV has a board of five trustees who between them have huge experience in project planning, implementing change, administration and public accountability.
We are also rapidly building a non-paid staff with specific skills in areas such as safeguarding, fundraising and communications.
Images by Nigel French