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Volunteers looking after the welfare of neighbours

9 April 2020
Volunteers sticking notes to resident's doors

Residents in North London are looking after the welfare of their neighbours to make sure they are safe during the coronavirus outbreak.

Volunteers at Page High in Wood Green, which has 87 flats, are regularly checking on older and vulnerable residents, picking up food and prescriptions as well as keeping in touch via phone and email.

The initiative has been set up by the Page High Tenants’ Association and works by residents displaying green and red cards on their doors – green to show they’re fine and red if they need help.

Adrian Chapman, chair of the tenants’ association, said: “This is an extraordinary and extremely difficult time. We all have to stay safe and, crucially, we must keep an eye out for each other as much as we can.

“People are spending so much time stuck in their homes but we need to maintain social solidarity in the neighbourhood.”

He added: “As far as possible we want to keep the estate secure, with things ticking over as well as they can. We can’t meet Sanctuary at the office now but we can meet virtually.

“We want to do what we can to support elderly and vulnerable residents to get through this crisis.”

Residents at Page High have also taken part in clapping NHS staff and key workers from their doorways and balconies, while at 8pm on Fridays they raise a glass or teacup to their neighbours to say “cheers” or “hello”.


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