There’s no denying this has been a long tough winter for us all. But amidst the darker days, there have been many rays of light and hope within our community. From the
continued Community Care packages organised by The Plough to the hundreds of meals cooked each week by the Sunday Kitchen in Barton Hill; from the book boxes for local children organised by the TALO team to the distribution of free DAB radios by BCFM to help ease the loneliness of older residents, we have witnessed such sustained community-level care and generosity this last year. Here at Eastside Community Trust, we have supported local families with free hot meals and space to play at Felix Road during the winter holidays, and whilst our buildings are closed, we’ve been bringing joy to local people through our free #LiftUpLockdown online wellbeing programme.
As signs of spring appear, and the vaccine rolls out through our community, so too comes hope. We will begin to feel green shoots of positivity through local improvements such as the Sustrans Railway Path development, making it easier and safer for us all to travel around our neighbourhood. We are delighted to be improving the play structures at Felix Road whilst we are closed, and when we do reopen the Community Centre we look forward to welcoming back both long-established groups such as the Evergreens (who have met at the centre for 40 years) and new ones like the young mums’ group from neighbouring Kilburn Court.
As a community, we will need time and space to recover, but soon we’ll be together once again to play, to talk, to celebrate, to learn and to continue to support one another, in person. As soon as it is safe to do so, we can’t wait to welcome you back to our community spaces and events. In the meantime, I for one feel privileged, proud and grateful to be part of a community (and an organisation) that continues to demonstrate such resilience and kindness.
Amy Harrison, Co-Vice Chair
I for one feel privileged, proud and grateful to be part of a community (and an organisation) that continues to demonstrate such resilience and kindness.