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Nunsthorpe residents say lockdown gave a ‘sense of purpose’

Nunsthorpe residents say lockdown gave a 'sense of purpose'

Nunsthorpe residents say lockdown gave a ‘sense of purpose’

Multiple national lockdowns have seen residents of the Nunsthorpe estate in Grimsby come together and help one another, community workers have said.

A group of 26 volunteers on the estate have been assisting other residents with odd jobs including shopping, gardening and collecting prescriptions.

Some also worked as “digital buddies”, showing people how to use the internet to order shopping, keep in touch with loved ones, and use TV subscription services.

Speaking to the BBC, Tracey Beecham, who works for the town’s Centre 4 project, said the experience had given many of them a “sense of purpose”, adding that it had “opened up the community”.

“I don’t think people want it to go back to what it used to be like,” she continued.

“I think it’s highlighted the profile of volunteering and what it brings to the community.

“I personally would be very sad to see that die.”

Discussing how the community came together, volunteer Adam Moore said:

“A lot of the people were scared. Where were they going to get their next meal from?

“They didn’t know who to turn to for food.

“Everyone was really positive to see you, they just wanted to see a friendly face.”

Also speaking to the BBC, community organiser Tanya Sunman added:

“We know people are out there supporting each other and I do think it is something that will carry on,” she said.

“It’s got a bit of a bad reputation. It’s quite a deprived area, but the people have really come together.

“They’re quite close and they have really good community spirit.”

Over 370 local families were helped by the group of volunteers in this fantastic display of community spirit.

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