In the past few weeks, a lot has changed. As the coronavirus outbreak develops, we’re all adjusting to new ways of working and living, and many of us are dealing with difficult and tragic situations. The pandemic has upended our lives and things are shifting day by day.
And yet, as we adjust to these changes, there are things we can learn from what is happening. There are things we can find comfort in. There are things we can draw hope from.
1. Our strength lies in our communities.
Across the world, communities have pulled together during this time of crisis to support others. From checking in on elderly neighbours to delivering shopping to someone in isolation, it has been inspiring to see communities working together.
Like other foodbanks in the Trussell Trust network, East Lothian Foodbank was created by the East Lothian community for our community. Now more than ever, our ability to continue to serve and support people in crisis is reliant on local people, who have rallied to volunteer, donate, and advocate for us.
Though we may be physically distanced, people across the county (and UK) are working together to solve the challenges we’re facing and drawing strength from the connected communities we live in
2. We are capable of incredible generosity.
While the news is not always positive, we and other food banks in the Trussell Trust network have witnessed nothing but generosity.
We have seen an amazing surge in support, allowing us to make sure that we have the support we need. Many of you have generously volunteered your time to do what you can to help us, with still more of you donating vital food supplies to keep us operational.
During this crisis, it is heart-warming to see that so many people are still so willing to give time, money, and food to support others.
3. We are resilient.
In the last few weeks, all of us have had to make changes, personally and professionally. Some of us might be working from home or furloughed. Some of us might be working more hours than ever in frontline services. Some of us might be adjusting to home-schooling or self-isolation.
But whatever adjustments are being asked of us, we’re facing up to them. At the foodbank we’ve adapted our ways of working, to ensure we are abiding by the current guidelines, keeping our volunteers and service users safe.
The resilience and flexibility of our volunteers and supporters is truly remarkable. Their dedication to doing whatever they can to support people in our communities, adjusting to shocks and changes quickly, shows us all what we’re capable of.
4. We can make a difference.
As individuals, we can all make a difference during the pandemic – whether it’s by volunteering or simply staying indoors. It may feel like we’re not doing enough but it really does all add up.
Without the support of the general public, we and other food banks in our network simply wouldn’t be able to continue to serve our communities. As the outbreak develops, it’s likely that more and more people will need to use food banks and without your support (whether it’s food, money, or time), people wouldn’t be able to access the services they so need.
Whether you’re supporting us, other charities, or your neighbours, your actions have a real impact.