The Success of Nunhead Knocks: connecting the community during Covid-19

The Success of Nunhead Knocks: connecting the community during Covid-19

"It has knocked me for six, just the breadth of talent and skill, and the hours that people have given to this is extraordinary and it’s a real testament to the goodness in humanity, community and neighbourhoods."

Isolation and loneliness are undeniable byproducts of Covid-19. Especially for those shielding and the digitally excluded, it has been a very difficult experience and hard to navigate even the most normal 'every day tasks'. This is where the power of community in Nunhead really showed its strength. 

Claire Sheppard, Nunhead resident and Green counselor in the last election, saw this emerging need and decided to do something about it. In March, she hatched a plan to run a project called 'Nunhead knocks'. 

Claire had the idea spread leaflets to residents in the area with an email and contact number, so if anybody needed a check in, their shopping or prescription, a group of volunteers could be there for them. After putting a call out on social media, the response was astounding!  

Volunteers, web developers and local businesses and more, flooded to answer her call. So, what started as just a small idea, has now blossomed into a fully functioning outfit. With 1600 volunteers, they’ve helped hundreds of people in the community: from picking up prescriptions to delivering food.  

Community Bridges sat down with Clair Sheppard to talk about how the project started, it’s future hopes, and the amazing community that is in Nunhead. Read full article here. 

You can also catch their sit-down on Spotify – Listen here.  

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