Time for community cohesion

Rye Town Hall prepares for uncertain future

We talk about “the community” which Rye News does its best to represent, but the reality is that we don’t pull together very well. Panic buying is an example.

We are about to be part of a huge crisis, of warlike proportions. How best can we help each other, particularly those who are least able to help themselves?

Would you be willing to deliver food to those who are housebound?

Would you contribute to a hardship fund, if there was a way of organising it efficiently?

Would you be willing to organise a directory of those who need urgent help and other directories that may be required?

Would you be willing to join a group of singers outside a care home that has banned family visits?

In Oxford, a group of therapists are setting up a free online clinic offering emotional and practical help for vulnerable older people. Could we do that in Rye?

To know that you could die by leaving your front door is upsetting to say the least. A friendly face to those who are in isolation could be life-saving.

You, dear reader, may have other realistic ideas. Let’s have them please. Let us also concentrate on this for the moment rather than worrying about traffic, parking, bypasses and flooding, the danger of which hopefully has receded for a while.

[Editor’s note: Others have been thinking along similar lines to John and here is a link to what Rye Mutual Aid Group is doing.]

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