Photo taken prior to current national lockdown- Kedren Elliott and Liz Parkin from Nantwich Buddies with sales consultant Simon Woodhouse (1)

Nantwich Buddies volunteer group formed in lockdown to help those in need has received a £1,150 donation to launch its own website.

Buddies is a group of 60 regular volunteers supporting about 85 households of elderly and vulnerable families with shopping, prescription collection and befriending.

The community group, managed by podcast network RedShift Radio, received £1,150 from Redrow’s Nantwich community fund.

It will help the group create a bespoke website to promote its services including information on how to become a ‘buddy’.

Liz Parkin, founder of the group, said: “During its peak, Nantwich Buddies had 60 volunteers supporting 160 isolating households in Nantwich and Acton.

“During a period of less strict lockdown we also launched our ‘Street Ambassadors’ campaign, which involves our volunteers assisting anyone who may be struggling with returning to ‘normal’ and visiting shops.”

The website went live in November and since then 30 more volunteers have signed up.

“We have started to create a virtual volunteer conference too, which is a series of online workshops that will be open to anyone in the area that is a volunteer or would like to become a ‘buddy’,” added Liz.

Redrow has previously gifted £10,000 to community groups and good causes in and around the town.

This new fund saw £5,000 shared between five groups.

Simon Bennett, interim sales director at Redrow NW said: “The benefits that Nantwich Buddies has brought to the community are huge and will continue to be so.

“The work Nantwich Buddies does is life-changing in that respect and I am really pleased to see their website is live so they can continue with their valuable work.”

Nantwich Buddies has provided well in excess of 3,000 volunteer hours since last March.

The plan is to now provide volunteers with a series of badges or certificates so they can track and monitor their progress, including attendance at workshops such as Becoming a Dementia Friend, Mental Health First Aid, Basic Sign Language and Listening Skills.

To find out how you can become a Nantwich Buddy or the services they provide visit their new website

(Photo taken prior to current national lockdown. Kedren Elliott and Liz Parkin from Nantwich Buddies with Redrow sales consultant Simon Woodhouse)

One Comment

  1. Hello Liz and the team.
    I am interested in becoming a Nantwich buddy . Do you need any new volunteers at present. I am 65 and I have a car. I do a little on line instrumental teaching and I volunteer at the Oxfam bookshop when it is able to be open.

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