Connecting local responses around the world
(I am sharing the email exchange I had with Alison and Ian Campbell on how they have facilitated their local neighbourhood in the UK to respond to Covid. .Alison and Ian have facilitated community strengths based responses to critical health issues over the past 30 years, inclusive of local faith expression. They coordinate Affirm Facilitation Associates www.affirmfacilitators.org and collaborate with the Constellation for Community Life Competence.)
Background What we know about the virus is that the mortality of Covid 19 infection is 10 times that of seasonal flu, and it is much more infectious.What we have learned from HIV and Ebola experience particularly, with many thousands of people globally, is that in the upswing of confusion and concern, neighbourhood matters most, everyone needs a conversation, neighbourhood champions for caring connection are always there, and spiritual sensitivity and support is necessary.
We have applied these underpinnings with a local neighbourhood response to Covid 19 in Woking, south west of London in UK. The longer video from which this clip is extracted was prepared with Salvation Army seminary students in USA in mind to support their response. However the application is relevant globally with people of any faith and no faith, based in the recognition that local trust based relationship is the core foundation for a coherent immediate and effective national response.
Planning by the community-The Lakeview Neighbourhood Connectors formed as a result if the meeting. There were seven Connectors, representing 5 apartment blocks out of 43 on the housing estate. Each has contacted near neighbours and is expecting to find and motivate at least one other Neighbourhood Connector in a different apartment block within a week. To know details watch this video
Email response received from Ian and Alison on 1st April on community led actions
A small swap table for basic food items has been placed by two of them outside their block and trade is brisk. A second swap table is taking shape. The family of two of the Connectors became unwell due to Covid 19 during the first week. They could not engage except by WhatsApp and their experience has helped a lot of people on the estate.