Since the start of lockdown, the Glastonbury Coronavirus Support Network has provided a lifeline for many residents, and volunteers are continuing to provide support in a variety of ways, including shopping, prescriptions delivery and befriending. Over the last six months, it has become clear to the Support Network, the Council and other local organisations that the impact of Covid-19 is far-reaching, with key issues including financial hardship, food security, mental health challenges and isolation, support for families and older people, and business / employment support. This period of time has also reinforced the importance of protecting and prioritising our natural world.
Finding effective solutions to the issues we face will require joint working by many groups and projects, all bringing different skills, expertise, and experience. Working together in partnership will also help the community to plan and prepare for potential future scenarios.
We would therefore like to invite community organisations, businesses, and residents of the town to attend a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, 14th October 2020 at 6 pm. The meeting will be an opportunity to hear:
- Feedback from a recent meeting with a group of Glastonbury community organisations, which aimed to find out their needs and the needs of their beneficiaries at this time.
- Plans to develop an online and print directory of community organisations in the coming weeks, which will highlight a range of support and services available to local people.
- Ideas on the setting up of working groups that will bring together the skills and experience of people from across the town, to tackle key local issues and build community resilience.
- An update on the Town’s Fund investment plan. Glastonbury has potential access to a total fund of £24.5million for capital projects that will facilitate long-term economic & productivity growth; address the needs of an ageing population, housing, public transport, leisure facilities, digital connectivity, Covid-related issues, and environmental issues. You can find out more about the fund here
As mentioned above, the meeting will take place using the Zoom platform. We are allocating up to an hour for the meeting and there will be an opportunity to ask questions.
If you would like to join us, please R.S.V.P. Gerard Tucker, Glastonbury Town Clerk, by 5 pm on Monday, 12th October, and he will send you details of how to attend.
I do hope you will be able to join us.
Mayor of Glastonbury