HelpING others through the community
New Connector and Place Development Manager
We welcome Matt Read who has joined us as Knaresborough Connectors Development Manager. Despite the South London accent, Matt is a proud Yorkshireman and has over 20 years’ experience of setting up and developing projects in the charity sector. We are extremely excited to have Matt onboard and look forward to working with him.
Knaresborough COVID-19 Community Engagement
Thank you to those who contributed to our Knaresborough Covid-19 Community Engagement Event on Thursday 7th May 2020.
Over 40 people took part in analysing the effects of the virus on 5 typical household types identifying benefits and risks.
A variety of ages and backgrounds was represented at the event. A way of engaging children and young people is currently being worked up.
Look out on our Facebook page for the next event where we will be developing the ideas from the first workshop.
COVID-19 COMMUNITY RESPONSE
Knaresborough Connectors are the Community Support Organisation authorised by North Yorkshire County Council to provide support for people in Knaresborough.
If you are self-isolating and in need of:
Food and food shopping
A friendly phone call
Helping with pets and dog walking
Picking up urgent supplies like medicines
Sorting our supplies for hobbies, books, films, and music;
then please call our answerphone and leave you names, number, address, and request.
You can call us on 07593882340 and we will reply to you within 12 hours.
You can also email us on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Over 40 Knaresborough Connectors are leafleting houses in their neighbourhoods to offer support to people who are self-isolating and who may do soon.
People who are self-isolating are being asked to provide tips on how they are coping to support others.
A list of people, over 70, who probably don’t have social media access is being distributed to Connectors who will post leaflets through their doors.
If you would like to volunteer please complete this form
Please download the leaflet to use:
People who are self-isolating are already benefitting, here are a few comments:
“Hi James, just to say thanks for the thoughtful note posted through the door with your kind offer of help. My husband and myself ARE self-isolating and are OK for now. It’s really reassuring to know that you are both willing to help if needed. Once again, thanks, best wishes!”
“Thank you very much for your offer of help during our self-isolation. We are fine at the moment but reassured to know we can call you if needed.”
more about Knaresborough Connectors
We are a community social prescribing group that connects individuals and families to groups in Knaresborough and connects community groups to each other. During Covid-19 we are North Yorkshire County Council’s approved Community Support Organisation for Knaresborough.
We are a faith-based initiative that blends Asset-based Community Development with Relational and Place-based thinking.
Find out about our roots here.
What is the Knaresborough Connectors Scheme
Setting up Cohorts of Interest is important to complete the asset mapping, identify gaps in community assets and set up and find the Connectors. The Children and Young People’s Cohort of Interest has been set up and this small group has completed Community Asset Mapping for Children and Young People’s groups. They identified a gap for teenage provision especially in outlying villages where transport issues are prevalent. The people in this Cohort will be Connectors and will identify other Connectors. As this Cohort of Interest work together a Co-ordinator will be identified. A Co-ordinator is someone who a Connector refers to once a need has been identified, the Co-ordinator identifies a group and approach that the person in need could approach.
Co-ordinators and Connectors and Social Prescribers
Connectors have been identified for the Children’s and Young People cohort. This group will continue to work together and select a Co-ordinator. A Co-ordinator is someone the Connectors refer a person to, for help, or to find out information from about community groups. A Social Prescriber is similar to the role of Health Connector that Frome developed. Currently the Social Prescribers in Knaresborough are based part time in GP surgeries and are deployed through the County Council’s Living Well Service. Links have been made to these people in Knaresborough’s management teams and more will be done with Social Prescribers once the Connectors are trained and developed.