In response to the challenge of the Coronavirus outbreak, there is an opportunity to be part of a network to help with a local response and to reflect God’s grace on behalf of Church of the Martyrs.
Generous Martyrs is a network that is being launched to help identify where there are local needs and ways of responding with small acts of kindness.
If you are already involved with an initiative to support those in the community, please carry on! Generous Martyrs is not seeking to replace this but will hopefully help provide other members of our church with a way of making a local response.
The network will primarily use a WhatsApp group to communicate with each other and to identify where there are needs and how these can be met.
The initial co-ordination will be undertaken by Lorraine, Robin, Grace and Sam Pointon with input from Bertin and others, to help with the development of the network. If you have questions about the network, please contact Lorraine or Robin.
At a recent meeting the following suggestions were put forward as ideas of things we could do:
There are a number of other local initiatives responding to the challenge of Covid-19. Here are ones that we are aware of:
Leicester Covid-19 Mutual Aid group
Leicester's West End Coronavirus support network
It is important that in all our actions, we are doing everything we can to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. It is essential to follow the latest medical advice. See www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19
Church of the Martyrs is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, vulnerable adults and all people. All activity undertaken must comply with this. No personal information is to be shared in the WhatsApp group (e.g. phone numbers/email/addresses). For more details on the policy, please go to martyrs.org.uk/m/index.php/safeguarding
Whatever we do must follow the directives from our government and NHS.
Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading
Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus. This includes people of all ages – even if you do not have any symptoms or other health conditions.
You can only leave your home:
The Government updates from time to time the restrictions so please check here for the latest guidance:
Here some ideas on what we can do to support.
How do I offer help? Look out for messages on the WhatsApp group looking for help and then respond as you wish.