Covid-19 – Our Response
In common with everyone else, we’ve had to think about coronavirus and its impact on our activities.
Firstly, we’ve had to suspend hiring of the Bike Garden Pavilion for the foreseeable future to comply with reducing social contact between people. As soon as the situation changes, we’ll let everyone know.
Secondly, the same restriction has to apply for our organised litter picks, which again are suspended until further notice.
This does not mean an end to litter picking or enjoyment of Nuns Moor Park and the Bike Garden. Instead, these are now down to individuals, working within the Government/Public Health England safety guidelines for open air activities.
We’ll develop other ways to pursue the aims of Greening Wingrove & Arthur’s Hill, some of which are mentioned above. But we’re also conscious that this is a time when neighbourliness is important in supporting each other, and that has always been one of our aims.
We therefore welcome the rapid emergence of the volunteer-based Arthur’s Hill and Wingrove Mutual Aid Groups, formed by local residents to offer help (shopping, dog walking, telephone contact, for example) where people become isolated due to having to stay at home.
These groups (and many others like them) are assembling their volunteer lists, making themselves known, linking with established voluntary organisations, and putting their safeguarding policies in place. We’re glad to have helped the Arthur’s Hill and Wingrove groups in a couple of practical ways.
Contact details for our local mutual aid groups are:
Wingrove Ward: https://www.facebook.com/groups/501299347232459/about/
Arthur’s Hill Ward: https://www.facebook.com/groups/523450511913708/about/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NewcastleCovid19/
Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/NCLMutualAid
There’s also an information flow from the City Council (www.newcastle.gov.uk which carries helpful links to Public Health and NHS announcements as well as a Council operated Helpline: CITYLINE on 0191 277 8000 or via www.newcastle.gov.uk/cityline