The Quirky Bird – Member in Focus #33
Interview with Stephen Coulter from The Quirky Bird
Tell us a bit about yourself and/or your organisation.
How well have you/your organisation adapted to the pandemic?
I have launched “Moira Community Calling”, in conjunction with “Community Calling”, during the most recent lockdown, to provide a local support matching service for Moira and the surrounding areas.
This service offers critical support to our local community, be it physical support, emotional support or basic needs and will thus help to save duplication of services in the area.
Through our website we have a link to allow people to register their request for support, and this request can then be matched, through the “Community Calling” service, with a local community volunteer or organisation who will follow up on the request.
Our “Chatter & Natter” initiative (which pre-lockdown, was already having a positive impact on people struggling with loneliness in our community), has also been able to go online.
They offer these cafes three times a week. Each session lasts for 30 minutes and many people who join these sessions report that these are the only faces they see all day.
There is no agenda – just chat and company and interactions. Offering this new service has also allowed me to advertise for new roles within the business.
I look forward to when lockdown eases and getting our “Chatter & Natter” table back to full operation again. It is clear that supporting people’s mental health is one of the greatest needs to arise from the pandemic.
“Moira Community Calling”, in conjunction with “Community Calling”, provides a local support matching service for Moira and the surrounding areas. This service offers critical support to our local community, be it physical support, emotional support or basic needs. It’s possible to make support requests and referrals here.
“The Virtual Chatty Café Scheme”, is delivering a virtual service over lockdown which people can also getting involved with. If you’d like more information on this, please respond to the offer below.
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