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Positive Example of Small Group in Wonford Staying Connected

Posted: 9 September 2020

Over the past few months, we have heard some wonderful stories about how groups have adapted  and found new ways to keep on going. One of these is the Krafty Kafe in Wonford, which started a couple of years ago as a result of a local resident wanting to do something to try and help combat social isolation. The group gives local residents, particularly those struggling with their mental health, the opportunity to get together and do something creative.

Since lockdown, the group have been checking in with each other on Facebook messenger each day, sending supportive messages and sharing photos. At the height of lockdown, one member made up a craft pack for each member and left them in zip lock bags outside her house with each members’ name on. As restrictions have been eased a bit, the group have had social distanced meetings in one of the member’s gardens where they have been making face masks – first for themselves, and then for residents at Amersham Court and others who might need them. During all this they have also waived their usual fees and just used the money they had to buy the materials.

It is brilliant to hear how the Krafty Kafe members have continued to keep going and be there for one another throughout such a difficult time.

If you have an idea for a group, have a chat with your local Community Builder who can help make connections with others and support you with your idea.

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